San Gimignano Marble Eggs


When we lived in Zurich years ago, I took a trip to the Tuscany region of Italy with a friend-between us we had 7 children! We dragged them to San Gimignano to buy the marbled eggs that I cherish every Easter.

Well worth the visit for more than the eggs,here is a brief history:

San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form “an unforgettable skyline”. Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant’ Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries. The “Historic Centre of San Gimignano”, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.

The White House Easter Egg Hunt


Years ago when we lived in Washington DC, my nephew worked at the White House. One of the special perks of working there was to invite family members to the annual Easter Egg Hunt- you don’t have to wait in the enormous line!
I went with 3 of my little kids.At one point, the Secret Service was clearing the way for President and Mrs. Clinton to get to a small stage to speak. My son Peter disappeared;he was 4 years old. When President Clinton got to the stage he said “does anyone know who this little boy belongs to?” and of course,that was Peter!
The eggs given are wooden-you get one per person. A very special memory.