Monthly Archives: March 2012

Romantic Getaway – Venice, Italy

Photograph by gnuckx, flickr

Skip the summertime crowds and head to Venice this winter. In the colder months, the Floating City sees its mass of crowds melt away to a quiet calm. But don’t worry, gondoliers still stay busy — just without the waterborne congestion. Everyday life is a work of art in Venice. Experience the masterpiece firsthand through the city’s fascinating geography and flow of life — from postal services to funeral processions — that glide upon the water.


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Bella Bagni di Lucca

To begin my quest to visit and photograph the villages that make up Bagni di Lucca, I decided the first should be Colle. I’m not sure that Colle is actually a village. It is a delightful collection of houses that I can see on the hill directly in front of my house. It always looks beautiful and I have walked there many times.

I wanted to know a bit more about Colle apart from what I had discovered myself and it was suggested that I talk to Emilio Ferrari, who was born in Colle 80 years ago. Emilio and his lovely wife Alfa kindly invited me into their home and were happy to talk about their lives in the village. Before I go on, don’t you just love the name Emilio Ferrari, and what of the chances of a Ferrari marrying an Alfa???? And they drive a Fiat.

Emilio told…

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St. Joseph’s Day

Having been born on St. Joseph’s Day its celebration has always been a mystery to me!  As an adult and lover of Italian food I soon found out about the St. Joseph’s Day Table.  That was my first, but not last, experience with fennel and the rest is history, or so they say. 
Poking round on the Internet I found some pretty amazing sites and Grace at offers some truly authentic Italian recipes to suit most any occasion including the every popular St. Joseph’s Day fritters.  Think you’ll love her site too!
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