May 7, 2015

Our return to Florence

Hello my fellow readers! (if there are any left out there?!) We are back in Florence. I have been putting off writing on my blog due to lack of time....but we are here. Ciao!

I am not sure where to begin with our story. As many of you know or can tell from the photos, we moved to the United States for two years. During that time we had our first precious baby named Sofia. She is almost 2 (what????), and the essence of pure joy. It's really that simple, but I will leave my un-ending love for her for another time!

There is no doubt we had a nice experience in the United States. It was our first home as newlyweds and a new family. My family is there so obviously for me it was one of the most difficult decisions I made to move my family back to Italy. We are all still working through that though and thankful for technology to see each other. Horray for Skype, Whatsapp and Viber!

What do we want in our daily life? How do we want to live day-to-day? What works for us? What makes us click as a family.  The world is in chaos, No one anywhere in the world could say different, except for our yogi friends zenning out on a mountain in India (I'd really like to join them one day). But we aren't there, we are an American-Italian family, and see the best in both worlds. I've said in the past that I have a really bad habit of thinking that the grass is always greener, so I am working on it slowly. Getting out of my comfort zone, picking battles, and just letting things go has really helped. That, along with countless hours of yoga practice to clear my head space. 

So, having said that. We like America, we like Italy. The things we like about each are polar opposites though. America is convenient and organized. Italy is passionate and laid back. We'd love to have it all, but we can't. So, last summer when a job presented itself here in Florence to my husband, we started talking about if we wanted to give Italy a go. To keep it simple without getting into a rant about cultural differences, we decided that we should give it a try while our daughter was little. We know what it would take for us to live in the United States the way we want to, and most importantly the way we want to raise our daughter. We have no idea how our life would be as a family living in Italy, so we decided to come back to Florence. We are both incredibly fortunate to have jobs here, so that part of the move was seemless.

We've been back for three months and day by day things are getting easier. We are getting into a steady flow of our life here and really enjoying the beautiful things Italy has to offer : cheap yummy wine, day trips to the sea, eating really healthy food and being with our friends. Our social life here rocks (even with baby in tow!), so for all of these things I am thankful.

More to come, but in the meantime definitely keep up with me on Facebook. I post there more regularly. Linky is on the right tab! Ciao!

June 21, 2014

30 Days in Italy wrap up

I wanted to say Grazie to all the people who followed our photo series "30 Days in Italy". We had the best time visiting family & friends, eating, drinking, traveling, and introducing our daughter to 1/2 of her native country. I will be posting more soon on our favorite places & experiences being back in Italy as a family. 

More to come, grazie tutti, ciao!!

June 3, 2014

Day 30 || Finale in Bellagio

And here we are, ending our 30 Days in Italy photo blog - in the quaint town of Bellagio.
La bella vita.

June 2, 2014

Day 29 || From southern Italy to Northern Italy

Our month in Terracina has come to an end, but now we have traveled North to meet with my Mother and spent a week in Lake Como. Here is the view from our beautiful apartment in Menaggio.

May 31, 2014

Day 28 || Ciao for now our beloved Terracina

We had an incredible four weeks in Terracina visiting our family and closest friends! But all good things must come to an end. Ciao for now our beloved Terracina - see you for Christmas!

May 30, 2014

Day 27 || Padre Pio

More religious figures throughout Italy. This time a halo-lighted-Padre Pio protects San Felice.

May 29, 2014

Day 26 || Did I mention football?

I think there is a cardinal rule that you have to be cute to play football.

Day 25 || Fragole fresche

I woke up to this huge bundle of strawberries sitting in the kitchen of my in-laws house. 
Fresh strawberries from a farm near their house. You seriously cannot taste anything sweeter!

May 28, 2014

Day 24 || San Felice Circeo

It's official. I have fallen in love with this charming little town close to Terracina. 
San Felice Circeo rests upon the side of the hill above the sea. 

There are quaint little shops, newly renovated houses and views to die for!

May 27, 2014

Day 23 || Caffe' Culture

Before I thought football was the heart of the country, then I thought it was wine. 
Now, I firmly believe to Italians it's coffee. (and perhaps cigarettes!)

May 25, 2014

Day 22 || Sofia's Italian Baptism

Sofia had her Italian christening this weekend in Terracina at the beautiful Cathedral in the historic area of the city. The service was so special as the priest poured the holy water over her sweet head.

May 24, 2014

Day 21 || Saint John Paul

We went back to Rome yesterday to meet a close friend and stumbled upon this incredible statue of Pope John Paul. If you go to Roma, make sure to see it standing directly outside of Termini Station. 

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