Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

Alberobello is the best known and most touristy of the Trulli home cities. There is a large section that consists only of Trulli homes. The city is divided into two parts: 1) the main part of the city with its white buildings and the cathedral and 2) the Trulli section. The city is walkable as is the Trulli area. The Trulli area consists of small narrow streets that are pedestrian and moped only. This is a fairytale land worth spending time in.

Come see this enchanted city and walk with us through the Trulli homes. If you enjoy these VLOGs, please like it on YouTube and subscribe.

– George Febish

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Ostuni, Italy

Ostuni is another small city in Puglia Italy near Cisternino. It is down on the heel of the boot near the Adriatic Sea. These are great cities to walk around and explore. Watch the Youtube video below and come walk with us through though wonderful town. Each Monday we will visit another town on my VLOG. Most will be small mountain towns or seaside resorts but a few will be large famous Italian cities.

These small cities are easily reached by car. Parking is easy and free in most but some have pay machines. You simply look at the machine to see the cost and time covered. Put enough coins in to cover your desired time and press the green button. A ticket is printed and you place it on your dash-board.

The best part of being in these small cities is to become part of Italian life:

  1. Eat the local food
  2. Drink the local wines
  3. Walk like the Italians do (you don’t need a gym in Italy)
  4. When you sit to eat, observe the Italian life around you
  5. Say Buon Giorno or Buona Sera to people you pass on the streets
  6. Speak to as many local people as possible
  7. Enjoy your time, be romantic and never be on a time-table. Be spontaneous

If you like this series of VLOGs, Press the YouTube button on the video below and like it and subscribe to my channel. I hope you enjoy our small walk.

– George


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Cisternino Puglia, Italy

I have started a new VLOG on Italian cities. This is the first one on the small wonderful city of Cisternino in Puglia. Jo Anne and I recently visited this city and loved it. Sit back and travel with us through Italy.

This video is also available on YouTube at George Febish. If you enjoy it please like it and subscribe on Youtube so you don’t miss any cities we visit.


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How is your attitude for traveling?

I have met some able-bodied souls that just don’t want to leave their area, their comfort zone. As they age it gets worse. Soon they don’t want to leave their homes. They could be enjoying life so much more. This was brought home to us on our return trip from Rome to Philadelphia on American Airlines.

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We noticed the two seats in front of us were open. These flights never have open seats. Soon, just before the doors closed, two Italian workers carried a man in his wheelchair up the stairs and into the plane. The man and his wife were our seat neighbors. He couldn’t even move himself into the seat from the wheelchair. The two men lifted him and arranged him in his seat.

As they prepared to close the plane door, Jo Anne jokingly said “Can I get off, I want to stay here in Italy.” The handicapped man said “Me too.” Later we found out they travel each year. Many of their trips were to Italy. The wife admitted that the trips were getting harder and harder but he loved them so much. Here was a man who had every reason to stay at home but decided to live life instead. Are you living your life?

Everyone has hardships, some harder than others but they don’t have to stop you from living. If seeing Italy is a dream of yours, DO IT!

– George


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Bella Italia

We just got back from almost 3 weeks in Bella Italia. As usual it was a great trip. We flew from Florida to Philadelphia to Rome and then drove the 4.5 hours south to our home in southern Campania.


Our mountain through a screened window

As we opened up the house to face a years dust, we discovered that our refrigerator was not working. When we closed the place down last year, we turned off the main circuit breaker and opened the refrigerator door. As I thought about this new and frustrating problem, I remembered we had an air conditioner installed while we were gone. We also changed electric companies and had requested an automatic withdrawal from our account in Italy, which did not happen. The AC people told us that there was no electric in the house. Our electric was turned off since the bill was not paid. After many calls and emails the bill was paid and the electric turned back on. The AC people must have left the circuit breaker turned on. The refrigerator started up since the door was open and ran and ran until it burned out.

Oh well we were on vacation and needed a refrigerator. We bought a new one and a clothes washer and had them installed.

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New refrigerator and washer

Now we were ready to enjoy ourselves. As we did our wash, we were reminded of how nice it was to hang clothes outside to dry. They dry very quickly in the brisk mountain air and smell so good. OK now we needed a glass of wine …

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Views with a glass of wine

More to come on this magnificent trip!

– George


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The Magnificent Views of Italy

It doesn’t matter where you are in Italy. There are views and eye-catching sights everywhere. You can be in a big city looking at a famous monument, on a small street, looking at a small city high up on a mountain, at the beach, climbing stairs or sitting at a small trattoria. Italy is all about its architecture. It has a personality all to itself. Here you stand on ancient roads, some dating pre-Roman. You feel and see its history. At the same time there is a modern culture all around you. iPhones, iPad and computers are everywhere. Most bars have free wi-fi service.

We come to Italy for the food, the people and these views. I love the feeling of being in an ancient place. Thinking about those ancient people and what they did, what they felt. Was their life that different from ours? These views can talk to you! Just listen and hear what they are saying. This is not a country to be rushed. Stop, relax and take in these views. Listen to them. Imaging yourself back in those times. Soon your modern problems give way to an appreciation of this great history.

My wish to all my readers is to be able to travel. experience another culture. Enjoy life more. There is so much to experience and learn. Pick a place you are passionate about and visit it. Put it on your bucket list. life is short but memories are forever.

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My passion is Italy, what is yours?


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The Churches of Italy

Italy is famous for many things but its churches are old and magnificent. They are not just churches but art galleries, studies in architecture and beautiful places to visit. They provide a cool atmosphere from the hot sun. The frescoes are wonderful to study, telling of story of days long gone. Every city has at least one church. They may be called Chiesa, Catterdrale, Basilica or Duomo.

Do not pass up a chance to visit one of these marvels. Look at the floors, the splendor of its height, the walls and stained glass windows. Look for frescoes and tapestries. The alters are magnificent. The organs are fantastic and even the pulpits can be ornate.

Below is just a sampling of churches from some big and small cities around Italy:


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Duomo Florence


Duomo Cortona

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Duomo Siena


Assisi Cathedral (in Assisi)


Church in Assisi


Saint Francis (Outside Assisi)


Pantheon Rome


Church in Castelnuovo Cilento (Campania)


Saint Peter’s Basillica – Vatican City

Post your pictures of your favorite Italian churches in the comments below.


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Bufala Mozzarella

Bufala Mozzarella is a cheese made from the milk of the Italian water buffalo. It is a product of Italy, in the region of Campania and mainly from the provinces of Caserta and Salerno. It is a fresh delicious cheese that is soft and milky. It is typically stored in water to keep it fresh. It is never refrigerated. We have a home in the province of Salerno so there is a lot of Bufala Mozzarella around us. Along the road from the A3 Autostrada to Agropoli there are many places that make it. In every town there is someone who sells it.

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This is the way mozzarella cheese was meant to be. If you are in Campania, try it. Feel the softness of its texture, taste the flavor and enjoy a really great cheese. We love it with fresh picked tomatoes and a little olive oil but on a panini (sandwich) it is also great. It is one of the many things we look forward to when we arrive back in this region of Italy. It is the main these of Naples in Campania and is used on pizza in this region.



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Eat Pray Love – ROME

Castel Sant' Angelo, Roma.

Castel Sant’ Angelo, Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love the movie and the saying ” Dolce far niente” The sweetness of doing nothing.  Read this BLOG about one persons experience in Roma. They said Rome was “healing”! Italians really do better than we Americans do on how to live in the moment. How to appreciate your life and what you have. How to be thankful for what you have. Remember this when you are with your family and friends. Thank the family and friends in your life. Sit back and enjoy your life. DO NOT THINK ONCE ABOUT WORK. Be into Dolce Far Niente!

Life is meant to be enjoyed. Enjoy the small things as well as the large things. Enjoy the beauty around you, the food you eat, the wine you drink, the people you meet and everything you experience. When you travel to Italy remember this. Practice it not only in large cities like Rome but each little city you visit. These will be the memories you will never forget. Enjoy & be romantic …



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Italy’s Laundry

What is it about laundry out to dry? It is colorful and different shapes. It is against the backdrop of an ancient building. Maybe it is because it is not seen here in America any more. I find myself attracted to it from a photography point of view. I end up always taking pictures of it. I think it has a message. Life goes on here as it always did. Life is good here.

I know some of my fellow bloggers also take a lot of these pictures. It must be a common thing for tourists to this wonderful country. It doesn’t matter if you are in a tiny mountain town, a beach town or a large city, it is everywhere around you as you walk. Italy is all about walking. You meet people this way, you see things you would have missed in a car or bus. It allows you to slow down and enjoy where you are. Enjoy!

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