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What I Love About Italy

La Cucina Italiana

no one EVER asks me if i know how a donkey bites a corn cob

food dogma**

hitchhiking nuns


cobblestone streets



nutella for breakfast...mmmm

FRESH, natural, local produce around every corner

crazy people**

the Mediterranean Sea...aahhh

bread is not from the devil

everyone knows that eating a kilo of mozzarella every day is a healthy habit

ciao bella!

wine! beautiful, lovely wine!

Gucci motorcycle helmets**

pizza is a "light" meal

miles and miles and miles of coastline

plates and plates and plates of fresh seafood

acres and acres and acres of vineyards

€20 leg/bikini waxes

four-hour lunch breaks

my inner hand-talker has at last found acceptance

being mad in Italian

Law and Order in Italian

life in Italian**

(**As much as they are endearing, these things can also be very very irritating--a unique, carefully-crafted Italian talent.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tra I was on your blog and this new one suddenly appeared. A little ranting and all huh! The pictures are good though. Oh to be there!

3/28/2006 7:59 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

that nutella thing just cracks me up. It's all too addictive as I try not to buy that stuff! And yes very neat photos. Was that a market open later at night? So weird to grasp compared to switzerland if so..

3/28/2006 8:14 AM

Blogger Tracie P. said...

thanks mom! i wish you were here too...

expat--that was a lone, corner fruit and veg stand

3/28/2006 8:21 AM

Blogger Gurgo said...

I replaced "Italian" with "Greek" and suddenly I knew what you are talking about!
Have you ever been there?
It is some kind of similar but totally different. It's amazing!

3/28/2006 8:46 AM

Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Once again Tracie b. your photos are stunning!

3/28/2006 10:26 AM

Blogger Teena in Toronto said...

Sounds amazing! Can I come live with you??

3/28/2006 1:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget those extended "lunches" on the beach. I sure wish that could catch on here!

3/28/2006 1:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/28/2006 3:14 PM

Blogger Tracie P. said...


hey wait, mom, is that you again?

3/28/2006 3:23 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Tracie b. - The fotos and the words touch deeply. Only one who has lived there can understand what I am talking about.

Hot milk and coffee with some Mulino Bianco biscotti, hot bread, butter and marmellata, prosciutto cotto/crudo, fresh vegetables, formaggio and yes wine!

Not all is perfect or even acceptable but life must be lived and I think you expressed some of that.

"John Wayne riding off into the sunset in a Maserati."

3/28/2006 5:11 PM

Blogger Dear AL said...

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3/28/2006 11:07 PM

Blogger Dear AL said...

Why I hate where I'm at.

* this hitchhiking dude trying to get to work at the next town, hardly ever gets picked up since he looks like shit, but keeps trying at the same spot for hours when it's just a half hour walk. IDIOT!

* when prosciuttos fall on my head from office windows.

* crazy dumbass people who try to fight you because they thought you was making fun of their belly when you say "ciao bella!"

* miles and miles and miles of crap in the streets.

* $6 for a glass of beer, which includes a 50 cent deposit!

Believe me, none of this is endearing!

3/28/2006 11:22 PM

Blogger Sicilian said...

I've got a job for you Tracie. . . write a book. . . publish your stuff. . . it is great. . . then you can still have your 4 hour lunches. . .nutella. . . and can travel more promoting. . .

3/29/2006 12:09 AM

Blogger lettuce said...

I notice so much of this is to do with food!!! Fantastic.

But I don't understand the reference to donkeys and corn cobs???

Wonderful photos - sounds fantastic. I've never been to Italy, wd. love to.

3/29/2006 1:34 AM

Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

And this Traie is what they call "La Dolce Vita". I can't imagine living anywhere else!

3/29/2006 3:03 AM

Blogger Lori said...

personally i dont know how you guys do it, living here without working. i mean yeah, taking a break from work for awhile can be good, but otherwise i get so bored! i have to have something to do. One summer i had two months with nothing to do - no classes and no job. I was going crazy!

3/29/2006 4:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

La cucina italiana (NAPOLETANA) is very, very good! Months after visiting Naples my husband and I still talk about it.

3/29/2006 8:43 AM

Blogger Ginnie said...

I've only been to Rome (for a week) but I bet I could get really addicted to Italy for all your same reasons. And I really love Nutella :)

3/29/2006 5:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew that "being mad in italian" would be on the list, but, as you know, whenever you are "in italian" I think you are mad! Stop fighting already...

3/30/2006 11:43 AM


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