Carmen Darwin
Madonna della Neve Bagnolo

The saddest little Church - Madonna della Neve Bagnolo.

It is unlike any church I've been in. The Santuario Madonna della Neve was visible from the valley floor not far from our house. Shining like a beacon on the hillside we decided to see if we could find it. A few wrong turns and some dirt roads…
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Completly Clueless - living like a local in Piedmont

  It starts with the locals, with their quality of life, their ability to be happy and their respect for the land they live in. Then the tourists will find a way!" - Carlo Petrini ~ Slow Food Since moving to our Valley in Piedmont we've been…
living italy
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Living Italy - a day at the fair

What a difference a year can make, now the faces smiling out of the crowd are friends, people I am slowly coming to know. We came to the fair in our village last year and I felt like a tourist, with no real understanding of the lifestyle, heritage…
portrait in paris
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Portrait in Paris - with Carla Coulson

Portrait in Paris For many years I have been missing, behind the camera instead of in front. Convinced I didn't deserve center stage, Carla Coulson you helped me change all that. Not only did I find my inner sexy, adventurous, spirited,…
a new way of seeing
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A New Way of Seeing - workshop

A New Way of Seeing 'My destination is no longer a place, but a New Way of Seeing' Marcel Proust Just over a week ago I received an Invitation from Di Mackey to attend a photography workshop in Genoa - A New Way of Seeing. It felt like…
our favorite italian villages

Favorite Italian Villages - selling the house

Selling our house in Liguria seems like selling part of a beautiful dream, another renovation of course but in a glorious spot. For favorite Italian villages,  Veravo has a hold on my heart. This house is one I don't want to give up but know…
liguria

Renovating Italy hits the road - Liguria

We set off for Liguria with high hopes, expecting beautiful weather, gelato, family time, some much needed rest and relaxation. Each of these arrived in different ways, at unexpected moments, our maiden voyage in the camper van was an education…