Lipstick

I miss wearing lipstick!  I am longing for Normal (capital N) life, and for all the things we took for granted just a little more than a year ago.  I’d like to shake hands Hugging a friend, kissing loved ones. Going to theater, crowded ones too. Yes, elbow-to-elbow events! I do miss the social life, […]

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There Goes the Second Spring

So here is another Spring season that we can only admire from the window, in the privacy of our homes. As of today, March 15th, Italy is (almost) all in Code Red, meaning a total lockdown. Once again stores are totally closed, except the strictly necessary ones; supermarkets, pharmacies, and a few other businesses considered […]

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The Flourishing of Home Delivery Businesses

With the closure of regular restaurants because of COVID there is a flourishing of Take-Out, Home-Delivery and the like. What was once a novelty and an extravagant way of life for most Italians, now it is a de facto thing! The choices are plentiful!  Pizza, which it was always a Take-Out thing, but now one can […]

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COVID Holidays

I’m of the impression that special care has been used for the Xmas decorations this year. Maybe to encourage us to do the usual holiday spending, or maybe just to cheer us up. But I see more lights, windows made as pretty as possible, and the city decorations hanged just so! It is enjoyable to […]

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Closed and Sad

Today was our first day of Code Orange lockdown. Sunday is not Sunday with Bars, Pasticcerie, and Restaurants closed. Giving up espresso, cappuccino, and aperitivo is though. We are glad that it is still possible to walk around the town and to use the parks for exercise. So there are many runners around. But to […]

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Orange is the New Code

New provisions signed by our PM to try to contain the new coronavirus wave divided our lovely Italian boot into three color palettes based on the level of alarm. And Orange is my new color-code! The Autumn Colors Yellow = The yellow regions are Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Marche, Molise, Sardinia, Veneto and the autonomous province […]

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Until Further Notice

COVID is back with revenge EU is under a new wave of Covid. No need to give out numbers, every country in the world has its own data and preoccupations. This time thought, Italy is not at the forefront.  The winners are France 1 235 132;  Spain 1 136 503; and United Kingdom 942,275, are the countries with most […]

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Mamma Mia!

Here we go again. The news are not good; Not only the virus is back again, but it is growing with alarming speed. It is not funny! And with the contagion numbers growing, there are new restrictions. Not as strict as in Feb-March of this year but still nothing to be happy about. It is […]

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It’s Back!

COVID is Back with Revenge Not as drammatic as in France, but still worrisome. See the graphic below dated October 11th. Once again the region with the highest rate of infection is Lombardy, the Veneto region is also high up. While the cities with most infections are: Milan (again); Torino; Brescia; Bergamo (again); Rome; Naples; […]

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Please Don’t Go

Summer is ending, and I never felt so sorry to see it going. Usually as cooler temperatures set in, it is with a certain pleasure that we start looking forward to warmer clothing, real shoes instead of sandals, slides, and flip flops. Not This Time This year however, summer was not long enough, or so […]

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The Summer of Our Discontent

“Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house” W. Shakespeare According to W. Shakespeare after the “discontented winter” there would be a glorious summmer. It doesn’t look like it will be in 2020. Summer is here, nice and breeze, […]

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Some Added Freedom

We got some more freedom to roam! First priority to see friends that are not relatives nor “CONGIUNTI!” The cherry picking was an extra bonus!

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