Monday, June 29, 2009

Candlelight Vigil

When word of MJ's death reached Italy, the news did not go unnoticed. A small candlelight vigil was held by some fans and some of the Islamic community who live here in Torino. Michael Jackson converted to Islam in 2007.

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's (Mad) Tea Party Time!

No room! No room!

I am in love with the art set of this version of the tea party...take a peek

Thank You to A Fanciful Twist for the invitation to be mad....

San Lorenzo Dome

I can see this church with it's amazing dome from my house but I have never been inside. So last weekend when we just happened to be walking we decided to take a peek. I have heard of it's greatness but I just wasn't ready for the grander of seeing it in person and the feeling of being so small.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Italian Wedding

Congratulations Chiarra and Filippo! Just one or two photos from my camera.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Another Holiday, This Time With Fire!

This is how Torino celebrates the holiday of it's patron saint, San Giovanni.
They burn stuff.
Yes, Last night was the kick off to St. John's Day which here in Italy means that they build a giant fire in the center of Piazza Castello. I learned that the superstition goes, if the pole in the center fall towards the people, its good luck, if it falls towards the castle, it's a year of bad luck. Conveniently it fell towards us. Today everybody has the day off and tonight there will be fireworks! Here is the before and after of the bon fire:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Almost Broke My Neck Trying To Read This Sign

The thing about Italian is that some of the words are extremely long. This sign says "postetelecomunioazioni" and it must have taken the sign maker ages to make.
Other intresting finds on the walk to the post office...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Street Fashion Torino #2

This group was found walking in Piazza San Carlo. I wanted to show you this photo mostly for the guy in the middle. This guy has a typical Italian style. Purple suede driving slip-ons, lavender button up shirt, and only because it's June, shorts, otherwise he would be wearing purple pants too. Notice he also has a man bag. Most men do here.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I'm With Him

Because Pier's father is a predominate business man in Torino, he and his family were invited to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Subalpino Club, which is a club made up of important movers and shakers of Italy. The club held a fancy dinner at Palazzo Reale (the royal palace). We ate in the 400 year old ballroom which is immaculately decorated with frescoes, chandeliers, statues, and glittering gold brushed ceilings. We sat next to the CEO of the Juventus soccer club! When we arrived a paparazzo snapped our pictures and then there was a doorman checking off our invites and all I had to do was point at Pier's dad and say "I'm with him."
I'll tell you this, nobody was taking pictures, like they had all dined there a hundred times before But I managed to sneak in a few.

Friday, June 19, 2009

I Got My First Pair of Geox!

This is exciting news people! My Mother-in-Law gave them to me on a whim and I have to say it was a fantastic surprise.
If you don't, yet, know what Geox is I will spread the word. They are a revolutionary brand of shoes started by an Italian man called Mario Moretti Polegato, who was already from a wealthy wine making family. Mario was susposta take over the wine business but he had ideas of his own. He believes, and I have to agree, that feet even when wearing shoes should breathe. And so Mario invented a shoe with a ventilation system for shoes and Geox was born. The name Geox was created from a mixture between the Greek word “geo” (earth, on which we all walk), and “x”, a letter-element symbolizing technology. So not only are they comfortable and breathable but because they are Italian, they are also beautiful!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Found In My Neighborhood

Here are some random photos of fun things I have found around my neighborhood recently. Everywhere you look around the city, you can find things to inspire you. I can never go anywhere with out my camera and for this reason I always have it in my purse!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Door Series #10

Found, next to the music school on Via Mazzini.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I Did a Marathon...

...And I didn't even have to run, But I did have to eat a dozen gelatos because I walked (and ate) the Maratona dei Gelato (the marathon of ice cream)! It worked like this; Everybody meets in the city center and collects a card with the names of 12 ice cream shops. The goal was to go to every single shop and receive a free sample of their most famous flavor, eat it, get your card stamped, and move on to the next shop. Once you hit all 12 you go back to the center and collect your prize, which was more free ice cream! Because I was walking it took me 3 hours from start to finish and out of thousands of people, I came in 20th place. The best flavor of the day was ricotta and caramelized fig gelato. Other flavors were Nutella, sweet flour, dried candied fruit (like fruit cake), orange julius, and saffron. I took a picture of every stop, here are a few of them.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Last Day of School

Yesterday was the last day of high school for all Torino teenagers and I learned that on the last day they all meet (thousands of them) in the center of the city (where my house is) and have a water fight while playing in the fountains. I had go outside and capture the moment.

*Update, After reading the paper today, I found out the number of students in the piazza was 10,000. Yes ten thousand. 118 ambulences were on stand by, only 2 kids needed them.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Welcome Noah!

Cool Aunt Chelsea is excited to announce a healthy Noah arrived yesterday! Nipote I think I will call him (it means nephew in Italian). Oooh I can't wait to pinch those cheeks!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

DJ Marco and Rose Wine

Last weekend Pier and I went to a wine tasting with a few of his friends. It was at a little place in Asti. They served us a cheep dinner, boiled sausages and bread, but the star was the the wine that was bottled for you when you bought it. My favorite was called Perfumo di Rosa. It was sweet and pink and fizzy and had a slight hint of roses. For entertainment we were graced with the music styling of DJ Marco with Duran Duran hair.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Italian movie making was happening in my neighborhood last week and I hung out like a groupie to see all the action, or "azione" as the director yelled. The scene that they were filming, over and over again, was the actor, wearing one black shoe and one red shoe, was catching a bus. He had to run and catch the bus, wave to the driver, and jump in front of the girl waiting at the bus stop. And that was it. The funny thing was, they were filming in the middle of Piazza Carignano and there is no bus stop there, only pedestrians and cafes. No cars are allowed and so they had to construct and entire bus stop, get permission to have a bus there, redirect walking traffic, and deal with people like me hanging around taking pictures like the blog paparazzi. Here are the pictures.