Rosie e Rita 

Rosie and Rita arrived today. How wonderful to see them. We have been out and about in beautiful Bologna and will explore more tomorrow.  Good night and sleep well. Will continue my story on Sunday evening Rosie e Rita sono arrivate oggi. Siamo stati cosi’ contenti  di rivedere Rosie e di conoscere Rita. Abbiamo esplorato bellissima Bologna e domani esploreremo piu’. Buona notte e sogni d’oro – continuero’  presto la mia storia.             (altro…)


Beppe and Vera, our dear friends from Piemonte, arrived yesterday – it was wonderful to see them. We did some sight seeing – Santo Stefano and Bologna’s city centre, and then after a rest we went up to beautiful San Michele in Bosco. There is a very interesting meridian line showing the seasons of the year. We decided to go back into the city to see San Petronio, which has a similar meridian line, dating back to 1655! You must google this! After a delicious meal at Fausto’s restaurant in San Tommaso, some vey good crescentini, we went to bed. Today we saw San Domenico, San Paulo and San Francesco, all lovely churches. We met Reanda, Edera and Beatrice and had lunch together at Sole Mio – the food was very good. Beppe and Vera had to leave at 4 – thank you for coming to see us – it was great to see you again…. Martin and I had a drink in the Giardini Margherita …. beer, and a prosecco for me …. then home through the porticoes … Beppe e Vera, i nostri cari amici del Piemonte, sono arrivati ieri – era meraviglioso di rivederli. Abbiamo esplorato le 7 chiese di Santo Stefano e il centro di Bologna, e poi abbiamo fatto un pisolino. Alle 4 siamo andati in autobus alla bellissima San Michele in Bosco in cui c’e’ una linea (altro…)


On Tuesday morning we left for Florence on the train…a shock awaited us – it was just so full of people – American tourists everywhere. We tried to see David and the Duomo, but the queues were endless, then Penny arrived on her bike… it was so wonderful to see her again … She took us down a narrow street and the crowds were gone … this city is beautiful … we tried to book tickets for the main sights, but Friday was the first available day .. so we went to see a virtual presentation on Leonardo in a church instead … a good start … then we walked with Penny … The best way to see this city … and we saw everything …  the architecture, the stunning view from the Bardini gardens, beautiful frescoes in ancient churches, hidden piazzas, the Ponte Vecchio from both sides and the Arno! Penny went back to work, and we met again at around 8.30 and took the bus to her apartment … after lots of catching up, a chat with Rose in Canada and a very good meal we crashed…. Penny went off to work again after breakfast and we took the bus to Piazza della Repubblica to meet Helen and her lovely daughter, Lynne. Lynne lives in the city and Helen is visiting from SA. It was wonderful to see them. We had (altro…)

Modena and Bologna!/Modena e Bologna

On Sunday we went to Modena. James asked for some balsamic vinegar and so we decided to get him the real thing. The city is beautiful and there is a beautiful church in the square – it is a world heritage site. We climbed the tower – Ghirlandina. We also had a look at the Ferrari museum and thought of Alistair and Judy. This morning, I climbed Bologna’s tower for the second time with Martin. It is high!!!  We have been resting this afternoon and are off to Florence tomorrow for 2 days. We have just heard that Beppe and Vera will be here on Thursday and Friday, and Rosie and her family arrive on Saturday. I can’t wait to see them all.  I really love this city full of porticoes! Domenica pomeriggio siamo andati a Modena. James voleva l’aceto balsamico e volevo comprargli la vera cosa. La citta’ e’ bella e c’e’ una bellissima cattedrale in piazza – un patrimonio dell’umanita’. Siamo saliti sulla torre Ghirlandina e abbiamo anche visto il museo di Ferrari e ho pensato a Alistair e Judy. Stamattina sono salita sulla torre a Bologna per la seconda volta con Martin … Mamma mia e’ alta. Abbiamo fatto un pisolino questo pomeriggio. Andremo a Firenze domani e mercoledi’ e abbiamo appena sentito che Beppe e Vera vengono giovedi’ e venerdi’ … Rosie e la sua famiglia arrivano sabato … (altro…)

Castiglione dei Pepoli

Today we went to Castiglione dei Pepoli with Mauro – it is so beautiful. 401 South Africans who died  during the 2nd World War are buried in the cemetery here – if I were to choose a place to rest, I would choose this place. There is also a wonderful museum nearby specially about the South Africans and put together by Mauro and his friends. We had dinner at a charming country restaurant called Antica Hostaria della Rocca di Badolo – the food in Emilia Romagna is excellent – thank you Mauro for everything – much appreciated. Oggi siamo andati a Castiglione dei Pepoli con Mauro – e’ molto bello. 401 sudafricani sono sepolti nel cimitero – sono morti durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Se dovessi scegliere un posto per riposare, poi sceglierei questo posto. C’e’ anche un museo vicino al cimitero – il lavoro di Mauro e i suoi amici. Abbiamo mangiato in un ristorante magico in campagne – Antica Hostaria della Rocca di Badolo – il cibo di Emilia Romagna e’ buonissimo. grazie Mauro di tutto cio’ che hai fatto per noi- molto apprezzato!                     (altro…)

Driving …/abbiamo guidato in Italia

Yesterday we hired a car from the airport – a Fiat 500 – so cute – I wanted a Ferrari, but Martin wouldn’t hear of it, and we drove to the sea – Lido degli Scacchi. We do not understand the toll system here, very confusing.  We, however, arrived safely and met up with Reanda and Edera. We had a wonderful lunch together and then explored beautiful Colmacchio and Lido Garibaldi. Sadly, we then had to return home – dropped the car at the airport, then took the bus into Bologna … Stopped for a beer. Thank you for a wonderful day! Today we are going to Castiglione dei Pepoli, outside of Bologna. Talk tomorrow … Love  Jean ps the statue – Garibaldi and his wife Anita hiding from the austrians in 1849 – google and read more Ieri abbiamo noleggiato una macchina all’aeroporto – una Fiat 500 – cosi’ carina, volevo una Ferrari, ma Martino non voleva. Siamo andati in macchina al mare – Lido degli Scacchi. Non capivamo bene i pedaggi, ma siamo arrivati sani e salvi e abbiamo incontrato Reanda e Edera. Dopo un pranzo meraviglioso insieme abbiamo esplorato Comacchio e anche Lido Garibaldi – tutti e due sono bellissimi. Sfortunatamente, dovevamo ritornare a Bologna. Abbiamo lasciato la macchina all’aeroporto, poi abbiamo preso l’autobus per il centro. Dopo, aver preso una birra. Grazie mille  – una giornata meravigliosa. Oggi andiamo a (altro…)