amphitheater lecce

Roman Amphitheater in Lecce

Dating back to the 2nd-century Common Era, the Roman amphitheater in the historic center of Lecce once sat more than 25,000 spectators. Today, the structure is about half of its original size.

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now is our time

Our time?

I have a splitting headache. The flight from Denver was a nightmare. I need to eat something. And I REALLY need to drink something. The traffic is unreal. From Newark, it’s going to take an hour to get to SoHo. Now is our time. The taxi driver drivers like all the New York taxi drivers. […]

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“Ich bin ein Berliner!”

After years of traveling to Germany, I have arrived at a conclusion. Well, actually, two conclusions: I love Germany and Hamburg is one crazy town. Maybe it’s better not to wear your “Berlin” t-shirt and walk around with smug face like I did, especially if you decide to get a hotel room in heart of […]

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Rosato and meatballs to die for in Houston, Texas

Ever since Pellegrino Artusi completed his landmark cookery book, The Science and Art of Eating Well in 1891, the fine art of great meatballs has become an obsession for chefs across the world. We recently sampled some of the best meatballs we’ve ever had at the newly opened Coppa Ristorante Italiano in Houston, Texas, where […]

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Fortieth Birthday in Texas

Looking back on my recent trip to the United States, I am reminded that I spent 4 days in Texas, and one of them was particularly important. Fate (and my importer) decided that I would be spending May 24 — my 40th birthday — in Austin, where my good friend Jeremy Parzen aka Do Bianchi […]

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