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Archive for October, 2010

Crostata di Mele Posted by on Oct 30, 2010

After many days of cold, rain, and wind, today is a beautiful warm sunny day. Le montagne, coperte da un mantello dai colori autunnali, si stagliano contro il cielo perfettamente azzurro (the mountains, cloaked in autumnal colors, are silhouetted against a perfectly blue sky). We decided to go out for a walk in the hills…

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Tenersi Caldi Posted by on Oct 27, 2010

With the onset of winter we begin, once again, the daily ritual of il caminetto (the fireplace). Sometimes, I can’t help but think back with nostalgia to the time when Geoff and I lived in Nottingham, England. The nostalgia, though, is not for Nottingham, but for our lovely gas central heating which switched itself on…

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Mezzi di trasporto – 3 Posted by on Oct 25, 2010

L’ Aereo (the airplane) 1. At the airport: l’aeroporto the airport la compagnia aerea the airline il controllo passaporti the passport control la sala d’imbarco the departure lounge la carta d’imbarco the boarding card l’imbarco the boarding l’uscita the gate il bagaglio a mano the hand luggage il ritiro bagagli the baggage / luggage reclaim…

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Mezzi di Trasporto – 2 Posted by on Oct 22, 2010

I Treni (Trains) 1. Some useful words la ferrovia the railway la stazione ferroviaria the railway station la biglietteria the ticket office un biglietto di sola andata a one way ticket un biglietto di andata e ritorno a return ticket la prenotazione the booking lo sportello the ticket window l’orario the timetable / schedule la…

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I Gatti – part 2 Posted by on Oct 18, 2010

Here, as promised, is the translation of my little tale about our new gatti: Venerdì scorso, mentre andavamo giù a Pontremoli a lavorare, abbiamo visto seduti su un muro nel parcheggio del paese una gatta sconosciuta, col suo gattino. Nel nostro paese c’è un sacco di gatti mezzo selvatici, e questi due appollaiati lì sul…

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I Gatti Posted by on Oct 15, 2010

We had been debating for quite a while the pros and cons of having a cat or a dog. On the one hand, a pet around the house can be really good company, and gives one the satisfaction of caring for another creature. On the other hand there is the problem of commitment. However, it…

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Il Dialetto Pontremolese Posted by on Oct 12, 2010

I have often mentioned in my blogs that here in Italy we have lots of different dialects, and that they vary not just from region to region, but from town to town, and even village to village!. When we first moved to our little village near Pontremoli in Tuscany, my poor husband, who had already…

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