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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.
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.
“I am delighted that Alan Gross has been released from Cuban confinement in an exchange that also involved the release of an Americans spy in jail for 20 years, along with three convicted Cuban spies in America going back to Cuba; and I am thrilled that President Obama will open negotiations with Cuba to resume full diplomatic ties more than 50 years after they were cut off. Special thanks are due to John Kerry who made normalized relations with Cuba a priority when he was nominated for Secretary of State by President Obama. I am also thankful for the direct assistance of Pope Francis and the Vatican and the help that Canada rendered over the last 18 months to make this day possible.Rev Jesse Jackson Sr
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.
Guest: Jorge Ponce and Michael Prada. We will discuss Pres Obama's announcement about US Cuba policy
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In a defining moment abandoning Cubas' civil rights movement in their struggle against Castro apartheid Obama bails out the terrorist Castro brothers and the military mafia that runs Cuba with the Popes' blessing. Jewish American hostage and unwitting pawn Alan Gross is released after 5 years of unjust captivity in the Castro gulag in exchange for convicted murderers and castro spies in conjunction with a US Presidential pronouncment of impending change in Cuba policy.
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
Global Peeks discusses United States/Cuba relations with Brian Becker, the National Coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition that has fought against the U.S. Empire half century aggression on Cuba and efforts of regime change. President Barack Obama has moved to lift the sanctions and end the hostility between the two nations.
However after 50 + year of Embargo, numerous assassination attempts on Fidel Castro & illegal spying & meddling, can the U.S. be trusted? Mr. Becker will discuss the implications and the victory of the remaining Cuban 5 being released after unjustly serving 16 yrs as Political Prisoners in the U.S.
Brian Becker has been a central organizer of the mass anti-war demonstrations that have taken place in Washington, D.C. & around the US over the past decade.
I am joined by the Founder and President of Arte al Sole, Shannon Kenny. We talk about her camp, Arte al Sole for children in six locations throughout Italy and how the camps allow children to embrace, food, art, culture, natural history, and history. We talk about Shannon’s awesome background in Medieval and Renaissance History and what motivates her, and more importantly, the children at Arte al Sole.
Visit their site at www.artealsole.com for a profile of each of her programs and to catch up on the details of each location. There are six to choose from.
Arte al Sole is a summer day camp for international children offering week-long sessions based on the art, culture, and natural science of Italy with locations in Panicale, Umbria; Lucca, Montepulciano, and Florence in Tuscany; Rome; and Puglia. Children ages 6-12 will explore the artistic and natural wonders of these inspiring environments through exciting and engaging activities in art history, fine arts principles, nature walks, sketching and painting, collage, architecture, sculpture, craftsmanship, and science. Each session includes a cooking lesson preparing regional dishes and a fieldtrip to local museums and architectural sites. The program is entirely in English, offering an optimal language immersion experience for children of all ages and languages. A teen leadership program is also offered for students ages 13-17.
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.
Travel with The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, October 29, 3 pm ET when Halli takes you on a tour of Cuba. Joining Halli at her table are photography collector Ramiro A. Fernandez; Cuban immigrant Cecilia M. Fernandez; food blogger and author Ana Sophia Pelaez; writer, photographer, dissident and author Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo; and Caribbean design expert and historian and author Michael Connors.
Ramiro A. Fernandez’s CUBA THEN: RARE AND CLASSIC IMAGES FROM THE RAMIRO A. FERNANDEZ COLLECTION offers a celebration of the intensely colorful culture that was the pre-Castro Cuba, a dynamic collage of images, experiences and memories that presents the glamour and the grit of the island’s tumultuous history.
Cecilia M. Fernandez tells the story of growing up a Cuban refugee in her heart wrenching memoir LEAVING LITTLE HAVANA: A MEMOIR OF MIAMI’S CUBAN GHETTO.
Ana Sophia Pelaez was raised in Miami and transplanted to New York. Her blog Hungry Sophia catapulted her to culinary fame. With photographer Ellen Silverman, her new book THE CUBAN TABLE is a visual as well a gastronomic pleasure.
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo was born and raised under the thumb of the Castro Regime in Havana, Cuba. After obtaining a degree in biochemistry, he began to voice his differences with the government founding VOCES, a dissident e-magazine. He won awards for his book BORING HOME, banned in Cuba. He currently is a Visiting Fellow at the International Writers Project, Department of Literary Arts, Brown University. He is the editor of CUBA IN SPLINTERS, ELEVEN STORIES FROM THE NEW CUBA and the photographer of AVANDONED HAVANA.
Caribbean design expert and historian Michael Connors takes readers on an unprecedented tour of some of the most architecturally significant private homes and buildings that remain in Cuba in his new book HAVANA MODERN: 20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS.