Monthly Archives: December 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge – Yellow

As the streets of towns and cities across Europe and America fill with Christmas trees, fairy lights and decorations, this week’s photo challenge theme is yellow! Yellow suggests various things to me – summer sun, sandy beaches and bananas – … Continue reading

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Dear Santa, Please would you nominate me for the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards!

Dear Santa, I know I’ve not written for a while but I’m loving your work! And have you lost weight? You’re looking great, the Arctic air obviously does wonders for you! Anyway, listen, as you know I’ve been a very … Continue reading

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Italian 101 – How to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As the countdown to Christmas is now well under way it got me thinking (again!) – how do we wish someone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year in Italian? If you ask the Google Translate boffins they … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Twinkle, twinkle, little star

As visual creatures, we’ve been attracted to light for thousands of years. From the first fires to the summer sunshine, from ceremonial candlelight to the dazzle of diamonds, we love light. So for this week’s photo challenge I decided to … Continue reading

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Countdown to Christmas starts with L’Immacolata, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

If, like me, you grew up in the UK you will have been seeing mince pies, Christmas puddings and tinsel in the shops since you got back from your summer holidays! And the US has been Christmas shopping since Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Gone, but not forgotten

At first glance this photo just looks like a group of old men sheltering from the noonday sun. But after I’d taken it I realised that they were waiting for something. They were waiting for the Vigili del Fuoco, or Fire Brigade, to … Continue reading

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Italian Art 101 – Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione has Edinburgh retrospective

As a painter Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was groundbreaking, inventing new techniques still in use today, 250 years after his death. As a man, he seems to have been hard to live or work with, having a particular reputation for angry outbursts … Continue reading

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