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DID I JUST SAY THAT???

I’ve had my fair share of amusing circumstances learning a new language.  On numerous occasions, I’ve chuckled at my/or my friends, mix-ups, while translating our respective languages.  Six of my All-Time Favourite bloopers: #6 ~ One sweltering summer day, I arranged … Continue reading

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My Easter Celebration a year ago !!

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

Two of my daughters arrive this evening for a visit.  The oldest will be apart from her husband for the first time since they were married, and my youngest is embarking on a trek through, Italy, Greece, Germany and Spain….after … Continue reading

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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…

I believe the moment you allow someone into your life, they leave an impression on your world, be it positive or negative… it’s YOUR prerogative, how that impact is felt in your life. I possess a deep affection for Italy, … Continue reading

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SHOPPING…NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

~  In my opinion, Italy produces the finest clothing, shoes, and handbags.  Then again, I’m  a ‘weeeee-bit’ biased. ~ If one wishes to browse, or purchase, these exquisitely designed items, one must tolerate the occasional ~ domineering-Italian-sales-clerk. ~ Distinctive characteristics of … Continue reading

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A RUN ALONG THE ARNO

My day begins at dawn with a run along the River Arno.  My language teacher and dear friend Monica requested I listen to Italian music whenever possible so I have reluctantly added an iPod to my morning run. I must … Continue reading

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THE PRICE OF INDEPENDENCE

Today I purchased a shiny new bicycle.  This fills me with independence: independence from breaking down, independence from failing breaks, independence from chains that slip and fall off in traffic.  Up until yesterday, I cherished my old blue bike, however … Continue reading

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A DANCE IN PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO (part 2)

(A DANCE IN PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO part 1) It feels like an hour passes before he makes his second bold move.  He reaches up and touches my hair, I feel my entire body tense.  He smiles at my reaction and remarks … Continue reading

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A DANCE IN PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO (part 1)

A text arrives from my handsome Italian neighbour, with an invitation for coffee at the local coffee shop, Caffè Michelangelo in Piazza Ferrucci at 3:00 p.m. today.  Felling a rush of excitement,  I prepare for our first date. Staring into my open closet, I … Continue reading

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MORNINGS IN ITALY

In this first enchanting week in my new apartment, I take pleasure in becoming familiar with the routines of Italian life.  Upon opening my eyes every morning, I delight in the view of the hills at the base of Piazzale Michelangelo. … Continue reading

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WAS THAT “ALESSANDRO” or “RICCARDO”??

I decide that today is the day for spring cleaning and organizing.   I have several projects on my agenda.  One of these is disinfecting & reupholstering the seven mismatched kitchen chairs (some rescued from the sidewalk) with fabric remnants … Continue reading

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EVERYONE SMILES IN THE SAME LANGUAGE

It’s been a busy few weeks… below, the condensed version of my life of late: #1) I move to my own apartment, it’s just one block from the river.  In 10-minutes-flat, I unpack everything I own.  The apartment is furnished … Continue reading

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RESUME FOR A “FIRST DATE”

Recall if you will the cab driver whom I made that desperate phone call to at three in the morning in my story of  I GET OUT OF THE CAB?  His name is Antonio and I feel a sense of obligation … Continue reading

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OBSERVATIONS

A few personal observations…. *New Generation Italians find comfort in covering-up the old.  They smear brick buildings & ancient stone walls with plaster and concrete.  The old stands resolute… the plaster & concrete crack, relinquishing their weak facade, ultimately tumbling … Continue reading

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I GET OUT OF THE CAB (part 2)

I GET OUT OF THE CAB (part 1) I focus on what I need to do now, and that is to find out where I am.  On a display inside the store of Devon & Devon sits an elegant silver frame … Continue reading

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I GET OUT OF THE CAB (part 1)

I GET OUT OF THE CAB (part 1) It’s a rainy day in Florence.  I stroll through town enveloped in the sanctuary of my chivalrous umbrella, serenaded by the muted sounds of rain tapping the umbrella’s taut grey fabric.  I’m struck … Continue reading

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CIAO BELLA

I indulge in a week of touring historical landmark’s, absorbing Renaissance art, strolling (today I actually twirled) the cobble-stone streets.  As well as standing in awe of magnificent churches and giving in to my own Achilles’ heel: admiring, and or drooling, over handsome Italian men. Styled … Continue reading

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NEIGHBOURS, EGGS AND TWIRLING ADJECTIVES

My hostess Federica, has arranged a dinner party with her neighbours this evening, and has asked me to help her in the preparations.  Renting at Residenza del Palmerino, from Federica & Stefano, has opened countless doors in what could have been a … Continue reading

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(part 2) – DIECI MINUTI – TEN MINUTES!!!

DIECI MINUTI – part 1 I hesitantly approach the driver and ask in English when he anticipates we will arrive at the airport. His response is a hissed:        “dieci minuti”!!! I return to my seat and take … Continue reading

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DIECI MINUTI – TEN MINUTES!!! (part 1)

My two fabulous friends Haithem & Erik arrive today from Berlin.  I’m excited just thinking of standing at the gate with arms opened wide to greet them in true Italian style.  The airport trip involves two buses.  The first, from … Continue reading

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SIDEWALK CHICKEN

I’ve decided to search for an Interior Design job here in Florence, Italy. My landlady Federica has a friend in the antique business who could possibly have work for me, or know of someone who does. She cautions me about  Italy’s severely … Continue reading

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MISTAKEN IDENTITY

My Calgary friend and wine guru, Geoff Last, is visiting Italy on business.  He’s invited me to join him this evening for a glass of wine at one of Florence’s top ranking restaurants Buca Lapi.   Geoff and his colleague Steve … Continue reading

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GIA MAKES AN ENTRANCE

I’m the only resident staying at Via Palmerino for the next four weeks.  The owner Federica has invited me to a function at the School of Music in Fiesole.  A competition that’s held every January giving recognition & scholarships for student composers.  I’m thrilled to … Continue reading

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A SEAT NEXT TO GIUSEPPE

(part 2 of  Dreams Gifts & Memories ) As I step from my room, I realize the warm sun streaming in my window this morning had deceived me.  My fair Irish skin is totally unprepared for the icy dampness of … Continue reading

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DREAMS, GIFTS & MEMORIES

The vision that kept me focused on turning my dream 0f living in Italy, into a reality, was the image of myself, gazing out over the hills of Tuscany, at the break of dawn, on my 49th Birthday.  I initially had doubts that … Continue reading

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MY FIRST DAY IN TUSCANY

Monday-January 18th…. My eyes open in London, at 6:15, to the sound of John Bailie, gently knocking at my door. He has offered to accompany me to the train that will take me to Heathrow, where I’ll be whisked away … Continue reading

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Ciao to all of you who LOVE Italy

MY FIRST DAY IN TUSCANY

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