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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #10

Let's Go to Italy Together!

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy 

with

Victoria!

Here’s #10 and it sums up all of them! The last and BEST reason of all…

 Let's Go to Italy Together!

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“Sit. Feast on your life.”

This is a very personal indelible memory dedicated to all of YOU who I have had the joy of sharing a meal or glass of wine with. Thank you for joining me and for being a part of my feast…

~♦~

In a recent segment on Anthony Bourdain’s engaging “Parts Unknown” travelogue (aired on May 8, 2016), he was on Naxos, a small island in Greece. I was immediately pulled in because I loved my travels in Greece and although I didn’t get to see Naxos (maybe next time!), I dream of returning and exploring more of Greece.

As always, Anthony introduces us to delightful and interesting locals. And, of course, he’s always eating, drinking, and having an enviably delicious time.

What I especially love about his program is his engaging manner, insightful questions and genuine interest in the local lifestyle. Never known to hold back, he can be audacious, outspoken and unfiltered.

In one of the last scenes on this particular episode he is on the beach with his local hosts. There’s a lovely bonfire and they are sharing still another gorgeous repast peppered with laughter and lively conversation.

As the sun sets and they toast to their good fortune, one of the young women said something that struck me and inspired this blog:

“Don’t tell me what you ate, tell me who you ate with…”

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #9

Let's Go to Italy Together!

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy 

with

Victoria!

If you need another reason, here’s #9…

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Puglia + Olive Oil = An Ancient Relationship!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Did You Know that More Olive Oil Comes from Puglia than from Any Other Region in Italy?

Puglia’s relationship with olive trees dates back 2700 years. 50-60 million trees (no one knows for sure) – including ancient, gnarled trees, called “ulivi secolari” (literally centuries-old olive trees)- attest to the long standing importance of olive trees here. In fact, Puglia has approximately 60 million olive trees! That’s one for each and every citizen of Italy!

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Thousands and thousands of olive trees!

You may have thought that most of Italy’s olive oil came from Tuscany or Sicily but, in fact, more comes from Puglia than any other region – approximately 40%. In addition to quantity, Puglia’s olive oil is considered to be some of the most palatable in the world for its digestibility and high vitamin content. Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why YOU Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #8

Let's Go to Italy Together!Photo by Victoria De Maio10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy

with

Victoria!

If you need another reason, here’s #8…

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #7

Let's Go to Italy Together!Photo by Victoria De Maio10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Ital

with

Victoria!

If you need another reason, here’s #7…

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Reason #7 You want an “authentic” experience, not the typical touristy kind.

You want to eat, drink, experience and immerse in the local life, the “real” Italy!

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Just in case you missed any of the other Reasons:

 Reason #1! 

Reason #2!

Reason #3!

Reason #4!

Reason #5

Reason #6

Let's Go to Italy Together!

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Reason #8!

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Victoria ebook SightseeingI don’t need 10 reasons, I’m ready now! 

I Want to Kick Up My HeelZ in Puglia with YOU!

I Want to Fall Under the Spell of the Italian Riviera with YOU!

I Want Help Planning My DREAM Trip to Italy!

 

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In Praise of an Airport–Specifically Fiumicino Airport in Rome

Let's Go to Italy Together!Yes, you read that right, praise – and long overdue praise, I might add!

You hear a lot of jokes about Italian efficiency (or lack of it) but I’m here to tell you that I have had quite a few experiences that contradict (and actually blow apart) that stereotype…

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Fiumicino (Leonardo da Vinci) Airport in Rome

My most recent and dramatic example occurred at the very end of my last trip  and I was heading home from Rome. I typically arrive at Fiumicino Airport (Leonardo da Vinci)  the day before my departure and stay at a nearby hotel. Then I take the local shuttle back to the terminal…no problem…

On this particular morning, there was a crush of people on the shuttle schlepping way more baggage than anyone should ever need (unless they were staying for months!) on vacation. I was lucky to squeeze on and get a seat. Many of the passengers were confused about which terminal to take and I was trying to be helpful with advice but…I broke one of my travel golden rules: Continue reading

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“I Remember Mama”

Mama… Mommy…Ma…Mom…Mother…

Sunday is her day.

In addition to our own Mother, there are many other role models and portrayals of Mothers and Mother figures. From June Cleaver and “Mommie Dearest” to Mother Theresa and Mother Earth, our personal emotions and recollections are indelible.

Mother Goddess

Ancient rites celebrating goddesses and symbols of Motherhood date back to the Egyptian worship of Isis. Isis found her way into Rome as did two other Goddesses; one from ancient Anatolia (now Turkey), Cybele (also known as Artemis) and; one from ancient Greece, Rhea.

Cybele, Mother Goddess of animals and nature dates back over 6000 years old and by 600 B.C. was fully embraced by the Greeks. She was also referred to as “Matar” for “mother”. Rhea was born of Gaia – the goddess personification of the earth – and Uranus, the sky god.

Later, the Romans adopted Cybele as their own Mother Goddess or “Magna Matar” Great Mother and festivals were held in her honor near the Vernal Equinox. It should be noted that their festivals involved more than a bouquet of flowers and a phone call and didn’t exactly meet with approval by the Christians. So, by the 16th century, these ancient rites and celebrations became more “Christian” in nature and the event became one of worshiping the Virgin Mary.

It wasn’t until the 17th century that England decreed that this celebration should include all Mothers and “Mothering Day” became a holiday. However, when English settlers came to the New World, they didn’t bring the tradition of Mothering Day with them.

Made in the U.S.A.

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Julia Ward Howe called for an international Mother’s Day in 1870

 In 1870, moved by the ravages and losses of the Civil War, Julia Ward Howe (who wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic) called for an international Mother’s Day to celebrate peace and motherhood. This began the celebration in North America. However, once the efforts lost funding, the holiday failed but not the efforts.

It was Anna M. Jarvis who, on May 10, 1908, after campaigning for an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her own Mother and in honor of peace, had her request honored and the first Mother’s Day was celebrated. After devoting many years to creating a national holiday, her efforts were realized in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

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Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for years for a national Mother’s Day

Ironically the gesture of giving flowers was strongly protested by Jarvis who had placed white carnations – her Mother’s favorites- on her grave. When the floral industry commercialized the gesture and holiday, she spent most ofher remaining years protesting flower sales.

Even though Mother’s Day is now celebrated in over 70 countries, no doubt Jarvis, who died childless and in poverty, would be dismayed at the present day commercialism of Mother’s Day. (Floral sales are the highest in May and it is a $16 billion industry.)

However you celebrate, whether it’s with flowers or a phone call, or just with memories, honoring the matriarch and all Mothers has been and will endure as a beloved tradition.

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Would you share what Mother’s Day means to you?

 

 

Sources: www.mothersdaycentral.com, www.mothersdaycelebration.com

Photo credits: Julia Ward Howe, Anna Jarvis, Cybele, Rhea & Isis – wikipedia.org,  Mother and Mother & Me – Victoria De Maio

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10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! #6

Let's Go to Italy Together!

IMG_139610 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy 

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If you need another reason, here’s #6…

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