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08:28 min | 3 months ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"You feel the magic like francis and i do certainly my experiencing cortana especially the way spied on Here in america. Of course you know we have to get in and out of our car to you. Know go grocery shopping and certainly in kansas. It can want a bottle of wine ticket with your meal. You have to go to a separate place. Because that's not fold in a grocery store so include tony i have an affinity for the piazza's and khotan especially and so i wanted to ask francis Among all of the other hilltop towns that she's visited in the tuscany and umbria region. What would it be her next favorite beyond. Just now. i love the tiny town of luciano. It has an elliptical shaped piazza. It's not a very lively town but it such a beauty And i think the renaissance piazza in piacenza is stunning backed by the big duomo and the view of the valley behind that. It's a magical piazza course. I really love the piazza's in florence. I'm everywhere you know. Has its own in tuscany. Luka has another one of those round. Luca has loot. Yeah you're right. Luca hasn incredible. Piazza one of my favorites is in. Massa marie tehema that's on the edge of the maroma and it's kind of a lopsided piazza kind of somber but very dignified and Send sepulchre has wonderful. Piazza of their everywhere. Somber is an interesting word because a lot of these stone villages they feel a little somber and the piazza can be lifeless full of life. Depending on the time you go there. I think it's fun to think about the different personalities that piazza's have in the different times of day company. Fjord it is yes. I tried to analyze once why. Ipo china is lively and why one is not it. Seems the more kind of daily shops at has. The livelier is the more churches and banks. It has the less lively at ios but the luciano is really a sweet small one over an umbrella. I love the piazza in monte folco. That's great town. And the home of the santino one or a loved that round. Yata very lively and appealing. What's that town. France on falco monte. Falco right yeah. The sovereignty no is kind of the everybody in tuscany goes for the brunello di montalcino but in umbria satan tino the favourite. You know we're talking about one square can be lively in the next lively in rome. Everybody loves company fury and then just a block away. What is it piazza. Pharmacy to know what i'm talking about. There's just as a pizza with the french embassy facing it and it's just it's it's a beautiful stately. Michelangelo designed the facade. But there's no people there. There's just a some police guarding the french embassy. And there's a big convent in kind of deadly and then you step a block away into company fiori and it's a it. Looks like a movie set. Every different time of day has a different personality. It's got the fountains going. It's got young lovers. It's got the patina have age and all of the Little cafes and restaurants that surrounded. I just loved square and it's completely different in the morning with the market in the evening when it's romantic and at midnight when it's sort of place for all the crazy people to hang out it's just interesting miranda. Thanks for your call. Phone number and travel with. Rick steves eight seven seven three three three seven four to five our special guests right. Now is francis maze. It's an interview. We recorded prior to the covid pandemic. She's helping us to look at life the way it's meant to be lived in the mini piazza's of italy's small towns and city neighborhoods. Prentice is the author of you in the piazza which highlights the many easygoing attractions. She's enjoyed while prepping across it. Francis also recently co authored a national geographic photo book called francis maes always italy and brad's calling from williamsburg virginia. Hey brad jaric chalvin chesa share one ear. Piazza memories bread. I was very fortunate to be stationed in. Usr mean tens Up in the vento about sixty miles west of Venice and discover the little town of little sticker. Which is oh. I don't know sixty miles or so northeast of Descenza it's built on the side of a hill and it's an old walled city say city. It's really a a large village and it has a very interesting history about its. it's viansa. The piazza is laid out like a giant chessboard and About six hundred years ago too. Young nobles fell in love with the daughter of the duquet and the uk was friends with both families. And so you said really didn't want them to fight a duel. So he proposed that they play chess match and then whoever wanna chess match with when the hand of his daughter so the villagers said that they wanted to watch but there wasn't enough room and so they laid out to be. I felt like a giant chessboard and the villagers played the parts of different chess pieces. So the two young men are under a small tent and they're playing the game and with each move then the the local troubadours would call out which move it was and so the whole village could participate in watch how the how the game played out. Well this became a very famous ballots and now every two years on us that september every even numbered year for eight days the villagers Go into medieval costume. And they'll have to recreation of this and and this troubadour will sing out the different moods of the game and you have an armor on horseback and people walking around with outcomes on their underarm. And it's really quite a wonderful spectacle. You have to get tickets about six months in advance because it tends to sell out. But it's really just a marvelous thing to to observe a new really. Feel like you've gone back in time. So this is the piazza in the village of morose daca m. a. r. o. s. t. I see a near vicenza which is famous for with architects because that's the home of the palladian architecture and so on sounds good. Luckily so thanks brad. Say your town my goodness there's so much in italy and that's what francis has discovered and she spent what you spend about six months researching. You're in the piazza book francis longer than that i. It's all blurb. Now a lot of villages and a lot of beautiful moments on a lot of beautiful piazza's i think bottom line is wherever you are in italy. Make sure you take time to become a temporary local. Just melt into the scene. Socially from cuisine point of view and the local wine. Or whatever right on the main square in the piazza and francis. I know from your writing that. Fdu venture rounded. Lee love your travels but it's always good to get back to your adopted hometown of cortana. Let's finish this discussion about the magic of the piazza with the your feeling about a piazza in court. Cortana sits down just for a little glass of wine on your favorite piazza in koto. What are we going to see. What are we gonna feel. We have two main piazzas and in the morning Depends on what time i get to my chair in the piazza because there are no umbrellas allowed in the piazza della repubblica. So you have to gauge when you going by where. The sun is going to fall behind the buildings. 'cause you don't want to sit in the direct okay so i find my place at a certain time. My friends stop by you. Meet may be thirty people that you talk to in the course of having a couple of cappuccinos and then i just wander around town doing my shopping. It's very casual and is just a way of life that i have come to think is one of the healthiest ways to live and happiest ways to live. I've enjoyed the piazza's also at night. Nobody goes to bed early especially in the summer in cortana. Eleven o'clock at night all the cafes.

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

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06:32 min | 3 months ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"This was french for. Hello i'm sabine. I live in the long dock in southern france. And i'm traveling with weeks. Teeth bozos methods sabina bid on long duck it only see the hall says click steve in just about any city or town in italy. You don't have to look far too experienced heart of the community. Ever since the roman era the action has been in the piazza author francis maes knows how the public squares and plazas in italy can reveal the real soul of any town or neighborhood the author of under the tuscan sun takes us to some of italy's most places to wander and take life easy in her book. Cu in the piazza francis joins us now. Travel with rick steves. In an interview we recorded prior to the cova checkouts to explore the sweetness of doing nothing. The way they do in the piazza's of italy francis journal thank you. It's nice to be here. you must know that. What is the phrase Adult chief arne and say yes we do. Nothing sweep to do nothing and it's really sweet to do nothing. Piazza what is it about that. So fundamental to the the reason so many of us travelers just love italy heart of the town. It's where everyone comes together. You go there to shop to do your business to meet a friend for coffee but you're also going to run into the plumber you haven't been able to reach or The dentist she wanted to make an appointment with. It's it's one reason. The internet hasn't gotten so crazy in italy. As has here because you don't need to be online you're going to see everybody in the piazza that morning and i think that the big sense of community comes directly from that. It's it's the living room of town it's like the town is the big palace and they're the piazza is living room. It is delivered. But of course it's The weather lends itself to piazza. Living people love to be out in the streets and in italy. People like the action. I always think when i go to hotel. I want it quiet. I'll go up a few flights of stairs. No one l. sacrifice the view to be in the backside where it's quiet at night but italian travelers. They ask for the noisy room on the front because they want to be near the action. That's probably true hoteliers. Tell me that. I always say i want a quiet room in the back in the go. That's easy because all the italian travelers the noisy room on the front. So you've spent thirty years in italy sitting piazza's having your cup pacino. What are some little France as the tips on on getting the most out of your piazza experience wherever you may be hanging out. I love the piazza life. And when i'm staying three days in a place i always have found by the end. My my favorite piazza and my favorite cafe on the piazza. So i'm i do spend a lot of time. They are infected inspired. My novel women in sunlight. I go in town every morning. Have coffee and often see women sitting around the piazza writing in a notebook or sketching or coming up on their bikes. And i know those women are travelers there on a quest. They're looking for something and It was kind of imagining what they were looking for. That led me to write that novel. And i know who they are So the piazza for me is a place to really observe people and to participate in the comedy of life. The peculiar looking people the gorgeous people the whatever interesting thing that i spot usually goes down in my notebook and and a lot of people A lot of writers feel that way. You know cafes in paris wherever but there's just some things so today about piazza life that ally taking part in it. We opened this discussion. Where you're just saying you know you don't need the internet everybody's right there in the piazza it is so true. It's hard to imagine that if you grow up in america behind the wheel of a car all the time but in italy that's where people just gravitate and you've got the core of the city. Historically you've got church you've got the city hall you've got the hospital you've got the belltower has everything you need. And you've got all the time in the world you've loved the sound of your particular belltower and drenched in sun. You've got beautiful little restaurant. You know the restaurant to you. Know the bar east in the cafe. It's just really lends itself to the ill. Dorchi fernandez the. What is it the sweetness of doing nothing. Yes it does. It also keeps you in touch with a lot of people in a very direct way because you going in the wine store. You're going in the fruit kadurah. You're going in the little grocery store. You are shopping at very different places in the course of the morning We have a little outdoor market in our town once a week and we also have a big market on another day so that takes place around the piazza that's where life is lived people. Go to piazza. And i think it's just such a healthy way to live because you get isolated man. There's not the hierarchy of age. It's a multi generational celebration and if there's a university or college in the town. The students are hanging out having their spritz. It's just you can join. A traveler is welcome. To join francis maes affectionately known as the bar of tuscany. She introduced us to what it takes to start over fixer upper tuscan villa in her bestseller under the tuscan sun. She writes about the back roads towns literally that she and her husband had been exploring in her book. See you in the piazza. Enter coffee table. Book francis maze of hallways. Italy won a gold prize in the two thousand. Twenty society of american travel. Writers awards francis also hosts a pbs special. In italy. she's written. I travel memoir coming of age tales about growing up in georgia plus novels and books of poetry. Her website is francis. Maes books dot com. Miranda's is calling in from leavenworth in kansas. Miranda do you have a piazza and leavenworth. Hi rick hi francis You know there is certainly a large downtown area with many oldest buildings with shops and places to how copy but certainly none of the wonderful things that you described so far In terms of piazza's an italy which your thoughts about piazza's in italy. Have you enjoyed them. Or if.

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

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07:57 min | 3 months ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"Italy. Today's travel with rick. Steves francis maes tells us how the local piazza is an important part of adult vita and sophie. Roberts tells us about her adventure to find decent piano for musical prodigy in mongolia by searching for the last pianos of siberia will hear about that in just a bit kings and queens with real power are a relic of the past in europe. Most of them today play ceremonial figurehead roles limited by their constitutions in britain pulls tell us most people are more or less supportive of the role. The windsors play as their royal family. Their lives are a regular beat for the british press and there are many elegance stops in british tourism connected to the queen and her family. Paul guest was an electrician on her majesty's royal yacht britannia when he was in the royal navy today. He works as a tour. Guide based in belfast. He's joined by. Elizabeth boardman a tour guide from bath not far from london. They're here to help us. Americans better understand the royals. In britain by the way our interviews recorded just prior to the global pandemic shutdowns liz. Paul thanks for joining us. Thank you very much right because if it's an interesting thing for us there's still kings and queens and in belgium and the netherlands spain over scandinavia. But they really have little power. But what's the purpose. Why do you. Brits willingly tax money to have kings and queens and princes printing around your country. I know that's a question that we always get asked his guides when we're doing our tours and yet one of the questions i always ask for members is put your hands up if you came on this tour just because we have a royal family. No one ever does that. We've got so much more to offer but the royal family are a big attraction for us as well because immediately. I'm sure if we just said prince charles prince william prince harry. Everyone has a visual of who they are because of the world media but for us as british citizens. It's a lot more than that. We're very personal about them. If we were to believe the Recent opinion polls approximately eighty eight percents of the british public are in favor of royal family which is quite surprising considering everyone still coming out of a depression and financial difficulties a hard but we like having the royals whether something actually practical about it and heavy responsibility to be a royal. Because do all the ceremonial stuff. I mean it's almost a fulltime job to be cutting edge hospitals and in the united states. We don't have anybody to do the ceremonial stuff except our politicians and in britain you can kind of divide. It threw the ceremonial stuff and politicians do the legislating. Yeah it's shared out between the royals. It's judy the of a sheduled which Follow i just want to reiterate what elizabeth sand and what what i think is It's a low for the royal family. I think we actually do love having a royal family On top of the huge amount of interest abroad and and brings in tourism and an income for the country to your heritage is sort of a celebration of england. Yeah goosebumps jurist. It's it's very interesting. So they are limited by the constitution so Do they have any political power at all. If a if a royal had a strong feeling about something what would they do. The house been royals of mid their feelings known especially prince charles on certain subjects. But as far as i'm aware they are told to sort of rain in a little bit on. Keep their opinions to themselves. So let's have a quick review of the royal family these days. Of course we've got queen elizabeth. She's getting old but she seems to be Still the metal name is did you of edinburgh also known as prince philip prince philip in their children so the eldest is prince charles who will be on next monarch followed by his sister. Princess own followed by his brother prince andrew. I'm also also a further brother. Who is prince edward. So all of these people are healthy and still in public Very match very much in the next generation. There's probably a lot of nieces and nephews. There is many nieces. And as we're speaking at the moment we've got three kings and one queen in waiting to go on the throne. What does that mean well. Basically what it means the next person in line for the throne when the queen dies will be prince. Charles right that will then be followed. By prince william his eldest son then prince william's eldest son prince george. Okay then we have his prince william's daughter princess charlotte. So i said that makes sense when the eldest son know if charles had an older daughter would she be next in line or is it still the old fashioned. Still be william. But when william and kate. Kate middleton who is william's wife when they were expecting prince george the eldest son. The law was changed if owner. So they couldn't grandfathered in but yeah grandfathered in so to speak the before the child was born. They changed the law. So they how that's historic it's historic. Donner gets the same rights in the lineage jackson. As it turned out they had prince george. But if prince george's had been girl it would have been a queen. Wow this is travel. With rick steves. We're talking the royal center joined by two english citizens. Both who seem to be fans at the royals. You don't strike me. As particularly conservative people and it's eighty percent of the brits are like celebrate tavern royal. We've got liz boardman and paul guest. When we travelled to england a big part of our visit is citing. And you see the changing of the guard at buckingham palace. so liz. how do we know when there's a change guard because it's not every day it's not every day just look online we have what's called royal dot uk. And because i i remember in the old days it was like every other day as long as it's not raining or something the weather can make an kind of influence for and also if we're having any state visit. Yeah so check on that and guidebooks. We'll tell you where to stand when to beware. But it's a procession that goes several hundred yards and its military parade and it's If you wanted to see the gods themselves and as you said the normally accompanied with a band with them on horses as well. It's it's one of the typical spectacles of coming to london. You're leading for a few days. There's a very good chance in the morning you'll see the mounted parade going up to the palace the extra changing of the guard. You're going to be pushed against that iron railing and it's hard see it actually. Is the topic victoria monument. That's very good. Tiff actually just get the elevated view. But the only thing i would say i'm normally the changing of the guard is around about eleven o'clock in the morning you would need to be in place for an hour beforehand. I love stepping out of my bed and breakfast. And hailing a taxi one of those beautiful cabs in london. Those black cabs and saying buckingham palace. I'll do you realize they think you're off to a garden party within the palace or okay. So we've talked about buckingham palace Great opportunity for travelers. Just outside of london is windsor palace. Paul is it worth the trouble to go out of lending to see windsor palace. Definitely i think any of the places outside. London linked to the royals are. They're all west vein. Which are those places. Got windsor sandringham. Balmoral some retreat for royal family now winter's classic palace experience. You've got the maze. You've got the big dollhouse you've got all sorts of beautiful things to check out when you go there and a lot.

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

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05:16 min | 3 months ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"Kings and queens with real power are a relic of the past in europe. Most of them today play ceremonial figurehead roles limited by their constitutions in britain pulls tell us most people are more or less supportive of the role. The windsors play as their royal family. Their lives are a regular beat for the british press and there are many elegance stops in british tourism connected to the queen and her family. Paul guest was an electrician on her majesty's royal yacht britannia when he was in the royal navy today. He works as a tour. Guide based in belfast. He's joined by. Elizabeth boardman a tour guide from bath not far from london. They're here to help us. Americans better understand the royals. In britain by the way our interviews recorded just prior to the global pandemic shutdowns liz. Paul thanks for joining us. Thank you very much right because if it's an interesting thing for us there's still kings and queens and in belgium and the netherlands spain over scandinavia. But they really have little power. But what's the purpose. Why do you. Brits willingly tax money to have kings and queens and princes printing around your country. I know that's a question that we always get asked his guides when we're doing our tours and yet one of the questions i always ask for members is put your hands up if you came on this tour just because we have a royal family. No one ever does that. We've got so much more to offer but the royal family are a big attraction for us as well because immediately. I'm sure if we just said prince charles prince william prince harry. Everyone has a visual of who they are because of the world media but for us as british citizens. It's a lot more than that. We're very personal about them. If we were to believe the <hes>. Recent opinion polls approximately eighty eight percents of the british public are in favor of royal family which is quite surprising considering everyone still coming out of a depression and financial difficulties a hard but we like having the royals whether something actually practical about it and heavy responsibility to be a royal. Because do all the ceremonial stuff. I mean it's almost a fulltime job to be cutting edge hospitals and in the united states. We don't have anybody to do the ceremonial stuff except our politicians and in britain you can kind of divide. It threw the ceremonial stuff and politicians do the legislating. Yeah it's shared out between the royals. It's judy the of a sheduled which <hes>. Follow i just want to reiterate what elizabeth sand and what what i think is <hes>. It's a low for the royal family. I think we actually do love having a royal family <hes>. On top of the huge amount of interest abroad and and brings in tourism and an income for the country to your heritage is sort of a celebration of england. Yeah goosebumps jurist. It's it's very interesting. So they are limited by the constitution so <hes>. Do they have any political power at all. If a if a royal had a strong feeling about something what would they do. The house been royals of mid their feelings known especially prince charles on certain subjects. But as far as i'm aware they are told to sort of rain in a little bit on. Keep their opinions to themselves. So let's have a quick review of the royal family these days. Of course we've got queen elizabeth. She's getting old but she seems to be <hes>. Still the metal name is did you of edinburgh also known as prince philip prince philip in their children so the eldest is prince charles who will be on next monarch followed by his sister. Princess own followed by his brother prince andrew. I'm also also a further brother. Who is prince edward. So all of these people are healthy and still in public <hes>. Very match very much in the next generation. There's probably a lot of nieces and nephews. There is many nieces. And as we're speaking at the moment we've got three kings and one queen in waiting to go on the throne. What does that mean well. Basically what it means the next person in line for the throne when the queen dies will be prince. Charles right that will then be followed. By prince william his eldest son then prince william's eldest son prince george. Okay then we have his prince william's daughter princess charlotte. So i said that makes sense when the eldest son know if charles had an older daughter would she be next in line or is it still the old fashioned. Still be william. But when william and kate. Kate middleton who is william's wife when they were expecting prince george the eldest son. The law was changed if owner. So they couldn't grandfathered in but yeah grandfathered in so to speak the before the child was born. They changed the law. So they how that's historic it's historic. Donner gets the same rights in the lineage jackson. As it turned out they had prince george. But if prince george's had been girl it would have been a queen. Wow

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05:15 min | 3 months ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"Kings and queens with real power are a relic of the past in europe. Most of them today play ceremonial figurehead roles limited by their constitutions in britain pulls tell us most people are more or less supportive of the role. The windsors play as their royal family. Their lives are a regular beat for the british press and there are many elegance stops in british tourism connected to the queen and her family. Paul guest was an electrician on her majesty's royal yacht britannia when he was in the royal navy today. He works as a tour. Guide based in belfast. He's joined by. Elizabeth boardman a tour guide from bath not far from london. They're here to help us. Americans better understand the royals. In britain by the way our interviews recorded just prior to the global pandemic shutdowns liz. Paul thanks for joining us. Thank you very much right because if it's an interesting thing for us there's still kings and queens and in belgium and the netherlands spain over scandinavia. But they really have little power. But what's the purpose. Why do you. Brits willingly tax money to have kings and queens and princes printing around your country. I know that's a question that we always get asked his guides when we're doing our tours and yet one of the questions i always ask for members is put your hands up if you came on this tour just because we have a royal family. No one ever does that. We've got so much more to offer but the royal family are a big attraction for us as well because immediately. I'm sure if we just said prince charles prince william prince harry. Everyone has a visual of who they are because of the world media but for us as british citizens. It's a lot more than that. We're very personal about them. If we were to believe the <hes>. Recent opinion polls approximately eighty eight percents of the british public are in favor of royal family which is quite surprising considering everyone still coming out of a depression and financial difficulties a hard but we like having the royals whether something actually practical about it and heavy responsibility to be a royal. Because do all the ceremonial stuff. I mean it's almost a fulltime job to be cutting edge hospitals and in the united states. We don't have anybody to do the ceremonial stuff except our politicians and in britain you can kind of divide. It threw the ceremonial stuff and politicians do the legislating. Yeah it's shared out between the royals. It's judy the of a sheduled which <hes>. Follow i just want to reiterate what elizabeth sand and what what i think is <hes>. It's a low for the royal family. I think we actually do love having a royal family <hes>. On top of the huge amount of interest abroad and and brings in tourism and an income for the country to your heritage is sort of a celebration of england. Yeah goosebumps jurist. It's it's very interesting. So they are limited by the constitution so <hes>. Do they have any political power at all. If a if a royal had a strong feeling about something what would they do. The house been royals of mid their feelings known especially prince charles on certain subjects. But as far as i'm aware they are told to sort of rain in a little bit on. Keep their opinions to themselves. So let's have a quick review of the royal family these days. Of course we've got queen elizabeth. She's getting old but she seems to be <hes>. Still the metal name is did you of edinburgh also known as prince philip prince philip in their children so the eldest is prince charles who will be on next monarch followed by his sister. Princess own followed by his brother prince andrew. I'm also also a further brother. Who is prince edward. So all of these people are healthy and still in public <hes>. Very match very much in the next generation. There's probably a lot of nieces and nephews. There is many nieces. And as we're speaking at the moment we've got three kings and one queen in waiting to go on the throne. What does that mean well. Basically what it means the next person in line for the throne when the queen dies will be prince. Charles right that will then be followed. By prince william his eldest son then prince william's eldest son prince george. Okay then we have his prince william's daughter princess charlotte. So i said that makes sense when the eldest son know if charles had an older daughter would she be next in line or is it still the old fashioned. Still be william. But when william and kate. Kate middleton who is william's wife when they were expecting prince george the eldest son. The law was changed if owner. So they couldn't grandfathered in but yeah grandfathered in so to speak the before the child was born. They changed the law. So they how that's historic it's historic. Donner gets the same rights in the lineage jackson. As it turned out they had prince george. But if prince george's had been girl it would have been a queen.

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05:41 min | 1 year ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"The first note of this. Summer's Olympic Games get underway shortly with the flame ceremony at the ancient sites of the Games on. Mount Olympus in Greece flaming torch then travel around Japan before it lands in Tokyo Delight Open. This year's Olympic Games historian and guide you'll on Costa lives in the heart of Greeks in petrous. She joins US now on travel. With Rick Steves examined the meaning behind the Olympic torch. Thousands of years ago when the Olympics were held in Olympia. There was no Olympic flame ceremony. No torch relay nothing like that. Fire was always very important to the people Prometheus was long stole the fire from the Gods. He brought it to the humans. Zeus got angry with him and there was a gold. This goddess hastier one of them important goddesses of ancient mythology. She was worshipped in trains. But also every sanctuary every home of the ancient Greek Times had hearth she was the goddess of hearth and in sanctuaries the priests. They made sure that the flame was always burning. There was an oil candle and that was the dedicated to her. So those ancient times that was the ancient times it was a symbol of justice it was a symbol of equality between the people. And you know when the greatest ablest colonies around the Mediterranean Sea. They were taking torch which was lead by a fire from the heart of the sanctuary of their city taking these flame with them all around the Mediterranean Sea and this way they would be connected to the mother CD them metropolis that flame it just connects and you can take a little bit of your home or your spiritual heartland or whatever with you today. The fame originates in Greece. The modern of course so the first modern Olympics they were held in Athens in eighteen. Ninety six the official Olympic Games from that point on these started traveling around the world but there was no Olympic flame. No really nothing like that so there was always an idea. Because in the ancient Greek Times in Athens they did organize torch relays in honor of AC- night in honor of Prometheus so during the Games of Nineteen Twenty eight in Amsterdam wildest stadium was built the architect John Wheels. He came up with an idea to have a big column at the stadium. Column of smoke would drive during the day and flame would burn during the night so people would know where the Olympics were held but there was no really nothing like that. So years went by before the Games of nineteen thirty six Berlin Berlin and I condemn ick. Carl deem who was in the organizing committee of the Games of Berlin while he was in Olympia talking to others. He came up with the idea of the torch relay. They had to find a smart way though to make it very impressive as well. So the manager of the Museum of Olympia. Alexander feels the fast. He came up with the idea of the Mirror on the altar of the Temple of Hera. Part of bollock mirrors placed facing the sun usually at twelve o'clock midday a few months before the beginning of the Olympic Games. That mirror creates an absolute image of the Sun So there are actresses of the Greek National Theater. And one of them's the high priestess. She has a torch in her hands which is not lead. Replace her torture in the center of this mirror and the torch ignites the way. We started with a magnifying glass. Same principle exactly so. We shouldn't be calling it the Olympic flame but the Olympic light. Because the idea was the light of Olympia would connect every county around the world to the birthplace of the Olympic Games. That's kind of related to the fact that in ancient times when the Olympic Games were held. All the wars would stop exactly. All the people would come together. I love that. So since then since nineteen nine hundred six have they had this light the plane exactly the same way. The exact same spot for summer and Winter Olympics always takes place. It's beautiful tradition. He these beautiful technic are supposedly. The late. Never goes out while the idea. Yes that's the idea Went the surrounding. It has happened and some people have used lighter in several cases by late while the athletes running the torch is behind them. There are always vehicles. That have propane devices or the flaming cauldron is burning so even if one of the plane goes out. There's always a backup from the original flame. This is travel with Rick. Steves we've been talking with Yana. Papa Costa and we're talking about the history of the Olympic flame. You WanNa thank so much. Thank you rik travel? With Rick Steves is produced by Tim. Tapping is a catholic wilder and Caz Mahal. At Rick STEVES EUROPE IN EDMONDS WASHINGTON. We get website support from American aucoin and our theme music is by Jerry. Frank special thanks to W Durham North Carolina and to sports byline. 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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves

08:07 min | 1 year ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"Seven three seven. Four to five and Kristen's calling in from the Bronx in New York. Kristen thanks for your call. Thanks Reich. I've had this guy So I wanNA thank you for Spiring me for my own venture living overseas in Italy under the Green Sun. I listen general. Here's teaching at the International School. And so it was really exciting to hear that general will be in the book. I never really cooked until I lived in Italy and I would just go to the supermarket and see these beautiful foods and they really simple things that beautiful purple eggplants or just some tomatoes and Mozzarella but I was intimidated by the markets. I wanted to know if you had some advice for going to the markets in the fruit stands. I just I never really knew what to do. Wow I I love markets and I know the people just absolutely love to visit and talk so. I don't know I've never felt intimidated there but I guess just showing appreciation for what they have probably would kind of break the Ice Kristen. What intimidated you in the markets? I never really knew where to begin. I guess supermarkets just seem very familiar and in the markets. I just yeah. I didn't know I because I'm not. I consider myself a cook at the time. I didn't know like what you put together for. Meal know might have felt just overwhelmed by all that is there in. What in the world do I do with it and I I think just picking up everything that looks good and taking it home and making big pasta sauce would be a good place to start. But I think it's well worth diving into those markets Francis rates beautifully about that in the Piazza. I love the way you talk about the market in Catania Sicily and all over Sicily. Especially there's this chorus of merchants barking about what they're selling just to stand in the middle and to soak up this cavern and to think it's all tied to people out people with small. Refrigerators tucked under their sink. Not a big freezer in the garage but just a tiny frigerator who want to go to the market every morning. Connect with the merchants to pick up what they're going to serve their family later that day. It's a beautiful ritual. I'd say it is in. It's just fun to go. Because it's medieval remnant of Oh market days in our town. The men and their wool suits still gather and talk. They have not changed. Its I think the same men from thirty years ago still standing there talking. I love it. People still come in from the country with their market bags and do all shopping in Voltaire I think it is the some kind of merchants of guys that had sheep or something like that they traditionally. They all met right here and now they're retired and they still do that. The market's moved on but still do it and they have that momentum where they've just this is where they gathered and this is where the conversation and the gossip happens in his travelers. We can be right there getting in on the on the fun. He Kristen. Thanks for your call and happy. Travels Tom's calling in from Hampton. Virginia Tom if you enjoyed any eating in Italy lately I certainly have. I was very fortunate. We were doing our our roots. If you will and my wife has a cousin in the little town of Castle l'amante in Piemonte just north east of Torino and we went and spent a week there. It's A. He has a hotel as well as the restaurant. And Oh my gosh. What a fine chef and the name of the place was Albergo trae Ray. Little Town Kessler month. They what was amazing is. I don't think they saw any Americans ever before in Kesselman Day. my wife went into a cheese shop and The person at the counter set. Are you an American? She said yes and she said we never swayed you hear castle so it was a great time. We got to connect with relatives. My wife's cousin and eat some just wonderful wonderful food. Although I gotTa Tell You Francis I am not crazy about Ziadeh. I don't know if you've ever had that you know. Piemonte can't do that one. I have a friend from Torino who loves it but what is it. It's Daesh that has so many peculiar things in it. That I just can't I mean tweets breads sweetbreads. Testicles are good at cooking up every little bit of the animal. Aren't they go to an old fashioned restaurant near the near the market You're likely to find some sweetmeats on the on the specials list. Will YOU UP IN TROUBLE COUNTRY? Did you have any trouble? Yes Oh we were there in September. It was just shy of But we had some. Nevertheless he had some say and It was just and he also did Zambian at at our table. That was just something to behold. Now we're talking about Piedmont or PM Day. It's famous for its wines. What are the famous winds from Piedmont? Oh the ask the Borana. Wyan wines are also castle towns. But it's hard to. It's hard to put your like any marquee site or attraction so a lot of travelers. Don't think of going to Piedmont. How would you describe Piedmont Francis for people who are considering that region of Italy? It's up south of Milano. Yes then near Torino. Right Torino is Monte okay It's one of the most beautiful regions and I think some people would say the top place to eat in Italy `spumante although some would say Emilia Romagna some would say Tuscany. But it's up there very scenic the vineyards of so cared for and it's also the area of Hazelnut Trees Gorgeous List Explore Glenn also Torino's the Where Italy was was founded. Well that would make sense because of its famous for its cuisine. Hey Tom we gotta run. Thanks for your call. Thank you chow. Chow this travel with Rick. Steves we've been talking about eating in Italy with Francis Maes. Her new book is see you in the Piazza Francis part of Italy of courses. The freshness of the ingredients part of it is the heritage terroir. A lot of it is the ambiance. I just cannot recreate the ambiance in the United States. When I go to an Italian restaurant how would you describe the ideal ambience of your one of your favorite meals in Italy? What is it about it that gives it that unforgettable travel experience? I think it's the people from me. I like personal contact in the restaurant. I like for things to be lively and friendly. I don't like austere restaurants where you feel like you know you might make a mistake or visit kind of haughty attitude that the food is served in this temple and you'd better bow down to it. I really love the Trattorias in Italy because usually owned by someone who deeply cares about the patrons and about the food and you have a personal experience so I would never really get very excited about a place where there was no personal contact. I when I think of restaurants that often I think of the person who served the person who greeted us at the door the chef who came out and I make it a point when I am eating in restaurants to try to get to know somebody in the restaurant a little bit because I do want to speak to the shaft can like you know what their philosophy is where they're from where they've studied or eaten and just enriches the whole process and having dinner to me that it's in a context of conviviality just listening to you. I'm just all over. I love that. It's just that's the essence of it. You nailed it there. The magic ingredient is that is that passion and that love that comes with family run personality Driven Restaurant Francis me. Thanks so much for joining us and thanks your new book. See you in the Piazza. Thank you shower Gel?.

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves

04:18 min | 1 year ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"To some place a local person values because a lot of local people would be very thoughtful and caring lease sending you to a tourist place because they think you want a tourist place with all the cliches that you can get the summer edition the fall or whatever but if you distinguish where would you go. I think that's a very good tip. Also Francis once you sit down. What is your dining strategy for a newcomer to Italian cuisine? Because in Italy? You've got the appetizers first course. The second course the Dolchai sweets you can eat family style You talk about the importance of Pasta as being the national anthem from the food. Point of view. What is your General Dining Strategy? Tips for travelers. I like to order everything so I'm probably not a good person to ask but I'm always researching. What is the food of this area? And what is the history of the food in this area so I wanna try a lot of things but I will ask the waiter. What is your specialty? I always WANNA know that. Usually have from my research a few tips about things. I WanNa try for instance walking around in town. I know certain pastries no. I'm going to want and we have to lift a little hit list of in each region of things you want to try. That are most appropriate. There yeah I do keep a list but I also go to the markets and look at. What's for sale? Mike in Puria. I saw these little gnarly things that looked like onions and I ask what they work is all the women. Were just buying these things as fast as they could get them and they turned out to be hyacinth. Bulbs very very valued and only available at a certain time of year. So if you happen on those things. It's so much fun to try them. That's so interesting to me because I'm not that smart and Curious I guess are well organized with my learning but you're constantly learning in the market and then you take it into the restaurant that evening. I love you wrote in your book. Something I just want to quote here is about eating the Sunday lunch. The prins. Oh with dozens of well-dressed Italian families And you wrote at La Montagne Nella restaurant you read. It's a soul food time on Sunday. That means Pasta with young nettles salary. Osceola go saddle of rabid with roasted peppers. Grilled Guinea Hen with Bay Leaf aromas seventeenth century recipe for young duck with fruit. The prized pursuit of the area come sliced to transparency better than it sounds as the little hint of Pudeur marinated in April Spritz at these lavish Sunday Pranzi or Lynch's. No one's in a hurry. This tradition continues to thrive and why not it speaks of our best instincts together with those we love and break bread to bring that much understanding. I guess if you're a cook you understand that when you sit down to a meal but that doubles the experience. I would think as somebody sitting down to a nice dinner in a restaurant. That was a great meal. Just you reading. It made me hungry us me to it just sounds wonderful you got the bronze though is still a big things Sunday. Lunch in the little towns people you know. Gather at home with the family but more and more people go out for Sunday the big family time and make very special event that night. Nobody eats dinner. They might have slice apiece or something but that of the Sunday prins. Oh you know it brings back kind of old Italy still so much Sunday laughing. They small town. You know if you've got a friend in Umbria WHO's in a slow food club and their Sunday lunch is just a celebration and I've had a few beautiful times when I sat down with them. And and the social dimension of it and the local tradition It's just a communion of good living. We'RE TALKING WITH FRANCIS. Maes and she's helping us to explore how to cook and eat like they do in Italy right now and travel with. Rick Steves her. Latest book is see you in the Piazza in in this book. She takes us to dozens of small out of the way towns and she includes recipes from some of Italy's most inventive ships at the end of each chapter Francis and her husband also share their favorite recipes from Tuscany in the Tuscan Sun Cookbook recipes from my Italian kitchen. Her website is Francis Maes books dot com. Our phone number is eight seven.

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves

08:49 min | 1 year ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"Well there's outside of town there on response which to lead. I mentioned previously. I've been just a couple of times. Those I like Road trips there's a good hiking area code for now. It's probably an hour and a half out of San Miguel when I need San Miguel. Just kicking around the cobblestone streets and having inexpensive eats or or fancy you can take a group of folks out here for. I came from fascinating to California. So the the ratio is much improved For my wallet here if two people go out to dinner and they're going to have just a a reasonable dinner and a couple of Beers. What are they gonNA spend? You know if you spend sixty bucks At a high in place. It's not an unusual And if you're you know if you're just GONNA have to tacos it's It's fifteen bucks. I think participatory reasonable. So IT'S KINDA PAINLESS. You can order where you want to on the menu absolutely inequality. The food is just bourbon. And I thought that was a happy surprise for me. I came down here the first IP interview and then move so. I really when I came so it's just one happy surprise after. Oh that's a pretty nice calling. I would say Father George. Thanks for joining us and best wishes with your work. Keep up your good works next. Okay take care and Julie. This is so interesting. Just to to fantasize about going to San Miguel either on vacation as a side trip from Mexico City or as so many people are doing to to actually retire there What what is your last advice for appreciating in getting the most out of your trip to San Miguel the I think the best thing you can do in my goal is to Not Worry about getting the most out of your trip and just enjoy yourself. You know all of the beautiful sites are within a couple blocks of each other. So don't worry about sightseeing just know that you know as you walked dinner. You'RE GONNA walk past that Beautiful Church and you know. Plan your days around Doing things that are relaxing. You know going to the hot springs a walk outside of town you know. I think it's the kind of place where you can really be unstructured. You can critical museum. You got to see just on vacation in beautiful town in Mexico. Julie meet thanks so much for joining us in the best wishes with your work with your folks. The moon guidebook to send to go a Yendi as well as the moon guidebook to Mexico City. Thank you so much for having spit on West. Throw lately Jahmai. Your breakfast will sell passaic. You'll silo the gun. Goya me some bread Omega Block. He does I seven seven three three three seven four to five that circle looks for Scottish identity in the Post Brexit UK and learn about the Olympic flame ceremonies in just a bit but next Francis Maes joins us for a look at the joys of eating and cooking in Italy where she lives half the year under the Tuscan Sun. It's travel with Rick. Steves for the past thirty years Francis as has been a cultural emissary connecting Americans with Italy. It all started with her now. Classic book under the Tuscan set in her latest book. See you in. The Piazza. Francis describes exploring the tourist inside of Italy and that comes with some great eating. She joins us now. Travel with Rick Steves to look at the joys of eating in Italy Francis. Thanks for joining us. Thank you one of my favorite subjects eating in Italy. Two of my favorite subjects. Put together and You know I get to travel in a lot of countries and I gotta say there's nothing like cuisine in Italy. What is it about Italian cuisine? That just is such a beautiful part of traveling there. Well it's so varied all over the country. That's water mazes me like the food in Sicily. The Food and the DOLEMITE's they're different but each region has its own fabulously developed cuisine. And come straight out of the earth so Everything feels right at home and just as it should be and eating all over. Italy is just such a pleasure. You can even have good meals in the gas stations. They're in the auto grills they serve good food so true. Auto Grill those They've got on the auto superhighways in Italy. You've got off ramps on both sides and then the auto grill is a modern restaurant over the freeway and the food there is remarkable and I guess it's a compliment to the Italians. That wouldn't eat there if the food wasn't good that's right restaurants. Don't last in Italy. If they're not good they go immediately because this such a high standard of appreciation of food among all the population. It's not just you know foodies or People who can go to fancy restaurants. Everyone is a forager. Everyone has a garden. If they possibly can everyone's at the market buying the Primo Produce and best little radishes. And these little violent artichokes from Columbia people talk about it. It's fun to hear. Italians get into a discussion at the market in the morning. Over you know. The the poor teeny mushrooms are just fantastic right now our or as the white asparagus and so on now for thirty years you've had a a sort of a love affair with Italy but you still spend part of your time in North Carolina and part of your time in Italy. How does your eating experience Lee affect the way you appreciate food? When you're in the United States we do a lot of Italian cooking here but we also have a big garden in North Carolina. So we really into kind of the freshest you know in the most organics I think that's carries over to both countries. Yeah of all the cuisines in the United States. I happen to think that the southern is best and I grew up in the south. So it's wonderful cook in both places and my husband is a wonderful coat. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But I I must say we were revolutionized by moving to Italy and just realizing how simple food can be still be good and the whole key to that of course is the premo ingredients that you can find. So that's kind of revolutionized my thinking about food is that it's worth it to go search for the best bread best wine the best of whatever you can find and eat with the season. I suppose is something that we can employ here in the United States with the same. Gusto that Italians do yes. Everyone in Italy is so aware of the seasons. I won't say everyone but most everyone now this spring brings the little green almonds and It's a festive summer. Everyone's out it's artichoke time. It's fava beans. You know in the next usually being are now but it's weekly this year and can hardly wait until they say it's okay to enjoy the fava beans and local to remember asking the fruit of Dura. Are these plums local? And she said Oh no I'm sorry there from Castilian Lago by just five miles away. Right gives local a different sort of sense. Our guest fences means divide your time between her homes in Durham North Carolina and her talion villa in Cortana made famous in under the Tuscan Sun. Her book see in the Piazza takes us along on her culinary adventures in the small towns of Italy. It's now out in paperback. Now in your book you drop into tiny towns that are to me. They must be off the guidebook radar. I mean there's no information there but you always manage to find a good meal How do you decide where to eat? Do you have any personal tips? That you just can look at a place in in know if it's going to be a good experience for your meal. I keep a list going all the time when I read. Travel articles see restaurants recommended in newspapers. I keep a little running list but in these towns and see you in the Piazza. Their restaurants aren't usually going to be in most of those lists so I kind of follow my nose. I look at the menu. That's posted outside if it looks kind of old and dusty you can have don't want to go in but you can kind of tell something about a restaurant just from looking at. I think you can run the popular with the locals or is it trying to tourists. The other thing I do is go in the. If there's a wine store or a nice grocery store ask the proprietor. Where do you go for dinner on a special night in this town if you just say can you recommend a restaurant they might tell you anything but if you say where do you go on a special night? You probably not going to get directed to the tourist restaurant. You're going to get directed.

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"francis maes" Discussed on The Book Review

The Book Review

11:55 min | 1 year ago

"francis maes" Discussed on The Book Review

"I mean this is. Also kind of not a new thing. I feel like there's been a number of books in recent years, where people up and gone with their family around the world and discovered many things about those places in themselves along the way where does this book fall into that category. This book, grabbed me because one of my earliest reading experiences is a kid was reading the Swiss family Robinson and seeing how they made isinglass they've, they cut certain fish. So they could make window like substances and they caught a Pechory and found a way to get the skin off of it. So they could eat it. It's showing how they survived and this weird circumstance. And then I also you know, if I read the odyssey later in, they actually home, actually gives descriptions of how a deceased made his raft then later, I read Kon-Tiki by higher doll, which they actually mentioned in this book to where he describes how he makes his seagoing rap, but you see how they do it. And I think a lot of us want to know what would be the practical steps you would take. How do you divorce from your Manhattan day job? How do you afford this? How do you run? On this boat. What do you do when suddenly the waterpipe isn't working or when the engine sputters? And so I just thought it was kind of fascinating just to see how they made it work. This isn't so much where they go as how they got there and how they are coping on board with the challenges that they face as a novice seafarers, but also as a family that's trying to I guess, tighten their bonds, and add context and texture to their bonds, while they're in this strange circumstance. Yeah. It's hard to imagine like where you would go if your brothers drive, you crazy or few just need to be alone for a while. One of the great things is they do again, counter every now and then as a similar. Jatta people like them and they haven't had boats, and they'll actually more for a couple of days so that the kids can like, you know, get in the dinghies and go and see other and, and get a little time away from the parents. Okay. So quick shorthand for those looking to do a little bit of armchair, travel reading this summer which books were your favorites among these that you've reviewed my favorite were the copybook I want to go to Capri? I want to see the, the remnants of the village oval built by to Tiberius, and I want to see the villa Lisa's, by the weird scandalous French baron, and poets Verson. And I actually wanted glide through the blue grotto. I've this called. That book is called pagan light, and that's by Jamie, James. It's it just fascinated with the kind of travel book that actually, makes you want to go to the place. It's talking about right? Another category. We didn't talk too much about see you in the Piazza by Francis Maes. But that's a very good book for someone who's already been to Italy and wanted to know more places to go. I really want to go to also DJ, I want to go to this northern alpine meadow place that she visits and an also eat the strange Germanic food that sheets, she gives recipes and each of these chapters. She also understands that people can't cook that, well, so she gives you cheat cheats and shortcuts them useful. The Putin's footsteps book, really drew me because I lived in Russia for awhile. I'm a bit of a Slava file I teach a bit about that. I want to go to Perm. I want to go to yucca. It's the book told me made me think I didn't want to go to Irkutsk. I probably don't want to go to blog of shades of famous strange city. She mentioned that's five hundred meters like across the more from Russia to China. So it's like literally like China is where we're Brooklyn is in New York. If you're in the Manhattan side, you can literally see China just across. I wanna see that I didn't mention the idea, rod book, I always wanted to know what it'd be like to too much sled dogs and this woman Kristen night pace wrote a book called this much country. And if you've. Ever wondered how that would work you might wanna read that. And the law Thuringia book, he mentions one particular village in the Netherlands, that used to be in Belgium called Saharan Bosh or something like that. It's, it's, it's very hard to pronounce. So was this a principality was this an actual country? What was Lutheran Lutheran just still exists? It actually means Lorraine like quiche Lorraine. But it's Belgium. It's france. It's luxembourg. It's not Liechtenstein. Or is it you know, it's in Germany, but only only west of, of the Ryan I think it's very confusing. You he, he writes, an jokey way of how hard it is to understand what, what parts he means. But I want to visit the Hairston Caboche, if I'm saying that, right? Which I'm probably not, which is the village where I run a Mus moustache lived, and there's a very weird me drill where they've got like devil in, like, dragon statuary. I wanna see the funky cathedral. And I want to see Hieronymus Bosch is village. Now, I think all of us do too, so lethal. Thank you so much for being here at least will still inter wrote our travel round up this week in our summer reading issue of the book review. Joining us now, my colleagues, Monica Tiv, Sarah Lyle and Concepcion Leone. Hi, guys. Hi, thanks for being here. So we are actually going to do something different this week. We're not going to talk about what we reviewed or what we read, but what we would like to read for the summer. So we will talk in light ignorance of books, they had yet to read, although perhaps we have read and want to reread and kind of what we like to read during the summer and I'm going to start with Shimono. What are you planning to hoping to read this summer? Oh, I think I realized pretty early on that my greatest chance for a summer fling would be one writer all summer. So you're gonna go study with me. Go steady with murals spark person to eat. I hope she calls me back. So I, I have never read the prime of miss Jean Brodie. But everybody I love loves that book. And I can't wait to read it right now. I'm sort of dipping, my toe in with a far cry from Kensington. And my plan is, you know to, to stick with her all summer and get through as many novels of hers as I can one of the many things that I love about bookstores in England as they have things like entire set up displeased that'll be all reissues of marines. Spark our executive editor dean bike. It's miracle spark fan. Oh and see. Okay. You can not gonna read anything else. I mean that's your plan. Awesome. Well, I well, I don't know if Muriel will know this. I mean, I'm seventy that has a lot of books going all at once but, but I, I like having that project. I like having that time to sort of, like luxury it in somebody's body of work. So you'll be having a relationship with her cheating on her with these other authors cheating. I like to think of this more as an open relationship. I mean cheat is a strong word, I think lay around about, you know, I'm still I'm still working out the details. Anyway, Sarah, what are you going to be reading this summer? Well, I'm going to start with some and I'm only slightly acquainted with who's Patrick read. Kief who, if you've already his amazing piece in the New Yorker couple years ago about the IRA and a unsolved mystery from Northern Ireland at the time of troubles, and produced a book called say nothing which is a book long expansion of that incredible piece. And it's, you know, it's like all these things that are beyond what they are. You know, it sounds from the reviews. I've read like a literary mystery and a historical mystery in an incredible feat of storytelling. And it happens to be a period. I'm you know, I've been a little scared to dig to deepen because it's so upsetting. But at a time when there's so much uncertainty in there was so much uncertainty, then about the reality and the truth of what was happening. His seeming enterprise in, in digging down in finding as much truth as he could send so admirable and interesting. And I love the way he writes, and then since it's going to be a little bit nonfiction for me this summer because I feel I've been to. Sloppy with escapist fiction in the last few months, I'm going to reread my friend, Lauren Collins's book, went in French, which is such a great book. And when I read it the first time I read it way too fast and she's such a good writer. She also writes for the New Yorker and this is a sort of memoir about learning whole new language, because of marrying someone who, that's his first language, so she's American. She married a French person and took French lessons, and it's a really great meditation on the importance of language, and how language reflects culture and it has one of my very favorite passages from recent years in it. Which is something like she's talking about how in the United States, there's some in America, you know, in English, there's so much tendency toward hyperbole and sort of a fusion, and it's kind of sloppy and she's saying, like, for example, I love barbecue. I love that top, you know, I love getting on the metro early in the morning on and on. And my husband has only ever loved me. I think it's so beautiful. So I want to read that I have to ask Sarah, because this book came up in conversation at lunch was that what inspired this rereading project? Yes. Because so often, you know, you read books specially novels I think that you read because he want to find out what happens, and you don't read them carefully enough. And then you go back and you realize how are you remember how beautiful the languages and you read it really slowly because you're so excited by the sentences and I think she's such a beautiful stylist. And so kind of clever, and I love her ride nature and you know, she's one of those people, no matter what she wrote about if she wrote about for year watching the paint dry and how it affected her. I'd be into it. She's also got into eter really funny on Twitter. Yeah, funny, and biting and rye there to Concepcion. What about you? What are you planning to read? I think that something that is sort of leftover from my schoolgirl days, is that I think which was like last year, obviously, like last month. So I still think of the summer as this like time where I have. Loads of time and I can just I just dig into things. And so it's the time that I use to really catch up on a whole bunch of books that I felt like I was too busy like during the year even though nothing changes. I'm still coming to work. I'm still like that, too young if it's any consolation. Oh, yeah. No. I imagine that number is going to be a break. And of course, interesting. The opposite totally what is summer reading when you don't really have a summer because you have a dog. Yeah. Does that mean I mean I think there is some sliver some other demographics earlier bit of maybe more of the magazine side of journalism, and the newspaper side that would have summer Fridays and go out to the Hamptons, I've never been part of that particular slice of America. So like for me, it's just the same old, same old. I used to have summer Fridays. It was really nice back in the day. I love it here too, though. You have to say that on this podcast. What will you read during these supposed long hours off you? So I have three books in front of me one I'm really excited about, it's the dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. And I think I've only gotten two maybe twenty pages of it, but it's essentially about an epidemic in this small, I guess, college town in which the women start to kind of fall asleep and never wake up, and we don't I mean, I don't know what's going to happen yet. I don't know where it comes from. But the reason that I was really excited about it was because it got a blurb from Emily sT, John Mendel, who wrote station, eleven which is one of my favorite books of the last four years. And I just love dystopia novels. They're so fun to me. So I'm really excited about the end of the world. Much fun. I mean I just like to plan ahead and know what's coming. And then I'm also really excited about this book of essays called the good immigrants that came out, I think a couple of months ago and it's just twenty six different writers that are from different immigrant backgrounds from all over the world writing about their experience of immigrating to America..

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"francis maes" Discussed on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley

CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley

05:03 min | 1 year ago

"francis maes" Discussed on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley

"Has been in the family since seventeen thirty when Lorenzo for Seaney became pope Clement the twelfth at age seventy eight what may be his best known accomplishment, the trevy fountain. Marrone today? Villacorta is home to a new generation, of course Sienese to run the winery and lay claim to a remarkable archive. Dating back a thousand years. We're quite literally under the Tuscan sun, which you may recall is the title of the best selling book by Francis, Maes, and all these years later. That's exactly where Rita braver found her. It's one of the most famous villas in Tuscany attracting a constant stream of tourists. So what is called Brahma Solway from Matei to yarn fuller, and Solway, the son, yes, it is that house from the book, the place that American Francis, Maes Felton irresistible, urge to buy back in nineteen ninety, and it was a mess. It was it was derelict, this whole front, garden was, frankly, in the road, maze transformed, the three hundred year old property outside and in even breaking through walls. And when we started opening that, of course, we thought the house was falling that was one scene in the movie that was really accurate. Under the Tuscan sun was the movie that was based on her memoir, about restoring the house. The book spent more than two and a half years on the best seller list, much to the shock of this one time, professor, and poet, I expected it to sell like one of my books of poetry, which means not at all. Why do you think it touched a chord? With so many people I've wondered that a lot. It's a woman taking a risk and doing something out of the plan out of expectations even her own expectations. And then, of course, as writer, I like to think it's the writing. Film does depart from the book with lover and Francis by Diane lane beautiful. Nice taking up within talion lover. But your next project which doesn't faze her longtime real life partner at all the book is about to happy, people who come to Tuscany come. Come. There's no movie all Ed maze, like his wife poet. And professor was here from the beginning, many relationships would never have survived the redoing the house like this. What was the key? I think it's love respect, sensitive venture, and this is a gorgeous renaissance church. Those adventures are featured in the seven other books. Maze has now written about Italy this new book, including her latest, see you in the Piazza anytime you leave a party at night. The last thing someone says is the Piazza. Focuses on off the beaten track towns through on. Journo tuna Chow like her adopted village of Cortana where she seems to know everyone. Just put beautiful Danielle lay for Shuto. The new book is sprinkled with recipes similar Lena Neo key as the couple loves to cook. Jim chan. There's our eggplant invo, teeny. We made inside this, you know, it's spring in Tuscany when you see five oh with peck arena. That is so good. And after all these years. France's maze. Still morals at a life. She now lease. You never expected to have what happened. Do know isn't that great though, not to be able to expect? Because if you can expect it and predicted, it's not as much fun. True. It seems like almost everything in Florence is a cut above and we mean almost everything. Just of peanuts. Santa Maria novella where a church of the same name has stood since thirteen sixty. Another sort of cathedral. It may not look like it from the outside, but inside, it's truly a thing of beauty is just amazing..

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves

06:02 min | 2 years ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"Many towns are closing their historic centers to traffic. And it's the best thing. That's. For happened in Italy you wake up in downtown. And you hear the birds now in downtown Florence instead of trucks coming and going. It's just a beautiful thing. It is Mike route a time, thanks for your call. Happy travels. This is travel. Rick steves, we've been exploring offbeat Italy with Francis Maes. And if anybody knows Italy Francis does her new book is see you in the Piazza new places to discover in Italy. You know Francis. Your book covers all of the places that are not household words here among travelers in the United States from the dolemite's to the south of Sicily. And in the very end, you came home to Cortana here beautiful adopted hometown in Tuscany. What is it about? Just let's finish up this discussion with just what is it about coming home to Cortana for you? After spending months on the road, researching your new book, I fell in love with Cortana many years ago when I just by chance rented a house outside the town. And by the end of that month, I knew that I wanted to somehow put down roots in. Italy. I traveled a lot after that looked all around at other towns, but always kept coming back to Cortana. I think there's just something in your metabolism that responds to a particular place, and that is my place. You know, that's a real blessing to be able to go home to a place in Italy. And still have your roots states. That's a beautiful thing. I do I wouldn't give up my time in the United States, but I've lived in Cortana longer than I've lived anywhere. You're having your case leading to. Yes. Best both worlds. All right. Hey francis. Thanks for joining us and congratulations on your new book. See you in the Piazza and won't be Joe Vanni ISO Rick. A personal look at the political drama in Hungary, Turkey and Poland that's next on travel with Rick steves. Some are calling it a wave of ill liberalism. That's been raising concerns in Poland, Hungary. Enter key others, see it as democratically supported populism right now on travel with Rick steves. I've asked some of our friends from those places to explain how they see the political trends in their countries in Poland. The conservative party has led the government there for the last four years in Hungary. Authoritarian Viktor Orban's started his third term as prime minister plast ear and in Turkey, president registered air to on has been using emergency powers to silence his critics ever since a failed coup attempt back in two thousand sixteen we're joined by the mccombs from poem. Monica Poche is from Hungary and yarn trickled who is from Turkey. Thanks to all of you for being willing to share your views about what's been going on lately in your countries. Thank you. Thank you for having us via took in Poland. What's the political news? We are currently and the conservative ruling party. P I S law injustice. I can police say I did not vote for. But my parents did we agree that we disagree? And like I said, it's a conservative party heavily influenced by Catholic church in Poland trying to impose laws rules and regulations that are aligned with Catholic thinking so conservative party law. Injustices, the name embracing the Catholic church. That's what's happening in Poland right now. Yarn in Turkey. What's the news in Turkey? The ruling party is the Justice and Development Party who has been ruling to country for the past sixteen years, they have long itin for executive elections. So they have shifted the country from a parliamentary democracy to an executive presidential system. So from the parliament making the laws to the executive branch being stronger for this is a dynamic you and have in many democracies when you have traditional branch the lead. Slater branch, the executive branch. And in your case, the guitars executive is is more powerful now than or that branch was ten years. Monica in Hungary, the ruling party's the young democratical party Fidesz. It's very very controversial. What's going on that young democratical party in one thousand nine hundred thousand nine at the fall of the communist era got in power, and they said Russians go home, and they were the symbol of for freedom and democracy after the long fifty years of communism. Now, the same leadership and the same people are the one who are downsizing or schools. They are the one who are cutting free speech and who has to third in the parliament, which meant that they wiped out the entire opposite party. So practically we have a one party system. So this is interesting in eighty nine one, Hungary one it's freedom, and it's democracy. From the Soviet Union. The young Democratic Party was the hero of that. Absolutely. A now a generation later they're in power, and they have so many people in the legislative branch two-thirds that they can just ignore all the opposition. It's like in our Senate if you have more than sixty votes sixty percent, you can pretty much write the own rules. So that gives that party a lot of power in your country. Absolutely. Okay. So we've got this interesting dynamic going on in the three countries that are most in the news because of this populism related to the political dynamic United States with President Trump. What is the general attitude? The public pronouncement about democracy be in in Poland. What does your president say about democracy itself? Well, this what you can hear on the news and read in the paper about polish situation, we are still democratic country. We have free elections. We have freedom of speech freedom of gathering and expressing our

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves

09:07 min | 2 years ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"We'll open up the phones in just a bit. It talked with Francis Maes about small town discoveries in Italy. In her latest book, see you in the Piazza Francis. And her husband zigzag from their home in Tuscany to dozens of small, cities and villages all over Italy places. Best explored at a leisurely pace where there's always time to enjoy a memorable dinner Francis. Even cut recipes from the chefs, which includes at the end of some chapters a little later in the hour. We'll ask friends from Hungary Poland and Kirke to update us on how they view the populace trends their countries have been experiencing we're at eight seven seven three three three seven four to five travel with Rick steves all requires is a sense of adventure. And maybe a rental car to experience the charms of dozens of small towns all over Italy Francis, Maes writes about places she fell in love with from the foothills of the hopes to the rugged coast of puja in her new book, see you in the Piazza. Francis. It was so refreshing to see a writing about towns that just don't get listed in many of the guidebooks you sound like the kind of laid back talion villages. We all dream about after more than thirty years in Tuscany. What is it about Italy that still keeps it exciting for you? I think it's because everything always seems different you go twenty miles down the road. And they're serving a different kind of pasta or the color of the stone is different all the towns have their own particular art, and this just such a kind of integrity to each place in the root of that. Of course, would be that they used to not be able to travel in the papal states, or, you know, there was no way to travel, and so all these places developed their own dialects, and they're strong still in our town. They're two very distinct dialects and found particularly a-. They're even roots of Greek words, still in some of the dialects or you're saying in your in your hometown of Cortana, you'd have people on different sides of the square or whatever with their own dialects. Yes, I found that in the chink with Tara. Also each town in the chin quit Tara, which are little tiny villages half hour walk apart. You've got. Different words. And and I guess it is a matter of local pride. It's a matter of in the old days, you weren't able to travel so easily and now when you look modern infrastructure, you can pull it all together. But Italy still has that I love that notion of the company. What is it called companies MO? Within the sound of the bell. Isn't that a great concept? What what is Elise moment to you? It means the Piazza. It means the church in your town. You won't be within the sound of that bell. And it just means home to you. And in our town for tonal there four or five different bells that you've been here right in yachts. And everyone knows what bell is from what church novels. Call manigault bell. One of them. Sounds like the hitting the dish pan with the stick people love their own bell. It's kind of interesting thing. And it's a big issue with the new priest if he's going to ring the Bill through the night or give everybody a break from midnight to six AM. Yeah. But it's interesting always to me that that specialness that each town has each region has comes out of that history of isolation. But one thing I discovered in going north to south to write this book is that every region is fantastic. I always thought well who wants to go to moly say, oh, it was so beautiful. So rugged people are just friendly and very robust cuisine. Beautiful little beaches. Where is that? Exactly. Molly's Mola's as waste south above Pouliot, right next to brute, so okay, see, I don't I'm a typical American. I don't know anything much south of Naples, gotta go. Well, you in your book, you say there is such a vast cultural diversity packed into a land the size of Arizona. Yes. It's just astonishing. You mentioned that travel is a journey into one's own ignorance, what did you mean by that? Absolutely. One of the joys of writing this book was that I just read everything about each region and head to realize how little I knew the successive waves of conquerors of Catania. And how just the way the mountains plunged down into the sea in Catania influences the way people are so you get into the geography you get into the history. And then who the person is your meeting makes a lot more sense to you. Yeah. It's that revelation that comes from travel that is really the reason I travel people are always asking me, you know, how do you save money with the budget trick? And you know, it's going to cost you to eat. Well, it's going to cost you to see the great sites, and the more understanding you bring with you, the more context, the more ability, you have to appreciate what you're consuming are what you're seeing are what you're enjoying the more value. It is. So my good budget tip is to do exactly what you're talking about knowing you're looking at it, and it becomes a much more rewarding. Experience. Yes. The other great budget tip for Italy is the whole Agra Therese mo- idea. Those farm stays and the website just agritourism mode dot IT each region is packed. I mean, forget Airbnb, oh, and it's just fabulous to go. Stay on farms with working families. This is a farmhouse kind of you could call it a farmhouse BNB and to get that prestigious egg ra- Therese mo- title. I understand it has to be a working farm. They have to actually it's not just a a nice house in the countryside that used to be a farm. They have to have stuff going on where they make money with their agriculture other animals, and it's a real working farm, you know, in our country, the family farms, sorta just couldn't make it. But in Italy, they supplement their income by renting out rooms and family, firms can survive and talk about a way to connect with the people and to really connect with the culture, and and you could pedagogy pedagogical you get to sit down at the table and have that zero Columbia meal where everything is right off the far. Arm. Yes. And sometimes they will have cooking classes, they make special things for your breakfast, like wonderful free Totta, and you get to go out and get the eggs and get to know the family, and they can give you great tips about where to eat in town and things that you might not know to do that they know about do you have a couple of favorites Francis. As far as Therese's Migo, I've stayed in several have stayed in the countryside in Tuscany at very small farms in the Merima, and that is such a wonderful area way. South in Pouliot insistently have stayed in a lot of them some of my favorite meals have been at the family table, and you've got generations of of the mothers and fathers all around you on these portrait's. And you're you see the the family wind being poured by grandma, and it's been in the family for generations. And there's something that just makes it a beautiful experience. It does they putting up the blackberry jam and they give you a jar. When you leave. It's just an inch. Intimate experience anywhere in Italy. You know, you don't need to bog down on a specific recommendation anywhere. You're going in Italy, you can get online and find the Therese MOS in that area. And then you can have that more intimate countryside experience. You know Francis. I've always wondered you're the expert on test skinny you love Cortana you've written books on Tuscany, but Tuscany has gotten quite popular. And is the Marquette a sort of the next test skinnier? What would you recommend people that would like, quote, the unsure STI Tuscany so much of Tuscany is unsure STI and I hear all the time. Oh Tuscany is overrun it's not I mean in mid July in places that tourists flock to it's going to be kind outed. But here's all the rest of the year. Like if I were in Cortana right now, I doubt if they'd be any tourist there. So I'm a big one for traveling off season if you can do even in Tuscany like in the one country, multiple Johnno. Montalcino chino, a Cortana those of popular in the summer, but they're not overrun Florence. Can be overrun Venice can be overrun. But I think it's very exaggerated that these small hill towns or veto can be overrun there's a few paces at our tourist traps. But you're right. If you just venture out a little bit you can do fine Francis mazes. Written seven books about Tuscany starting at the bestseller under the Tuscan set in her latest book, see you in the Piazza new places to discover Natalie Francis explores the hidden Italy that she visits dozens of scenic small towns, scattered all across the country. We have links to her books with this week show at Rick steves dot com slash radio. Our phone number's eight seven seven three three three seven four to five. You can Email us anytime at radio at Rick steves dot com. Gloria has called in from Daytona Beach in Florida,

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"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

Travel with Rick Steves

12:46 min | 2 years ago

"francis maes" Discussed on Travel with Rick Steves

"When Arthur Francis. As recommends small towns to visit in Italy. She wants you to find places where old world traditions are still part of everyday life. Discover some of the ways that people still live that had gotten kind of run over in contemporary life Francis Maes tells us about dozens of small towns she's fallen in love with all across Italy. Elsewhere in Europe, a hard shift to the right has been challenging how some citizens feel about their government and off people in Turkey had the sense that the government is taking advantage of two coup attempt to oppress steel position on the other hand, many people believe that they have every right to do. So well in Hungary, there was no new political program. There was only one word refugees. We will protect you. We'll look at political populism in Hungary, Poland, enter key plus step back road. Charms of Italy in the our hit its travel with Rick steves. Special guest. Francis means tell us what's new under the Tuscan sun as she explores the delights of off the beaten track Italy in her latest book, that's in just a minute. I'm today's travel with Rick steves, and we'll get a personal look what's behind the political dramas in Poland Hungary, enter key where tensions over popular sentiments have been making headlines in the last few years ever since Francis. Maes got an impulse to buy a house in Tuscany and wrote about her experience in the bestseller under the Tuscan sun. She's been introducing the world to the delights of living in Italy lately, she's been wondering off the beaten path to discover the charms of dozens of small towns and cities all across Italy. In her latest book, see you in the Piazza. She takes us along as she her husband and her grandson, explore the kinds of places Italian treasure free from the crush of mass tourism. Francis joins us now to explore hidden Italy from the peaks of the dolemite's to the sun-drenched tip of Sicily Francis. Thanks for joining us. Thank you. It's wonderful talk to you. Yeah. No. You've spent thirty years loving Tuscany kind of splitting your time between the United States in Tuscany wrote a number of books on Tuscany. And now you're talking about Italy in general, how would you relate Tuscany to the rest of Italy? Well, it's still the heart to me. I would always want to live there and go back there. But this book was such an adventure. Because I was on the road for one hundred seventy days last year staying in all these really new to me places and kind of put the discovery back into travel from me not that you know, it had ever gone away in Tuscany, but just finding these little tiny beach towns way in the south of Sicily and waterfalls way up north near. The German border. It just opened my eyes to how endless Italy is in. How if you had like ten lifetimes, you could never really see all of it. I've found that myself. You know, you've had the luxury of, you know, living near Cortana with your whole under the Tuscan sun experience, and that's a luxury to be actually putting down roots and getting to know the community, and then from travelers point of view, most of us go to Italy with just a couple of weeks, and you got to see the biggies, but you had a hundred and seventy days, and I'm sure you've seen Florence and Venice and Rome to your satisfaction. And now you had a chance to go to places that that guidebooks don't even cover tell us a little bit about how you researched the book. Did you set out with five or six months in your goal was just to cover Italy from top to bottom? Did you have a list of places you wanted to see how did that unfold? Had a lot of places in the back of my mind, not only the places that are kind of unknown to almost anyone. But also to try to go to. Some of the places that get skipped when you go travel to Sienna, SEC, Florence, Rome, etc. Those so great for first time trip. But after that, there's just layer and layer and layer of of stuff to see. So I wanted to see places like Genoveva everyone knows of it. But who goes there? I wanted to spend a lot of time in Parma, which often gets skipped and places like Catania, which have kind of bad rep. But once you get there, you really know how amazing they are. So had this list that I wanted. But then I just set myself into a place that was central and started exploring out from there without necessarily even knowing where I was going to stop in that way, I discovered a little tiny place in puria where there's a medieval bread oven, and they still make the bread there in the old ways and people bring in their own bread. With the cross own it and just trying to make lots of touches with the, you know country civilization. Discover some of the ways that people still live that have gotten kind of run over in contemporary life in Italy. It's like night and day touristic places and places that almost never seen a tourist. And I would think the prices are about double world tourist goat, and the folk culture and the traditions actually are more vivid in places the tourists don't go when you talked about the place in polio. Which had that traditional oven talk about a little bit of how tradition survive that tourist that just goes to the big famous places might be completely oblivious to the deeper you go into Italian life, the more you realize that it's bottomless, and that you go to a place like Pula, which has its famous spots, you know, but you get into the whole civilization of the place the whole history. And that is what lead you like reading a little bit about Fred. Drik? The second led me to explore a lot of his castles. And to know how responsible he was for just the way modern polio is shaped and even behind that the whole sheep culture in pool. Ian, how these migration paths made the country developed the way it was. So the deeper you go, you know, the more you find out that everything you step on has passed and that it's available for you. Now where exactly is Pouliot in. What's the big city in that region? Pouliot is way south it's down in the heel and Brinda see is the place you can fly into and Julia has been kind of put on the mat recently, by the fact that they're now inexpensive flights from London to Brindisi so people from there can get there into our. So that's opened it up quite a bit. But when I first went to pull your twenty five years ago, there was no one there. Mhm, but it still it's still such a place to discover their these cone shaped houses, the truly and they're in a little town. Call a borough Bello, and it's very touristy now. But it still magic you feel like the elves are going to come out and be little houses at any minute. And they go back way back to when farmers just built something out of the Fieldstone's. And they look like they've been there for a million years, but they have been there for a thousand Renta's maize is our special guest on travel with Rick steves. She's written seven books about Tuscany starting with bestseller under the Tuscan sun, which described her impulsive move to a fixer upper in the middle of Italy. Her latest book is see you in the Piazza new places to discover in Italy. There's more on her website and that Spence's maze books dot com. So Princess when you're traveling when you're venturing away from the tourist you really find that different dimension. Of italy. You could take away all the top ten places that ninety five percent of the tourist spend ninety percent of their time in and you could still have a great country to visit you mentioned Parma Catania Genoveva, these are places that very few people go to even though they're great destinations in themselves talk about Catania little bit. I mean because a lot of people think the charm is in the villages, but Catania is a big rollicking city in Sicily, and you described vividly the market in Catania. I just love the I think you wrote its fish market makes Vanessa's realto market looked like whole foods. I have never experienced market like the way people were shouting to smell the goods you've felt like you'd step back into the middle ages and handsome town kind of fear of Catania. Now, it's a raucous seaport and kind of bad rent. It's so beautiful in the interior in. So civilized the first night we were there people walking on our table. Outside table going to the opera, and they all look like they stepped out of the Gary types, they were in the gills, and they're, you know, the men had the bay moustaches, and it was just one of those moments when the curtain of time seems to part daguerreotypes like one hundred year old black and white photograph. Yes, see that is a great image. But everyone was pouring into the opera house. So Catania is very sophisticated and civilized you just have to get beyond those stereotypes that some towns have like Torino everyone thinks oh theat, you know, Alfa Romeo cars cars manufacturing to Reno is a regal town. It's an amazing culinary destination. And also, the gateway to all of Piemonte with all the ones, but I could live in Torino that was another aspect of all these travels was I kept finding places I would like to live. I felt a little unfair. Eighth full to Cortana. Timing on court Torna. We'll Torino is one of those industrial cities in the north. And I think most people would go to Milano because it's got the Leonardo da Vinci art and the great cathedral and Torino gets overlooked. But I think you make a very good case in your book that Genevan Torino there, you feel the pulse of Italian urban culture. Maybe even more vividly than in the places that are so packed with the tourists were you do you mentioned eating in Torino describe a good meal that you had in in Torino. There's so many it's hard to choose. But right outside town. We drove out in tax. It was about a twenty minute ride to this restaurant. Call combat zero it was regal and very contemporary, very beautiful and the chef was having fun. He did a lot of playful things. He was playing tricks on us all the time and at the end of the meal. These little bubbles were served that you put in your mouth, and they they were actually laughing gas. So he was playing tricks the whole time, but the food was enormously sophisticated and my grandson was so impressed that they had award of menu waters from all of the world with all the contents. The I I love the basic Trotter is the mom and pop the recipes of known, but there's such a big movement in Italy now toward experimenting and taking the traditional ingredients in doing something fresh with them. So I love to combine those two ways of eating and traveling to try lot of the, you know, the starred restaurants the loud restaurants, the ones that the chefs usually have gone away and trained, and then they've come home because they to be with family, and they never intended to really leave their home. But they brought back new thinking new information, and they're putting all this to play and to work in the restaurants. If you say the word playful because I have also found in Italy. More than other countries. I think chefs are kind of playful, and they're like enthusiastic, creative young chefs, even if they've been at it for a long time, and and it feels to me they wanna come out and see how you reacted to their playful creation, and it just brings a sprightly nece to the meal. They do it's fun bras in Lecce way down in Pouliot. They serve the roasted quail on a bed of straw. So he looked like he was in his nest and just funny things like that. They've really having a good time. But it's not just the it or it's just kind of an attitude. I think that they're trying to play out not only in the food. But in the presentation. We'll

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"francis maes" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120

KMOX News Radio 1120

03:32 min | 2 years ago

"francis maes" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120

"And the ad council or three now back to profiles on the voice of saint louis rex never realized you were so handy i'm in italy i can hire the muscular descendants of roman gods welcome back to cam profiles wrapping up our conversation with the author of under the tuscan sun francis maes the book was published in nineteen ninetysix the movie released in two thousand three now as has eight new book out so tell me the heart and soul of women in sunlight women and sunlight takes place in north carolina at first we're not in italy anymore no not at first but they get there as soon as they can because they're older and in america older people get that message ever so slightly sometimes but it's kinda you know that it's not in the air yes in the air so they don't want to shelflife they don't they don't want their shelf life and so they do something really bold and they lease this house in the countryside so they get there and they meet a third a fourth woman kit becomes the narrator of the book she's interested in these women in their journey that they are reviving their rejuvenating and she becomes obsessed with them and tells their story so it's in her voice the i voice and it's also in third person when she's talking about them i love the description of the of the three women before they meet the fourth funny profound questing and domestic talk to me about all of that they are those and they all have good senses of humor too they all share a determination to thrive and they just have this instinct like i once had that that might happen in a place where they don't know anyone and they need to reinvent in order just to live there and they do there's no violence in the book it's it's a positive book there's no you know nothing drastic my purpose is as the title indicates to let them come into the sunlight in a late life situation there's so many endings zone many endings and i wanted them to have beginnings and so for this blessed year i they kind of become the person they had always intended to be before life happened to them for the air told them that they had a shelf life it was really a pleasure to bring them to life.

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"francis maes" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120

KMOX News Radio 1120

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"francis maes" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120

"Anywhere else they are the voice of news and we are the voice of saint louis narrow profiles on the voice of saint louis kmox profiles continues with francis as the author of under the tuscan sun after years as a best seller the book was made into a movie starring diane lane in two thousand three here's a bit of the trailer you're probably one of those crazy american offers us a founding chances all we have to do is take thinking they're good things can happen even late in the game fries under the tuscan sun filmmaker screenwriter and director audrey wells was asked about turning the book into a movie under the tuscan sun was tough movie to adapt because as francis maes new well it didn't contain anything resembling conventional film structure so she knew that whoever adapted it was going to bring a lot of new stuff to the table and when i read her book i was working on an idea in my mind about a woman overcoming heartbreak and i i realized that i could take that theme and i could marry it with the circumstances and francis book and between those ideas of mine and francis books something really new was put together but i think that francis recognizes herself and her book in the movie because in a sense they're both internal adventure stories more kmox profiles with author of under the tuscan sun francis maes so we're back to now this scruffily dressed poucher which some can't even imagine but these people take vacations to right they were filming the talented mr boy at that time which is at the end of the day they were getting some wine for dinner or something so how soon then how quickly does this all come together.

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"francis maes" Discussed on KCMO Talk Radio

KCMO Talk Radio

02:03 min | 3 years ago

"francis maes" Discussed on KCMO Talk Radio

"Country and we've got him every sunday morning at nine and afternoon it to join us at books and boutiques friday april six four a day of shopping food and fun select local boutiques will come together for your shopping delight generous proceeds from every sale of fabulous fashion beautiful baubles and handsome home accessories will benefit saint luke south hospital see it exquisite fashion show smell a spring bouquet taste delicious gourmet meal here from bestselling author of under the dusk concern francis maes touch the lives of those in our community details at saint louis given dot org backslash books in today's ever changing digital advertising world knowing how to reach your potential customers and be top of mind can be confusing we are here to help cumulus radio has personalized local marketing solutions to make digital advertising easy go a cumulus digital dot com find out how we can help you with social media management search engine seo sem email marketing geo targeted mobile ads and much more we will help you generate leads by new customers build awareness and drive more profit contact us today at cumulus digital dot com get your spring projects starting now during menards easter sale protect your home would cedar creek vinyl siding it's easy to install and features a natural wood grain appearance double fourinch and double french dutch latte vinyl siding is available in your choice of sixteen colors only three ninety eight per piece save now on cedar creek vinyl siding and everything else for your home now during menards easter sale find these and other big savings at menards your home improvement store did you renew your group health insurance policy last year and the rates were much higher than you expected hello this is kerry hall a sixteen year health insurance broker and my clients didn't have to increase employee costs or change carriers to keep their health insurance cost down that's because we employ longterm solutions and strategies to control costs while maintaining good benefits for a free consultation call me carey hall today nine one three three eight five twenty two twenty four that's nine one three three eight five twenty.

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