La Befana Appears in Tuscany

La Befana

Throughout my life, until I came to Barga in Tuscany, New Year's Day marked the end of the Christmas season; all bar the clearing up that is. January 6th (Epiphany) was merely the traditional day to take down all the decorations and, by then, life had already returned to its routines. However, in … [Read more...]

Christmas Crackers in Tuscany

What are these??? Photo Jenny Mead

Although we have just spent our fourth Christmas in Barga, it was our first Italian one. We were invited to join our good friends, Alberta and Giuliano, plus members of their extended family; an invitation we accepted with alacrity. We also used this opportunity to introduce our Italian friends to … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas 2012!

Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it!  A Happy New Year too! Many thanks for reading and for all the comments, Twitter chats and general banter. The photo, by me, is of the Christmas tree in Milan's Piazza Duomo - the spectacular cathedral of Milan is in the background.  It was a lovely … [Read more...]