In Love with France, At Home In Italy

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In Love with France, At Home In Italy
How did a life-long Francophile end up forsaking la belle France for la dolce vita in middle-of-nowhere Italy?
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  • HOW HITTING YOUR BUMPER WHILE BACKING UP INTO JUST ONE IVY-COVERED STONE WALL CAN PUT A DAMPER ON YOUR DAY 4 days ago OOPS!Ivy-covered walls in the Italian countryside are picturesque, but not always as innocent as they look.We thought it would be a good idea to hop into our 1999 Renault to take it for a spin. After all, the poor thing had been sitting there for far too long exercising its primary function as a...
  • GENIUSES TO THE RESCUE DURING THIS DAY OF DRAMA! 2 months ago This is an embarrassed Donatella trying to get back on her horse. Could it be that a year has gone by without postings? How is this possible? The short answer is that Donatella's academic alter ego was writing a book, retired from her beloved university posts of 33 years, and downsized after 35...
  • CODA: LEONARDO'S GETAWAY 2 months ago This is the sequel to "Geniuses to the rescue during this day of drama!")It's lunchtime, and Leonardo was really happy to see the back of us!(We reassured him that the other route outa here wasn't half as bad, and when we took it to town later in the day, we were relieved not to find him stuck...
  • HOW DO WE KNOW WE ARE BACK IN BELLA ITALIA? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS 1 year ago Everything was unusually calm and well organized at the airport. WHAT? Where was all the chaos that always tells us we're back in our adopted country? Instead of having to run around like a nut in order to find a porter with a cart big enough to hold our dog's crate (which happens to be...
  • LA VIE EN ROSE? 1 year ago Today, on the brink of Christmas and my 69th birthday I find myself looking out not through French-style rose-colored glasses but through my Italian windowsthe ones that bear the signature, la firma, the leitmotif of this house that we brought back to life.That signature, even at the age of... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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