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Memorable Meals in the Med

One of the many delights of the Med, Sicily in this particular case, is the unpretentious yet delicious meals they serve. The food is local, by which I mean the menu is shaped by geography, tradition and Sicily’s agriculture. It’s highly familiar: Mediterranean/Italian/Sicilian … Continue reading

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Walking in the Italian Mountains

To escape, temporarily, from the 2012 August heatwave here in Italy, we went to the Dolomite mountains on one of the hotter weekends. We found an almost affordable hotel room on-line, threw our hiking boots in the car, filled  the … Continue reading

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Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

This is the scene we’ve been playing out in our house lately – only I’m usually the one on the sofa: And any quiet reading I might be catching up on, gets put aside when someone (not me!) turns on the … Continue reading

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White Night in Mantova

A few weekends ago, we went to la Notte Bianca – “white night” – in Mantova. “White Nights” are common in Italian towns – and possibly elsewhere, for all I know – and involve shops, bars, restaurants, galleries, and so on, staying … Continue reading

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The Artist

I don’t go to the cinema very often in Italy because: (a) I’m not interested in 92.5 % of the films on offer; and (b) all non-Italian films in Italian cinemas are dubbed into Italian. The quality of the dubbing … Continue reading

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The Week in Pictures

The week began with a weather forecast that said it was going to be hot, hot, hot – pretty much all week. Fortunately it wasn’t quite as bad as they’d said it would be, but it was still pretty hot. … Continue reading

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The Summer Solstice

Yesterday, 20 June,  was the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and thus this year’s longest day. It was early this year because it’s a leap year. So summer has officially begun – and somewhat sadly, all days from now … Continue reading

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Summer Concerts

In summer I love going to outdoor concerts. So far, I haven’t forked out money for tickets to see anyone. However, twice this week I listened to two very different performers from outside the walls of Palazzo Te.  This is … Continue reading

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