Raphael’s eye doesn’t just create magic on paper, it captures it via a cell phone camera.  Some great shots of the scenery to be had around Sassi Italy Tours world headquarters.

In addition to Raphael’s drawing in Italy and sculpture in Italy seminars, we can offer direction for photographers looking for amazing aesthetic opportunities well off the beaten path in Italy.

asymmetrical swinging, confusion induced by lying mirrors … – equilibrio asimmetrico, confusioni nei specchi bugiardi …- balans asimetric, derute-n oglinzi mincinoase…


I’ve never been here when it’s raining…it must be magical.

valeriu dg barbu

trilingual text


I wonder
Isn’t it that the air breathes us,
That the light consumes us, that every object takes from us the necessary?
The money buys their rate of exchange from us
The clock winds us stereotypically to its face, in an occult dance
Invoking rains and non-rains for an Earth that abusively and tyrannically possesses us
The wine distils us and takes sips from us, the food digests us in an asymmetrical swinging
And who in the end is left to wash the dishes?… these precarious, curious me..
I watch distracted, from a twisted angle, hostile statues,
Isn’t it that all questions are boomerangs
Aiming for my knee, my neck…?
And this “isn’t it”, doesn’t it watch me upside down in lying mirrors?


Può essere che… l’aria ci respira a noi
la luce ci consuma, ogni oggetto prende da noi, secondo le loro necessita:
Il denaro compra…

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Mango with Sticky Rice, Khao Niaow Ma Muang

Sticky Rice! It’s what’s for dessert.

The High Heel Gourmet

Thai Sticky and Mango - Khao Niaow Ma Muang by The High Heel Gourmet 2 (1)

Mango season! It’s the time of the year I LOVE. At least now I can get my mango fix. Even though mangoes here are much less varied than in Thailand, it’s better than nothing at all.

I’ve gotten several requests about how to cook the sticky rice that is normally served with mangoes in Thailand, and also here. You know, this is a food combination that I totally disagreed with since my childhood all the way until now.

Don’t get me wrong. I love mangoes. And I love the sweet, sticky rice, called “Khao Niaow Moon” or “Khao Niao Mun” in Thai. But putting them together isn’t the way to eat them for me. I want to eat them separately, one at a time. This is my personal opinion and I’m not forcing it on anyone (like I do with my curry recipes!) I feel that the sweet, sticky rice…

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I Know This Feeling!

Lesley’s pics remind me of the Phantom Canyon Road in Colorado…amazing, but dusty!  And for sinus sufferers like me, this feeling is all too familiar:

He asked what was wrong and I told him that I was stuffed up and couldn’t breath. He fell back and walked with me, allowing someone else to lead the way along the path. He took my bag, later carried by one of the tourism reps, and gave me water while explaining that shade was not far. He distracted me by talking about his children and family. When we did arrive to a saving tree, he poured water into my hands and told me to sniff it up; he literally wanted me to sniff the water up my nose. Hesitantly, I did it. It burned and poured out the first time. I was embarrassed with water coming out of my nose and dripping all over my face. No one looked at me in an attempt to make me feel better. He asked me to do it two more times. Although I hated it and felt like I was drowning, it provided relief. I could breath through my nose again. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be enough to get to the hotel but it was a start.

The ability to stay on the move really helps make sure you maximize what you can “absorb” and enjoy when on the go in a foreign country.  Get out there and get some time hiking in before you travel so you’re ready!

From Jordan: