In our area, northern Lazio, busy season is October into November. The weather is cooling off as we head into autumn and there’s satisfaction to be had from the last burst of hard work for the year.
If you’re planning a trip to Italy, or anywhere in the Mediterranean for that matter, olive harvest is a prime time to be here. So – heads up: October / November. Get your butts into an agriturismo and have an Italian experience you’ll never forget.
Olives: Ancient Doesn’t get any Better Than This
Raccogliere: to Harvest or Gather. A smooth word for one of the most back-breaking but soul-satisfying things you might ever do Continue reading “Italy’s Liquid Gold Rush – The Olive Harvest”
Driving the Italian Way!
Okay, let’s get some stuff straight before we start:
First, Italians are not crazy drivers, any more than any other nation. They’re just misunderstood. The national psyche is set to “Appassionato”. Italians are animated people, so when you share the road with them, things can seem a little crazy.
Second, they drive fast, some of them, okay, most of them; but for the most part, they know what they’re doing.
Third, your nerves are shot to hell for the first few months of driving here, not because Italians are out to kill you, but because you think they are. Italians are well used to dealing with foreign drivers on their roads and they hardly ever kill them. Continue reading “Driving in Italy -There’s Nothing Like It!”
I live in Italy!
This keeps dawning on me and after eighteen months, I still have to pinch myself to believe it.
We arrived on 3 June 2015. Ever since then it’s been one intriguing thing after one perplexing thing after one hilarious thing and so it keeps going.
Okay, it’s been a wild ride; an almost surreal wild ride. Continue reading “Loving the Italian Dream”
Mountain Magic. Mountains and sea are always a great combination when it comes to tourist attractions and there can be few places in the world to rival the Cape Peninsula at the end of the African continent. Everywhere you look, there’s a stunning scene begging to be photographed or included as a selfie backdrop. But in this land of incredible scenery I challenge anyone to … Continue reading Cape Town’s False Bay Coastline – A Bird’s Eye View
Fines don’t work. What about some meaningful community service? This really is an area that has fallen through the cracks of every society on the planet. The problem is universal. Where there are parking bays for people living with disabilities and mobility issues, there will be individuals without mobility issues of any description occupying these bays. These random pictures off the internet illustrate a truly … Continue reading Reserved Parking Pirates
A wonderful place to take a breather from your hectic schedule, Hout Bay is mid-seventies laid back. Tourist or local, there is always the chance you might be stuck for something to do in Cape Town of an afternoon. Plans could fall through or the weather might ruin your carefully laid out itinerary. Here’s a backup plan: Go have lunch at Hout Bay harbour. It … Continue reading Hout Bay Time Out