• Rabbi Barbara Aiello
    Jewish History,  Lecture

    Schedule of 2020 Jewish History Lectures by Irene Shaland

    https://mathieupansard.com/15445-dtf30821-jungle-2017-streaming-vf.html Upcoming Jewish History Lectures Presented by Irene Shaland: September, October, December 2020 “…memory is the keyword, which combines past and present, past and future…” Elie Wiesel An internationally-published writer and educator Irene Shaland invites you to embark on a journey through the painful past and often controversial present of twelve countries on three continents to understand how and why various nations around the world respond to the Holocaust remembrance. Date Time Location Lecture Subject Sept. 30, 2020 7:00 PM Zoom virtual event Irene Shaland presents Part I of her lecture “Travels in Jewish History” sponsored by the New City Library, New City, NY.  The lecture is free, but registration is required. To register…

  • History,  Jewish History,  Lecture

    Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean

    visitez la page d'accueil The Return of the Jews: Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean Irene Shaland’s Virtual Presentation Tuesday, June 30th, 2020  7:00 PM via Zoom Registrations for this Zoom based lecture is required. Click here to register  OR — Call 845.634.4997 to register. In her Jewish Renaissance in the Mediterranean lecture Irene Shaland invites you to travel to the south of Italy that presents an unusually optimistic chapter in the history of the Jewish Diaspora. Visiting with Irene the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and the tip of the Italian “boot,” Calabria, you will discover a world of little-known Jewish history: centuries marked by fear and secrets, decades filled with the search for…

  • History,  Italy,  Travel Tips

    Villa Romana Sicily – Must See for Italy History Buffs

    Villa Romana del Casale located in Piazza Armerina in Sicilian heartland is not-to-be missed site for all history and art enthusiasts. Covered by layers of mud for 700 years, rediscovered in 1950, and reopened in 2003 after over forty years of reconstruction, the Villa is a treasure trove of the best Roman mosaics in existence today. It is believed to be built in Sicily in the 4th century AD by Marcus Aurelius Maximianus who was Roman co-emperor during the reign of Diocletian (286-305 AD). Even by decadent Roman standards of that time, this Villa was over-the-top sumptuous dwelling with bright glittering mosaics covering an entire floor surface. These mosaics were…

  • Italy,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    Overlooked by visitors, Catania is a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque

    The third largest city of Sicily, a UNESCO-listed Catania lies in close proximity to the majestic mountain Etna. The city was always subject to the brooding moods of that volcano.  In the late 1600s, Mt. Etna struck twice: first drowning Catania and over 12,000 of its inhabitants in boiling lava, and then, in less than 25 years, leveling the city again by a murderous earthquake. Only 2,000 people survived. However, like phoenix out of ashes, Catania, rebuilt by architects from Rome, was reborn as one of the greatest baroque cities of the Mediterranean. Today, many visitors skip Catania for the sake of Taormina or Siracusa and this is a sad…

  • Casa Cuseni Taormina, Sicily
    Art and Artists,  Italy,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    Following the Steps of Tennessee Williams in Sicily: Taormina’s Casa Cuseni

    I came across the name “Casa Cuseni” while reading about Tennessee Williams and his beloved partner, painter/poet Henry Faulkner, spending many happy months in Taormina while staying in Casa Cuseni. I knew then, without a doubt, that when we are in Sicily, we will follow the steps of Tennessee! We and our four friends arrived at Casa Cuseni on a beautiful late September afternoon. We were met by the B&B’s smiling owner, an MD and art lover, Francesco Spadaro, and we followed him up the stairs through a terraced garden. At that time of the day, Taormina is lit by magical shades of golden-bluish light coming from above and below,…

  • Europe,  Italy,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    Best B&B in Palermo

    I selected a B&B in Palermo called BB22 not only because of its high reputation and excellent reviews, but also because I wanted to support those who restore Palermian ancient palaces.  BB22, a hidden gem in the heart of historic Palermo, is comprised of six luxurious rooms inside a 16th-century Palazzo Pantelleria located on a tiny back street in an ancient Vucciria neighborhood. The rooms that we and our friends occupied were spacious, elegant and comfortable; the location of the B&B could not be better. Patty, the owner, and Emanuela, the manager, both were very personal and extremely helpful with my preliminary planning, and went out of their way to…

  • General,  Italy,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    Sicily: Glorious Sicilian Food! And The Best Place in Palermo to Discover It

    Sicily is not Italy, even though the island has been administratively part of that country since the 1860s. Likewise, Sicilian food is not Italian, though of course it has been influenced by the mainland cuisine.  Only in Sicily, a paradise for art lovers and foodies alike, one can see and experience a successful harmonization of so many different influences. And I do not mean only mosaics and architecture. Their food is a true masterpiece on its own.  Sicilians never rejected the past but with love and care combined all the trends brought by many invaders over the last three thousand years. The ancient Greeks introduced grapes, olives, figs, pomegranates, walnuts,…

  • Europe,  General,  Italy

    Discovering Palermo and Sicily with Bianca Del Bello

    I met Bianca Del Bello by pure chance when searching for experts in Palermo Jewish history.  After a few email exchanges, I knew that I met not only a superbly knowledgeable historian but also a friend with a big heart.  Bianca and I designed a Palermo Immersion Experience for our small group: my husband and I, and our four friends. We met Bianca at the Teatro Massimo, and then, in a matter of about 4.5 hours, we walked the streets and squares of the ancient city. We visited markets, a traditional painted carts maker, Cathedral, Capella Palatina, Steri, or museum of the Inquisition, and the Jewish quarter. We also visited…

  • History,  Italy,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    Palermo Italy

    Our exploration of Sicily began in Palermo, the main city of the island. Irene’s heroic efforts to prepare me for the trip paid off: I read Lonely Planet’s Sicily cover to cover, but Palermo came to life only when our friend and guide Bianca Del Bello took our small group on a walking tour of Palermo. The Phoenicians founded this city in the 8th century B.C. Then came the Carthaginians and Greeks, followed by the Romans. The Byzantine Empire claimed Sicily after the fall of Rome and held it for over one thousand years. In the 9th century AD, the Arabs grabbed Sicily for a couple hundred years, but lost…

  • Europe,  General,  Italy

    A quick look around Milan Piazza del Duomo

    Take a quick look around Milan famous main square, Piazza del Duomo, with its Duomo Cathedral, Victor Emmanuel II statue, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Milan is a perfect stop on a European vacation trip.   For more images of Milan please visit our photo gallery:  Photos of Milan Read useful tips for traveling to Milan, Italy: Milan Tips