Visiting Model Expo in Verona

I had read about this model fair months before and planned on visiting, if only to understand the size of the scale model market in Italy. Since scale modeling is not exactly Nina’s hobby, I figured to stay an extra day so we could also see Verona. That was a…

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The Christmas tree at Gubbio

Gubbio boasts to have the biggest Christmas tree in the WORLD ! Well, duh….. it is a tree made out of 500 lights, posted on the hill behind the old town. Still, it is a very nice sight when descending from the hill opposite Gubbio. We saw it last year…

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An Italian mobile phone number

Alright, it took me a year of contemplating, several weeks of googling, and these past two days hours and hours of internet ‘work’ PLUS not one but TWO visits to Marsciano (the nearest town)….. but I now have CHEAP Italian phone number WITH 2 GBb of Internet…… only 10 Euros…

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Ik ben een cultuurbarbaar

Ik heb geen geduld (meer) voor muziek, ben 3 keer in mijn leven naar het Concertgebouw geweest, krimp in elkaar bij opera, vind Picasso een knoeier en kan niet dansen. Sterker nog, ik werd toen ik een jaar of 14 was na 15 lessen van dansles verwijderd. Volgens mijn danspartner…

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Italian traffic regulations

I am now thoroughly convinced that there is an Italian traffic rule that I was not aware of. As a foreigner here, you would never have guessed, just like me. But you know, in Italy it MUST be MANDATORY to use your cell phone while driving ! How else could…

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Bureaucracy ad infinito…..

Italy’s bureaucracy: one step forward, 2 backwards 6 months ago we tried to get Nina admitted as resident, but at the town hall they told us she has to have an approved Italian medical insurance forst. So we headed back to the little village where the closest first aid post…

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Watch the arms !

One of the things here in Italy you have to watch out for, is not hurt ladies’ hands while driving through the streets of your local village or town. Uh?? Well, the thing is, Italians gesticulate a LOT, even when talking to others on the opposite sidewalk….. already quite a…

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SOLD !

YESSSSSSS !! Against all odds (we think) we sold our little apartment in the French Alps. We had it for almost 17 years and we LOVED our times living there. And quite frankly, our last trip to the region to see the ‘notaire’ DID have some emotional moments. Like saying…

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Far and few between

…. blog posts that is. Let me tell you, working and living in two countries doesn’t leave much time to blog on top of it. Facebook still rules ! Sadly……. because writing articles, however short, on a a blog is more fun. But also sadly, Facebook has a much bigger…

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We’re moving

Well, we have STARTED to move at least. Just had news from our friends and neighbors in Umbria that the gas/heating system has been fixed….. good news now that it is still a bit nippy! We’ve loaded the car with boxes, gardening tools and a lot of other ‘stuff’ and…

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Stuff that needs sorting

When moving into another place there are many things to be taken care of. When moving into another country, there are many MORE! When we decided we were going to bid on our Italian house we knew that already, having bought property in France many years ago. But with Italy…

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Eggs ticking !

Or ‘hitting eggs’. A custom I learned about in Romania….. bu not surprisingly its origins lay in Italy since Romania and its language are formed in large part by Roman conquerors. In Italy too it is still very much the thing to do on Easter….. check out this ‘Urbania link’

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Buying property in Italy

We just did…… and we had HELP. We used friends there that already went through the process, and we used a very good book with further tips, explanations, warnings and explanations of customs. But the book is in Dutch. The next best thing is this short article, explaining a lot…

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Italian home !

A tutti i nostri (Facebook) amici italiani: siamo lieti di annunciare che siamo in procinto di acquistare una bella casa in Umbria, in un piccolo villaggio chiamato Pomonte. Siamo estremamente felici che possiamo fare e che saremo orgogliosi di essere parte della comunità amichevole di questa splendida regione! Or, in…

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