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Monthly Archive for June, 2013

Update on Claretta and Mussolini

I was RIGHT that there is more to the story about Mussolini and Carletta!  First of all, Claretta’s real name was Clara Petacci. I had never heard of her but evidently, she WAS the mistress of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who was twenty-eight years her senior.
According to one source, Mussolini was living in Gargnano, [...]

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Mussolini and Carletta

Lago di Garda is an oversized lake east of Milan that I can imagine as the summer playground of wealthy industrialists. There are turn-of-the-century villas surrounding the lake shore, all in ornate Italianate style and sitting in lavish gardens.The hills that surround the Lago di Garda allow the area to enjoy a mild microclimate in [...]

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Grier

In the  Pays Cathare, there is a special vineyard with ties to both France and South Africa.
The Grier family, owners of Villiera Wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa, are highly regarded producers of quality Cap Classique and a comprehensive range of of red and white still wines. For many years they have been leaders in the [...]

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Cousin Dorothy Repinsky Long

I had the opportunity to meet some of my mother’s first cousins during a period of time when I was researching her side of the family tree. Many of her cousins are living in the small towns south of Pittsburgh like Latrobe and Blairsvillle,  My great-grandmother immigrated from Europe with her parents and settled [...]

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