Venice After Lockdown-Quiet and Beautiful

After our boat trip along the Brenta River from Padova to Venice, we decided to spend a few days in Venice. It was very different from my visit in 2018. I doubt that we will ever see Venice again in this state of virtually no tourists- only locals and some Italians coming from nearby areas.

Padova (or Padua): Giotto frescoes and an historic Botanical Garden- A Day Trip from Milan

As Italy continued to open up its regions after the Coronavirus shutdown, we left the Lombardy region to visit nearby towns accessible by train. Padova was on our list because of its famous botanical gardens and the Cappella degli Scrovegni where renowned frescoes by Giotto adorned the walls.

Il Burchiello: A tour of the Venetian Villas along the Brenta River

Shortly after we arrived in Milan, I saved a scrap of paper with the name of a river tour that several of my Italian lady friends strongly suggested I take before leaving Italy. I became worried that the Coronavirus shutdown would make this impossible, so imagine my delight when I checked the website of the Il Burchiello river tour once […]

The Wine and Food of the Piedmont Region

Before we got locked down due to the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, we took a glorious trip to the Piedmont region with friends from back home.

McMahons in Confinement: Perspectives from Week 4-Diary of a Day

It is Monday, March 23, and we have (once again) awakened to new restrictions. Now we are not permitted to go outside for exercise and we are strongly discouraged from even going to the grocery store more than once a week. If and when we do go to the grocery store, only one member of the family is supposed to […]

McMahons in Confinement: Perspectives from Week 4-Italy in a nationwide lockdown

On Sunday March 9,2020, less than 24 hours after we returned to Milan from America, we awoke to the news that the 11 municipality quarantine zone was now expanded to cover much of northern Italy, affecting over 16 million people. Restaurants and cafes were permitted to remain open, but operations were limited to the hours between 6 am and 6 […]

McMahons in Confinement: Perspectives from Week 4- A Look Back to the Beginning

It feels a bit strange reflecting back to well over a month ago when we left Milan for the coastal town of Sestri Levante (one of our favorite spots in Italy) just north of Cinque Terre. Kevin was on his winter break (called “White Week” because most people go snow skiing). We had just spent a fabulous few days with […]

Corona Confinement Continues: Hamsterkäufe is the word of the day!

Now that Spain, France and the United States have followed Italy’s lead and implemented modified conditions of confinement, scores of stories are coming out about what people are buying to prepare for their isolation. In Italy it was pasta and in the United States it seems to be toilet paper. Go figure. Yesterday I heard a story on the BBC […]

Settling into CoronaConfinement!

Becky sent me this video of a couple living in Milan like we are, explaining what it’s like to be under lockdown. You have to watch it! It’s spot on. If you can’t click on this and watch it, then just google CNBC and this title. Now imagine that we are the ones who posted that video, except our apartment […]

Corona Confinement in Milan!

Day one of Corona Confinement in Milan and we took a morning walk to the nearby supermarket to stock up on necessities (fresh fruit and veggies) and luxuries (i.e., yeast for me to try to make foccaccia, chocolate bars to ease our anxieties and white wine for risotto). Word on the street and in the newspaper is that bars and […]