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Happy New Year – Buon Anno!

31 Dec

A warm thank you to all who have found and followed Blogginginitaly.com, which had over 10,000 views from 83 countries in 2013. When I began writing in 2011, little did I realize the joy this blog would bring me. It is such fun for me to share my thoughts and experiences and know others enjoy reading about them as well.

A few things in store for Blogginginitaly 2014…

A winter visit to Rome… (haven’t done that since I was a student!)


as well as Cortona, which I’ve never been to in winter!


Much more about Alex and his travels to Italy


and a summer journey for Len and me to Alex’s birthplace, Pietrabbondante.


Pietrabbondante (Photo credit: diffendale)

As we anticipate our summer return to Cortona, we know it will be filled with wonderful new and familiar experiences, great food and wine, the tranquillity of piazza life, and so many roads less travelled to discover and share with you. But best of all, we know we will be spending time with dear friends we have made through our travels.

May your new year be filled with health and time spent with loved ones, and may you find  time to enjoy a sunset, wherever your roads lead you.


Happy New Year and Buon Anno 2014!



Happy New Year!

31 Dec

At this time of year, many people focus forward – setting goals and making resolutions related to diet, health, exercise, work, relaxation, education, finances, etc. In our extended family, we were fortunate enough to take time to celebrate the present, and in particular, the sisterhood of generations of strong and vibrant women in our family.


Yesterday at brunch, four generations of women, aged seven weeks to 90, shared hugs, stories, laughs, and memories, accompanied by great food and wicked mimosas. (Our wonderful spouses weren’t included, nor would they have wanted to be!)


We toasted one another, and those not with us, as we celebrated one of our greatest blessings – the love we have for each other and the strong bond that ties us together. And of course, there was never a shortage of hands to hold the new baby!


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IMG_6940 IMG_6947IMG_6929Our Italian grandmothers, and my mother, would have been proud – all of us at one table, and, of course,  all talking and listening at the same time. An Italian skill handed down from generation to generation. Tradition.




While looking forward is a great thing to do at year’s end, taking time to appreciate and celebrate the present is incredibly uplifting.

To my aunts, sisters, daughter, cousins, and nieces, you rock!

And to all,

may your new year be filled with love and

may you make time for special times with family and friends.

Happy 2013!

Felice Anno Nuovo!



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