Category Archives: Humour

Cold snap in Rome

It looked like a warm early spring and most Romans have put away their winter clothes. Yet now we have a cold snap, and many are looking pale, chilled and unhappy. But Roman “cold” is rather relative. Cold snaps I … Continue reading

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Bloggers meet in Piazza Farnese

Unlike this picture, it was a grey and windy day … and I met blogging-friends in person for the very first time. Dona and Peter are enthusiastic foodies, seasoned hikers, curious travelers who have been to many countries, and out-of-the-way … Continue reading

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Potatoes and peas lost in translation

This is not about food, it’s about language. Potatoes are served as a side dish just about anywhere in Italy, but they’re not typically part of the vaunted regional cuisines. Pasta, rice and polenta are more like it. Last week’s … Continue reading

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The Three Kings or flying back into the past?

It’s taking me a while to adjust to the idea we’re into a New Year. The best advice I’ve come across is probably from Queen Elisabeth II in her Xmas message to our Brexiting friends: ”…take a deep breath…”. Very apt. … Continue reading

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Rome update: frigo-gate and great weather

The politics of this city have been particularly distressing these last months, but we finally got a few good laughs yesterday. Papers and tweets gleefully reported the strange case of piles of old fridges left out on the streets of … Continue reading

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Rome in disarray …

Getting away from Rome from time to time is a must if you want to hold on to your sanity. You usually get back in a far lighter mood and tend to actually believe things will really change one day. … Continue reading

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Brief history of gatecrashing Romans

The Portuguese Empire at its height had a very close relationship with Rome and the Vatican. It played an important role in the life of the city, and owned a lot of land and palazzi in the very heart of … Continue reading

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Windshields, garages and cigarette butts in Rome

Dirty windshields, garages and cigarette butts…? Yes, because illegality is very much at home in Rome. I love my car, but it’s pretty dirty right now. From time to time yellowish Saharan sand rains down here overnight, and all the … Continue reading

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January out of kilter

Thanks goodness February’s round the corner. The year started with a bang, but it wasn’t the fireworks we’d prepared. The basement of the building right across the alley erupted in sky-high roaring flames, and there went our celebrations. It was … Continue reading

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Making the bridge in Rome

“Fare il ponte” – to make the bridge  – is the traditional lengthening of a holiday by taking a day (or two) off to link a holiday to a weekend. At the start of any New Year, most Italians will … Continue reading

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