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 […]

Vigevano and the Museum of Shoes- A Day Trip from Milan

On the recommendation of a friend, one of our last fun trips with Mom on this “Mother-Daughter Trip of 2019” was a day trip to Vigevano from Milan, known as the “Ideal Town”; home of a modern-day “Museum of Shoes” and boasting a beautiful piazza and castle.

The Villas around Milan-Villa Arconati

One could spend years visiting the villas and adjacent gardens around Milan and the lake region in northern Italy and still not see them all. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way. First stop- Villa Arconati!

Tredesin de Marz

It’s springtime in Milan and that means . . .  lots of festivals. Guest blogger Kevin got a chance to experience a unique Milanese festival that is almost two thousand years old called Tredesin de Marz.   

Northern Italy In a Week!

We enjoyed our first 2019 visitor from the States in February, with one week to explore and show her northern Italy. With the visit coinciding with Kevin’s winter school break, we put on our running shoes (and for La Scala, our fancy shoes!), and spared no time to show our friend all we could of the area we now call […]