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by James Martin

Wandering Liguria: Celebrating the food, wine, culture, history and lifestyle of the Italian Riviera.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Liguria, the Italian Riviera: Cinque Terre, Portofino, Genoa, San Remo, Chiavari… the food, the wine, the markets, the hiking and trekking, the culture, history and lifestyle of this gorgeous part of Italy today.

The purpose of Wandering Liguria from author David Downie: To familiarize a wider public with a region I have known and loved since I first visited in 1976.

David offers hiking and trekking tours, guided cultural tours of Genoa and elsewhere.

About Wandering Liguria originally appeared on Sep 23, 2011, ©

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by James Martin

David Downie is a San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid 1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers worldwide. He’s currently a European contributor to the Internet’s popular literary travel website,, and co-owner and operator (with Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours where you can sign up for custom walking tours of Paris (and Burgundy, Rome & the Italian Riviera).

Downie is the author of a dozen nonfiction books and two thrillers, most recently Paris City of Night. His books include Enchanted Liguria: A Celebration of the Culture, Lifestyle and Food of the Italian Riviera; Cooking the Roman Way: Authentic Recipes from the Home Cooks and Trattorias of Rome; and Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light, a critically acclaimed collection of travel essays. The reissue of Paris, Paris—updated, expanded and redesigned—is published by Broadway Books in the “Armchair Traveler” series. Downie’s latest food-and-wine-related books are Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa (The Terroir Guides), Food Wine Rome, and Food Wine Burgundy, all in the Terroir Guides series published by The Little Bookroom. Also new for 2011 is Quiet Corners of Rome, a loving exploration of The Eternal City, with striking photos by Alison Harris.

David Downie’s Web Site

Paula Wolfert Introduces Author David Downie

David Downie - Author originally appeared on Sep 23, 2011, ©

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About James Martin

james martin pictureJames splits his time between northern Tuscany and California. He runs the “Wandering” network of web sites about travel in Europe, as well as Mapping Europe. You can read about some other things I’m doing these days in my Google Profile: James Martin

The “Wandering” Sites

Wandering Italy
Wandering Portugal
Wandering Sardinia
Wandering France

You can sign up for the Wandering Europe Newsletter to get the latest news about select European travel destinations—Liguria and beyond.

James Martin - Author & Webmaster originally appeared on Sep 23, 2011, ©

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Alison Harris is a photographer based in Paris. Her work has appeared in books published by HarperCollins, The Little Bookroom, Rizzoli, Chronicle Books, Stewart Tabori & Chang, Random House and many others. She graduated with a degree in Art History from Mount Holyoke College.

Alison Harris’ Photographic Exhibitions

Harris has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in the United States: Paris: Street Theater (FotoFest ’96, The International Festival of Photography, Houston Texas); Paris, Paris – Journey into the City of Light (Michèle Gagne Gallery, Soho, New York, 2005) and in a group show Bleu, Blanc, Rouge in B+W – Images of France by European and American photographers (Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, 2006). Harris has also exhibited in Italy in a solo show: Chiaroscuro (Il Vicolo Galleria d’Arte, Genoa, 2010).

Chiaroscuro will be shown at Chicago’s prestigious Chicago Photography Center in May, 2012.

A new show, Traslochi, mounted in conjunction with Italian poet Paola Pennecchi, will open in Milan in March, 2012. Later that year it will travel to Venice and New York. Please visit for details.


Alison Harris’ photography is in the collections of the Musée Carnavalet (Paris Historical Museum), the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris (Paris Historical Library), Osterreichische Nationalbibliothek (Austrian National Library) and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Massachusetts). Her work is also in numerous private collections in Europe and the United States, including the Nelson Blitz, Jr. and Catherine Woodard Collection.

About Alison Harris - Photographer originally appeared on Sep 22, 2011, ©

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