Platonic Diversions

Heart Sick

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Now we must think the unthinkable. The good people of America have elected one bad hombre as their president. But surely bad men before held the office without crushing it entirely in greedy hands; Rutherford B Hayes…

Greetings from Mondovì: All Saints’ Day

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Tuesday was Tutti i Santi, All Saints’ Day.  Schools, shops, and offices close for this annual day of solemn remembrance, families visit the graves of their forebears to leave fresh flowers, florists do big business in chrysanthemums,…

Greetings from Mondovì: Fireworks

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE Siamo in Italia!  It means We are in Italy!, and people here often say this to us when they cannot explain some bureaucratic tangle or incomprehensible administrative regulation.  With a characteristic gesture that is half-shrug, half-surrender, they let…

Gesso Valley

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ROBERTA FERRARIS Hidden and surrounded by the Argentera Massif, Gesso Valley was chosen as countryside resort by the House of Savoy who acquired the hunting rights from the Councils of Entracque and Valdieri villages in the middle of 19th century.…

Vermenagna Valley

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ROBERTA FERRARIS Located at the extreme South-East corner of the Occitan-speaking area, Vermenagna Valley is a borderland for several aspects: it borders with France through the Col di Tenda (a high mountain pass) which also separates Ligurian Alps from Maritime…

Pesio Valley

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ROBERTA FERRARIS The Pesio Valley is one of the most woody valleys of the Western Alps due to its proximity to the sea and to abundant rainfalls. For centuries, the local forest resources have been wisely administered by the Charterhouse…