As part of the travelling flower market, Piazze in Fiore, Bologna’s Piazza Minghetti was a riot of colorful flowers this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, flower vendors sold everything from bulbs to small fruit trees, as well as garden decorations. It reminded me a lot of the weekly Saturday flower market in Utrecht. I was tempted by many of the flowers, despite my black thumb … Continue reading Bologna in Bloom
Honestly, I could just repost what I wrote last year about what Charlie and I did on Good Friday and it would be about the same. We went to a few different places this year, but we also went to some of the same places we went to last year. And in both cases, it turned into a nearly three-hour walk, since the weather was … Continue reading Our Good Friday Tradition
In looking for photos for the next #DolceVitaBloggers linkup tomorrow, I ended up looking at some of my photos of Venice. That’s when I realized that that visit was 16 years ago today. We had gone to Venice for the day, not really thinking that the day was a holiday (Epiphany/Befana). As a result, many shops and restaurants were closed. One restaurant, in particular, that … Continue reading Dreams of Venice
Just off Piazza Maggiore, you’ll find a number of small streets filled with Bologna specialty food shops that are foodie heaven. This is part of the Quadrilatero and these shops are part of the food market tradition in these streets that date back to the medieval period, if not further. Small shops dedicated to top-quality Italian classic ingredients. There are the fruit and vegetable stalls, … Continue reading Specialty Food Shops in the Heart of Bologna
Along with the regular markets taking place throughout the week, a new influx of holiday markets has arrived. Some have come and gone, while others hold out through the new year. Some are purely Italian, while others have a more foreign flavor. Once such market is il villaggio di natale francese, the French Christmas Village. This little Christmas market has packed up and said au … Continue reading The French Christmas Market … in Italy.
Only two more days left on the advent calendar before it’s officially Christmas. (Our advent calendar is given over to cat and dog treats and Lola rushes over to it every morning when I get up.) We’re basically ready for the holidays; just a little more wine to purchase and make sure we have enough pet food stocked up. I took a lot of photos … Continue reading Holiday Home Stretch
Is it December already? In an attempt to get into the holiday spirit, it’s time to break out the spirits — and the homemade eggnog recipe that is a good excuse for the spirits. I’ve certainly adapted to some of the Italian Christmas traditions, such as panettone and pandoro, and I’m looking forward to the Christmas feast, but I still have my own traditions I … Continue reading Homemade Eggnog and Holiday Spirits