Mid-May Peaches, and Other Thoughts

May 15, 2014

Eeek! It’s already mid-May. I don’t know where the days go. It’s hard, changing careers at this stage of my life–tackling photography, translation, and writing after so many years of teaching. Figuring out how to afford a life in a new country. I’m slooooooooow, everything takes hours–and then more–to seep into my thick head. So with apologies: I have only enough time today to post peaches. (Compliments of my local market.)

Each juicy peach is filled with the perfume of Sicily. And with love, for you. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Sicilian peaches, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Peaches, copyright Jann Huizenga

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Burano, Amore Mio

January 5, 2014

Happy New Year my friends!

On a normal New Year’s Eve, after a hot cup of tea, we’re snoring by 10pm under a layer of duvets and quilts. But not this year.

This year we pushed and shoved our way into Piazza San Marco in Venice as the moon and the stars spun above.  While the countdown proceeded––merry-makers in glittery masks shook bottles of bubbly Prosecco. At the stroke of Midnight, the crowd howled, sparklers flashed, and the fizzy stuff boiled up into the night, showering us with a icy spray.

The next day we rode the ferry to the quiet fishing village of Burano, a  perfect antidote to the chaos and glamour of Venice.

Burano in winter, copyright Jann Huizenga

Burano in Winter, copyright Jann Huizenga

Burano in winter, copyright Jann Huizenga

Do it yourself to Burano:

If you go to Venice, don’t pay for an expensive tour to Burano. Just walk to Fondamente Nove and hop on a vaporetto (Line 12). They leave every half hour and the trip takes about 40 minutes. My best advice: Go early!!! By 11 am, the tour boats have arrived.


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Direct from Central Casting

May 29, 2013

Spotted on the Streets of Southeast Sicily:

Mama’s Pride and Joy,

Mama’s Glamour Boy.

Sicilian Mama with Son in Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

Sicilian Man with Mama in Sicily, copyright Jann HuizengaSicilian Man with Mama in Sicily, copyright Jann HuizengaIs there a mammone (mama’s boy) in your life?


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Good Friday Parade

March 29, 2013

The altar boys go first.


Then comes a fallen Jesus.


Brawny young shoulders carry him aloft._MG_1217

Comes a dolorous Mary._MG_1227

Out of church we go._MG_1231

Down a long steep staircase. Balance carefully now._MG_1238

Down. Down. Down.

Into the crowd.

Past my little Alis market and into the night, thick with funeral song.



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Win A Deer, Here

November 20, 2012

I have a serious maiolica fetish.

You’ve already seen my Alpine-steep staircase in Sicily, all done up with Caltagirone tiles.

Sicilian Staircase using tiles from Caltagirone, copyright Jann Huizenga

Now I’d like to share my fetish with you. Drop  a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win this Sicilian tile  from Caltagirone. Tell me anything–why you *need* this 4″ x 4″ prancing blue deer (trivet for your Christmas casserole?), what you love most about Italy, what you will cook for Thanksgiving dinner. You’ll need to provide an address in the US or Canada if you win. (Deadline for entry: Midnight EST  Friday, Nov 23.) Thanks for playing, deers!

Caltagirone tile from Sicily, copyright Jann Huizenga

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