Isola Bella, Wedding Cake Island

We passed Isola Bella a few times on the ferry before taking a day trip. Quite honestly, it looked like the kind of over-the-top tourist destination I don’t usually like. In reality, it is so ostentatiously, outrageously ornate that after a few minutes you just have to accept it. Fifty paintings in one room? Yes–there… Continue reading Isola Bella, Wedding Cake Island

The San Carlo Borromeo Statue: aka, The Jolly Green Giant

When the kids and I made it to the top of the San Carlo statue, we made an audio recording. It goes pretty much like this: Mom: Well, we’re at the top of the Caroloni statue in Arona, and getting up here was one of the most terrifying experiences of our lives. Older Child: No it wasn’t!… Continue reading The San Carlo Borromeo Statue: aka, The Jolly Green Giant

Getting Creative with Classical Conversations Presentations: Great Speeches, pt. 1

  At the beginning of the year, many Classical Conversations groups assign presentation schedules that look something like this: *Week 1: It’s all about you! Tell us about yourself. *Week 2: What’s your favorite subject and why? *Week 3: Improv week: Draw a topic out of a hat! This isn’t bad as far as it… Continue reading Getting Creative with Classical Conversations Presentations: Great Speeches, pt. 1