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The Maremma sheep dogs–mere yards away from our tent– had been barking since 4am. A couple of hours later, my 16 year-old daughter and I crept out of our tent in the darkness, seeking warmth in the agriturismo farmhouse where the majority of our group was sleeping inside. Nunzio, the jovial bearded man responsible for […]

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Day 2 of the Transumanza, the age-old tradition of leading animals on an annual migration to higher mountain pastures in the Apennines Mountains of Abruzzo, in central Italy. My 16 year old daughter and I had joined a group of mostly Italian people, and some Maltese, who had collectively joined a 3 day transumanza adventure […]

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It’s almost Thanksgiving…the time when we’re traditionally reunited with our families. Outside my window, cool winds whip through bare trees, and temps drop low enough to snow. But my thoughts drift to the shepherd and the flock of sheep that we left high in the mountains of central Italy this past summer. It’s certainly cold […]

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Did you grow up in the 60’s? If so, you’ll certainly recognize scenes from a familiar childhood cartoon as you walk around this park… Maybe the yellow creature isn’t immediately recognizable. But look beyond— to the character standing in front of her little concrete house on this barren landscape. Know who she is? Go ahead. […]

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