The Italianized Blonde

culture

Christmas Around Europe

   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Well, I know I’m a little late but who actually wants the holiday season to come to an end?! Not me! So in celebration of happy thoughts, cheery music, time with loved ones, decorations and all the clean, crisp air let me share a few pictures of my travels around Europe and the Christmas season in Italy, France, Wales and England and all the magic it has to offer. And oh boy, let me tell you, it was MAGICAL! Christmas started early in Turin,  ...

Continue Reading

travel

What I packed for a weekend in London

Recently, I went for just a weekend trip to meet Emily in London. I love weekend getaways and finally after many trips I have mastered packing minimally with a good variety of options for a short vacation! Here is my general checklist for a three day trip: Two pairs of pants (or one pair of pants and one skirt) Two tops: one comfy, the other more dressy Leather jacket, easy basic to dress up and down One pair of black boots that are comfortable for walking Enough socks and undies for every  ...

Continue Reading

culture

Cooking Lessons from The Authentic Italian Hubby

I am not only lucky to have a wonderful and kind husband but also to have an Italian husband who knows how to cook….and every so often he tries to teach me…. Unfortunately, it is not a skill I have yet mastered. However, the last time we took a day to cook, I wrote down every step so perhaps one day I can make it alone, until that day I will continue to enjoy eating his delicious cooking! If you are hosting a house full of people during the holiday season this is a great and  ...

Continue Reading

culture

Life in Pinerolo

Pinerolo is a smaller city about 21 miles from Turin, Italy with a population of 35, 697. Well, plus “one” if we are being accurate. 😉 It is situated just under an hour drive from the gorgeous Alps and 1.5 hours from the border of France. To give you a brief history of the town, Pinerolo was once a trading route between France and Italy and was even occupied by France in the 16th and 17th century. The main attractions are the Cathedral of San Donato originally dating back to the  ...

Continue Reading