McMahons On The Move

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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.   

Tredesin de Marz

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Portofino in the Spring

With a day to spend on the northwestern coast of Italy, we decided to visit Portofino, not realizing how lucky we were in terms of the timing of our trip! Here’s a lesson we learned (and we accept that we got really lucky here!): before you embark on a trip to a new town or area, Google where you are going and see if there are any news events that alert you to travel disruptions or big festivals that could affect your plans!

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The Port City of Genoa

With a free weekend, we decided to hit the west coast and visit the port city of Genoa, where pesto and seafood dishes are abundant, and where historic homes and tiny alleyways beckon along the hills of this ancient town.

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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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Florence in February!

Sunny skies, short lines, cool weather- what more does one need or want, to experience the magic and beauty of Florence, Italy?

Florence at dusk

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Cake for Carnivale! Schiacciata Fiorentina/Florentine Orange Cake

It’s time for delicious oranges from Sicily, which made me search for recipes using our ample orange supply. I came upon a traditional orange sponge cake made in Florence for Carnivale, the period before the Christian season of Lent. I quickly found a recipe in an American cookbook, using butter and all-purpose flour. However, I wanted to find an Italian recipe and this is what I used: https://ricette.giallozafferano.it/schiacciata-fiorentina.html

Finished product!

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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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Perusing Parma- the Sights!

Let’s face it- the first reason most tourists choose to visit Parma is to experience the food and the culinary charms of the region, and that’s why I devoted an entire entry on our food experience. See Perusing Parma: Food Comes First! But that’s not all Parma has to offer. As with most historic towns in Italy, there are beautiful cathedrals and museums worth a visit. It’s a charming place, especially in the off season when the streets are walkable and everyone is happy to see a visitor.

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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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