Mountain Walking

November 30, 2007 at 6:01 pm (Italy, life, photos)

 

We went walking in the mountains! It was freezing cold but a lot of fun, especially when we actually found the official walking path. Until that point we’d been climbing through bushes and generally feeling a bit out of place! Was a good day out though, so will definately be going back.

I’ve put the photos up here.

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Back to School Days

October 25, 2007 at 3:53 pm (Italy, life, photos)

A couple of weeks ago two of my friends from school came to visit. I haven’t seen one of them for over a year, so it was great to catch up. We spent pretty much every day reminiscing and finding out about what we’re all upto these days.

Unfortunately, I had to work the lunch shift on the Saturday and Sunday that they were here, so I crept out of bed on Saturday morning and advised them to go shopping. At about 2:30, as my shift was drawing to a close, they arrived at the restaurant with two Italian guys in toe! Neither of whom could speak English and they’d been communicating with Adrian’s phrase book and by pointing! Hilarious!

We went out on the town Sat eve but it was too cold and not much was happening. We had a fabulous meal at Ristorante Conservatoire though, which made us all feel far too big for our clothes.

On Sunday we went to the Mole and did some sightseeing, followed by a relaxed meal in our delicious local Ristorante Mazzini. Adrian and I love this place and they seem to be getting to know us because we got free limoncello! Woo hoo!

More shopping on Monday, a picnic on the terrace and then a lazy afternoon before taking them to the airport.

It was so great just to hang out and relax with friends, I really needed it.

I got A LOT of photos this time, including the infamous H and D magnets that have their own little Torinese story…..

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Meet the Parents

October 3, 2007 at 7:49 pm (Italy, photos)

My parents came to stay a while back and we had so much fun. Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to get round to writing about it or even putting the photos up but I’ve just about got time now.

Although they were here for 5 days and we did lots of touristy and not so touristy things, I seem to mainly only have photos from our day trip to Aosta. It was a fab day and enjoyed by all.

The photos of their stay are here.

Hope to get some time to write something a bit longer soon. Combining teaching and waitressing seems to be getting the better of me!

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Cooking alla Italiana 2

September 7, 2007 at 10:00 am (food, Italy, photos)

Well in a previous post I said that I would give you the recipes for all the bits and bobs that I’ve been cooking. Unfortunately, I’ve forgotten how I made everything because it was quite a while ago. So, I thought I’d just show you the photos instead.

1. Home made basil and red chilli pesto

2.Champagne Chocolate Truffles

I actually got the recipe for these from the programme ‘Cook Yourself Thin‘ and would recommend making them. They’re delicious!

3. Champagne Chocolate Ice-cream

This was made with the first batch of chocolate truffle mixture that went wrong, I put too much alcohol in and it wouldn’t set. So, added a lot of cream and a bit of sugar and ‘ta da’ you have icecream ready for the freezer.

4. Tiramisu

Unfortunately, this one wasn’t very succesful. Heres’s a picture of me eating it!

Bet you’re glad I don’t have the recipe aren’t you!

For the other photos go to my flickr page.

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Nadia and Kev’s Sunny Wedding

September 6, 2007 at 10:48 am (fashion, photos)

We travelled back to England last Friday to attend the wedding of Nadia and Kev, which was on Saturday. The wedding was not until 3pm, so we had plenty of time to get ready and head over to the registry office without our car. (She was left in Turin airport, so wasn’t allowed to get dressed up in white ribbon!)

The sun was out and it was a really gorgeous day. Apparently there was a problem with the hairdresser arriving late but you would not have been able to tell. The bride (Nadia) looked absolutely stunning in a really unique wedding dress with a rustic bouquet of pink roses (which matched the roses in her hair and on her dress) and the best pair of wedding shoes I’ve seen in a long time.

The celebration was continued at The Felix Hotel and as the sun was still out the photos were taken in the garden and everyone was happy drinking champagne and relaxing.

We were privileged to be on table number two with both the brides sisters, partners and cousin. We were served lots of yummy scrummy food and it wasn’t long before the bubbles were cracked open and with the help of the wine we had a bit of a giggle. It may have been around this time that we wrote a group limerick for the bride and groom; I can’t really remember it, which is probably best because at the time I thought it was excellent, which means it was probably rubbish! (I do remember having problems rhyming words with Durham or any other place names where Nadia is from!)

The evening began with a bum-grabbing first dance! He he! Good music followed and the wedding Dj was actually very good, it’s not often djs play what you ask them to. I really enjoyed myself and from the amount of dancing I think I can say so did everyone else.

Ooh, I almost forgot to mention the cheese and crackers at the end of the evening. They were really tasty and with the unusual addition of pesto in little bowls. It made A and I feel right at home!

For the full collection of the day’s photos, click here.

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Visitors

September 5, 2007 at 2:04 pm (Italy, photos)

We’ve had loads of visitors and it’s been really great to show people our new pad.

First up was Blanche…

We did a lot of cooking and relaxing. Photos are here.

Then Martin and Nicola stopped by for a few days whilst travelling around Europe…

The weather was awful and we took a trip up to Sestriere but the weather wasn’t much better there either. A few pics.

Sheena and Rhiannon were the next to stay…

We had a day trip to Milano, did some sunbathing and then explored the nightlife! See what we got up to here.

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“Drip, Drip, Drop, Little April Showers……”

August 9, 2007 at 11:23 am (Italy, photos)

Would you Adam an Eve it? It’s raining! I don’t mean any of your drissly, light rainy either; we have got thunder, lightening, the works! I was just about to lay the table for lunch on the terrace when the sky turned grey and the wind got up. (What the wind was doing previously, I have no idea, perhaps taking a siesta, but whatever it was doing, it got up off its lazy arse and started to whip around the streets of Turin.) It was quite fascinating really, shutters were banging, people in flip-flops and short skirts were dashing down the street in search of shelter and we even heard some windows smashing! At this sound, I raced into the lounge to close the doors and shutters, in an attempt to save us from the same fate.

A and I stood watching the courtyard of our apartment block for a while before I realised that I probably should change out of my mini-skirt and bikini top and into something more suitable. It’s the first time that I’ve worn a jumper since we arrived two weeks ago and I’m rather upset about it!

Took a few snaps but I didn’t want to get drenched so they’re from the window!

I suppose today probably wasn’t the best day to wash and hang out our bedding when we’ve only got one set! Oops! (Note to self: always check the weather forecast before washing things that have to be dry by the end of the day!)

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Apartment Pics

August 6, 2007 at 8:22 pm (Italy, life, photos)

So now that we’re in and a bit more settled, we’ve taken some more snaps of the apartment.

This is the fresco on the lounge ceiling.

The terrace.

We also took some photos after we cycled up to a viewing point. It was far too hot so we didn’t hang around for long but this is Torino.

For the other photos go to my flickr account and they are in the folder ‘Appartamento Torino’

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“I Like Driving in my Car, bah bah BAH bah bah BAH!….”

July 31, 2007 at 4:39 pm (Italy, photos)


Ciao tutti! Siamo arrivati! (We have arrived)

Right, well we’re here and what an amazing journey it’s been so far. We left rainy kent early (and I mean EARLY) last Tuesday and headed for Dover. The sun came out and the water wasn’t too choppy, so the first part went well. We decided that A would do the first part of the European leg as he’s driven abroad before, so I was cheif navagator. However, I didn’t have to do much because it was really easy. The weather was great the views were even better. The scenery was just stunning, it’s a good job A was driving because I don’t think I could’ve resisted getting my camera out, which may have been dangerous!

We got a tiny bit lost driving into Chambery, as the google map wasn’t very clear and it had been rained upon so was a bit blotchy! Doh! But the hotel was good enough for us to crash out, and we were up again early the next day.

Again, the weather was clear, so driving over the alps was superb! I would recommend it to everyone. As it turns out we could’ve done the whole journey in one day but splitting it into two meant that we could take our time doing the fun bit. (Although obviously A wanted to go very fast and not take his time on the windy roads, but that was to be expected!) We stopped just before the Italian border at mount cenis somthing…(sorry can’t remember, A probably got it right on his blog post) and got some fab pics of the views.

The final part of the journey was a touch scary as we were driving to a deadline (to meet the landlord’s daughter to collect the keys) and we got a bit lost in Torino. I tell you, it’s a wee bit tricky getting yourself back on track when the map you’ve got is all watermarked, (the proper map having been packed away neatly in the boot, which now has two bikes strapped to the back, so no chance of recovering it) there’s traffic everywhere beeping horns like crazy, you’re hot, one of you (and it wasn’t A) gets all stroppy cause they don’t know what they’re doing or how to solve the problem and all the streets are one way! After all that, I feel that just to be here at all is an accomplishment.

As usual, there are lots of photos to peruse through and they can be found……..wait for it……….here!

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A Beautiful Country Wedding

July 16, 2007 at 2:05 pm (photos)

I had a fab day on Saturday at a gorgeous wedding 20 minutes from Bury-st-Edmunds. Jess and Tom were the happy couple, and they were exactly that.

The wedding was set in Jess’ parents grounds where the little church is about 200 metres from the house and marquee! The weather was gorgeous and so was the bride with a nice tan and the most beautiful dress.

It was really refreshing to go to such a laid back, enjoyable wedding. Lots of little nibbles were being brought round as we all relaxed on the grass whilst the photos were being taken. Everything had been organised so well that the day ran extremley smoothly and although not entirely traditional, much the better for it.

One example of this was the cake, I think it must have been everyone’s idea of heaven, so when it appeared at dessert, we were all very impressed.

After the wedding ceremony (and far too many champagnes in the grounds of the church) we all took our places at the tables in the marquee and waited for the speeches. They were very tasteful and Jess’ Dad’s brought a tear to my eye. (In fact I was welling up at various intervals throughout the day!)

Food was gorgeous and (on our table at least) everyone just had a generally great time.

The first dance was fab and Jess and Tom had obviuosly prepared; we took too many photos of it but it was just very cool!

There was a full evening of dancing to the live band and after this the night ended with fireworks.

The heart shaped firework with J and T in the middle was the cutest. Unfortunately it was too far away and my camera wasn’t feeling up to taking a good shot of it!

In total, I took 240 photos!! I’ve never taken so many photos in one day. I have deleted about two thirds of them though (all the rubbish ones), so I am sticking to my new rules about taking photos! They are here if you fancy a gander.

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