McMahons On The Move

Veni, Vidi, Bloggato!

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Perusing Parma: Food Comes First!

Among the many benefits of simply living in Italy rather than visiting for a short period is that a friend can call and say she wants to go to Parma for lunch, and the next day we can hop on a train and experience a new city!

Osteria dello Zingaro
Pasticceria Cocconi- yum!

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The Holy Relics of Paris- a visit to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle

Duomo (and Kevin on a morning run)

A visit to Paris would not be complete without paying homage to the Notre Dame cathedral, particularly now that we have a hometown frame of reference in the Duomo in Milan!

Notre Dame cathedral

Hello Paris!

 

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Picasso in Paris!

Picasso’s Portrait of Dora Maar, surrealist photographer and muse/lover of Picasso

Rather than line up to revisit the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay on our recent trip to Paris, we decided to explore the Picasso Museum, which was a first for us both.  We were not disappointed!

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The Alba White Truffle Fair!

Our much anticipated day trip to Alba, Italy for the 88th International White Truffle Fair was everything I had hoped it would be!

The White Truffle Fair

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Away in Aosta!

A long weekend beckoned us towards the northwest mountain region of Italy and we couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised by the majestic beauty and history before us!

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Deep Dive at the Duomo

It’s our first full rainy weekend in Milan, so we decided to visit the Duomo and see the Cathedral and the adjacent museum.  Other than the scary top with its wet stone steps, I’d say it was a good way to spend a rainy day!

 

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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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A day in Bologna!

Kevin met me in Bologna after my trip to Rome and I think it’s safe to say that climbing the big tower is not in my future, after spry Kevin swore that he would never do that again!

Bologna Tower- Kevin climbed, but never again!

View of Bologna from atop the tower

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Rome in the Rain

In our first two months in Italy we’ve had almost no rain, so the intermittent showers and even thunderstorms I experienced in Rome were a welcome change, despite the fact that we dashed from sight to sight between downpours.  The cloudy sky created terrific light effects as we took a panoramic guided bus tour of the hills and ancient sights of Rome.

St. Peter’s Basilica under Clouds

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My Love of Michelangelo!

Here’s a common ice breaker question: If you could have dinner with an historical figure from the past, whom would you pick? For me, besides Jesus (I know, might be a bit ‘churchy’ for some of you…), it would be Michelangelo.

Sistine in the round

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