I’m melting. The temperature’s rising and my energy levels are plummeting. As a weather warning has just been issued with temperatures threatening to hit 40 degrees in the next few days, the only thing to remedy the heat is an ice cool cocktail. Here are some of my favourites that fit perfectly with an Italian summer. Get your ice cubes ready! Continue reading “Italian cocktails to sip this summer”
Bringing up a baby is difficult. More so perhaps in Calabria because of the lack of support for new mums. While my friends in England wax lyrical about NCT groups, sensory play and baby music, here in Southern Italy there is nothing of the sort. Whereas young mothers in England cling to each other to understand what they’re doing right or wrong, in Italy family serves that purpose but it sadly means that new mums can end up feeling slightly isolated and dare I say it bored. When a friend of mine told me she was organising a baby yoga course I, understandably, jumped for joy. Continue reading “Baby Yoga with a View”
When it comes to places which hold a special place in my heart Scilla is one of them. It’s hard to visit this seaside town and not be enchanted by its many charming aspects. From the robust castle perched high above the beach to the cobbled narrow streets of Chianalea, Scilla has many reasons to merit a visit or even a mortgage! Continue reading “Seafood and Sea Monsters in Scilla “
My little one is growing fast, nothing seems to fit her anymore and so, that means just one thing, it’s time to change up her nursery art. If you are looking for some inspiration, look no further than this beautiful collection of free nursery printables I’ve gathered together from around the interweb. Click on the picture to go to the site, download, print, frame, display … Continue reading More free nursery printables
Summer has finally arrived here in Calabria and what an entrance it has made! It’s strutted its stuff, reached for the sunglasses and firmly planted itself here ready to get temperatures sweltering and making doing anything virtually impossible. There are two tell-tale signs that we are in full-swing; 1) the shopping centres are empty, not a single pedicured, high-heeled, stilettoed foot is parading in giro and 2) in schools the students are dwindling, staring wide-eyed out the window and dreaming of the beach, even their fidget spinners aren’t helping. As towns empty the beaches fill up, especially here in Calabria where the beaches are its pride and joy. However, like all good things in Italy there is a certain etiquette or unwritten code that you must adopt if you want to enjoy the beach Calabrese style… Continue reading “How to enjoy a trip to the beach Calabrese style”
Across Italy as Spring draws to a close and Summer starts flexing its muscles attracting people to the beaches and scorching bodies and plants alike, there is one more chance for Italy’s flora to be admired in the many infiorata festivals that take place up and down the country. Continue reading “Infiorata di Taurianova: A flower festival”
On a recent trip back to Blighty I realised that having had a baby there is a whole world that opens up to you (family changing rooms being one) but also a whole world which is now off limits. Living in Calabria has made me forget how in some countries there are certain situations where, to put it bluntly, kids simply aren’t welcome. Travelling with little ones is stressful and the quest for the perfect family holiday is a tough one. At this time of year when thoughts are firmly on where to visit this summer I thought I’d explain why I think Calabria is the perfect destination for a family holiday.