Monthly Archives: January 2007


French President Likes Lucca’s Oil

  French President Jacques Chirac must be trying to lay the groundwork for his Italian retirement villa. He’s called the olive oil produced in area of Lucca “exquisite,” also saying “almost nothing else tastes as good.” As if the olive oil producers of Italy needed a Frenchman to tell them […]


Benefits for unmarried couples in Italy? Not so much.

  I remember how difficult it seemed eloping in Italy was going to be (which is why the husband and I ultimately ended up in Scotland), and I chalked that up to the proximity to the seat of the Catholic Church. Eloping, however, is child’s play next to gay marriage. […]