Thursday, December 27, 2012

Boxing Day in the Mountains

I spent a very different Christmas to what I'd grown up with. Different but wonderful. Great company, lovely food, and plenty to drink. And the day after, waking up to another grey and drizzly day, my friend Roberta had the brilliant idea of heading up to the mountains. We went to Macugnaga, at the foot of Monte Rosa, in the very north of Piemonte. It's pretty much the opposite of what usually comes to mind when you think of Italy. Beautiful Alpine architecture, snow, and breathtaking mountains. And silence. It was so calm and peaceful. There were a few skiers about - I don't ski myself so I didn't go anywhere near the slopes! - but seeing as we arrived at lunchtime, down in the villages everywhere was calm. Some of the shops had a three hour lunch break! And speaking of lunch I had possibly the best panino I've ever had in my whole life: a bomba made up of sausage, mushrooms and melted cheese! Buonissimo! After filling my lungs with crisp Alpine air it was difficult coming back to Milan's smog!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Word of The Week

Il Natale - Christmas

This's the tree, or albero, in Piazza del Duomo this year. This year I'll be spending Christmas in Italy, it'll be my second one here after I was stuck in Milan due to snow in 2010. And with two days to go I'd like to wish a buon Natale, Merry Christmas, and Nadolig Llawen to all!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Word of The Week

La neve - Snow.

We've had quite a lot of snow in Milan over the last week or so. Thursday evening it started snowing heavily and it carried on snowing all day yesterday. The city's coping well though, the main problem seems to be for us pedestrians having to deal with the snow on the pavements!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas is coming...

I've bought my first panettone of the season, the annual pre-Christmas Artigiano in Fiera fair's on this week, and I've already put up my Christmas tree!