Genovese Palazzi, Pirates and Sharks

Adventure Day this week saw us venture out of Piemonte and down the Ligurian Coast to Genova (Genoa in English) – the land of pesto, focaccia, pirates and the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.

Genova was one of Italy’s four powerful maritime republics in the 13th Century and at various points over the following four centuries controlled all of the sea trade in the Mediterranean. Continue reading


Moving from ‘Quasi Cinque’ to ‘Cinque’

We had an auspicious birthday in Monforte this week – Master T turned five. As it happens, five is a big birthday and one that requires extensive planning.

Master T has been telling everyone (friends, neighbours, the post lady, Alice in the café, random strangers in the park …) “mi chiami/sono quasi cinque” – my name is/I am almost five – for almost a month now.

In addition, Mum and Dad have had a wide range of promises made about what will happen once Master T is “a big five-year old”. Continue reading

Ferraris and Tulips – Easter in Piemonte

Pasqua (Easter) is a big festival in Italy and while each region marks the occasion a little differently, it is a happy, family-focused time. We had the pleasure of Jo’s parents spending the week with us. It made our family just a little bigger and gave us the fantastic feeling of connection with home.

Easter in Monforte

Easter in Monforte

In the Langhe it seems that nature throws its weight behind the celebration and in the week leading up to Easter, we had beautiful, warm days and the hills suddenly bloomed with spectacular wildflowers.

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il Cambiamento delle Stagioni

Monforte Belltower in Spring

We haven’t posted for more than a month now but life in Monforte continues a pace. Spring (La Primavera – it sounds so much more exotic in Italian) has arrived and we are currently blessed with our second set of Australian visitors -Jo’s Mum and Dad are here for nearly a month!

We loved the Monforte winter and we were fortunate this year that the snow stayed on the ground just long enough for us to revel in the new experience but not long enough for the novelty to wear off.

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