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Rick Zullo is back for his second segment to talk about his big win as the Best Living in Italy Blog by Italy Magazine and to share his upcoming trip to Sicily with his wife and fellow travelers.
Rick will be joining me on the air while he travels through beautiful Sicily to report on his day, his experiences, and why we should be jealous of his amazing trip through one of Italy's most amazing regions.
Be sure to visit Rick's site at www.rickzullo.com.
This jULY 4TH impromptu show is to celebrate the real meaning of independence, James Gandolfini's memory, and his importance as the fiercely independent Ancient King of Sicily during the Rise of the Ancient Roman Empire.
Through time Sicily has been at the heart of great civilizations, at other times it has been nothing more than a colonial backwater. Its fortunes have often waxed and waned depending on events out of its control, in earlier times a magnet for immigrants in later times a land of emigrants. Sicily is part of the Mezzogiorno (southern Italy, including Sicily and often Sardinia), a region historically characterized by a predominantly agrarian economy, quasi-feudal land tenure, sharp class differences, and the vendettas and criminal activities of the Camorra in Naples and the Mafia in Sicily.
The history of Sicily has seen Sicily usually controlled by greater powers—Roman, Vandal, Byzantine, Islamic, Norman, Hohenstaufen, Catalan, Spaniard—but also experiencing short periods of independence, as under the Greeks and later as the Emirate then Kingdom of Sicily. Although today part of the Republic of Italy, and the largest island in thr Mediterranean, it maintains its own distinct culture.
Once again, it is my privilege and pleasure to present special revelations about our Past Lives, and in this impromptu show spurred by the Passing of an important Ancient figure, which famous and powerful Ancient Roman James Gandolfini was , a renouned actor who today was in effect portraying himself on screen.
Reincarnation is about Rewards, Paybacks, Life Missions and Legacies, and Gandolfini, who was Ancient Rome's notorious King of Sicily, Gaius Veres, lived and ruled during that very tumultuous century stretching from 100--0 BC, when so MANY powerful men were scrambling for power and control of Ancient Rome, a period during which Jesus Christ also was born and died.
Personally, Gandolfini provided a reality check for me about what life really was like in Ancient Rome. As in his numerous screen portrayals, Gaius Veres was a very likable guy who did a lot of bad things. And if you are unfamiliar, look up pictures of Sicily online, for it is a stupendously beautiful island, which had the honor of being designated the "Bread Basket" of Ancient Rome.
Margie Miklas is back on the How to Tour Italy radio show to share the wonderful details of her trip to Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, and Rome.
As she traveled Sicily she spent time with family, enjoyed a cooking class, and found herself gloriously lost. As you'll learn she thinks that's the best part of traveling to Italy.
You remember her as the author of Memoirs of a Solo Traveler. My Love Affair with Italy. She working on her second book to share what it's truly like to love Italy, travel Italy, and live Italy.
Please find her book on Amazon. Visit her blog at http://margieinitaly.wordpress.com/ and be sure to read her contributions to info.howtotouritaly.com
Sicily’s cultural and historic relevance have not been explored seriously in film, yet Sicily is “the most invaded place on the planet,” and the island’s story rivals both Greece and Egypt as a primary source for Western ideas.
“Unfortunately, organized crime is the only part of Sicily’s culture most of us know anything about, thanks to ‘The Godfather’ movies and so many others,” said Spano, whose paternal grandparents were first-generation Sicilian.
“Reimagining Sicily” will explore history, family, religion arts and culture and their effects on the people of Sicily.
“Sicilians have made formidable contributions to art, architecture, and the humanities,” Spano notes. “And then there’s the food. There are Sicilian foods that are well known globally now. There are also Sicilian foods that few of us know about.”
According to Spano, this story of Sicily will “reimagine” the ebb and flow of the region’s varied and remarkable history.
Spano is also writing a companion book for the documentary, also entitled Reimagining Sicily.
David Schwartz, BBC Director of Photography in London, is presently attached to the project. Schwartz shoots short, narrative films, features and, television drama for the BBC, ITV and SKY. He has shot dramas in Greece, Holland, and throughout the United Kingdom.
Eric Kloper, founder of Cali, an extraordinary skin care company from Sicily, shares his transformative travel experiences!
Hear the Tarocco Story from Francofonte, Sicily.
The Transformed Traveler is the first and only travel show to awaken your five senses to travel.
Join Nancy Reid & Lisa Smith – publishers of VacationStationMagazine.com, for Big Blend Radio’s Vacation Station travel show, airing live from Yosemite Gold Vacations, as part of the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour of all 401 National Park units.
Featured Travel Segments:
- National Heritage Areas – Alan Spears - Government Affairs & Cultural Resources Director for National Parks Conservation Association
- California Sequoia Country – Park ranger Dana Dierkes – Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks, Kevin Elliott – Sequoia National Forest & Giant Sequoia National Monument, and Donnette Silva Carter – Porterville Chamber of Commerce & Sequoia Tourism Council
- Yosemite’s Gold Country – Nanci Sikes – Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, and Patrick Karnahan – 28th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire
- Criminal Landmarks of Sicily – Carl Russo, author of ‘The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Guide’
Carl Russo is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has written for the Oakland Tribune, Indiewire and other publications. Russo fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned many times since. In 2010, he began a blog, Mafia Exposed, which became the basis for his book. Russo was also a radio producer and disc jockey at KUSF-FM, San Francisco, from 1990 to 2003.
His book is entitled: The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide
Last minute dash to Europe. Summer travel is not over even though Labor Day is only 3 days away. Still time to take a Cruise into the Blue.
Why not take your dream vacation. Imagine sailing the high seas from Italy to Brazil. Cruising or sailing neither needs to be stuffy. Why not make sailing your next great getaway.
Welcome to a new world, see the world on a 54 foot sail boat along with others. Did you know sailing is one of the most primitive and incredible ways to see the world.
Cruising, there's a small cluster of islands off the coast of Sicily with no throngs of tourists, no teeming crowds, no traffic jams. Instead what you find is Italy at it's dreamiest, picturesque best.
Five things smart travelers should be doing...etc.
Book a privat yatch in Turkey...etc.
Lock in best hotel rooms in Italy for the...etc.
Plan an Alaskan Cruise...etc.
Keep a journal of memories...etc.
Chuck Palmer & Dave Eggars - Composer of "War Story" call into Variety Radio Online to talk about the scores for "War Story"
“War Story” Synopsis
Lee (Catherine Keener) is a war photographer who has spent her adult life in the world?s most treacherous conflict zones, documenting the catastrophes of others. When we meet her, she has recently experienced her own horror after being taken hostage and brutalized in Libya. Instead of returning to New York where her concerned colleagues and loved ones anxiously await her, Lee detours to Sicily instead, where she holes up in a small hotel to weather her experience on her own terms, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor Albert (Ben Kingsley). As Lee struggles to recover from her psychic and physical wounds, she crosses paths with Hafsia (Hafsia Herzi), a young Tunisian migrant in need of an abortion and safe passage to France, who bears a striking resemblance to a Libyan girl Lee photographed just before her capture. Desperate to connect, Lee tries to help Hafsia, and conquer her own formidable demons in the process.
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Scott Cluthe talks with Nick Jans about his new book, A Wolf Called Romeo. A compelling story of an unlikely 6 year relationship with a Black Wolf in the Alaskan outback. Call in: 347-308-8478
I was born the son of a career diplomat and spent 12 of my first 13 years overseas—first Palermo, Sicily, then Vienna, Austria, and finally Thailand from 1962-67. My dad was the American consul in Udorn Thani, a forward CIA and special operations base for missions into Laos, and later on, into North Vietnam. I attended high school in the Washington DC area and graduated in 1977 from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a degree in English Literature. Though mostly raised in cities, I had always dreamed of living in a wilderness setting, and set out for Alaska in 1979. After an 800 mile canoe trip, I settled in a remote Eskimo village on the upper Kobuk River in northwest arctic Alaska, 200 miles off the road grid. I worked for a hunting guide, managed a trading post, and then became a schoolteacher to Inupiat Eskimo children in the local school. But my first love was always the seemingly limitless, wild country that surrounded me, and the creatures that roamed it. In 20 years of living in the region, I travelled tens of thousands of wilderness miles by skiff, canoe, on foot, skis, and snowmobile, often alone I’m a contributing editor to Alaska Magazine, and on USA Today’s board of editorial contributors. I currently live on a semi-remote homesite in Southeast Alaska with my wife, Sherrie, and our four dogs.
Rebroadcast of the long running radio program, "The Ave Maria Hour", a presentation of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. www.atonementfriars.org
Night Train to Palermo is the Story of Danilo Dolci ("the Ghandi of Sicily"), social activist, educator and poet. Best known for his opposition to poverty, social exclusionism and the Mafia.
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