Five Smile Prompters

The way our crazy cat Skitter naps:   An Italian dog’s ride:   Cat-ladder spotted in Florence:   Imaginative way to store a bike:   Street name:


Tristezza for Trieste

Have you heard of Trieste – the presently Italian town of formerly Austro-Hungarian origins that enjoyed a short stint as an independent city-state after World War II? The New York Times ran a story about it last week, called Elegy on the Adriatic, that suggests...


Window shopping


Waking up in Istria

Nothing brings promise like a summer morning. I should have been lingering in bed, sleeping away the fatigue of the ride from Venice through Slovenia to Croatia and of finding a place to stay the night after the unexpected encounter with Piran’s inexcusable tackiness forced...