Tag: #italianlife

Wheels

My interest in cars begins and ends at something that gets me from point A to point B with as little trouble as possible.  I want dependability, safety, and comfort.  I have landed in a country that makes some of the most expensive and impressive cars in the world. ...

A Random Encounter

Sunday was bright and sunny and beautiful.  Perfect for a little excursion to explore some of this country.  Where to go?  Somewhere we’ve never been, but not too far away.  A finger hovered over the map and landed randomly on Civitella di Val di Chiana.  Never heard of it...

Seasonal Perspectives

One of the things we were looking forward to when we moved here was to experience the seasons.  We’ve been coming to Italy for 25 years, so we’ve seen snippets of every season, but to witness the changes crosses a threshold between visiting and living.  We got here in...

Happiness is a Warm Radiator

I’ve become a radiator fan.  After many years of living with forced air heat, I love the radiator.  I never thought that it would warm the room – only the area just in the immediate area of the radiator.  But I was wrong.  A radiator will warm an entire...

The Ice Road to Boosterville

Steve had his booster shot yesterday compliments of the Italian health care system.  His appointment was at 10:30 in Arezzo, which is about 30 minutes away.  There’s a good road to Arezzo which goes through a ravine in the mountains so it’s not hilly.  But because it goes through...

The Homecoming and an Italian Christmas Miracle

Steve went to Atlanta for 10 long days and came back home on Monday.  He flew into Rome and took the train to Arezzo where I skillfully drove to pick him up.  Millie and I were waiting in the car when I saw his beautiful silver hair appear from...

The Clutch is My Friend

Our first day in Anghiari was July 28.  That means that today is my four month anniversary of living here.  For three-and-a-half of those months I did not get behind the wheel of a car.  Steve has chauffeured me around like I’m some kind of royal in our 15-year-old...

A Food Review

We’ve had many great meals that I would like to share with you.  Some of them have even been at home.  We’ve been cooking a lot as we start our winter hibernation.  Hope you enjoy! Dinner at Michelangelo and Rossella’s This is always a treat, but this time was...

A Place for the Soul

Last weekend Anghiari hosted a great celebration of the food of the area, called the Centigusto, or One Hundred Tastes.  As part of the festivities, there was a nature walk through the forest and countryside around here.  We joined our friend Rossano, who guides these walks, and three other...

A Celebration for the Senses

One of the things I love about living in Anghiari is that it’s a small town with a big city vibe.  It’s rare to go for more than a few weeks without some event or celebration.  And they almost all center around food, which makes it even more appealing...