Author: craig

Citrus gin for Christmas …

Citrus gin for Christmas …

It’s almost that time of the year again, and everyone likes a taste of citrus at Christmas. Some people like satsumas, whereas some like clementines. We like them all, but in a citrus gin or vodka. However, here in the south of Italy we are […]

PENTEDATTILO: A Ghost Town in Calabria…

PENTEDATTILO: A Ghost Town in Calabria…

The forgotten town of Pentedattilo. Otherworldly screams? Laments from the afterlife? The bloody hand of the devil? The poor town of Pentedattilo on the edge of the Aspromonte Mountains in the southern tip of Calabria has seen it all. Earthquakes and precarious shifting of soil […]

Melito di Porto Salvo – Where we live now …

Melito di Porto Salvo – Where we live now …

You will remember that a few months ago we told you that we were moving to the most southerly town in Italy called Melito di Porto Salvo.

Now that the dust has settled, we thought it would be a good idea to give you a snapshot of where we live now. Don’t worry, we’ll be going into more detail about these fabulous places in future posts!
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Changes are afoot …

Changes are afoot …

There have been a lack of posts on here recently, but I have been busy with things in the background. After three years in the north of Italy, we have taken the decision to relocate to the south of Italy to continue our careers as […]

La Stoppa …

La Stoppa …

Apologies for the lack of posts, but we’re back! If you’ve read our previous posts you will remember that we said that we couldn’t visit the many vineyards around where we live because we had to use public transport. Well now we have a car, […]

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

Anthony Bourdain 1956 – 2018

It’s not often that the death of a celebrity affects me. However, the death of former chef Anthony Bourdain hit me like a steam train. It felt like somehow I had lost a friend. This was a man who encouraged me to travel and “eat the world.” He was also very funny while telling you about it.

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Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

Castell’Arquato And Monterosso Wine Festival Part 2 …

In my last post we told you all about the beautiful town of Castell’Arquato. Now, in the second part of my post I’ll tell you about the second reason we visited, which was the Monterosso Val d’Arda Wine Festival!

Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

Castell’Arquato And Wine Festival Part 1 …

One of the things that we love in Italy is finding beautiful places which are off the tourist trail. Our options are limited at the moment because we don’t have a car. However, one of the places we can reach by local bus is Castell’Arquato, […]

Our Italian Kitchen Garden ….

Our Italian Kitchen Garden ….

When we lived in England we always had a kitchen garden full of edible goodies, or alternatively an allotment where we could grow all our fresh produce.

However, now that we live in an apartment on the first floor in Italy, we have had to get a little more creative.

Luckily we have two balconies, one on the kitchen and one on our bedroom measuring 5 metres by 1 metre each, so we have a little room to have our own little green space.

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Italian habits that won’t work outside Italy…

Italian habits that won’t work outside Italy…

It’s surprising how I have developed new habits since living in Italy. These Italian habits are easy to acquire, and very difficult to lose. They are also likely to annoy or surprise your friends and family if you take them back home! However I’ve been […]