The kids and I were out there at dawn. Again. We are addicted. You gotta be to be out in that cold. The hot chocolate was good tho! Two of the shots below are by Isabella, my amazing daughter. “I would give up every other rally just to be sure I could come to fly [...]
A major winter storm is moving in on us from the southwest today. I took ...
At 6am in the morning on November 30th, I’m flying out to Costa Rica. Astonishingly, ...
Given that I hopped a fence to stroll along the rim of the gorge I ...
Editor’s Note: Rules being rules and laws being laws, please note that you have to to be at least 18 years old to read the rest of this post. Ya silly I know. Its because of the alcohol…. Tuscan Food and Wine One of the main things that I wanted to work on while in [...]
It is more than a little difficult to imagine that dirty, bloodied violent armies slugged it out back and forth over those green and golden rolling hills for centuries. It wasn’t always that way. The Romans established a villa on that hilltop in the 4th century BCE and called it “Villa Larziana”, the name coming [...]
In the Bar dell’Orso on the road to Montalcino I needed a break from all the espresso shots I was kicking back. Instead, I wanted to just sit and sip at a coffee. Take my time. Enjoy it. I asked him for an Americano. His jaw dropped, his eyes nearly popped from his head. He [...]
This is the Sangiovese grosso. Some think this grape has been cultivated since Etruscan times. Yesterday we drove south to the Montalcino where the the Sangiovese grosso is raised specifically for the Brunello wine produced by Cantine Leonardo DaVinci. We visited a hill side grower. His vines line the slopes above the Sant’Antimo abbey. On [...]
I can’t seem to stop myself. All my photos of Tuscany so far are of this magnificent landscape. It is classic and stunning with rolling hills and heavy in agriculture – although that is declining as part of the regional economy. I have yet to seen an uncultivated piece of land. Lets be honest, this [...]
Should foreigners pay more? That was the question back at the beginning of summer when a heated discussion ensued among travel bloggers on Facebook. At the center of the debate was the tendency of some world governments to charge foreign visitors more than locals to enter a national monument, archaeological site or wildlife park. The [...]
”Albeit they have neyther meadows, nor pastures, nor arable grounds neare their city…they have as great abundance of victuals, corne and fruites of all sorts whatsoever…being plenteously ministred unto them from Padua, Vicenza, and other bordering townes and places of Lombardy….As for their fruits, I have observed wonderful plenty amongst them, as Grapes, Peares, Applees, [...]
Editors note: this is an updated version of an article I published here nearly three years ago. Ancient Games Go North Here’s a study I stumbled across that combines three of my favorite things: The Arctic, the Arab world and cultural connections in the ancient world. The question is, how could a board game that [...]
When you think of Australian food, barbecue may be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet with vast expanses and diverse microclimates, Australia is home to many unique agricultural regions. Australia’s farmers and gourmet food producers dot the landscape, and many open their doors to visitors. For a special (and delicious) insight into Australia’s [...]
In part it is because Barcelona is flat out ancient. In part it is because it is the capital of Catalonia. It is in part because of its rich history as one of the most important cities in the world. Barcelona is rich in museums and cultural sites and is probably my favorite city in [...]
EDITOR’S NOTE: I still have so much material from my first visit to Panama. Yes, I plan another visit as soon as possible – Costa Rica first however, in just three weeks! I’ll be trickling out more from Panama over the next few months. Deforestation in Panama In January 2013 I spent several days hiking [...]
It was just a month ago….outside my window at Casale di Valle, down and across a string of vinyards, there was this one Tuscan hill crowned with these Lombardy poplars, heavy in personality. The mood of that hill changed almost by the minute over the course of my time in the casale and I found [...]
Ok. If you’re only here for the recipe and not the amazing and outstanding and simply mouthwatering photography then jump on down to the bottom where you will find Chef Anna’s Italian Crostata Recipe as presented by chef Karista Bennett of Karista’s Kitchen my friend and fello DaVinci Storyteller for 2013. Fine. Go ahead…make the [...]
If you’re looking for a cheap fix, perhaps a last-dash escape to warmer climes to see off the summer in style, there are plenty of ways to grab a bargain break, without breaking the bank. Cheap holidays come in many different forms, and it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. For instance, a [...]
I promised way back in the middle of the summer that I would get back to offering photography advice again as soon as possible. Well, this is as soon as possible. My intent is to post one “how to” photography article a month from here on out. So here it goes. How to Photograph Lightning [...]
Archaeology, beer and food have motivated award-winning author and photographer Jim O’Donnell’s twenty-five years of travel to over forty countries on five continents - and are at least partially to blame for the five languages he is sure he can stumble through. Jim is the author of “Notes for the Aurora Society”, and “Rise and Go a collection of 200+ images and short stories from Around the World as well as numerous other sordid tales, articles, half-finished novels, works in progress, essays and other scribbling. Jim is the owner and head monkey here at Around the World in Eighty Years.
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- Should Foreigners Pay More? Damn Straight. September 19, 2013
- On The River Arno – Florence – My Shot of the Day, September 28, 2013 September 28, 2013
- “No. No. You May Not Have an Americano” – My Shot of the Day – October 5, 2013 October 5, 2013
- Larciano Castello – My Shot of the Day – October 9, 2013 October 9, 2013
- Australia’s Most Delectable Food Trails November 25, 2013
- Taos Mountain, New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – November 23, 2013 November 23, 2013
- I’m Off to Costa Rica in Two Weeks! November 20, 2013
- Five Barcelona Museums Not to be Missed November 18, 2013
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