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Ginda's Umbria, and Beyond

Ginda Simpson is an American artist/writer now living in the Umbrian countryside where she spends her time painting and writing. It has been said of her work, "her paintings tell stories; her stories paint pictures."

In Egypt, she published her first book entitled "Morning of Light, an Egyptian Journal." Her second book, "Deeply Rooted," is a personal memoir of what it was like to make Italy home and she has recently published a new book that is a collection of stories and recipes from life in Italy. For more information and to order, please visit www.gindasimpson.com. Her art studio is located in Umbertide and visitors are welcome by appointment. Contact information is on her website.

Contents

25 Antipasti: An Italian feast along with several antipasti recipes for you to try.

Roman Holiday: A summer trip to Rome to see the Colosseum, Piazza Navona and Roman life.

Italy's World Cup and the Opera, in the Ancient Arena of Verona: Watching the opera Aida as Italy wins the World Cup.

Visiting Vesuvius: A trip to the top of this volcanic mountain near Naples.

Cruising the Brenta Canal from Venice to Padua: A boat ride along the Brenta Canal with visits to the Palladian villas.

A Winter's Harvest at El Marsam: New olive oil from their own olives on their farm in Umbria and a recipe for White Bean Soup.

Ciccio and My Cugini Calabresi: Ginda and her daughters visit their relatives in Calabria. Exerpt from Ginda's book.

Cooking in Calabria: Report of a week-long cooking class at the Institute of Advanced Culinary & Pastry Arts.

Monte S. Maria Tiberina: Ginda visits Ristorante Oscari Emilio in Monte S. Maria Tiberina, a small town in northern Umbria.

Ancient Baths - Renewed Spirits: A trip to the natural hot springs in Bagno Vignoni in Tuscany.

Tuscany's Farmland - Where Dreams are Harvested: A very beautiful drive from our Umbrian farmhouse to the countryside of Tuscany, and a stop at La Fattoria Il Pulcino in Montepulciano.

The Springs of the River Clitunno: The Springs of Clitunno satisfy our longing for a stroll in a peaceful, idyllic setting and Le Casaline is a local restaurant known for its creative interpretations of wild game dishes and other regional specialties.

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