At the Festival of San Zopito, Loreto Aprutino (PE)

The Festival of San Zopito, Loreto Aprutino (PE) by Noel McCarthy on

A large group of people are enjoying the Festa di San Zopito in Loreto Aprutino (PE). Many are waiting in anticipation for the opening of the doors of Palazzo Valentini, the home of one of Italy’s most prestigious wines.

Autumn in Penne (PE)

Leaves are changing colour and falling fast all over Abruzzo right now and you don’t have to be in the mountains to see the effects of autumn.

Walking around the centro storico of Penne gave me an opportunity to take this photo.

Autumn in Penne by Noel McCarthy on

Fall of Snow in Abruzzo

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? J. B. Priestley We’ve had…

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Sabato in Concerto 2016/2017 Pescara, Abruzzo

Last night saw the kick-off of the 2016/2017 Sabato in Concerto season in the Auditorium San Giovanni Evangelista, Penne (PE) . The Solitaire Quintet gave a fantastic performance ranging from the classical of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi and Bizet to the jazz tinged Brubeck and Ellington via a little twist of tango.…

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Legends of Loreto Aprutino – Cinque and Guardia

Cinque and Guardia were two special dogs that were often seen around the town of Loreto Aprutino. Sadly they are no longer with us. What follows is an edited version of two posts I wrote about them before this blog had its last major facelift. Cinque: Citizen of Loreto Cinque…

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How to make Bucatini alla Trescatora (Italian)

Many thanks to Jennifer,  Chef in Cucine and Rete8 for helping unveil the mystery of Bucatini alla Trescatora. I’m still not certain if a papera is a type of duck or goose (I’m leaning toward duck) but either way whenever I’ve had this pasta dish I’ve always loved it.

If you are interested in other dishes from Abruzzo then you may want to follow Chef in Cucina on Facebook on watch it daily on Rete8.

Chef in cucina è il programma TV che propone ogni giorno delle ricette realizzate da grandi chef abruzzesi. Tutti i giorni alle 13:40 e alle 19:10 su Rete8

Chef in cucina is a TV program that showcases recipes created by great chefs from Abruzzo. It’s on every day at 13:40 and at 19:10 on Rete8


Summer Sun: Sea or Mountains?

Summer sun – I’m not designed for it.

Once temperatures touch 30 degrees I find myself craving shade and drinking water every chance I get.

Girasole by Noel McCarthy on

For me staying cool during the hot Abruzzo summer is a challenge. I’ve already decided to return to Ireland for two weeks in August to try to avoid my blood reaching boiling point.

The locals take it in their stride.

Ready by Noel McCarthy on

They head to the beach along with thousands of others and enjoy cool sea breezes and immerse themselves in the refreshing Adriatic.

Others prefer the hills, mountains and woods.

Promises to Keep by Noel McCarthy on

Although I have done both I’m not sure which I prefer.

Once I’m by the sea I think about eating fish, if I’m in the mountains it has to be arrosticini.

Decisions based on food – very Abruzzese!

A Few of my Favourite Things

Today I plan to make my way to Pescara. It’s not an arduous journey but because I travel there at least three times a week I usually need a good reason to go there again on a Saturday. Finding that reason isn’t too difficult, sometimes I want/need a Globo fix,…

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