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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Fire !

Never a dull day here in our new place in Italy. Today, while I was cutting down some trees in our ‘garden’, suddenly a black cloud of smelly smoke emerged from the neighbour’s chimney! That didn’t look good! So we dropped everything and rushed over to warn them, but the…

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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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FSClassics Update

In case you do not (yet?) follow my FSClassics website, here’s a post copied from it: Keeping with the idea of  presenting classic aircraft AND events here, and focusing on WW2 mainly, here’s a clip I found on the wonderful Youtube channel of British Pathé (the old movie theater news…

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Moson Scale Model Show

The Moson Model Show in Hungary is one of the best known shows of its kind in Europe. Unfortunately I cannot visit, but hoping to see many photos on Facebook and other places again of the event and the fabulous models and dioramas displayed there every year. The show is…

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Low Land Tiger Meet 2014

Yesterday I visited the official opening of the 2014 LLTM (Low Land Tiger Meet), Europe’s largest (military) flightsim LAN-party. The LLTM is an iconic event known by all serious military flightsimmers in Europe AND beyond, and has been in existence since  2001, with a hiatus of 2 years in 2012…

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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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How it all started

It is now way up to the end of March 2014 and we have bought a house in Italy. But as the first ‘post’ in this little bit of personal history, let me tell you how it all started….. Long long ago when I was only 6 years of age,…

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Saitek HOTAS X-55

Where I am still happy with my old Saitek X52 HOTAS system, the company has released quite a few new models since. One of them, the professional looking X-55, got tested by Angelique van Campen who currently works for Aerosoft. You can read her extensive report here. Looks like a…

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Russian Gunships – Book Review

Russian Gunship Helicopters by Yefim Gordon Recently I was introduced to the FlightCraft series of Pen and Sword Books. This is an interesting series aimed at not only aviation enthusiasts, but more in specific to aviation scale modelers and researchers as well. I ordered the Russian Gunship Helicopters title, by…

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FOR SALE !!

Our wonderful, cozy little apartment in the Trois Vallées area in France, smack in the middle of Europe’s largest skiing area, is for sale ! We have had wonderful times there, both skiing, hiking and as a base for our many motor trips, but now we are moving south to…

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Pen & Sword Books Discount

Pen & Sword Books, one of my favorite publishers, offers one book of their Battleground Series FREE if you buy 3. Great offer and wonderful series of books, covering many different periods, battles and wars ! Check out their offer HERE !

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Reading about and flying the Canberra

Last week I got a copy of the English Electric Canberra by Bruce Barrymore Halpenny (must have lost the ‘f’ somewhere along the way of history) and today I downloaded and installed the Just Flight Canberra to go with it. So now I can read the (extensive) history of this…

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Incredible model railway

You will want to see this (check out the video). It is amazing what people can dream up and make. So creative, and above all, so persevering ! The Taj Mahal may be classified as a miracle, I think works of art like these are right up there too !…

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A380 SCAM – BEWARE!

  We received this message from Just Flight from the UK. It appears that even our little hobby isn’t safe from criminals anymore! |….. It appears that the crooks behind Genuine Simulations have sent out an email about their A380 which has clearly been designed to look very similar to…

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Rise of Flight news

Rise of Flight (777Studios) sends us the following press release: Dear Pilots, The winter is passing us and it’s time to recall a couple recent events in the Rise of Flight world. First of all, let us remind you about the Gladiators 4×4 tournament that took place in December 2013…

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