The Italian Easter

The Italian Easter means many things. Lamb and chocolate eggs, church services, and the special house blessing…

“Toc, toc, toc.” Wiping my hands on my apron, I went to the door wondering who would visit so close to lunch. “Buon giorno,” I greeted the unexpected visitor hesitantly. “Can I help you?” not really knowing what to say or do. I’d never been visited by a priest before! “Well, I’m here for the house blessing,” he informed me. “The blessing?” I asked stupidly. (Surely looking as dumb as I felt.)

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The April Fools’ Spaghetti Hoax [Video]

The greatest, if perhaps the most unbelievable, April Fools’ hoax of all time! Spaghetti growing on trees?

April Fools’ Day in Italy is called Pesce d’Aprile, or April Fool Fish. It literally translates as April’s Fish, and stems from a school children’s custom of sticking a paper fish on the back of a school mate. As he or she is the only one who doesn’t know about the fish, that person then becomes the April Fish, or fool.

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The Healthy Mediterranean Diet

Getting healthy has never before been so enjoyable!

Hubby and I have pretty much always followed the Mediterranean diet since moving to Italy. Because it’s so healthy, but also delicious! And you might want to give it a try too. Especially right now, because with this COVID-19 pandemic going on, most of us aren’t getting enough movement!

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Life Under Lockdown in Italy

Social distancing is always hard, but it seems even more confining for the Italians, ever a gregarious and demonstrative people…

As I’m sure nearly everyone knows, we’re going through a strange and most unusual time here in Italy, with the nation under nearly total lockdown. An unprecedented happening for our time and day in a democratic nation. And living through it seems quite surreal.

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Life and Missions in Small Town Italy

Life in small town Italy can be interesting, to say the least… Expect your life to be an open book!

Moving to or even visiting Italian villages is a unique and sometimes perplexing experience. Expect people to stare (and I mean really stare) as you walk down the street, without letting it give you a complex. No, you are not funny looking or strange. They just don’t see many outsiders, and curiosity is one thing people don’t lack!

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Our Summer Village: Beyond Forgotten

A place little touched by time, often forgotten and overlooked…

There is but one road leading to the isolated town, our summer village. A place little touched by time, by technology’s progress, or by the frenetic pace of getting ahead. Thirteen years had passed since our last visit. And though fewer and older, the inhabitants somehow seem to remain much the same. Many of old and wrinkled pass on, while others take their place. Different, yet the same. With the same lines of suffering and hardship. The same bleak look of hopelessness.

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Our Abruzzo, Beautiful but Forgotten

Abruzzo, mostly a wild, unspoiled region off the beaten path is truly beautiful. But it is also in many ways forgotten and overlooked…

Our village nestles between the rolling hills of Abruzzo’s Apennine mountains and the Adriatic coast. Covered with vineyards and olive groves, with snow-capped mountains in the background! Abruzzo truly is beautiful, and we feel blessed to live in such an area! Largely an agriculture region, it’s famous for its Montepulciano wine. And also for its long beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, and great cuisine.

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