Venice Carnevale Schedule

This year carnevale will span thru the 8–25 of February. The 14th—Valentine Day—is right in the middle. Logically then one of the themes of carnevale would be Love, ❤️ 💕 add to that a little play and folly! The agenda is thick with events, about 50 between performances and initiatives for children and adults alike. […]

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A Roaring 2020

The last day of the year!  This year is not just a new year,  it’s a new decade, who knows? maybe we’ll have the “roaring 20s” again! What to say other than looking back at the decade past for an assessment. A decade that started with the release of the first-ever iPad! The ”#MeToo” movement; […]

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Basic Italian: Ecco Fatto!

When I was living in the USA I realized that at times I was loosing my Italian, as I was more and more thinking in English. Even Dreaming in English. But some expressions I never lost (along with basic math, … one always counts & adds in his/hers grammar school language!). One of my most […]

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Sardines

There will be sardines in our political menu this winter After a long hot summer of bold statements and unchecked untrue statements by our political leaders (… one in particular), the political menu changed suddenly and unexpectedly by four 20-somethings lads that had just enough of nastiness, hoax, fake news (they are called ”bufale” here, […]

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Meet Carla

Yesterday I went to a vernissage by my friend Carla. I knew her work already, but I was delighted to see her big paintings displayed so well. The vernissage was held in a furniture showroom, the paintings were the perfect finishing touch to the modern Made in Italy furniture. Carla’s paintings are huge floral canvasses. […]

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Winter Cheer Ups

There is nothing like a bouquet of flowers to cheer me up on “blah” days. In spring it is easy, and sometimes not even necessarily going to the florist to have a lovely bouquet in the house. See “Vases and Bouquets.” What About the Winter Months? Well, a nice plant could do the trick. Besides, […]

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Happy Birthday Sofia!

There is one SOFIA in italy. Sofia Loren the one the only! Sofia Scicolone was born in Rome in September 20th 1934. Her father (son of the marquis of Agrigento Scicolone Murillo) recognized the paternity of Sofia, whom he named after his own mother, however, he always refused to marry Sofia’s mother who, due to […]

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Mimí’s “Volare 🎶🎵”

Domenico Modugno was born in 1928 in Polignano a Mare. He is known for his 1958 song “Nel blu dipinto di blu“, perhaps best known simply as “Volare!” To Fly! It is perhaps one of the best known italian songs, just next to “O Sole Mio…” Because some of his very early songs were sung […]

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Caffè Corretto! (Corrected😄)

I like my Caffé short, no sugar, no milk, and simple. Caffé corretto was not my thing. However, just recently, while traveling thru the Marche Region, I let myself be tempted in trying “caffè corretto” with this [pictured] anise liqueur “Varnelli,” which, I was told is a specialty of the area. To my surprise it […]

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All the Italian Cookies…

Listing the cookies on the market in Italy is a though job. I thought I knew them all, either from the childhood memories, to nostalgic memories while living in the US, but when I tried to list them all I got lost. Definitely the main brand name is ”Mulino Bianco, ” (in France also called […]

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Retreating on a Venetian Island

To find simplicity. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be difficult to allocate time for ourselves, whether it be for exercise, meditation, prayer, relaxation, or anything else. A way to switch off, or maybe to recharge yourself with positive energy, a specific prayer, a moment of sharing with other people, to […]

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Don’t you Love Her Badly?

I’m talking about summer! Summer is for savoring and experiencing. But summer is also for the eyes. It means long days, more light, more outdoors. In summer I love to take pictures of all the bounty that is given to us by this generous season. The blooms, the fruits, and vegetables. I do feel healthier […]

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