What was new in 2008 - Archives

December 2008

General

  • Great news for December:
    We’ve opened up the Gold Star Food forum AND Gold Star chats to all registered members for the month of December.  As long as you’re registered for our forums (registration is free), you can come on in and see what’s cooking! View the schedule of upcoming chats here.

  • We’re hunting photos!  Each week or so, one of our moderators will start a PhotoHunt in one (or more) of our travel forums, with a specific theme.  Come along, and post your photos from your trips around the world or around your neighborhood.  This week, we’re hunting for:

    Prompts change each week so don’t forget to check in to see what we’re hunting for next.

Italy

  • A Perfect Day in Arezzo: Voted one of the best places to live in Italy, Arezzo is a classy, trendy, alive, hip, and wealthy-feeling town located southeast of Florence.
  • Every Day is a Holiday: Although there is no official Thanksgiving Holiday in Italy, we have plenty of other holidays to enjoy, and lots to be thankful for.
  • Saints and Art: Tales of a few commonly seen saints in Renaissance art, along with details of their traditional icons or attributes.
  • Making Rosso with the Canalis: Gail participates in the autumn wine-making experience with the family of Vincenzo and Secondina Canali, in Casperia.

November 2008

General

  • Book Club: The book club announces its next book: Iain Pears' "The Dream of Scipio." With mixed reviews, this book will sure lead to some good discussion! See more of past Book Club discussions.
  • Our bloggers have started a new blogging challenge this week. From Sunday Slow Scoopers, they are now doing Slow Soupers! First up: Porcini and Chestnut soup.

Italy

  • Sweets, Saints and Cemeteries : "Sweet pasta" and some traditions surrounding All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in Italy.

  • La Madonna Arrives: A huge bonfire at the fortress La Rocca Maggiore on December 7th signals the arrival that night of la Madonna, bringing a gift to Assisi children.

  • Flower Festival: The June Flower Festival of Città della Pieve.
  • Siena: How to Have a Perfect Day in Siena.

October 2008

General

  • Planning a trip or need a good map? Trek Tools is offering a 35% discount on most of their maps through the end of the year! The clearance sale includes most (but not all) of the normal city, provincial, regional and tourist maps of Italy. In addition, most (but not all) of the France maps are included as well. These are the city, department and regional maps that are in stock.

    Visit Trek Tool's Clearance Items here or click on the 'Clearance Items' link on the left side of their homepage. The items are also mixed in with the normal categories. *Remember that orders of $25 or more ship for free via USPS mail. Orders $50 or more ship free via USPS Priority Mail*

Italy

  • Perceptions of Sardinia: Reasons to visit this still relatively unknown island in the middle of the Mediterranean.
  • Foligno: Umbria's celebration of Italian first courses.
  • Black Celery Festival: Celery is a key ingredient in many Umbrian recipes and is justly celebrated in Trevi.
  • Italian Fashion: Fall 2008 - Something moved in the Italy fashion machine.
  • Città della Pieve: Get to know this wonderful medieval Umbrian town.
  • Ten Days of Ischia: Beyond the Castle and Garden, Ischia's three offerings include thermal springs, hiking, and beaches; some of which are more impressive than others.

September 2008

General

  • Choosing a Hotel Using the Internet: A hotel manager/experiened traveler provides perspective on what to consider and look for when choosing hotels by using the information found on various internet sites.

Italy

August 2008

General

  • Blogs: With it being too hot for baking, our Sunday Slow Bakers have turned into Sunday Slow Scoopers! Ice cream is in the works each week as the bloggers will blend and freeze another delicious scoop and post their results. With freezing scheduled through November, you’ll always find something delicious in the freezer!

Germany

  • Berlin, Germany - A City Reborn: Berlin is one of the most vibrant, energetic, and interesting cities in Europe, having rebuilt itself in a remarkably short period of time since the end of World War II.
  • Hamburg, Germany - City of Water : Hamburg, known as the Free Harbor City of Hamburg, has many faces and many facets. In Hamburg, you are more likely to find herring, sole, or sushi and sashimi on the menu than sausage.

July 2008

Italy

  • Postcard: Cooking in Cortona: Cooking class with Alessandra Federici in Cortona
  • Park Aqueducts: How to get to the famous Parco Acquedotti of Rome.
  • Living Slow: Back Door Bureaucracy: Like real doors in Italy, there are barriers, but pushing the right button or knowing the right person swings them open.

England

June 2008

General

  • B&Bs in Europe: Versus hotels, "The advantages were generally cost, location and hopefully 'atmosphere'."

Italy

Rest of World

  • Croatia: Discover Croatia: Much information about Croatia, with a number of resources links.
  • Postcard - Rest of World: Visit Myanmar: Quick impressions of a visit to Myanmar in May-June 2008, shortly after the cyclone hit.

May 2008

Italy

  • Leaving Florence from Car Rentals on Borgo Ognissanti - Instructions on how to leave Florence from the car rental areas.
  • Living Slow: Mal di Primavera: The arrival of spring brings hay fever allergies to Valerie, along with the dreaded spring cleaning, which is much worse than its counterpart activity in America.
  • On the Land in Umbria: Buonconvento: A short trip to a nearby southern Tuscan farmhouse B&B and the beautiful fall colors of the landscape with its hills and vineyards, including visits to a 12th-century Romanesque church, small villages and quaint restaurants, and the towns of Murlo and Asciano, seeking out a local food festival recommended by the B&B hosts.
  • Turin- Architecture and Art, Chocolate and Cafes: "The oxymoron "simple elegance" keynoted our recent 3-day Turin stay: from our exquisite loft apartment to the elegant caffé interiors to the regal architecture of this royal city..."
  • Gargano on Fire: The August 2007 fires of the Gargano peninsula.

France

  • Postcard - All Quiet on the Riviera - Postcard describing time spent in Cassis along the Côte d'Azur during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall.

Australia

  • North East Victoria: The Alpine High Country of Victoria lies in the North Eastern part of the state, with one town that really shines as a vacation destination - Bright, ideally situated between the snowfields of the Australian Alps and the lush banks of the Murray River.
  • Adelaide Hills: With natural beauty, wildlife parks, and a strong sense of history and culture in the towns, this area near Adelaide offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere, creating the perfect balance from the more hectic city life.
  • East MacDonnell Ranges: The East MacDonnell Ranges are the ultimate oasis in the desert, with less tourists, rugged and magnificent scenery, offering incredible walks, magnificent views and a diversity that is hard to match.

Other

  • Budapest, Hungary: Useful info about Budapest, its characteristics and some curiosities.

April 2008

General

Italy

  • Living Slow: Internal Affairs: Valerie's family and her life in Italy have taught her that one must know how to nurture one’s own internal affairs, for Italians are obsessed with la digestione.
  • Sacro Monte di Crea: Walking to paradise in the Monferrato.
  • Ginda's Umbria: 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
  • One-Day Tour of Siena: Two of the major gems of Siena can be visited in one day - the Palazzo Pubblico and the Duomo - along with a fine meal and a farewell gelato.
  • One-Day Tour of Bologna: Make the most of a one-day visit to Bologna and visit its historical, architectural and present-day treats.

Germany

  • Saxon Switzerland: Nature provides a playground for adventurers in a land of castles, caves, gorges and forests.
  • The Bavarian Forest: Along with the Bohemian Forest, the largest range of forested mountains in Central Europe quite possibly provide the widest range of activities of any location in Europe.

Australia

  • Driving the Coast of Queensland: Take a week or even a month to enjoy the diversity of each region up and down the famous Queensland coastline, starting at Brisbane and arriving in paradise, right on the doorstep of the famous Great Barrier Reef.
  • Small Town Tasmania: Visit the small towns in Tasmania, enjoy the open spaces of the lush green countryside and the quiet serenity of the wide Tasmanian skies, and discover an altogether quieter, serene and more beautiful insight into the history of Tassy.
  • West Coast Tasmania: Tasmania's countryside gives you the feeling of isolation as you gaze out over mountains, forests and lakes - and this is the beaurty of Tassy. The rocky coastline, the ocean, mountains and valleys, and the rainforest - they all transport you far, far away.

United States

March 2008

General

Italy

  • The Origin of Italian Pottery - The history and tips on where to see these beautiful works of art.
  • Living Slow - Haircut from Hades - Valerie enlightens us with her entertaining, never-ending journey to procure an appropriate haircut amongst the very "fashion-conscious" world of Italian hair stylists.

Australia

  • Byron Bay: The Beauty and the Bohemia - The third most popular place in Australia to visit.
  • Stanthorpe, Queensland's Wine Capital - A picturesque town known for its amazing national parks, historical buildings and wineries, located on the New England Highway close to the New South Wales border.
  • Phillip Island: Only two hours from Melbourne, this popular tourist area is a haven for wildlife (penguins, koalas, seals) and is rich in culture and history.
  • Agnes Waters and the Town of 1770: These two towns share a heavenly stretch of coast that is known as the first landing place of Captain James Cook, with all the necessary services and amenities within a quiet and serene village atmosphere.
  • The Sunshine Coast of Queensland: Some of Australia's best beaches and rivers, tropical rainforests and camping sites make Queensland's Sunshine Coast one of Australia's most popular destinations.

France

USA

February 2008

General

Italy

  • Updated: One day in Assisi
  • Updated: Travel Budget for 2008 - Bob's estimated cost projections for traveling to Italy in 2008.
  • Living Slow In Italy: The House That Patience Built - Valerie and her husband decide to move from their cramped, dark apartment to a ... cramped, bright apartment. Valerie also talks about her friends, Francesca and Giorgio, and their thirty-year wait to move into their new home.

January 2008

General

Italy

France

Rest of the World


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