Remembering Monteriggioni

It’s not a place you forget, then again, either is Italy.  I’m hoping to return soon and have entered this photo in the contest.  If you would like to help, please visit my Instagram gallery   Otherwise, please enjoy this photo and let me know how you enjoyed this wonderful town in Tuscany.

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San Marco Basilica in Venice

IMG_3456Venice. The courtyard of the Doge’s Palace, facing the San Marco Basilica. It was such a hot – over 95 degrees – day with humidity soaring. But we were determined to see St. Mark’s Square. We just couldn’t leave Venice without it. I was lucky to be able to get this shot as the square itself was wall to wall people.  Next time I visit Venice, it will not be in the summer months…. this was early June.

This is the second photo marking my return to my website, http://www.italyandme.com  I have so much to share with you.  I now have a Facebook page and an active Instagram gallery. Read more

Cicchetti in Venice, A Tasty Treat

IMG_1815Hello. It’s me. Yes, it’s been awhile but I’m back!  Since I last posted I’ve been on many journeys.  Up and down in Spain, Tuscany and Rome again, Venice for the first time and to the Friuli region of Italy.   The photo above is from Venice where the Spritz reigns king. Here you can see some examples of traditional cicchetti – small snacks or side dishes.  They come in so many versions,  you could exist on cicchetti your entire trip and not get tired of it.  I’ve been posting quite a few photos these days on my Instagram account (@bethbeeman) of my travels.  Check it out if you have the time.  Meanwhile, I’m back here.  Great to reconnect.
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Puglia Series: Night Comes to Lecce

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We embraced the evening as we did the beginning.  A cool wind whipped at our faces as we joined the locals in the evening passeggiata – a leisurely stroll around town – a nightly ritual performed throughout Italy. The cool stone radiated the warmth of the day. We shoved our hands deeper in our pockets and opened our faces to the magic. Puglia awaits.

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No Stir Saffron Risotto with Peas

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No stir risotto? Seriously? Yup and Judy Witts Francini has the secret.  Head on over to her new Dining with the Diva YouTube channel to learn her secret to this delicious saffron risotto with fresh asparagus. I substituted peas, because that’s what I had in the house, and that’s what cooking is all about. Super easy meal in just under 15 minutes.

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