Category Archives: Italy

Florence: The Bargello (and Islamic Art)

Office (ministry, if you’d like) turned police station turned prison and so on…here you have the Bargello, now a museum featuring sculpture and art from the ducal collection. I’ll say, I was initially disappointed that it’s open-air…t’was a cold day! … Continue reading

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Shopping in Florence: Bartolucci

Here’s a little clock and wood shop that’s lovely to browse. Featuring Pinocchio at the door. Its author and creator, Carlo Collodi, is buried in Florence at a cemetery off Piazza Michelangelo. Check out the clocks on the wall, and … Continue reading

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Today’s dinner: Camembert on Crackers!

Something I’ve been looking forward to! Just that every time I wanted this, we’d had too heavy a dinner to have this as dessert. Today, it was the meal proper. Australian camembert, pate de jamon, Meiji crackers and seedless grapes. … Continue reading

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Certaldo (centro storico)

No student worth her salt would do her honours year thesis on Chaucer without at least a cursory glance at Boccaccio’s Decameron. This was what drew me to the small town of Certaldo… Your first sight of town from the … Continue reading

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Monteriggioni (to Castellina Scalo train station)

Examination marking takes a mental and physical toll on a teacher…Teachers are used to standing and walking, but the past week found me sitting at my table grading away with power naps in between, and only later did i realize … Continue reading

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My Favourite Place to Eat in Florence

I am in great need of comfort food, but after my holiday in Italy, I’ve steered clear of ordering pasta here for they tend to be rather disappointing. (unless cooked by me, for then I only have myself to blame) … Continue reading

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postcard from the Vatican: it arrived!

Bit of a belated post…but hello postcard! Mailed: 29th Dicembre 2014 Stamped: 30th Dicembre 2014 Received: 23rd Febbraio 2015 Stamped: Gloria in excelsis Deo Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth … Continue reading

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