Ten Years Later, Mom’s Words Still Resonate. It’s All About Italy

"Believe in yourself. I believe in you. Get that ‘get-up-and-go’ spirit back. You have had a good year so far because you took risks and were willing to work hard. Let it continue.”  My mom wrote that to me in an email in 1996, when I was living in Bologna, Italy, on a Rotary International …

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Cycling in Puglia Day 6: Polignano a Mare and Alberobello Celebrates

The final ride of this great week was to the coastal town of Polignano a Mare, 26 miles away. Then we were going to hop in a boat and see the rocky coast from the sea. I loved discovering Puglia and I loved it even more discovering it by bicycle. I challenged myself every day …

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Cycling in Puglia Day 3: Mesagne and a winery visit

The third day of the bicycle trip took us out of the Salento region of Puglia, the southern end of Italy’s boot, and to the town of Mesagne, in the province of Brindisi. I looked forward to discovering the town. The itinerary for the day was a 41-mile ride just short of the town, where …

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