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PUT A LITTLE SPRING IN YOUR AIR!

I know I’m not the only snow-zonked New Englander who wakes up every morning asking, “Is it Spring yet?”             Right.  So, not skipping a beat, I’m up and opening all my l’Erbolario shower and bath gels, foams, milks and creams and pondering which scent … Continue reading

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AT THE SUPERMERCATO

Roman supermarkets are much more fun than ours!  I mentioned this to an Italian friend who once visited Los Angeles and she told me I was soooo wrong, and she’s probably right.  The grass-is-always-greener factor comes into play a lot … Continue reading

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SHOPPING, ITALIAN-JEWISH STYLE

          My favorite shop in all of Rome does not sell boots, shoes, handbags, scarves, scrumptious leather gloves, or food of any kind.  The specialty at Saray (via del Portico d’Ottavia, 14) is Judaica, although you will also find some spectacular … Continue reading

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FLOWER POWER ALLA ROMANA

Unfortunately, the flower situation in Rome is reminiscent of the flower situation in everywhere else, which reflects the realities of our global marketplace – i.e. it’s really hard to come by cut flowers these days that smell as good as … Continue reading

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BUY THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD (2)

But enough about Rome.  Not really.  I’ll get back to it, for sure.  I just got an important e-bulletin, though,  from Ten Thousand Villages, a major resource for Enlightened Shoppers.  Every single thing you purchase there helps take the global standard of living up … Continue reading

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POSCRITTO

That’s postscript in Italian.  I don’t know how to abbreviate it.  In any case, I just wanted to say, post-post (the other day’s), that if you do look into the fabulous offerings of Santa Maria Novella – and I hope … Continue reading

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WISH I WERE STILL THERE

ROME! At last count 90,865,322 ex-pats, pilgrims, just plain tourists, and actual Romans have published their impessions and recommendations.             What more can I add?  Oh. I know!             To a Romeophile the draw is not what’s new so much as … Continue reading

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NATURE SHOCK

            I know I shouldn’t complain.  We were only away two weeks.  Rome is not the moon.  Our re-entry is hardly of astronautical proportions.  I know this and yet looking outside at the cosmic white-out (and that snow’s still falling … Continue reading

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WE ARE IN ITALY, THEREFORE WE SHOP, CONT’D.

“Why aren’t you wearing your new boots?” Herb asks as we stroll across the piazza in front of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.             “Because I don’t want to get them dirty.”             “I told you just to take their picture!  … Continue reading

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WE ARE IN ITALY, THEREFORE WE SHOP

One of the joys of packing for any trip is deciding which books to take.  But this time – for Rome – our 25th anniversary gift to each other – it was a no-brainer. I would re-read “The Marble Faun”and “Daisy … Continue reading

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