Reopening Pubs – The Sad Reality Of Irish Drinking Culture

The Irish government’s decision not to reopen pubs for the foreseeable future shines a spotlight on a very negative aspect of Irish culture. Distraught publicans rightly mourned the decision that has, for many, put an end to their livelihood. The government, in a desperate bid to protect the country, has taken on the role of…

Bergamo Travel Guide: Best Places to Eat & Drink in Bergamo City

If you’re a foodie like me, then Bergamo has lots to offer you. I’ve listed some restaurants and cafés in my previous post, 24 hours in Bergamo City. Here’s a little more detail on where to find the best food in Bergamo. All suggestions are my personal favourites, based on my 8 years living here and…

Bergamo Travel Guide: 24 hours in Bergamo City

Bergamo is a charming city and well worth a visit, be it a weekend away or a stop there while visiting another part of northern Italy. Having lived there for 8 years, I’ve finally decided to write a few blog posts to help you get the most out of your stay. Unfortunately, Bergamo was very…

Tasting Our Way Through Valpolicella

2020 is the year of the “staycation,” the year of rediscovering all the beauty right around you. Luckily for me, I live in the land of fine wine and fantastic food. This pandemic has made me open my eyes and appreciate everything around me so much more. I decided to make it my mission to…

Bathroom Makeover (Including Painting Floor Tiles!)

(NOTE: If you just want the before and after photos, scroll to the very end!) I didn’t just paint the floor tiles. I painted aaaaaaall the bathroom tiles (minus those around the bath). Here’s my first attempt at blogging a room makeover. We bought our house a year and a half ago and I couldn’t…

Weekend Getaway in Angera, Lago Maggiore

In keeping with our not-as-planned wedding season, my new husband and I headed off to Lago Maggiore last weekend for a two-day stay on Lago Maggiore (another of northern Italy’s big lakes, west of Lake Como). Booked just a few weeks beforehand, it was our first trip as newlyweds so we decided to class it…

Why Everyone Wears Masks in Bergamo

It is highly unusual to see anybody out and about in Bergamo without a mask these days.  Yes, you might see people without their masks while seated at restaurants but those customers cover up when they go to pay or pop to the loo. While out exercising, runners and cyclists either wear masks all the…

Finding Out I Did Have Covid-19 After All

It’s fascinating how one little decision can have lots of repercussions and create so many “what if?” questions. Last week, my husband and I went for two of the 50,000 free serological (antibody) tests that Bergamo’s local government is offering to its citizens between 15th June and 15th July. So far it has been reported…

Getting Married in Lombardy Post-Lockdown

Wedding rings – check! Dress – check! Face masks – check! Hand sanitiser – check! I couldn’t help but smile at this strange “new normal” checklist as I laid out my wedding gear in the spare room. Today, my partner and I tied the knot in our beloved Bergamo. Finally, after a rollercoaster journey, I…

Reflecting on Remote Teaching Throughout the Pandemic

Remote teaching has been a whirlwind of an experience! Back in February, we naively thought schools here in northern Italy were going to close merely for a week. This morning, I’m about to face into week 16 of distance learning! It has been a learning curve for everybody involved. At times, it has been challenging…

Today should have been our wedding day

As I write this, a photo of my grandparents cutting their wedding cake sits opposite me. The photo was taken on this day 65 years ago. I brought this photo back (home) to Italy from Ireland (home home) just three days before Italy announced its first anti-coronavirus measures. Today, on my late grandparents’ 65th wedding…

Life After Lockdown in Italy: 20 Days In

We made it! After over two months of being confined to our homes (with the exception of going to the pharmacy and supermarket or working as an essential worker), the Italian government has lifted the lockdown. This country looks like a whole other place than it did 20 days ago. I have very mixed feelings…