Kate Little

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Kate Little is a certified Italian sommelier, authorized Italian tour coordinator and lover of all things Ligurian. Fluent in Italian and Texan, she leads private customized tours in the Cinque Terre and Northern Italy. Texan by birth, Italian by accident. Kate was born on Galveston Island, and stranded by a train strike in Monterosso al Mare (Cinque Terre), Italy in 1989. She never left. She now lives in Fontona, a village between Monterosso and Levanto in a fixer-upper farmhouse with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 awol land turtles. Email her at Kate@littleparadiso.com and follow her on twitter @littleparadiso. Her blog at www.littleparadiso.com offers a glimpse into everyday life on the outskirts of the Cinque Terre.

Stories from Kate Little

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
I have been speaking everyday with our ex-next door neighbor Bruna. She is an 85 year young sparkplug who never stays still.

Friday she took me into her cantina and showed me where her son-in-law was forced to cut a hole in the roof and help Bruna's daughter and granddaughter (who happens to be 8 months pregnant) escape to Bruna's apartment above.

Monday, October 31st, 2011
Early in the morning of Tuesday, the 25th of October, it started to rain. After a very hot, dry summer, the earth was unprepared for the amount of rain that was to fall for the next few hours. By early afternoon, water was streaming down the roads of the villages and by early evening, most of these villages had been devastated.

The buildings, many from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, held up to the water. The floods though, which reached over 6 feet, ravished the insides of the ground floors: the businesses, the churches, the storerooms and cantinas all completely ruined.

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Seeing that it's springtime and everything is just so GREEN... Pesto came to mind. It reminds me of this time of year when basil starts to take advantage of all this sunshine and grows like crazy. Enjoy!

Pesto... the word comes from the Italian verb pestare which means to crush, to trample, to pound.

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