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Buon compleanno Marcello

Oggi è un’altra giornata speciale, infatti è il 3 compleanno di Marcello!! È già, anche lui sta crescendo in fretta e sta diventando un ometto!! Tanti auguri 🍰🎂🎁🤠

And today it’s another special day, infact it’s the3rd birthday of Marcel!! He is also growing fast like his sisters!!
Happy birthday 🍰 🎂🎁🎉🎈

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ottobrata romana

Questo ottobre, fino a adesso, si sta svolgendo come da tradizione  ovvero la tipica « ottobrata romana » ;bel tempo caldo,quasi estivo durante il giorno ma di notte c’è una forte escursione termica, e scendiamo anche sui dieci gradi.Come ben sapete, noi ne approfittiamo e appena vediamo sole andiamo o in giardino o facciamo delle passeggiatae nuoto-(io ancora no,purtroppo)

 

Questo periodo è stato abbastanza ricco di visite, fine settembre è venuta a trovarmi Caterina, domenica scorsa e’ venuta Elena poi è coinciso che nello stesso pomeriggio, erano venuti,il delegato di nepi ovvero “zio andrea “emoglie Gisa e Suzy, eGiovedi è venuta Gaya abbiamo passato un ottimo pomeriggio e dai o il bel tempo siamo andati a prenderla alla stazione .Purtoppo però di Suzy non ho nessuna foto perché è venuta prima del servizio fotografico a nuotare.

 

Speriamo che le belle giornate autunnali possano durare un altro po chissà !!

state connessi, prossimamente ci sarà una rimpatriata..

this october until now we are expiriencing as of tradition the typical “ottobrata romana”, which means very hot during the afternoon,but a temperature range during the night and early morning, we arrived about 10degrees.Has you know as soon as the sun gets out we like to enjoy it, we go out in the garden going out for walls and swim.

 

This period has been very busy with visitors,infact the first has been Caterina end of September,last Sunday Elena came, and funnily enough it happened that where also invited  delegatodinepi “zio andrea”and wife and Suzy , also came swimming,but unfortunately don’t have any photos because she escaped early.Gaya came on Thursday, and it was such a nice day, that we went on foot to get her at the station!

 

lets hope that the nice weather can continue so we can enjoy it!

Soon there will be a reunion, stay tuned!!!

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Buon compleanno Valentina

Oggi è una giornata speciale, infatti festeggiamo tutti insieme gli 11anni di Valentina.Si avete capito bene, già undici !! Buon compleanno 🎂🎊 🎁 happy birthday to you!!

today its a very special day infact we are celebrating Valentina’s11th birthday!! Yes you heard correctly 11already time flies!! Happy birthday 🍰 🍰 🎉🎁🎊🎂

 

 

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Un viaggio memorabile -Alaska-articolo ospite a cura di Rosalba

Recentemente, mio marito Steve ed io abbiamo celebrato il nostro 25mo anniversario di matrimonio e per festeggiare l’occasione, siamo andati da Toronto a Vancouver in Canada dove ci siamo imbarcati per una crociera verso Alaska. Abbiamo gustato una veduta spettacolare della costa, come pure numerosi fiords e ghiacciai. A bordo della nave c’erano parecchi gruppi di naturalisti ed esperti di fauna selvatica e assieme a loro abbiamo partecipato attivamente in parecchie escursioni sulla costa a bordo di imbarcazioni come zodiacs e kayaks. Includo foto del nostro itinerario, della nostra nave e alcune delle nostre piu’ favorite escursioni.

La nostra prima avventura e’ stata quella di andare a pescare e gustare il cibo preparato all’aperto in una zona chiamata Ketchikan. Dopo avere incontrato la nostra guida, abbiamo dovuto indossare indumenti speciali che ci potevano proteggere dal freddo e nello stesso tempo impermeabli. Siamo saliti a bordo di una speciale imbarcazione (skiff) verso un incredibilmente magnifico panorama. Una magnifica esperienza a pescare e poi andare sulla costa dove uno chef ci ha cucinato il pesce grigliato sul fuoco all’aperto. Inoltre ci ha preparato un delizioso brodo di pesce.
La nostra avventura a Sitka ha incluso una escursione sull’oceano a bordo di una imbarcazione speciale, una visita su una casa residenziale galleggiante, una escursione attraverso una pristina foresta Nazionale e una gita a bordo di una kayak su un lago incredibilmente panoramico. La maggior parte della nostra escursione era in una zona ripida e la nostra guida era preparata nell’eventualita’ che incontrassimo un orso! E’ vero, Alaska e’ una zona dove ci sono parecchie orsi ed e’ molto comune per la gente locale o turisti di incontrarli. Fortunatamente non e’ successo a noi questa volta!
La prossima avventura e’ stata esplorando le Isole Inian dell’Alaska a bordo di zodiac e kayak.  Questa zona e’ la porta principale dove le balene entrano in acque riparate in Alaska. Oltre a vedere le balene (approssimatamente a 25 metri dalla nostra imbarcazione) eravamo circondati da leoni marini,  lontre di mare, foche e numerose aquile calve e altri uccelli che ci sorvolavano. Questa avventura e’ stata veramente magnifica!
La nostra prossima avventura si è’ svolta a Juneau, Alaska dove abbiamo avuto l’opportunita’ di fare l’esperienza con una tipica tradizione locale: un giro sulla slitta tirata dai famosi cani huskies. Devo ammettere che dall’inizio non ero sicura che questa esperienza mi sarebbe piaciuta, ma mi sono riassicurata quando ho notato l’eccitamento di questi famosi cani appena siamo saliti sulla slitta, pronti per la partenza! Dopo abbiamo avuto modo di vedere e accarezzare i loro cuccioli. Se siete interessati ad avere altre informazioni a riguardo, potete accedere il sito https://Iditarod.com
La prossima avventura e’ stata per me forse la più memorabile. Questa è stata nel fjord Endicott Arm. In questa zona siamo rimasti ipnotizzati dal Giacciaio Dawes e lo sfondo stupendo delle montagne che si innalzavano centinaia di metri verso il cielo. Ancora una volta abbiamo trasbordato dalla nostra nave su una imbarcazione zodiac e dopo su una doppia kayak. Immediatamente abbiamo notato un suono continuo e tuoneggiante proveniente dal ghiaccio che si rompeva e pure da roccie che cadevano dalle falde delle montagne. Foche e lontre di mare nuotavano accanto alla nostra kayak, facendo capolino per vederci prima di rituffarsi e ricomparire in un posto diverso. Eravamo proprio ipnotizzati ammirando la bellezza del ghiacciaio e le varie colorazioni sul celeste del ghiaccio, come pure le magnifiche cascate che ci circondavano. Questo ghiacciaio continua ad estendere e ricedere per milioni d’anni. Ha una lunghezza di 24 chilometri e un’altezza di 1000 metri. Il ghiacciaio è pure 1000 metri al di sotto del livello del mare!!
La prossima avventura è stata una estrema prova di forza e di resistenza, avendo dovuto fare una estenuante escursione di otto ore nella foresta pluviale verso Wrangell, Alaska. L’intera escursione era camminando su una passerella costruita in legno che includevano scalinate attraverso un incredibile scenario. Abbiamo scalato la bellezza di 13000 scalini per arrivare in cima alla montagna. (Ogni scalino era largo 30 cm e alto 30 cm). Il ripido terreno, il fatto che non c’erano corrimano, il fatto che gli scalini erano molto scivolosi a causa della pioggia continua, hanno contribuito a rendere questa escursione molto difficile ma nello stesso tempo stimolante. Dopo una breve colazione in cima alla montagna, abbiamo incominciato la discesa sull’altra falda della montagna….13000 scalini!! Questa avventura ci ha condizionato fisicamente e psicologicamente e mi ritengo veramente fortunata per avere avuto questa opportunità.
Complessivamente, la crociera è stata fantastica, anche se ha piovuto quasi in continuazione. Il panorama era incredibilmente fantastico e l’aria era pura e fresca. La crociera è incominciata e si è conclusa a Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Al ritorno ci siamo fermati un paio di giorni in questa città per un giro turistico e per apprezzare le sue bellezze. Vancouver ha un porto molto attivo sulla costa Ovest del Canada ed è una città che include molteplici etnicita’. È pure famosa per le attività sportive all’aperto, per le sue montagne, modo di vivere ed è pure conosciuta nel campo cinematografico come “Hollywood Nord”. E pure conosciuta per l’abbondanza di giornate soleggiate.

Come tutti sappiamo, stiamo vivendo un periodo di continua agitazione tra noi e l’ambiente e come lo stiamo trattando. Questo viaggio ci è servito a riconoscere quanto è bella la natura e come la dobbiamo proteggere e non prenderla per scontata.

Spero che questa versione condensata del nostro memorabile viaggio vi sia piaciuta. Se qualcuno è interessato a riguardo di questa crociera, può andare al sito Seabourn.com

Steve and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and to mark the occasion we flew from Toronto to Vancouver, Canada and embarked on a cruise of Alaskaand the inside passage. We viewed the spectacular coastline as well as numerous fjords and glaciers. An onboard

Recently, my husband Steve and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and to mark the occasion we flew from Toronto to Vancouver, Canada and embarked on a cruise of Alaskaand the inside passage. We viewed the spectacular coastline as well as numerous fjords and glaciers. An onboard expedition team of naturalists and wildlife experts led shore excursions in zodiacs* and kayaks* and yes, we actively participated in many of these thrilling adventures!! I have included photos of a map of our itinerary, our ship and some of our most favourite excursions.
*zodiac: an inflatable, sturdy boat; the sides and bow are constructed of inflatable tubes filled with pressurized gas, making them light, fast and easily transportable
*kayak: seaworthy, small boat that allows one to maneuver through the water while watching wildlife
Our first adventure involved Alaskan fishing and wilderness dining in an area known asKetchikan. Once we met our guide and were outfitted head to toe with warm, waterproof gear, we boarded an open air boat (skiff) and glided into a breathtaking landscape. It was a thrill to catch the fish then head to a campsite where a chef grilled our fresh catches over the fire. We enjoyed a culinary delight of homemade fish broth and delicately seasoned potatoes with our fresh fish served atop a saffron-infused bouillabaisse. It was delicious!
Our adventure in Sitka was a multi-faceted tour that involved an ocean-going boat ride, a visit to a residential floating house, a hike through an old-growth National forest and kayaking on a scenic lake. Most of the hike involved areas of steep terrain and our guide was fully prepared in the event of a bear encounter! That’s right, Alaska is known for bears and it is not uncommon for residents or visitors to see bears. Fortunately that did not happen this time!
The next adventure involved exploring the Inian Islands of Alaska by zodiac and kayak. We did this in an area that is one of the main gateways for migratory humpback whales entering th sheltered waters of Alaska. In addition to seeing a humpback whale (approximately 25 metres from our zodiac), we were also surrounded by sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals and numerous bald eagles and other bird life flying overhead. This whole adventure was majestic!
Our next adventure took place in Juneau, Alaska and involved a true Alaskan experience of dog mushing. I must admit I had mixed feelings about this adventure until I met the Alaskan huskies who seemed to be bursting with excitement once we boarded the custom designed wheeled training sled and it was time to run!! An added bonus was we were able to meet and hold the adorable husky puppies. For those of you who want more information on this, check out https://iditarod.com>about>history
 
The subsequent venture was probably the most memorable one for me. This took place in the Endicott Arm fjord. Here, we were mesmerized by the Dawes Glacier and the stunning backdrop of mountains rising thousands of feet heavenward. Once again, we transferred from our cruise ship to a zodiac then into our tandem kayak. Immediately, we were met with the cacophonous sound of rumbling thunder which was actually the ice cracking and calving and rocks sliding from the mountains above. Seals and sea otters swam all around our kayak, poking their heads out of the water to look at us before submerging and resurfacing in a different spot. We were transfixed by the beauty of the glacier and the shades of blue of the ice as well as the numerous waterfalls surrounding us. The glacier itself has been extending and receding for millions of years. It is 24 kilometres in length and almost 1000 metres high. The glacier is also 1000 metres below the water surface!!
The next adventure was a true test of strength and endurance as we did a strenuous 8 hour hike into Wrangell, Alaska’s rainforest. The entire hike involves a man-made boardwalk staircase that winds through incredible scenery. We hiked up 13 000 stairs to the top of the mountain. (Each step was 30 cm wide and approx 30 cm high). The steep terrain was made even more challenging by the fact it did not have handrails and it was extremely slippery as it poured rain for most of the trip.
After a brief lunch at the summit, we hiked down the other side of the mountain…
13 000 stairs!! This adventure was both physical and psychological and I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity.
Overall, the cruise was fantastic despite the fact it rained most days. The views were always breathtaking and the air was pure and fresh. The cruise began and ended in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We spent a few days here when we disembarked and did some more sightseeing and hiking along the famous Vancouver SeaWall walk (almost 15 km) along the perimeter of Stanley Park. Vancouver is a bustling west coast sea port as well as one of Canada’s most ethically diverse cities. The city is famous for its outdoor recreation, mountains, fresh, local seafood, liveability and Hollywood North. Unfortunately, it is also known for its abundance of liquid sunshine!!
As we all know, we are living in a time where there is much turmoil between ourselves and the environment and how we are treating it. The trip served as an important reminder of just how beautiful nature is and how we should strive to protect it and not take it for granted.
I hope you have enjoyed this condensed version of our trip of a lifetime! If anyone is interested in more information about the cruise, check out Seabourn.com

team of naturalists and wildlife experts led shore excursions in zodiacs* and kayaks* and yes, we actively participated in many of these thrilling adventures!! I have included photos of a map of our itinerary, our ship and some of our most favourite excursions.

*zodiac: an inflatable, sturdy boat; the sides and bow are constructed of inflatable tubes filled with pressurized gas, making them light, fast and easily transportable
*kayak: seaworthy, small boat that allows one to maneuver through the water while watching wildlife
Our first adventure involved Alaskan fishing and wilderness dining in an area known asKetchikan. Once we met our guide and were outfitted head to toe with warm, waterproof gear, we boarded an open air boat (skiff) and glided into a breathtaking landscape. It was a thrill to catch the fish then head to a campsite where a chef grilled our fresh catches over the fire. We enjoyed a culinary delight of homemade fish broth and delicately seasoned potatoes with our fresh fish served atop a saffron-infused bouillabaisse. It was delicious!
Our adventure in Sitka was a multi-faceted tour that involved an ocean-going boat ride, a visit to a residential floating house, a hike through an old-growth National forest and kayaking on a scenic lake. Most of the hike involved areas of steep terrain and our guide was fully prepared in the event of a bear encounter! That’s right, Alaska is known for bears and it is not uncommon for residents or visitors to see bears. Fortunately that did not happen this time!
The next adventure involved exploring the Inian Islands of Alaska by zodiac and kayak. We did this in an area that is one of the main gateways for migratory humpback whales entering th sheltered waters of Alaska. In addition to seeing a humpback whale (approximately 25 metres from our zodiac), we were also surrounded by sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals and numerous bald eagles and other bird life flying overhead. This whole adventure was majestic!
Our next adventure took place in Juneau, Alaska and involved a true Alaskan experience of dog mushing. I must admit I had mixed feelings about this adventure until I met the Alaskan huskies who seemed to be bursting with excitement once we boarded the custom designed wheeled training sled and it was time to run!! An added bonus was we were able to meet and hold the adorable husky puppies. For those of you who want more information on this, check out https://iditarod.com>about>history
 
The subsequent venture was probably the most memorable one for me. This took place in the Endicott Arm fjord. Here, we were mesmerized by the Dawes Glacier and the stunning backdrop of mountains rising thousands of feet heavenward. Once again, we transferred from our cruise ship to a zodiac then into our tandem kayak. Immediately, we were met with the cacophonous sound of rumbling thunder which was actually the ice cracking and calving and rocks sliding from the mountains above. Seals and sea otters swam all around our kayak, poking their heads out of the water to look at us before submerging and resurfacing in a different spot. We were transfixed by the beauty of the glacier and the shades of blue of the ice as well as the numerous waterfalls surrounding us. The glacier itself has been extending and receding for millions of years. It is 24 kilometres in length and almost 1000 metres high. The glacier is also 1000 metres below the water surface!!
The next adventure was a true test of strength and endurance as we did a strenuous 8 hour hike into Wrangell, Alaska’s rainforest. The entire hike involves a man-made boardwalk staircase that winds through incredible scenery. We hiked up 13 000 stairs to the top of the mountain. (Each step was 30 cm wide and approx 30 cm high). The steep terrain was made even more challenging by the fact it did not have handrails and it was extremely slippery as it poured rain for most of the trip.
After a brief lunch at the summit, we hiked down the other side of the mountain…
13 000 stairs!! This adventure was both physical and psychological and I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity.
Overall, the cruise was fantastic despite the fact it rained most days. The views were always breathtaking and the air was pure and fresh. The cruise began and ended in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We spent a few days here when we disembarked and did some more sightseeing and hiking along the famous Vancouver SeaWall walk (almost 15 km) along the perimeter of Stanley Park. Vancouver is a bustling west coast sea port as well as one of Canada’s most ethically diverse cities. The city is famous for its outdoor recreation, mountains, fresh, local seafood, liveability and Hollywood North. Unfortunately, it is also known for its abundance of liquid sunshine!!
As we all know, we are living in a time where there is much turmoil between ourselves and the environment and how we are treating it. The trip served as an important reminder of just how beautiful nature is and how we should strive to protect it and not take it for granted.
I hope you have enjoyed this condensed version of our trip of a lifetime! If anyone is interested in more information about the cruise, check out Seabourn.com