Category Archives: Blogging

Bloggers meet in Piazza Farnese

Unlike this picture, it was a grey and windy day … and I met blogging-friends in person for the very first time. Dona and Peter are enthusiastic foodies, seasoned hikers, curious travelers who have been to many countries, and out-of-the-way … Continue reading

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Potatoes and peas lost in translation

This is not about food, it’s about language. Potatoes are served as a side dish just about anywhere in Italy, but they’re not typically part of the vaunted regional cuisines. Pasta, rice and polenta are more like it. Last week’s … Continue reading

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Turin to rewind in the Year of the Rooster

Happy New Year! Chinese New Year, that is. Any opportunity’s a good opportunity to start the year all over again, after a month of January that’s offered most of us a rather bleak – if not dark – view of … Continue reading

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The Three Kings or flying back into the past?

It’s taking me a while to adjust to the idea we’re into a New Year. The best advice I’ve come across is probably from Queen Elisabeth II in her Xmas message to our Brexiting friends: ”…take a deep breath…”. Very apt. … Continue reading

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Versatile Bloggers

Surprise and delight on hearing Gringa of the Barrio nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award, a peer blog award. The award in itself makes me smile, as versatile – in mind, interests, tastes –  is something I always admire and look … Continue reading

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Exceptional woman breaks through the glass ceiling

Last November 10th, I posted “No Country for Exceptional Women”. In the aftermath of recent events, I read many essays and articles claiming that the USA Presidential glass ceiling had at least been seriously “cracked”. I see no sign of … Continue reading

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Back to the Middle Ages

Most tourists come to Italy in search of good food, good wine, and they visit the main cities. They get to see a lot of Roman ruins and Renaissance and Baroque art, but most don’t venture out on their own … Continue reading

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No Country for Exceptional Women

Artemisia Gentileschi was considered one of her generation’s most gifted painters, and yet I hadn’t even heard of her before watching a TV documentary last week. I admittedly mastered in Maths at French schools, where  History of Art wasn’t compulsory. … Continue reading

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“Dolce” Italy

We’re in the middle of a long weekend here in Rome, with a lot of people away on a short holiday. Today was supposed to be a laid-back long Sunday morning, thanks to the extra hour going off daylight-saving-time, but … Continue reading

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Rome update: frigo-gate and great weather

The politics of this city have been particularly distressing these last months, but we finally got a few good laughs yesterday. Papers and tweets gleefully reported the strange case of piles of old fridges left out on the streets of … Continue reading

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