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The biennial gala celebration of Save Venice

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A few weeks ago an enthusiastic crowd flocked to Venice to participate in the biennial gala celebration of Save Venice, Inc., a non profit organization, which, since 1971, has been raising money to preserve and protect the irreplaceable art and architecture of this unique city. A four-day feast for the senses, guests saw projects in […]... READ MORE
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Safari, Part 2: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Haven

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Safari: Part 1 (click here) Rapa, one of the orphaned baby elephants at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) is a very cheeky boy. When he’s not butting in on the games of his peers, he’s getting his well-behaved companions into trouble or devising ways to snag extra milk bottles at feeding time. The keepers’ diaries are littered [&he... READ MORE
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Breakfast with the Elephants and Tea with the Giraffes, Safari: Part 1

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“Have we just died and gone to heaven?” I asked my companions when we alighted upon the deck of our safari lodge, Angama Mara, perched high above Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.  We knew it was going to be beautiful, but we weren’t prepared for the splendor of the place – lush green plains under picture perfect […]... READ MORE
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Music, Mosaics and Moonlight in Sicily

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For two weeks in Ragusa Ibla, a baroque UNESCO world heritage site in southern Sicily, the streets were alive with the sound of music as young musicians from around the world gathered for the Ibla Foundation’s annual classical music competition. For 25 years, the Foundations’s founder and organizer, Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, has accepte... READ MORE
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Nina in Paris/Morocco, Part II of II

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Happily, after a smooth three-hour flight, we landed in Marrakesh and I proceeded through immigration and customs in a breeze. NO sense of impending/recent terrorism here. This airport appeared relaxed and free of all concerns. My step-brother had sent a driver from the house and I happily settled into the SUV and enjoyed the perfect weather [&hel... READ MORE
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Nina in Paris/Morocco, Part I of II

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On Tuesday, November 10th, I left New York for Paris to a visit a dear friend.  My four days in Paris were to be followed by a three-day trip to Marrakesh, as the guest of my step-brother and two dear friends, who had taken a six-bedroom riad in the medina for a week. I was […]... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part IV

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I’ve been fascinated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since I was a child. As a painter and a writer, I never imagined I could go there. Then I became Executive Vice President of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, which has strong relationships in Saudi Arabia. Recently, and incredibly, I not only got to go to […]... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part III

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“Cancer will touch the lives of everyone — either through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one or friend. A notoriously dreadful illness, cancer is a leading cause of death. It strikes regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, or age.” — Dr. Mary Beckerle PhD, CEO and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute. The [&hellip... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part II

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Say “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” and, for many, the first thoughts are one of opulence, royalty, palaces, monuments rising out of the desert. It is all that. Absolutely dazzling. Yes, it was opulent, but I was in search of more than a palace tour. I was after the action and lively hustle I expected […]... READ MORE
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My Time in Saudi Arabia, Part I

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As we took off on Saudi Arabian Airlines from New York’s JFK International Airport, I settled in for a 13-hour flight. I ate the delicious Lamb Kapsa (lamb cooked with tomato sauce, spices and kapsa rice), informed the flight attendant that I was closing my eyes for a bit, and the next thing I knew […]... READ MORE
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New York to Venice

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Thursday, July 2, 2015. Yesterday in New York was sunny, mild, and not too hot. After very heavy early morning rains to wash the streets, the sidewalks and the air. Many New Yorkers are departing today — if they haven’t already — for their vacation and/or holiday weekend retreats all over the Northeast. Looking back. Save Venice, the [&hel... READ MORE
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Great Italian Gardens: Past Perspectives

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Although two of Lake Como’s best known gardens are located only a few miles apart, they are separated by several centuries of divergent landscape principles and aesthetic values. Villa d’Este’s polished and complex garden is admired for its elegant decorum. While retaining its Renaissance-styled tribute to the glory and grandeur... READ MORE