The Blog's categories

This my blog page where you will find the latest post on top, and years and years of older posts below.
For a more focused way of reading, you can select the Categories underneath My Articles tab at the top !
Enjoy your stay here and check back once in a while!

Italian Blog

Italy illegally limits the personal freedom of its citizens

The text in this analysis of Italy’s post-fascist (and now communist?) constitution shows that our current limitations of personal freedom and restrictions of movements are illegal, unconstitutional, and should be forcefully opposed. That Italians do not do this, is beyond

Read More »
General

No more oppression

In the light of the recent attack on their customers, it seems like most current social media are indeed Socialist Media and only exist to make their owners even richer….. which indeed is a typical trait of socialist leaders and

Read More »
Book Reviews

Mussolini’s Defeat at Hill 731, March 1941

by John Carr How the Greeks Halted Italy’s Albanian Offensive This is a fascinating book, especially for those of us not specialized in the Balkan part of World War 2. John Carr really has delivered a great story here, professionally

Read More »
Flightsim

A lot happened

But unfortunately not on the actually cockpit build….. However, not all is bad, although getting old really feels like it… <grin>. Time passes at lightning speed these days, and so it happened that instead of continuing to build the cockpit,

Read More »
Grumpy Tales

Shopping Corona-style

So if you think only my good friend Glenn Colin de Kavanagh-Norman can write adventure stories….. think again… . ‘Operation Spesa’ was successful. Today I had to go down the hill…. My anti-migraine meds ran out, and after 15 days

Read More »
Italy

Monte Martano

The mountain across from our place is called Monte Martano and is almost 2000 meters high (6000 feet). You can actually drive up almost to the top, where all the big antennas are. There are gravel roads to the top,

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
France

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italian Blog

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

Read More »
Italy

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

Read More »
Italy

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

Read More »
Italy

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

Read More »