Confetti, canival, and children

It’s that time of year again. A time of children, and adults, in costume, and streets paved in small fragments of coloured paper. A time of processions and street fairs. Of cars covered in shaving foam and party string. Yes, it the, for me, mysterious carnival season. I don’t know what the appeal of it […]

Christmas is a coming

It is. For some reason there seem to me more Christmas lights than ever this year. OK, so they are not the colourful Oxford Street type of lights, but they do add a little something. Even Corso Sempione – the wide avenue that points towards the Castello, has lights in the trees lining the road. […]

Gastronomic weekend

I kissed goodbye to my diet last weekend. The temptations of interesting Italian food just proved too darn strong. It all started on Saturday with a trip to our local rosticceria. There I found that they were doing wild boar cooked in a Barolo sauce. I simply could not resist the temptation and ended up […]

Gastronomic fair – Via Paolo Sarpi, Milan*

If you happen to be in Milan on Sunday the 14th October 2007 (date corrected,Thanks to Cath), and you happen to like fresh porcini mushrooms, truffles, Italian wine, grappa and cheese, then you may find the via Paolo Sarpi street fair fascinating. You can see where Via Paolo Sarpi is on my Platial map: just […]

Belated post – Sarpi street fair

Sorry I have not got round to this sooner – I’ve been busy, and when I wasn’t busy I was tired. Anyway, the Sarpi street fair here in Milan was up to its usual good standards, even if there weren’t as many stands as last year. We got some porcini mushrooms, which were promptly turned […]

The street fair

I was happy to note that the traditional Paolo Sarpi street fair took place this year.

Having witnessed the closure of many traditional Italian shops in this rather pleasant, and convenient shopping street, I was a little surprised to see that the fair was going to be held.