Old Bones

If there is nothing like the smell of napalm in the morning, then there is nothing like the smell of boggy earth being exposed in Florence after a nice long siesta.  The whole street smells like trouble. One unremarkable afternoon, three nondescript men appeared to set up a few seemingly benign detour signs with a …

Piccolo Mondo

In Disney World the “It’s a Small World” ride has been causing nightmares with its grade A creepy animatronics since the 1970s.  I was the consummate eye roller.  Was Pollyanna on deck when they designed this kum bay ya-esque view of global relationships?  To Disney’s credit, it is in Fantasy Land.  Well, these days just …

Giubbe Rosse

There are coffee shops and then there is Giubbe Rosse.  Giubbe Rosse has been a jewel on the south side of Piazza della Republica in Florence since it was founded by the German Reininghause brothers in 1897.  I can imagine the Florentine’s marveling at the bright red jackets of the German waiters.  I am quite …

10 Mighty Euro

Small Italian businesses hate making change.  The shop owners are squirrels hoarding coins and burying them away.  Innocently producing a paper bill can be trauma inducing.  Who can blame them?  A trip to the bank here is a nightmare.  You will age about 20 years waiting for help.  And while you are sitting there, you …