Here’s a blog post containing only photos and captions for once. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, just that daylight saving started yesterday and that 1 hour of lost sleep has rendered me quite brain dead today. We’ve been going about our daily lives here and interesting things happen all the time, so my narration would be disjointed anyway.
A random old man sitting in a cafe. He just sat there, not eating or drinking the whole time we were there.
Graffiti in Italy is different to the usual "tagging" in Australia. We see messages of love, politics and humour here. I hate graffiti in general, but if it must be done then this is the type I prefer.
Our favourite waitress Katuschia at "Big Ben" cafe in Filattiera. Yummy pizzas!!
Did you see the Super Moon last week? On March 19th, the moon was the closest it's been to earth since 1992 (356,577 km from earth). This shot was taken on the night before because the 19th was cloudy.
For all my Canadian friends. Please don't take it personally that this jacket was on the sale rack for 1 euro!! It's practically disposable.
The obligatory bread basket at Gavirini's in Mocrone. Really great food! I highly recommend pranzo there.
The entrance to Bagnone (the Castello in the background and then Pastina in the distant background)
A lovely day in Bagnone!
At Lucia's shop in Pontremoli. Giant Lindt balls!
Denver at the 150 year celebration of Italy. A great show of patriotism was seen for days, flags everywhere.
My beautiful little boys! Such sweet little faces xx
"Can I have a puppy Mum?" The little puppies at Germana's antique store in Filetto.
Just a statue in someone's garden, but it has significance as it is like the Statue Stelles of Lunigiana.
Last weekend we took a trip to Fivizzano, Ceretto and Castelnuovo. This is Fivizzano.
Fivizzano, on the way to the piazza for a coffee and gelati
Verrucola, just outside of Fivizzano. There is a great castle there. You can see the old ruins of a watchtower up on the hill behind this house
The tower ruins at Verrucola
The castle just outside of Fivizzano (in Verrucola). It is privately owned unfortunately, so we could not go inside. We did walk around the little village though
Denver sitting on a doorstep off a little stone laneway in Verrucola
On the way to Ceretto there is a little stone house in the middle of the road. It's abandoned but would make an interesting residence. Location location!
I don't actually know the name of this village. It is near Cerreto and is accessible off a road that leads under a bridge and winds down to the bottom of the valley. We could not see it's name. What a great spot for a village though! Does anyone know the name? Leave a comment please.
The ski resort of Cerreto Laghi. We were suprised at how busy this place was. It's very touristy with lots of hotels and cafes and of course lots of skiiers. The season is almost over, so I'd hate to see it in peak times!
Frozen lake in Ceretto with a soccer ball. You can see hotels in the background.
Not much snow left even in the mountains! This is on the way down from Cerreto Laghi towards Castelnuovo dei Monti
On the way to Castelnuovo dei Monti, there is a little church which sits by itself upon a hill. The sky was so blue that day.
An old wagon wheel behind the church. Oh how I miss the chocolate kind!
Townhouses in Castelnuovo. Patriotic Italians!
An interesting site in Castelnuovo. It's a fountain (I think) completely covered in newspapers. Modern art? Prank? Italian method of weather protection?
Ah, Italian coffee.
The little village of Virgoletta (not far from Bagnone). One of our favourite places. It's very old and fun to walk around with lots of little places to explore.
Balin and I, exploring one of the little stone tunnels in Virgoletta
The remains of a stone window looking out from a piazza in Virgoletta
I'm not really sure what this is, but it was at the end of the village of Virgoletta, sort of like a courtyard. Perhaps Manuela could tell me?
We took a drive in the countryside one day and came across Lusignana, another cute little village on a hill
Chris and I teaching English to the Italian teachers again.
Monika burning off some branch cuttings in our back yard. It is the time of year for such things.
Chris mowing the ENORMOUS lawn here. It took 3 days, but he had fun (as you can see)
The finished lawn. Yes, it's big and there's more behind the photographer too!
I hope you enjoyed some of the images from our everyday lives here. Next week we will be in Switzerland and France (we are going to Disneyland and Paris amongst other things) so there may be blog silence until we get back.