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On this Quality of Life episode, fashion designer Aggie Garcia chats with Big Blend Radio hosts Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. Smith about her recent visit to Italy, along with the fashion and clothing finds she discovered there. Aggie traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice. As owner of Illusions by Aggie, Aggie creates custom high quality bikinis and figure competition suits. She is a frequent guest on Big Blend Radio, and her article about Italy's Fashion Trends will be in the upcoming April issue of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine.
This interview originally aired on March 15, 2015, on Big Blend Radio's Champagne Sundays variety show!
“Pretending to be Christian, the woman received Communion with the others… and took the consecrated Host from her mouth and transferred the Holy Eucharist to a handkerchief. Once home she wanted to experiment with whether or not the Blessed Sacrament was bread and put the consecrated Host into a heated frying pan filled with oil. Upon contact with the boiling oil, the consecrated Host miraculously became Bloody Flesh and a hemorrhage, so to speak, would not stop flowing and went from the pan all over the cursed woman and her house. Terrorized, the woman began to scream… and the neighbors ran over to find out the reasons behind her cries…”
The archbishop was immediately informed of the events and he ordered the return of the consecrated Host to the church. That same Cistercian Abbot Ferdinando Ughelli (1670), in his well-known encyclopedic work“Italia Sacra”, wrote in a notation of his seventh volume: “In Trani a sacred Host was fried to the dismay of our Faith…, the true Flesh and Blood of Christ was unveiled in the unleavened Bread which fell to the ground”.
I can live a happy and content life now. I've accomplished one of my lifetime goals in interviewing Italy Magazine on my little show. I'm excited beyond measure.
Georgette Jupe joined me to talk about Italy Magazine and why it's simply amazing. It is THE Italy resource, packed with glorious stories about all of Italy from Rome, Florence, and Venice to the nooks and crannies that all of us Italophiles yearn for everyday.
I remember when they were a printed magazine and I had them collected like prized novels on my bookshelf (still do). They've since gone green and are purely an online magazine to the benefit of us all. The content changes often, is packed with LOCAL insight, offers a community for all of us to tap into the collective braintrust of millions of readers and Italy experts, has a shop, and neatly organized content.
If you can't get enough of Italy Magazine at www.italymagazine.com be sure to follow them on all of their well managed, informed social network sites. You will discover a new Italy everyday.
Join hosts Jacquie Kubin and Bob Taylor as we explore Kiruna, Sweden and Switzerland in Western Europe before dropping back to Italy to further explore Urbino, a walled city in the Marche region of Italy, south-west of Pesaro. Urbino is a World Heritage Site notable for a remarkable historical legacy of independent Renaissance culture, especially under the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro, duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482.
Kiruna is Sweden’s northernmost city nestled about 90 miles about the Arctic Circle, and the local economy lives and dies with the productivity of the world’s largest iron-ore mine.
The most famous member of the Montefeltro family was Federico da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino from 1444 to 1482, Thanks to his efforts, the nearly four decades of his rule the government was aimed at this purpose, which, thanks to his extraordinary qualities combined with a considerable fortune, he fully realized this dream.
Travel the world combines unique photography and information shared by people who have actually been there.
Some of us think about making changes in our life; few of us actually do it, Lisa Condie is a shining example of not only doing it, but doing it so well you can't help smiling each time you think of her. The best part is you can join Lisa on a tour with A Better Way to Italy through Tuscany and the Cinque Terre any time you'd like.
Imagine walking the beautiful streets of Cortona, horseback riding, yoga, shopping, wine tasting, or just relaxing at the most beautiful, hand-selected locations in Italy.
Lisa not only offers you the chance to tour with her and Sarah, you can read along with Lisa as a contributing writer at the Huffington Post on all things Italy.
Be sure to do the following: Visit A Better Way to Italy's site, book a tour directly on their site or on the Italy Travel Marketplace, and last, but not least follow Lisa on Huffington Post.
Travel writer Walter Sanders shares his journey's through Italy with a highlight on the Monstigliano Estate in Tuscany and La Marche, Italy. Also on the show CommDigiNews travel writer Bob Taylor will share his discovery of Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost city nestled about 90 miles about the Arctic Circle, where the local economy lives and dies with the productivity of the world’s largest iron-ore mine.
Not so very long ago, citizens of Kiruna began noticing cracks in the streets and other strange phenomena that told them something was wrong. So the are moving the town.
This and the always enticing more as we Travel the World with leading travel experts and writers on the CommDigiNews Hour.
In 1772, unknown thieves stole a certain number of consecrated Hosts that were found a month later in the lands of Duke Delle Grottolelle underneath manure. However the Sacred Hosts were completely intact. The
appearance of mysterious lights and a dove made it possible to see where the Hosts were buried. Saint Alphonsus Liguori described this miracle in detail and took the opportunity to re-awake the faith and devotion of the people towards the Eucharist.
The Vicar General, Monsignor Onorati drew up the minutes of the diocesan trial which lasted two years from 1772 to 1774. In the minutes it was stated that the appearance of the lights and the intact preservation of the consecrated Hosts “has been and is an authentic miracle operated by God to illustrate more and more the truth of the Catholic dogma and increase the worship towards the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.”
Among the various testimonies there were also those of three renowned scientists of the time among which was Dr. Domenico Cotugno of the Royal University of Naples and they all agreed in saying that “The intact preservation of the Hosts cannot be explained with physical principles and they surpass the power of natural agents. Therefore, they must be considered as miraculous.” In 1972 Professor Pietro De Franciscis, teacher of human physiology at the University of Naples confirmed the above statement.
The Amanda Knox story is not over by a long shot. Knox should know in the coming weeks whether she coud be extradited back to Italy. Are there larger issues involved in this criminal case? Will politics play a role in the process? Is she a victim of an overzealous prosecution? Join us as we discuss the ever evolving Amanda Knox saga.
It's simple...just read the manual! I'm only kidding. Taking great pictures in Italy is an artform and Raffaella De Amicis talks us through how to work your camera, set up the shot, and click your way to awesome memories.
Visit her unbelievable gallery and buy some of her pics at www.molimogallery.com. My faves are of the Nonne, the Nuns, the Colosseo, the pavement at Pompeii, and the Bridge of Sighs.
So much to learn, but so fun to practice.
Raffaella also talks about her upcoming photography tour where she'll be creating wonderful memories for all of us. Be sure to support her. Learn more at http://www.trevolta.com/travels/Forza-Italia-Capturing-Italy-23533
Susan Van Allen joined me to talk about her amazing book, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. From museums, to beaches, to villas, to spas, to gardens, to women run wineries, to the insight of other great women writers like Ms. Francis Mayes, we covered it all.
Her book is a glorious read filled with insight that can be used by both men and women for a great trip through Italy.
I was inspired by her perspective and her passion.
My favorite chapter title is Bernini's Beautiful Broads and the Galleria Borghese of Rome. Susan's ability to have fun with the content, yet deliver an insight that few books are able to will have you eager to run to enjoy all 100 sights in her book.
The best part is you can use it as a great read and a guide book. This is a great book to turn to when planning your trip to Italy and while you're there you can bring the printed copy or the ebook.
In addition to this great title you can also enjoy her other book Letters from Italy - Confessions, Adventure, and Advice.
Be on the look out for her soon to be released new title, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Women Should Go.
Visit Susan's Site and be sure to buy her book
You may also join Susan on a tour of Italy on her Golden Week in Southern Italy: For Women Only Tour this October. Go with her to experience the pleasure of Southern Italy, Magical Capri, Fascinating Pompeii, the Best Pizza in the World, and much more. Hurry though. There are only 4 spots left.
Victoria DeMaio of www.postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com joins me to share her tips and insight on traveling through Italy with her organized groups and her independant travels.
We talk about the great things to do, how to get from here to there, and why indulging in getting lost is the way to go.
Even if you've been to Rome, Florence, and Venice 5 times there is always something to enjoy and a fun way to do it.
I'm inspired by Victoria and her passion for Italy and it comes through with her every word.
Think about enjoying the Sistine Chapel with no one else during regular visiting hours, using the new train option, tours with wonderful tour companies, and blogging about it all the while.
Victoria you put a smile on my face and I'm certain you'll help many others find their way in Italy.
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