Category Archives: Italy

A Idea of Mine

I have a confession to make. Beyond all the other things I am doing right now – singing, translating, assisting in a bookselling business – I have a project in mind for the future. I want to put together a … Continue reading

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Teriolis ≠ Tirol

Continuing in the looking-up-one-thing-and-finding-the-tip-of-the-iceberg vein, I recently began looking into an assumption I had made a while back — that the name Tirol was derived from the Roman fortress Teriolis (from which the village of Zirl takes its name). It … Continue reading

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Reading the Tabula Peutingeriana

The Tabula Peutingeriana is a 13th century copy of a Roman road map from around the 4th or 5th century CE, judging by the place names on it. It is named for Konrad Peutinger, a man of letters from 16th-century … Continue reading

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Cambodunum – Kempten

An artist’s rendition of the stone layers of an inside wall in the kleine Therme.   Kempten, in the Allgäu region, is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Earliest mention appears to be by the ancient Greek geographer Strabo, who called … Continue reading

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Singer Lore: Help For Swollen Vocal Cords

Inching my way out of this bad cold flu bronchitis, I turned to facebook to ask my professional singer friends for their personal last-ditch remedies when a gig is getting near and the vocal folds are still swollen (and therefor … Continue reading

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It’s All Related

And here we tie the two previous posts together with a 15th-century ribbon: Und hier fügen wir die beiden vorherigen Beiträge mit einem Band aus dem 15. Jahrhundert zusammen: Albrecht Dürer, Brenner Road in the Eisack Valley, 1495. Made, as … Continue reading

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Somebody’s 15 Minutes of Fame

In Austria it is said that success depends on how much “Vitamin B” you have, the B standing for Beziehungen, or connections. So it’s not surprising to learn that being related to Ötzi might just be the best connection one … Continue reading

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The $@!%storm over Barilla

Since it’s been officially accepted into the German language as a serviceable “foreign” word, shitstorm is seen again and again in the media — but really only in the media, and only as a compound word (I’ve yet to encounter … Continue reading

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“It’ll Be A Hot Day Today”

This plaque, found on the stone wall underneath the Golden Roof in Innsbruck’s old town, says: Here, on 25 February 1536, Jakob Hutter, head of the Anabaptists in Tirol, was burned at the stake. Jakob Hutter was born in what … Continue reading

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KZ Reichenau Revisited

The event began with an audio recording of of a man named Klaus W., from Hippach (deep in the Ziller Valley), recounting the day the recruiters came to family’s home in the 1940s and said, “one (of you) must go” … Continue reading

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