Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres – Italy

This will be a more pleasant post, compared to the one before.

Sunday, 28 May 2017:

One of the great things about living here in Italy is the ability to visit nearby towns and discover something new and unique. We took a day trip to a few small towns the other weekend to visit their main attractions.

The three cities we visited were Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres, which are all in the Aosta area in northern Italy. A little less than two hours away for us.  Continue reading “Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres – Italy”

Juventus vs. Real Madrid Game – 3 June 2017

I have been contemplating whether or not to post this on our blog. It is something that is not as pleasant as traveling from place-to-place, but it is a reality. Before I begin, we would like our family and friends to know that we are okay. A bit dazed, but we’re alright.

Some of you may have heard that many people in Turin were affected by a stampede of people last night, Saturday, 3 June 2017. I would like to share the experience that we had in relation to this. For a more in-depth news article on what happened, here are two articles: ESPN FC or  BBC . The ESPN one helps explains how everything got so out of hand. Continue reading “Juventus vs. Real Madrid Game – 3 June 2017”

Venezia (Venice) and Verona

We recently went on a quick trip to Venezia (Venice) and Verona. It was a very pleasant experience and one that we fully enjoyed.

Before sharing the things we did and saw, I would like to recognize what a great job Venice’s law enforcement did recently. The day before we left for Venice (30 March 2017) was a terror scare. We learned that a few men had threatened to destroy the Rialto Bridge, which is the most popular bridge in Venice, because of the pride they felt after the London attack. Luckily, the police were able to intercede prior to anything happening, but I did question the intelligence of us going. However, as Nick said, this is probably the best time to go due to higher security that would be in place. We went along with our plans and everything turned out just fine.  Continue reading “Venezia (Venice) and Verona”

The Islands of Malta and Gozo

Malta is an island that I honestly never knew existed, which is a shame because it’s a beautiful and relaxing place to be. It is located between southern Italy and Northern Africa (see maps below). This sunny spot is actually where many movies and TV series have been filmed, including (but not limited) to Titanic, Captain Phillips, Troy, Popeye, and Game of Thrones.  Continue reading “The Islands of Malta and Gozo”

Paris, France

After we finished up with Amsterdam, Nick and I headed off to Paris. We landed pretty late into the night and stayed at a nice Intercontinental hotel. However, after determining that there wasn’t a pool (sorry Nick!), we decided to head off to bed in order to visit the Eiffel Tower early the next day!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016:

Before seeing the iconic tower, we of course had to get some pastries! We stopped by a place called La Petite Marquise. Let me tell you, they were simply amazing and pretty hopping! Each time we passed this pastry shop, there were people lining up even outside the door to get some fresh French pastries for breakfast. Continue reading “Paris, France”

Monaco, Nice, and Cervinia!

This post will be a bit of a compilation of places we visited on the weekend of 8-11 December. On 8 December, the Italy observed the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In other words, Nick had a long weekend, so we decided to go the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) for a couple of days.

Thursday, 8 December 2016:

After a couple of hours driving, we entered France!

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Barcelona, Spain!

As some of you know, we spent a long weekend in Barcelona, Spain from 28-Oct to 31-Oct. Let me start off by saying, we had such an amazing time. The food, the language, and the sites were all beautiful and special to experience. I was able to practice my Spanish and I absolutely loved it!

This was out first real trip outside of Italy, and it makes us so excited to further our experiences as time goes by.

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Annual Food & Wine Tasting Fair: Fiera del Rapulè

A couple of weekends ago, we made it out to wine country here in Italy. On the weekend of October 15-16, 2016, there was a Food and Wine Tasting Fair. However, what we anticipated as a regular “food fair” wasn’t regular per our usual expectations.

The fair is called Fiera del Rapulè: tra i colori d’autunno (Fair Rapulè: the colors of autumn); I’m not really sure what ‘Rapulè’ means still. It was held in a quaint village named Calosso in Asti; this is a bit south of us. According to online, most of this agricultural land is devoted to vineyards. We were lucky and the weather was beautiful the day we went.

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Il Circolo dei Lettori (Readers’ Circle)

Hello! It’s been some time since I’ve last posted. I apologize for that. But, hopefully we’ll be back at it soon!

Firstly, I’d like to share with you that I (along with a few of the wives here) have recently joined the International Women’s Club of Torino (IWCT) to not only make some new friends, but have different ways to entertain myself. One of the groups they offer is the Reading Group. Well, of course, I had to join this. I’d be crazy not to!

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