Here be dragons

(Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 28, c. 1552) The drive from Toronto to this patch of land in Vermont takes about nine hours when you follow the "northern route," which skirts the northern shore of Lake Ontario, follows the St. Lawrence River east, and then bangs a right at Montreal, south to the US border. At least… Continue reading Here be dragons

Italian Folktales ~ Day 5 (June 29, 2011), Bolzano and Cortina

We rented a tiny car at the Verona airport on a bright, hot morning and drove the A22 Autostrada through the Brenner Pass from Verona to Bolzano. After Verona, Bolzano—which bills itself as "the gateway to the Dolomites" and is the capital city of the South Tyrol—was like a foreign country. Although everyone could speak… Continue reading Italian Folktales ~ Day 5 (June 29, 2011), Bolzano and Cortina

Italian Folktales ~ Day 2 (June 26, 2011), Verona

From the airplane window, we saw the Alps. We'd flown all night from Canada to Paris, then had 45 minutes to run from one end of Charles De Gaulle to the other, through customs, through security, onto a shuttle bus, and then onto our little plane. We were out of breath, a bit disoriented from… Continue reading Italian Folktales ~ Day 2 (June 26, 2011), Verona

Italian Folktales ~ Day 1 (June 25, 2011), Vermont to Somewhere Over the Atlantic Ocean

Michael and I first saw the Dolomites when we were backpacking through northern Italy, on our way to getting married in Norway. "Let's come back and hike those mountains someday," we said to each other. My, how 20 years can flash by. Four months after we returned from that long dreamed-of trip, I find I… Continue reading Italian Folktales ~ Day 1 (June 25, 2011), Vermont to Somewhere Over the Atlantic Ocean