AVE Maria -Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast – The Procession

By: Neil Garguilo      You can feel it in your bones.  It’s calling you.  A yearning inside your “being” builds up.  Once summer begins it slowly gets overwhelming.   And now it is back since the pandemic has been lifted.  Yes, it is Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast, O’Giglio e Paradiso and it ran fromContinue reading “AVE Maria -Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast – The Procession”

Italian Neighborhoods -A Taste of Paradise

By Neil D. Garguilo     In my slice of Little Italy (aka Williamsburg, Brooklyn) in the 1960’s and 1970’s we had everything at our fingertips when it came to food.  Everything was in a 5 block radius from our homes and mostly was within 2 blocks.  Oh, and the food was so good…When you leave thisContinue reading “Italian Neighborhoods -A Taste of Paradise”

Join Me on My Dream Vacation to Italy

By Judy McMurtry May 15, 2021 My journey will begin in late August into early September to ensure that I am there to enjoy the Venice Film Festival, which is the oldest film festival in the world. Starting to make my dream a reality while flying over the great Atlantic Ocean in style and comfort,Continue reading “Join Me on My Dream Vacation to Italy”

Italian Easter Traditions

By: Joanne Natale Spigonardo April 3, 2021 One of the fondest memories of my childhood is celebrating Easter with my family. On the day after Ash Wednesday, my Mother would start planning for the festivities. Lent was always observed diligently with no sweets to be consumed until Holy Saturday at noon. Her planning was trulyContinue reading “Italian Easter Traditions”

Private Boat Tour to the Blue Grotto

By: Linda Thatcher Raichle March 2021                                                                    In June 2019, we had the pleasure of spending 11 magical days cruising from Rome throughout the Mediterranean Sea including stops in Italy, Malta, Greece and Croatia. Anticipating our stops along the Italian coastline, we pre-arranged a small, private boat tour for ourselves and 2 other couples. OurContinue reading “Private Boat Tour to the Blue Grotto”

International Women’s Day — The Struggle is Real

By Pam Lazos March is Women’s History Month in the U.S. and March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day whose roots stretch back to places across the globe beginning in the early part of the 20th century when the first such gathering was held on February 28, 1909 in NYC. Women took to theContinue reading “International Women’s Day — The Struggle is Real”

International Women’s Day – A Hidden Treasure of Italy – March 8th

By: Joanne Natale Spigonardo If you have ever been to Italy on International Women’s Day, you know that it is an extra special day in many ways.  Most regions celebrate women by honoring them with sweets and mostly with mimosa flowers, which are some of the first to bloom in Italy in the spring.  LandscapesContinue reading “International Women’s Day – A Hidden Treasure of Italy – March 8th”

Italy, February, Valentine’s Day, and love.

Due to COVID, the opportunity to travel to Italy is limited to many so I sit daydreaming of how fabulous it would be to in Italy during the month of February, celebrating the month of love. Whether it is a romantic love, family love or love for oneself, or maybe all of them? There areContinue reading “Italy, February, Valentine’s Day, and love.”