Monthly Archives: December 2012

A nice weekend

I had two terrific (and busy) days last weekend, full of things to plan, people to get in touch with and shopping to do…..

Saturday I hit the city with my daughter for some last Xmas shopping, our bio groceries, and two suitcases for our trip…..obviously we ended up at the newly openend bookshop for some books and a sweet break….Aren’t these two sale clerk nice for posing for me?

And look how beautiful and yummy these gluten-free sweets are….


It was stressful, cold and tiring… dinner we needed something good and comforting….like macaroni with bacon and saffron….the perfect ending for the day!

On sunday we were supposed to be out ot town to cheer to our friend L. doing a marathon, but he was recovering from a bad flu, he thought it wasn’t the case to defy a pneumonia. So we decided at the very last minute to meet nevertheless and have lunch all together at a very good place in town, where while eating we discussed next year bikes’ trips…..obviously!

After that we felt the need to take a walk through the city, to have a little chat and to see the festivities decorations….

Yes, this year we have to cycle to light the tree…..

It was a good day………….reminding us once again that a true friendship is something to cherish for a lifetime….

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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


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The big opening

You know, there are certain places that are standard features in one’s life……For me, one of them is the bookshop I go to at least three times a month, to buy books or at least, spend some time wandering among them…. For 40 years this store, in the main city street, taught how to read to generations of my fellow citizens….after all, this is one of the biggest publishing home in Italy, lots of story behind the name….

Now, to celebrate its 40th birthday, the company decided it was time for a big change………….more books, more space, more entertainment……… they looked around and found the perfect place not far away

The place was built in 1570 to house the Brotherhood of the “Five sore” and then became the oratory of Saint Agostino. In 1778 the building is completely renovated and enriched of a valuable façade, until, in 1913, together with the religious destination it also loses the eighteenth-century façade, replaced by three ample glass door very ‘900 and it becomes, in succession, a typography, a furniture factory and finally the local head office of the Bank of Italy. From yesterday evening with the great opening, a bookshop, and not only that. Three stories of books, music and movies, along with a cafeteria, a RED Restaurant and food to go, and at last, but not least, shelves of bio products and cooking stuff…..

Here is the (almost) entire staff – they employed 10 more workers, a miracle nowaday – with a very happy director in the middle (btw, the brother of one of my collegue)

Next to him, is Inge Feltrinelli………….Born in Essen (D) in 1930, Inge Schönthal, daughter of German Hebrews immigrated from Spain, undertakes in Hamburg the career of photographer. In 1952 she spends a long time in New York guest of the great-grandson of J. P. Morgan, succeeding in photographing, among the others, Greta Garbo, Elia Kazan, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Winston Churchill and established a longtime friendship with Erwin Blumenfeld. Among her more famous photos those of the writers Ernest Hemingway, Edward Sanguineti, Allen Ginsberg, Günter Grass, Nadine Gordimer, and of the painters Pablo Picasso and Chagall. In 1958 she knows Giangiacomo Feltrinelli knows and who she married in 1960, following him to Milan. From 1969, when her husband enters clandestinity and even more after his death, she manages the homonym publishing house

Want to know the best thing about this? The new place is about 500 mt from where I work…..with a big dejection from my husband, this is what I see every morning going to work (taken this very morning – they open early, considering they serve breakfast too….)

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Winterly weekend

French market visited, we had to think hard about what to do for the rest of the weekend….well, not that hard……Daughter M was in Turin for two days with a friend, she talked about this exhibition and even if she didn’t like it so much, I had two free tickets so me and my friend M decided to give it a go on saturday afternoon….

Actually my daughter was right, absolutely not my kind of artist……… but it was for free and now I can say I don’t like his works…..but I had a wonderful time – as always – wandering through the place chatting with an amazing friend….You can tell I didn’t like the exhibition from me not taking photos inside….lol….

It was getting so cold at the end, we had a warming up stop at the museum cafeteria……….

I was so cold when I got home, I was just interested in comfort food for dinner………..pasta! tagliolini with parmesan, pecorino and spinach….

Sunday morning with a couple of friends we decided to give the local economy a helping hand….we visited another market held in one of the oldest street in town…

It seems that after all we didn’t help the economy that much, considering we didn’t buy a thing…..we saved our money for lunch………..and we choose the better time, for a while we were the only customers there, while all the people was still at the market!

After lunch we called our friends R & MA and drove to their home in the hills…..they already live there but as you can see, the house is still under heavy renovation….

We had a little walk around with their dog, not so thrilled at first….

And obviously we stayed for dinner…..

The bad ending of a great time? The regrettable sight of the market street on monday morning going to work….

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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Vive la France!

Last friday was the first of four days my hometown dedicated to France and its products. We thought about going or not to the market……….. after all it would have been the fifth or sixth time………….but then we just simply gave up!

We went back home with some breton butter biscuits, cheeses and sausages………Some of the last two ended up as ingredients in the quiche we had for dinner that night!

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Old fashioned

You see, there are some truths in life. One is that, as you get older, you see things in perpective, especially things happened where you were young. Like school years for example….. I think about those days with a sort of bewilderment, excitement and joy, and that’s why I’m always so happy to be reunited with my old school mates. I have also a couple of teachers who I remember with pleasure and even affection (and hated then because they were so strict).  One of them is an old lady (well, now she’s old, but to me she was back then as well, after all I was 19…..) who lives in an old building in the city center with a bunch of cats, her only family here. The other day I took a few hours off work and with my daughter I went to pay her an overdue visit…..

We were greeted on the stairs by Elizabeth (named after Barrett Browning……….)

while Lady Macbeth in the hall looked at us with disdain not moving a wisker……….

She has another one, Ophelia, that was nowhere in sight……

Can you guess what subject she teached in school? Yes…. english language and literature….

She has an amazing place, so warm and cozy, full of books and memories……and she was surprised and intrigued when I asked her to take photos, more so when I explained to her I have a blog…….so now I guess I have one more follower……lol….

We just sat down and she started asking questions to my daughter about her thesis, when we got distracted by Ophelia, it was her milk break time…..

So we took a break too for some pastries and a cup of  tea………..perfectly english style, don’t you think?

We talked a lot about London and England in general, my daughter thesis, our imminent trip to New York, my classmates and her recent visit to her sister living in Dubai……… We walked home in a cold and dark late afternoon, refreshened by the indomitable spirit and vivid mind of this 82 years old woman!


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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


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