02/12/17 Mom is Lisa. Our teenage boy is Lucas and I'm Dad, or Jerry. "We three" as we call ourselves.
Lisa is currently is an executive in the financial industry and is a fantastic pastry chef, amazing cook and a great Mom. Lisa started her working life in the travel publishing arena--writing articles for business travel venues and going on junkets to faraway places such as Hawaii or Switzerland and closer to home covering the opening of Epcot and the like. She loves Billy Joel, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, making Christmas cookies, collecting Italian pasta bowls and Pandora charms and has a dream of learning how to play violin. She is my best friend.
Lucas is an 14 year old graphic & web designer, marketing entrepreneur with his own eBay store, Lego virtuoso, science fair geek, Spelling Bee champ, Junior Honor Society member, created his own newspaper (The Dog Pound News) starting in kindergarden, he is a fan of They Might be Giants, a comic book author ("Complaining Sam"), inventor, a great writer, a budding chef and currently throws clay pots on a pottery wheel. He is growing into a socially aware, tech-minded and creative young man. We are incredibly proud of him.
As for myself, I've been a commercial advertising photographer my whole life. I'm semi-retired (one never really retires from photography) and restoring our 1868 brick house in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I've lived and traveled in France back in the Seventies and speak French pas si bien... although I've been taken for a Frenchman in Paris on occasion. (Great accent, poor with verb tenses). I'm also becoming a Pizza Maestro (pizzaiolo) in my own home kitchen and love to cook from scratch.
We all learned some Italian before setting out on our own three-week Grand Voyage of Italy and enjoyed the amazing sights, sounds and tastes of Italy. As pazzo as Italy is, we all fell in love with it, especially the southern part--my Dad's homeland in Puglia. The people there are so warm and welcoming. We we are already considering options for our next Voyages.. A trip to Lisa's grandfather's birthplace in Corleone, Sicily? Spending a Christmas in Florence? Relaxing in Puglia, swimming in the Adriatic or finally meeting long, lost relatives in Puglia?
Our experiences in Italy have already influenced our own lifestyle, cooking, wine choices, pizza-making and attitude toward life. Our Voyage is not just about traveling to Italy. In this blog we delve into the Italian persona, mystique, romance, art, lifestyle... and of course, the food. You'll make many discoveries on our pages: great stories, opinions, recipes, laughs and insights for all to enjoy. We'll be continuing and evolving this blog as time goes on with interesting unknown stories about Italy and the Italian lifestyle. Please join our Voyage... and infuse yourself with La Bel Paese...
--Jerry Finzi, aka Babbo (Daddy)
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