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The French Christmas Market … in Italy.

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.

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Homemade Eggnog and Holiday Spirits

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

Okra Bologna Mondo Nuovo Supermarket via del borgo di san pietro

I found okra in Bologna!

Update: This store has moved to another location outside the city center. However, I did find an Asian Minimarket on Via San Vitale 120 that sells it! Definitely stop in and check out their other fresh produce, as well. [Old post] Seriously, y’all, today was not the best of days, but we finally stopped in at a new world supermarket that has opened on Via … Continue reading I found okra in Bologna!

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Celebrating Bologna’s Saint’s Day

Each saint in the Catholic Church has his or her own special day dedicated to them. If you happen to be named after a saint — and lots of people are — then you sometimes get to celebrate your saint’s day. If you’re a city, you have your own patron saint. Bologna’s patron saint is San Petronio and his day of celebration is today, 4 … Continue reading Celebrating Bologna’s Saint’s Day

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Celebrating the Festa della Repubblica

Today is a national holiday in Italy. It’s the Festa della Repubblica, the day in which Italians celebrate becoming a republic. On this day in 1946, Italians went to the polls to vote whether to remain a monarchy or become a republic. They chose republic, which isn’t that much of a surprise considering the behavior of the last king of Italy, from the Savoy family, … Continue reading Celebrating the Festa della Repubblica

Good Friday Piazza Maggiore Bologna

Good Friday in Bologna

Today certainly started off as a Good Friday, in the sense that I got to go out with Charlie for a three-hour walk around town. Admittedly, I hadn’t planned on it being a three-hour walk, but the weather was nice and we were having fun, so we just kept walking. Well, we did stop for a coffee in Piazza Maggiore and enjoyed a bit of … Continue reading Good Friday in Bologna