Let’s Go to Italy

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”  Giuseppe Verdi Several years ago, I organized a family vacation to a language school in the heart of Italy.  I fell in love with the food, idyllic countryside, the art and architecture.  Yet, it was the people and their la bella lingua that captured my…

Gifts from France

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”   Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast I struggled valiantly in high school to learn the French language.   As a teenager, I would imagine…