Moore n’ more about People, Places and Things

With all of the language learning talk that has been going on around here, I decided to test my skills and head to Lamezia Terme’s finest movie theater to check out Dan Brown‘s latest hit. While I’d love to say I loved Angels and Demons, I just can’t. It is not you, Mr. Hanks … it is me. I just wasn’t ready for that kind of Italian-language only commitment.

Angels and Demons Tour - Free Guide
Photo: Roaring Forties Press

However, what I am ready for is Rome’s Angels and Demons: An Insider’s Guide, written by Angela K. Nickerson and photographed by Christine Cantera of Miss Expatria. The guide is just under 50 pages and is a history book of Rome’s best piazzas, churches and obelisks as visualized in the book or seen on the Big Screen. Side notes and travel tips for visitors are included throughout the guide. Download your FREE copy here.

In other Italy-related news, Chicago authorities recently found 1,600 stolen Italian artifacts worth an estimated $5-$10 million in a suburban bungalow. Among the loot were ancient Etruscan artifacts that date back to 900 B.C., books and documents written by popes and kings and a handwritten preface to a book that was penned by Mussolini.

Stolen Italian Artifacts Discovered in Bungalow near Chicago
Photo: Chicago Breaking News Center

Elsewhere in the blogosphere … I was recently interviewed by Lulu of Calabrisella Mia where we discussed blogging, writing and finding inspiration. I am also scheduled to be a guest blogger next Friday at City Girl Lifestyle where the site’s owner and I will exchange perspectives on how being an expat has changed us.

And speaking of change, I’m heading to Texas on Tuesday to tackle the state capital and be a blushing bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, spend some much needed recoop time with my family and get away from this grueling southern Italian heat (because everyone knows how breezy southeast Texas summers are).

So starting Tuesday, I’ll update My Bella Vita three times a week. Next week, I’ll post Tuesday (because those are sacred travel tip days), Thursday (to wrap up the Saint series) and Friday … just because. After next week, I’ll post Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays through the end of July.

In other blogging news, Marryann of Finding La Dolce Vita has called it quits. Interestingly enough however, one of her last posts was still available through my Reader. Given her recent departure from the blogosphere and Joe of Italyville’s touching post regarding his friend’s decision, I found it fitting to include some of her post here.

FRIENDS: Will say “hello.”
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Call your parents mom and dad.

FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing and just being together.

FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.

FRIENDS: Are for awhile.
ITALIAN FRIENDS: Are for life.

Thank you for your contributions to the blogosphere over these last few years, Maryann. I join Joe and your other blogging buddies in wishing you the best on your new ventures.

Buon Weekend!

5 Responses
  1. I love what Maryann wrote.

    I haven’t made it to the A&D movie yet. We have three Original Language theaters here that use subtitles instead of dubbing.

    I’m really looking forward to Julia & Julia and hope it’s released here around the same time it’s released in the States.

    Buon viaggio and have a great time at the wedding.
    Thanks, NYC!
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  2. Dear Cherrye, I was hoping I would read you hated the movie because the book was so bad! Brown re-invents natural law and physics whenever he needs a plot device to get himself out of the holes he writes himslef into.
    I’ll read the rest of your links, and get into that Texa heat. (Homemade corn tortillas are the bomb, yanno.)
    Oh no, I like Dan Brown… sorry… 🙂 I am all over these homeade corn tortillas, though… ha ha
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  3. Hi Cherrye, I read a book on the looting and stealing of artifacts and how the thieves make backdoor deals with major museums… sad really. It was called The Medici Conspiracy.
    Thanks for mentioning my post on Maryann and have a safe and wonderful trip! – Joe
    Prego. How was the book, btw? Disturbing much?

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    Brown’s novels that feature the lead character Robert Langdon also include historical themes and Christianity as motifs, and as a result, have generated controversy. Brown states on his website that his books are not anti-Christian, though he is on a ‘constant spiritual journey’ himself, and says that his book The Da Vinci Code is simply “an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate” and suggests that the book may be used “as a positive catalyst for introspection and exploration of our faith.”,^

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