It’s National Puppy Day and I miss my dog

Happy National Puppy Day to this foundling puppy who stole my heart a couple of years ago. Doesn’t matter if he’s turning nine now, to me he’ll be forever a puppy.
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I miss this little chap so much, but I’m happy to know he’s having a fab life with my sister in Italy.

I’m so proud of what we have achieved for him – Giuliano made me and my sister a better people.
This is an awesome shoot of my dog taken by my sister at Christmas. Exactly like National Puppy Day, my Christmas is every time those two are around.

See you soon Giuliano, there is not a day I don’t think of you at least twice ❤️

Taken at Rome, Italy
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Happy St Patrick’s day!

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Happy St Patrick’s day!
How does an Italian celebrate St Patrick’s day? With a green broccoli pasta! 🍀🍝
Beer’s on a side – you can’t see it but it’s here! 🍺
PS: have you spotted the bacon? 🐽 buon appetito!

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The time I baked a salmon, a huge one

My sister came to visit us in Reading. We had such a great time together and she was very pleased to be our very first guest in our new awesome house.

So on the Saturday morning we went to the gigantic Tesco close to our place as my sister and I love doing groceries together. There we had the crazy idea of baking a salmon on a salt crust.
Franz, she and I have already baked a big sea bass on Christmas Eve for our families, and it went very well.

Since there wasn’t a sea bass big enough to feed us, we went for a salmon. On the other hand, the smallest salmon available was 2.8kg. We said – why not? We can work out the leftover, can’t we?

So here I am, flexing my biceps with a fish.

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This little 2.8kg fella was about to go to the oven under a thick coat of salt and herbs.
The salmon wasn’t very keen on going into the oven, as you can see from its and my expression below.

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Eventually I baked the salmon, and my guests didn’t leave many leftover for the Sunday lunch. I managed to make some pasta with the salmon left, though.
They told me it was veeeeery good! Too bad I couldn’t taste it due to allergy alert 🚨

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Happy Father’s Birthday – a photo tribute to my dad

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I want to wish happy father’s birthday today to my dad. Not only he’s a great runner and passionate about astronomy, but he’s also an awesome photographer.

This is a pic he took when we were together in Rome at Christmas. He hasn’t retouched it, so I’m publishing it the way he took it. Isn’t it an amazing pic?

Rome was as beautiful as always, but my father managed to get the best out of it with this photo picturing Castel Sant’Angelo at sunset.

Well, what was I saying? Happy Father’s Birthday*, daddy!

Taken at Castel Sant’Angelo, Roma

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*I rarely call my parents ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’, but instead I call them ‘mother’ and ‘father’. They’re not quite happy about it, but to me it’s the highest sign of respect I can show to them, so they still live with it :)

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Oggi voglio fare gli auguri a mio padre per il suo compleanno in maniera particolare. Non solo mio padre è un ottimo runner e un appassionato di astronomia, ma è anche un bravissimo fotografo. Se lo chiedete e a lui, vi dirà che è scarso in tutte le cose che ho elencato qui sopra, ma credetemi, lui è solo estremamente umile (e non si rende conto delle piste che dà ai giovani correndo, tra l’altro) .

Questa è una fotografia che ha scattato quando eravamo tutti insieme a Roma per Natale. La foto non è ritoccata, è esattamente come l’ha scattata, nuda e cruda. Bellissima, eh?

Roma era fantastica come sempre, per cui non è stato difficile per l’occhio (e la mano) di mio padre trovare l’angolo giusto e scattare questa straordinaria immagine di Castel Sant’Angelo al tramonto.

E insomma, cosa stavo dicendo? Tanti auguri e a cento di questi giorni, padre!

Scattata a Castel Sant’Angelo, Roma

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*Raramente mi capita di chiamare i miei genitori ‘mamma’ o ‘babbo’. Non mi piace, e preferisco chiamarli ‘madre’ e ‘padre’. Dopo tutti questi anni, ancora a loro non va giù, ma io continuo per la mia strada, perché questo modo di chiamarli per me mostra il massimo rispetto possibile :)

Saint Valentine’s cake

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Sometimes you just need to indulge and treat yourself.
I have a slice of my San Valentine’s cake, sip some good coffee and enjoy the day.
To me, everyday I spend with Franz is Saint Valentine’s day. But yes – I can use some special treats every now and then :P
❤🍰☕️#coffeetime #cake #treatyourself

PS: Chase has a great story for this special day. It doesn’t include any Saint Valentine’s cake but it’s still a great story – Check it out!

Taken at Workhouse Coffee Company

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