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Back to School in Sestri Levante

Our stated purpose for two summer weeks in Sestri Levante was to attend an Italian language school http://www.abcschoolsestrilevante.com, but escaping the scorching city heat became equally important as our un-air conditioned Milan apartment climbed into the 90’s during July!

Nervous for first day of school!

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

Home at Last!
Vigevano!

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.

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Vienna: A Mother-Daughter Trip to Remember!

By the time Mom and I made it to Vienna, we were ready to slow things down a notch.

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Budapest: Mother-Daughter Trip to Remember!

Budapest view from Castle Hill
Rainy day in Budapest!

I met a lovely woman in Milan who originally hails from Budapest, Hungary. She also happens to own a flat in the historic Vth District of Budapest (the “Pest” side), on the very desirable pedestrian street of Vaci Utca. Venturing beyond the safe confines of the European Union border, my wish for our mother-daughter trip was to get out of our comfort zone and experience an area neither Mom nor I had visited before. What better place to visit than Budapest?

Castle Hill

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From the mountains to the sea: Easter in Taormina

Our first trip to Sicily began in the famous resort town of Taormina where on a clear day Mount Etna looms large from on high, and the aquamarine blue waters, with crashing waves and dark, rocky beaches, beckon below.

Mt. Etna from Taormina
From Taormina looking to the sea
The streets of Taormina
The view from Hotel Bel Soggiorno

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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 home!

Bellagio on Lake Como

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Perusing Parma- A clocktower and another museum featuring Napoleonic History!

There is more to Parma than food, I was surprised to discover. Walk around. The Piazza Garibaldi has a bronze statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi, considered the founding father of the country of Italy. On one side of the square is the Governor’s Palace which has a central bell tower with an interesting and large clockface that also shows the time in other parts of the world.

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Playing with Porcini!

Timeline: 10:oo am, Friday morning. Thankfully Kevin got paid yesterday, because I practically spent his entire paycheck buying these fresh porcini mushrooms at the outdoor market!

Mushrooms worth their weight in silver (gold will be later, for truffles!)

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Under the Tuscan Sun, with 68 Middle School Students

Ciao a tutti.  This is Kevin with an update on my first Italian field trip to Tuscany.

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Fresh Market Shopping and Italian Cooking!

If you know me, you know I tend to ‘go deep’ in subjects and activities when I’m inspired, whether it’s learning about a particular point or person in history, or learning a new sport or activity. Friday I ventured into the world of produce shopping, right on the street outside our apartment, and today I went deep in classic Italian recipes. And I learned sometimes you CAN have too much of a good thing.

Zucchini blossoms stuffed with Ricotta cheese!

 

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