things noone tells you about becoming a parent

7 things noone tells you about becoming a parent

Becoming a parent is the most unequivocal life-changing event that most of us will ever encounter.  Our bodies were designed to be pregnant for 9 months for a reason; to give us time to get to grips with what is about to happen and to make sure that we can get as much sleep as we possibly can before the big event. But no amount of parenting books or ante-natal classes can ever really prepare us for what’s about to come literally kicking and screaming into our lives.  So what can we expect? Continue reading “7 things noone tells you about becoming a parent”

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The Art of Aperitivo

Effortless Style.  Those two words seem to epitomise the Italian race. It’s in their genes. And me, plagued with my inherited English awkwardness can just look on and admire how an entire population can manage to do even the simplest, mundane of tasks with such effortless elegance.  An excellent example of this is Aperitivo, or as the average Brit would call it pre-dinner drinks. Whereas the English settle for a lukewarm pint and a packet of cheese and onion while slightly shivering on a bench in a pub garden the Italians have managed to make the whole thing into an event, peppered with inviting words like “spritz” and “stuzzichini”.

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surprising facts about italy

Surprising facts about Italy 

Are you obsessed with trivia? I am. I’m the type of person who trawls the internet for useless facts that whilst I’ll never use in any meaningful conversation somehow make me feel warm inside.  If you are as intrigued as I am, feast your eyes on some of these interesting facts about Italy and think about the next time you can impress a stranger with your worldly knowledge.  The water cooler will never be the same again… Continue reading “Surprising facts about Italy ”

Becoming a mum: year one

The last year has flown by in a flurry of nappies, sleepless nights, endless photos, late night cuddles, what-the-hell-am-i-doing? moments and love so strong I didn’t know it existed.  And despite the bags under my eyes, the extra kilos, the sleep deprived bickering and the not-so-attractive bits which I’m sure weren’t like that before, I’m proud (and relieved) to say that we have survived year one.  I am now the proud owner mother of a hyperactive toddler and a new chapter of mishaps and misadventure lies before me. So what have I learnt? Continue reading “Becoming a mum: year one”

The best waterfalls in Calabria

Calabria has a wealth of natural attractions from beautiful coastline to rugged mountains.  If lying in the baking sun gets too much for you, you can always find refuge by taking a plunge in a gorgeous waterfall.  After a good trek through the Calabrian countryside there is nothing more satisfying than stumbling upon water cascading down  a mountain and in the height of summer it is even better.  Here are some of the best waterfalls to visit in Calabria. Continue reading “The best waterfalls in Calabria”

Romantic places to get married in Calabria 

Romance.  Derived from the Latin Romanicus meaning from Rome. Is it any wonder that Italy and love are so intrinsically linked?  Romeo and Juliet. Verona.  Amore.  If you’re thinking of tying the knot, there is little better than an Italian wedding. If you have your heart set on tying the knot in the land of romance, how about considering Calabria.  When it comes to beauty Calabria has it all and with amazing food and great weather, there is more than one reason to say “I do“. Continue reading “Romantic places to get married in Calabria ”

10 reasons why Calabria should be your holiday destination for 2017

Summer is just around the corner. Gym memberships are on the rise, diet plans are being googled and most people are starting to think about where they can get away for a relaxing break.  If you haven’t booked yet, why don’t you consider Calabria? Here’s a few reasons why you really should. Continue reading “10 reasons why Calabria should be your holiday destination for 2017”