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Living in Italy: The real deal - how to survive the good life

Author: Stef Smulders

Language: English

Summary: Read about the hilarious and horrendous adventures of two Dutchmen and their dog who took the plunge and nearly drowned… Did you like “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes? 77 more words


Bidets Unite!

Apparently, not all bidets are created equal. Who knew! For the past two years I’ve been knee deep in drama I would rather pass on, a book project that I had a love/hate relationship with (resistance can be quite powerful) and a house renovation. 533 more words

Italian Culture

Never, never again!

It is winter in Italy. Staying warm can be a challenge, especially when you don’t live here year round. We have always been amused with the Italian men, always outside cutting wood. 1,215 more words



When we were living year-round in Italy, we learned the intense focus on #newyearnewyou renewal transcends borders. Come January, appearance-conscious Italians assess la linea (the figure), making necessary corrections to ensure they present una bella figura come beach season. 845 more words

Living In Italy

Goodbye Winter

I refuse to believe that mid-March is already knocking on our door. This winter was our first in nearly 5 years living in Miami, which I was sort of looking forward to, but without regard it seems to be moving on as quickly as it arrived. 562 more words


Italy again

Regular readers will know our last visit to Italy was quite traumatic. In fact just about every visit we make there has its dramatic moments. But C and I are clearly Italo-mishap junkies and so decided that we needed to test the Gods of Fun once more by making a flying visit to check on the house etc before our move to New York. 2,084 more words


Hole in One

This winter, coastal California is wholly undeserving of its Golden State moniker. It’s been one dreary day after another, punctuated only by gale-force winds and juicy, wet downpours charmingly called atmospheric rivers. 1,559 more words

Living In Italy