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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!

Book Reviews

The Invasion of Sicily 1943; book review

The Invasion of Sicily 1943 By Jon Diamond The ‘Images of War’ series is an excellent addition to any reader interested in WW2 archive pictures, and the history behind them. That goes for this (paperback) Invasion of Sicily 1943, as

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Italian Blog

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

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Life is good in Italy

And that, my friends may sound strange from an embattled Europe where one COUNTRY after another shows similar deficits as the US and threatens to collapse altogether. Italy is in fact one of the main ‘problems’ in the world today.

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Travel Season Starts

Yup, it’s that time of year again, when everything starts itching… and even the sun comes out from time to time 🙂 We can’t complain, really, had a VERY warm end of April already. And Nina has done HER bit

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Almost time to go

Yes, I KNOW my last post was on August 24th, when we returned to France. And now we’re almost ready to head north to Holland again. Been too buys to write here…. sounds familiar? But apart from the usual headache-inducing

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