Happy RE-New Year!!

I’m re-surrecting and updating my post from a year ago…

Out with the Old, In with RE-New!!

re – a prefix, occurring originally in loan words from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition. (dictionary.com)

Re-member, re-collect, re-solve, re-discover, re-invent, re-vise, re-invigorate, re-infuse, re-lease, re-vive, re-create, re-view, re-start, re-do, re-visit…re-joice!

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Re-flecting on 2014 – It’s Been Re-markable!

Lose weight, exercise more, spend less, clean out the (fill in the blank), eat healthier, take a class and learn how to (fill in the blank), start (fill in the blank), quit (fill in the blank)… Sound familiar?

Ah, the ubiquitous New Year’s Resolutions! Make ’em, break ’em! Re-make ’em…over and over…or, maybe not…

For years I dutifully wrote my goals down with a determined re-solve! Then I realized that most of them sounded oddly familiar…because they were re-peated from the prior year! Oh dear…sigh…what now?

*** Time to re-flect without re-gret! ***

Well, I have a proposition for you (and me!) based on this definition of re-solution: (derived from Latin resolvere) –  to review, undo, let go.  And since re-solve is defined as making a firm or earnest decision about something

I propose that rather than re-peat the old, that we make a firm decision to bring a sense of re-newal and sparkle to every day! Forget that long daunting list…just a little something…every day! Now, won’t that be fun?

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…And 2015 Promised to Be Re-ally Fabulous, Too!

First, let’s re-flect, with a nice dose of gratitude, on all that was fabulous in 2014. It’s easy to go to the guilty place about all that we didn’t do; all that woulda-coulda-shoulda stuff, isn’t it? Yeh, me too! Well, let’s re-lease that and, re-focus on all that fabulous…wow! Re-markable!

So, let’s start there, let’s re-fine our 2015 re-solutions and not only re- surrect those dreams, but embrace new ones!

And, of course, I have to bring up travel, don’t I? I encourage you to start a new travel tradition. Armchair or otherwise, give those imaginations new life. Make a way, find a way…dream, plan, let’s go!!

Thank YOU for being a part of my 2014 travel dreams!

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Thanks to YOU, 2015 looks pretty darn promising! Get the picture??? ;D

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A Visit to Civita di Bagnoregio, “The Town that is Dying”

Let's Go to Italy Together!Il paese che muore, “the town that is dying”, is the rather bleak description of Civita di Bagnoregio.

Judging solely by the throngs of visiting tourists one would hardly think that that is the case. However, it wasn’t from lack of tourism that “the town that is dying” title originated…

Join me for a lovely day trip (from Rome or Orvieto) and let’s  take a stroll back in time together, shall we?Civita di Bagnoregio - Concrete BridgeLet's Go to Italy Together!

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A Stroll to St. Peter’s Square to See Papa!

Let's Go to Italy Together!I had the incredible good fortune to visit Rome twice this year. I didn’t expect to but I fell so in love with the one and only Eternal City!

I’ve written a little about my time there and will certainly write more but this post is about something very special that happened this year…twice!St. Peters 1BLet's Go to Italy Together! Continue reading

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Join Me for a Stroll in….Positano!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Positano is a small town located on the spectacular and seductive Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) on the Mediterranean coast in the region of Campania.

Positano takes picturesque to a whole new level! Let’s take a stroll through this picture-perfect town, shall we?Campania - Positano Let's Go to Italy Together! Continue reading

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Let’s Stop at a Neighborhood Market…in Gallipoli

Let's Go to Italy Together!Since this week has been about food markets, certainly those local neighborhood markets you encounter in your meanderings certainly deserve a mention.

And, for me, this is one of the beauties of so many neighborhoods in Italy; the fact that you can turn a corner and find these wonderful local markets chock full of fresh produce and local goodies…

While strolling through historic Gallipoli in Puglia,  this small but bountiful market  certainly caught my eye (and appetite!)! I just love looking, don’t you?

Photogenic to say the least! Just look at those gorgeous shapes and colors!Everything is fresh, seasonal, local and so beautifully displayed.

Remember, look but don’t touch (non tocare!) is the rule here!

Well, I’m hungry now! And I think I have a pretty good idea of what some of the ingredients will be in our next meal! I can hardly wait, can you??

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Enjoying everything that is authentic and local is an important part of the Puglia experience when you travel with me and my Puglia travel partners and experts, YLTour.

Won’t you join us in 2015?

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A Milestone! 100+ Copies Sold in First Month!

Let's Go to Italy Together!It’s actually been 4 weeks since the “official” launch of my first book,

Victoria’s Travel TipZ Italian Style

and I’m so excited and pleased to share that it has already sold (over) 100 copies!

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Get Your Copy Today!

This is a real thrill for me and I am extremely grateful to each and every one of you!

If you are among the 100+ who ordered/purchased my book (paperback or Kindle) as of today, I want to personally thank YOU! So…

I Want to Do Something Special!

And it’s going to be a Special “Grazie Amici!” photo collage published in early January featuring YOU!

Please send me a “SELFIE” of YOU holding my book or your Kindle with the book cover. If you want to add a short comment, please do. I’m hoping to having photos from everywhere! (Please send your photo to me by December 29th!)

Please Click Here to Send Your Photo or send to: PostcardsfromTravelPiZazz(at)gmail(dot)com

And, remember, your Reviews and Referrals are PURE GOLD!

♥♥ Grazie x million!!! ♥♥

Victoria & Lulu LaMew, Editor-in-Chief

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Let’s Take a Stroll Through…Lecce’s Marvelous Food Market!

Let's Go to Italy Together!I’m not sure why so much that I write about centers around food (hmmmm…), but I’m especially fond of  visiting Italy’s food markets and the friendly (and hard working) artisans who proudly display and offer their local produce, delicacies, and specialties.

Let's Go to Italy Together!

Today, let’s take a stroll through Lecce’s sensational food market! Puglia - Lecce Market

Lecce is the capital of the Salento region of Puglia and although it is known as the “Florence of the South” for it’s euphoric and exuberant Baroque architecture, it’s also a food lovers’ paradise!   Continue reading

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Let’s Take a Stroll Through…the Central Market of Florence

After visiting the Uffizi, David, and the Duomo, let’s take a stroll and visit the Central Market of Florence…

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Located in the historic San Lorenzo neighborhood of Florence, Mercato Centrale Firenze opened in spring of 2014. The original building, on the first floor, was built in 1874. Designed by Giuseppe Mengoni (who also designed Milan’s famous Galleria), it is also characterized by its bright and airy design. Continue reading

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Would You Be So Kind??

Dear Followers and Subscribers,

First of all, my sincerest grazie for all of your support in the past – I really don’t know how to thank you! Some of you may have already received an email from me but, just in case…I’m writing to ask a favor…

There is hardly a lover of all things Italian who doesn’t love Italy Magazine. AND, as a blogger/writer, to be acknowledged by Italy Magazine is truly something to aspire to…

Italy Magazine blogger-awards

This year is the second year of their Italy Blogger Awards and, since I’m guessing that many of you don’t get their e-newsletter or are on Twitter or Facebook as much as I am, I wanted to bring this to your attention…​and I am asking for your support to be nominated.

Competition is fierce – no doubt about it. If it were Dancing with the Stars, I’m definitely the rookie contestant, but nothing ventured and all that, right? So?

So…I am asking for just a few minutes of your time…

I am hoping that one of my articles,
can be nominated for  “Best Single Travel Post”

Below is the link and all of the info you will need to submit a Nomination.

Click here for the Italy Magazine Blogger Award Nomination link

Here is the information for the Form:

Blogger Award Nomination Form

Name *
(Name of person nominating blog – that’s you!)

Blog Title * Postcards from Travel PiZazz

Blog URL *www.PostcardsfromTravelPiZazz.com
If nominating a post please enter the link to that specific post (see below)

Blog URL for Article:  

http://postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com/la-dolce-vita/postcards-puglia/made-puglia/

http://postcardsfromtravelpizazz.com/la-dolce-vita/postcards-campania/spotlight-buffalo-mozzarella-farm/

Contact E-mail *
(Contact email for person nominating blog – that’s you!)

Nomination Category *

Check: √ Best Single Travel Post

Single Blog Title

Made in Puglia or
Spotlight on: A Buffalo Mozzarella Farm

(And by the way, you can vote in more than one Category and you are welcome to share this email with others.)

If you have any questions, – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this!

Grazie mille!

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Lulu-Venice Hat - Book EditorA Note from the Editor-in-Chief:

I wanted to personally thank mew for your time and for your help. (I hope you didn’t have to sacrifice a nap…)

You are appreciated!

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