Are We Open for Travel?

Not Quite! With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, it may not be a very good idea to schedule for the upcoming Spring/Summer season 2021. A “third wave” of coronavirus infections has been spreading across Europe; although Venice is not the most COVID-infected area, but there have been plenty enough of COVID-19 cases, and deaths have […]

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Highlights of the (Lockdown) Day

Italy and the EU is struggling with high numbers of infected people, hospital emergency rooms are full, and the vaccine is not coming in fast enough.We are living last year situation all over again, and we are expecting even more restricted rules for the upcoming Easter weekend. Roaming the Empty Streets We still can go […]

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Stop and… Look at the Sky

Maybe I was too busy before and never paid the proper attention, but now that life suddenly slowed down a lot, I just noticed how blue the sky is. Maybe because the air traffic diminished considerably, and so did the land transportation, the industry and power generation, shipping and aviation during the lockdown. That for […]

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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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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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The Many Good Quiches

Since we are once again spending considerable time among our domestic walls, we are again doing some cooking. By the time we will eradicate this insidious virus we shall be all great Chefs.  Seriously now, this thing is really changing our ways of life. This morning I went to my nearest caffe shop and got […]

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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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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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Missing You

Dear tourist, It has been almost 6 months since you left. It feels so lonely here without you. Yes, true that sometimes there were just too many of you, I felt overwhelmed and could not give you all the attention you deserved, but now it feels too empty. I miss you very, very much, and […]

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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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