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About msraaka

I am a writer, ESL teacher and desktop publishing consultant living in the Pacific Northwest. After our first visit to Italy, my husband Bob and I have found ways to spend more and more time there. We love the people, the language, the food, architecture, art and the history of this amazing place.

A New Trail in Sonoma

Sonoma, California—one of my favorite small towns—is just one hour northeast of San Francisco. Located in the wine country, near its famous neighbor, Napa, low-key Sonoma is a popular destination for wine aficionados and city folks looking for a weekend … Continue reading

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Walking the Presidio of San Francisco

Each time we return to the Bay Area, we always spend some time in one of my favorite cities—San Francisco. When I first catch sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, it still takes my breath away. Whether a ghostly blur … Continue reading

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Reason 12-Art is Everywhere in Italy

Continuing with my winter theme ″Why I keep coming back to Italy″ … You don’t have to be an art historian or even an authority to appreciate the abundance of art treasures found everywhere in Italy. Whether you prefer Greek and Roman sculpture, … Continue reading

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Reason 11- Hill Towns

Continuing with my winter theme ″Why I keep coming back to Italy″ … Part of the magic of visiting Italy is discovering a small hill town that takes you back in time to another world. You can visit any region in Italy and … Continue reading

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Reason 10-Italian Gardens

Continuing with the November theme ″Why I keep coming back to Italy″ … There are plenty of wonderful places to walk off a delicious meal in Italy. One of my favorite places to stroll is an Italian garden. Large or small, formal … Continue reading

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Reason 9-Fast Food

Continuing with the November theme ″Why I keep coming back to Italy″ is Reason Nine–Fast Food. Although most Italians prefer to sit down and enjoy a meal shared with friends and family, they sometimes resort to fast food, like we do. Yet … Continue reading

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Reason 8-Slow Food

Continuing with the November theme ″Why I keep coming back to Italy″ is Reason Eight–Slow Food. When you arrive in Italy, it’s time to slow down and enjoy the wide variety of culinary delights. Although there is always the option … Continue reading

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