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October 25, 2019

The first time that my wife and I stayed at the old Hotel de la Ville

was back in the late '70s. 

We loved it then, and now, under the guidance

of Sir Rocco Fortewe love it even more.

 I remember our enthusiasm when we entered our room

and saw a terrace...

September 19, 2019

The word Aleph has a lot of different meanings.

The one I like the best is, "NUMBER ONE" 

because that defines the HOTEL ALEPH better than anything else.

From the minute you see the tuxedoed doorman waiting for you...

and then entering the original 1930 marble floored hote...

September 7, 2019

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51 years ago, I received this letter from Senator Joseph Tydings.

Why did I invite him to appear on a daily telephone call-in-program

that I produced for WJZ-TV?

He had just introduced his “Firearms Registration and Licensing Act.”

The bill would have mandated registrati...

August 19, 2019

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...and a lot of other sites in Rome!

That's right! No sitting and no eating. But Rome has done this before.

It depends on your point of view.

Do you want the steps so crowded that it's almost impossible to walk

up or down? (You can take an elevator, you know.)

Do you wan...

August 5, 2019

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How can you possibly

...see your friends

...eat at your favorite restaurants

...and still have time to see some properties for my clients?

I know it's rough, but somebody's got to do it.

Because I want to do justice to everything I saw,


August 5, 2019

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With all due respect to Shakespeare,


 would not be a rose,

it would be a PINSA ROMANA. 

Just about one year ago, the renowned Bice reopened as BICE CUCINA

and my wife and I have been going there since.

What made it even better was that several pe...

July 1, 2019

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AKA usually means, "also known as."

However, it's also the "American Kennel Association."

And, the "American Kickboxing Association."

In medicine, it means "Above-the-Knee Amputation."

But, to me, AKA means "A King's Apartment."

(or, A Queens's Apartment.)

Let me b...

February 24, 2019

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I love Venice.

I love Venice at Carnavale.

I want you to love it as much as I do.

Sharing some of my experiences may help

even though the Carnavale has already begun,

but it runs to March 5th so there's still time to see lots of it. 

I've been fortunate enough to...

February 17, 2019

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OK folks.

Get ready for some bad news.

No, it's actually terrible news.


No joke. I just read this in Fodor's:

"According to a report from The Times, Italy will be out of olive oil by April. Coldiretti, an Italian agriculture a...

January 21, 2019

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I was scanning through the news the other day and came across an article about Betty White. She celebrated her 97th birthday and that made me think about my longevity.

 (Me at 2-3 years of age)

I thought it would be a gas to see what my longevity was at birth. So, I went...

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Norman Ross

Travel Consultant/

Independent Contractor