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Here’s the first tale. On August 11th, 1951 the NY Giants were in second place. They lost that day and dropped 13 games behind the Dodgers. That was the 110th game they played. They had 44 games left to play. We all know what happened. After 39 games, playing at the Polo Grounds, they caught the Dodgers, forced a 3-game playoff, Bobby Thomson hit a home run in the 9th inning of the 3rd game, “the shot heard ‘round the world,” and the Giants miraculously won the NL Pennant and went into the World Series against the Yankees. Here's the second tale. The Yankees are in second place. On August 16th they lost and dropped 10.5 games behind the Red Sox. That was the 121st game they played this seaso


FROM "CHARMING" TO A "STAR" A few months ago, I came across a Newsletter that I wrote in April 2002 featuring Rome's Hotel d’Inghilterra. Since I was going back to Rome, I thought that I should revisit the hotel. Also, I wanted to see their recent renovations. In 2002, the D'Inghilterra was part of the Charming Hotel Group. Today, it’s part of the STARHOTELS Collezione. In 2002, it was a 4*hotel. Today, as I predicted, it’s a 5* hotel. From Charming to a Star. While the hotel's history goes back to the 16th century, mine only goes back to the '80's. My wife and I visited Rome at least twice a year and her first chore, on the first day, was to go shopping because after 2-3 weeks, the clothes


These are just a few of the charming rooms that are available. Whichever you pick, you can't go wrong. In addition, I've included some special rooms for special events. Let me know what you're looking for and I'll get the best price available.


This Newsletter is for those who were interested in reading it in my Blog, From Charming to a Star, that was unreadable but I needed it for the effect. Sorry.


ITALY DIDN'T MAKE THE TOP 10! Can you believe it? Italy didn't rank in Fodor's top 10. And for what? "Worst countries in the world for vegeterians." All that I can say is, "THANKS, Fodor" because I'm more of a "spaghetti and meat ball" kind of guy. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy seafood, crudo and cotto...raw and cooked. Especially in Anzio. In Florence, the bistecca alla Fiorentina is a must, followed by some delicious Vin Santo and a plate of Cantuccini You can take me to Harry's Bar in Venice anytime! There's no better place in the world for a Bellini, or two, before their fegato alla veneziana. The best pizzas I've ever eaten are in Rome and nothing can beat linguine al astice at Rinaldi al

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Norman Ross

Travel Consultant/

Independent Contractor