May 20, 2024 | Rome, Italy
Castle Combe is a small Cotswold village in Wiltshire, England.

Last call

With few exceptions, Italian towns are shrinking and dying, with no Cotswald-style tourism to save them.

Judi Dench in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Days of yore

Glorifying expat life is the easy part. The other — and somewhat more challenging part — is living it.

One table has its own special character.

Going home

For one Australian, the idea of a family visit in winter (August) falls well short of sugarplums.