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WACR: BlogTalkRadio, Wednesday January 14, at 7:30 PM (EST) Dial (323) 792 2931 to listen, comment or participate. Eszter Vajda and Alfred Zappala return to tell us more anecdotes and facts about the peope, politics, foods, vineyards and beautiful places of Sicily. A broadcast not to be missed. Join Nick and Eva and our returning guests for an informative half hour.
According to Hebrew tradition, the area outside of the Old City Walls of Jerusalem is considered to be the center of the world. World Footprints will explore that theory and Biblical history with Zev Orenstein at the City of David. We'll also examine new archaeology discoveries that support the existence of King David.
Namibia is a country is great diversity. The country is home to wildlife that can't be found anywhere else in Africa and it vast desert landscapes. While at the Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, we break bread withn Eric Reindhart of Nambia Tracks and Trails to learn more about the country and it's commitment to conservation.
If you live in a metropolitan city you have your choice of authentic international restaurants. Small towns are not so lucky but we stumbled upon the little American midwest town of New Salem, Indiana and enjoyed a taste of Sicily at Perillo's Pizzeria. By the way, we enjoyed the BEST pizza we've ever had!
World Footprints will also share a few other small town treasures: Newport, Rhode Island and the Airlie Hotel, a Historic Hotel of America. Plus Ian and Tonya will share their own reflections.
Photo credits: City of David, Mount of Olives (Tonya Fitzpatrick); Namibia Desert (Ian Fitzpatrick)
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
WACR: BlogTalkRadio: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 (EST). Join Nick and Eva in welcoming back Eszter and Alfred recount their amazing adventures in Sicily. Call TOLL-FREE (323) 792 2931 to join in with your comments or questions or just to sit back and listen. Sponsored by A Few Good Books Publishing.
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.
BlogTAlkRadio: WACR: Wednesday, September 24th, at 7:30 pm (EST). Join us for an entertaining half hour. Alfred Zappala and Eszter Vajda will be talking to us from Sicily about Sicily. "You, Me & Sicily features the never before told stories of the islands biggest jewel: its people. Prepare to be moved and inspired!" Join us, ask questions, participate. Call Toll-Free by phone, Skype, Google Talk, etc. at (323) 792 2931. Your hosts: Nick Gallicchio and Eva Kapitan. Sponsored by A Few Good Books Publishing.
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.
Rebroadcast of the long running radio program, "The Ave Maria Hour", a presentation of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. www.AtonementFriars.org
Born to the nobility. Married to Euphrosyne, the daughter of a nobleman; the two led a pious life in the world. One day while hunting, Conrad ordered attendants to set fire to some brush in order to flush out the game. A strong wind carried the flames to nearby fields, forests, towns and villages, and Conrad fled in panic. An innocent peasant was imprisoned, tortured into a confession and condemned to death for the fire. Remorseful, Conrad stepped forward to confess, saving the man. He then paid for the damaged property, selling nearly all he owned in order to raise the cash.
Conrad and his wife saw the hand of God in the dramatic events, and chose to give the poor everything they had left. They then separated, she to a Poor Clare monastery, he to a group of Franciscan tertiary hermits. Conrad lived such a life of piety that his reputation for holiness spread quickly. He had the gift of healing. Visitors destroyed his solitude, so he fled to a the valley of Noto, Italy in Sicily where he lived 36 years in prayer as a hermit.
Legend says that when the Bishop of Syracuse visited him, the bishop asked if Conrad had anything to offers guests. Conrad said he would check in his cell. He returned carrying newly made cakes, which the bishop accepted as a miracle. Conrad returned the bishop‘s visit, and made a general confession to him. As he arrived, he was surrounded by fluttering birds, who escorted him back to Noto.
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