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Franca

Building connections by taking the road less traveled. Visit me @sicilyconnect.com

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The One Where We Interview Ourselves

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Back to America

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The Child Miners of Floristella

The terrible story that lies at the heart of one of the most productive sulfur mines in all of Sicily

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Final Words on the German Spa Experience

More on our recent visit to a German spa and the enlightening practice of going textile-free

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A Walk at Lo Zingaro

Lo Zingaro is a nature preserve in western Sicily, reached only on foot and offering some of the most beautiful coastal views on the island.

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A Mayor, the Mafia, and Donkeys

What could a young mayor, the hoary Mafia, and an endangered breed of donkeys possibly have in common?

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Eating Local

When we owned Alimentaire we sourced many of our ingredients from the local terroir. Doing that required a lot of effort, time, and expense, but we managed to do that pretty well. In Sicily, one doesn’t have to travel great distances to keep one’s diet to the local

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Sicilian Pathways

Percorsi Siciliani It’s easy to find fault in the way the hinterland of Sicily is disconnected from the rest of the island. Driving conditions aren’t always ideal, with many hairpin turns, switchbacks, and even jaunts through what are probably private pastures or farmland. I’ve had many conversations

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Out of this World

The oranges in Sicily are out of this world! Since the end of November, we’ve been greedily gobbling up these deliciously juicy and sweet fruits in a variety of ways. In any given week, we probably consume 3kg of oranges! We can look forward to enjoying them through the

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Essential Sicily

In Franca's Words: When travel becomes less about filling every moment with purpose and more about finding purpose in every moment.

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A Birthday Wish

Steve suggested that I write Lia’s birthday entry for Without Envy.  I am nervous, as I don’t usually share my writings with anyone.  But, as Steve has told me, sharing your writing is what helps you heal. So here is my earnest attempt. The other day, Lia was

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