While most of us here in the US have been celebrating St. Patrick's Day, something even bigger has been cause for celebration in another part of the world.
Today, the 17th of March, 2011 - marks the 150th aniiversary of the birth of a nation - Italy.
A while back, my friend Tim Reinard of Sunset Gondola told me about a great blog, written by Erla Zwingle - an American living in Venice. Her blog has a title befitting some of the things she's seen, and written about in Venezia: "I Am Not Making This Up".
If you haven't already discovered Erla's blog, take time to thumb through, read her work, it's really good.
And while you're there, see her most recent post:
"Happy Birthday, Italy: 150 Years Young (Part 1)"
Happy birthday Italy!