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Buon compleanno to my husband Rick who celebrated his 39th birthday this week.

My dad asked for ten candles and well, the very sweet Italian woman who made the cake thought we wanted candles in the shape of a “10” so we pretty much ended up celebrating Rick’s 10th birthday.

A kick arse 10th birthday indeed.

For his gift, I gave Rick an all expense paid trip to Southern Italy, which I thought was very gracious of me. Of course, he may need to chip in a little.

His real present is the endless number of beautiful Italian women, with incredible bodies, prancing around the beaches. A lot of breasts. A lot of exposed bums.

Yeah, it’s my blog. I don’t have to show them.

I’ve started to notice that the Italians (whether skinny, big or in between) are very very comfortable with their bodies. Much more so than Americans. In fact, the Italians barely have a need for clothes at all. I’m starting to feel like a Sandra Dee prude with my one piece and habit of never smoking.

The banana hammocks or marble bags, as Kristen hilariously calls them, are rampant here. Like… um… check out this typical Italian (and I had a plethora of snapshots to choose from).

Yes, he shaves his legs. And his chest too. Can you imagine how long it takes this guy to get ready in the morning?

Umm… no… Rick won’t be wearing one of these tiny weenie bathing suits. But Allison T, thanks for the excellent suggestion.

After our days at the beach…

the girls nap and then we head out to the piazza for the nightlife. And you knew it would happen eventually… a unexpected brush with Italian celebrity. Imagine our delight to stumble upon the great Peppe Voltarelli in concert right here in our little Polignano piazza. And then to score a photo with the singing sensation!

Ok, we don’t know who he is either. But we like him because he sort of looks like the long lost Italian cousin of our LA friend Eric Wasserman.

Lest you think I’m getting too fancy, hanging out with Peppe and men who shave their legs, I just want you to know that it’s not all glamour over here. I had to wash all the kids’ laundry by hand a few days ago which definitely does not remove chocolate gelato stains. Or maybe I needed a washboard or something.

But every day, Rick and I are constantly amazed at the kindness of the Italians, the beauty of this country, the awesomeness of the cappucinos and just how unbelievably tiring it is to travel with young kids.

But it’s a good tired. A very good tired.

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My access to the internet is very slow and very limited here, so my apologies for not reading your blogs while I’m away. I miss them and so look forward to catching up when I return. But I am truly loving your comments.

28 Responses to lost in translation

  • kristen says:

    i wouldn’t expect you to check in with us, you’ve got a lot going on, especially visually.

    i collected the best sea glass ever on a beach in italy – be on the lookout, it’s worth stuffing your pockets for.

    i can’t take credit for marble bag, it’s the mister who coined it such.

    looks like a great vacation. italy is pretty much my favorite place – enjoy.

  • I gave up and pulled out my pre-baby bikini. I felt more out of place wearing my one piece than I ever would have imagined!!

    Thank you for sharing your vacation with us, and, oh yeah.


  • Jessi says:

    Happy Birthday to Rick! I’m kinda disappointed that he won’t be trying out the Italian swim attire. You only live once and he is only 10…
    I can only imagine how tired you are. I love that real good tired too. Many blessings and best wishes for the rest of your vacation.

  • sam says:

    happy birthday ricky!!! 10 rocks! it just sounds soooo lovely there, banana hammocks and all!! so glad you guys are having such a good time, you really deserve it! please bring some of your new relaxed italian ways (minus the smoking!) back to us here in NY, we need it! i love their take on life.

  • Jacki says:

    Umm…you can clearly see that dude’s package. I’d be taking tons of photos, too!

    And yes, Europeans in general are very comfortable in their own skin. Literally. The beaches in Denmark, they’d strip down to their bras and panties, no suits required.

  • Melisa says:

    Are you kidding? Here you are in Italy and boo to us if we even though you would have time to keep with our boring lives!!

    And if make it over there for a summer I am so putting my Hubby in a marble bag…just so I can laugh and laugh as he blinds others with his whiteness. Is that mean??

    Happy Birthday to Rick!!

  • Cathy says:

    I love the look on Summer’s face, like she doesn’t trust this guy. My husband’s best friend lives overseas and loves to wear Speedos, too.

  • Bitsy says:

    Look at those cool candles! SO much more stylish than American candles. I can do without the marble bags, though. Judging by the other posts, that’s just me. I’m glad you are having a great time and I am loving your beautiful pictures and blogging.

  • Becky says:

    Thank you for blogging while away. If i had to go this long without my Mama Bird fix, well it could have gotten ugly!
    Glad you are having fun! Wish I was there… especially with the SMOOTH DUDE!

  • Robyn says:

    Happy Birthday Rick!!

    The beach looks fabulous (and so do the locals!). Enjoy this time together — you’re building some precious memories.

  • ErinB says:

    Happy Bday Rick! He looks rocking for 10!!
    and really whats the big deal, I see guys like that on the beach all the time in CT :-}
    enjoy enjoy your time!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Yes, American’s are uptight and crazy when it comes to their bodies/sex. I was on the French Riveria with friend and she let out a loud scream. I thought she spotted a shark; but NO, it was a 200 lb. woman on the beach wearing a tiny bikini; and perfectly comfortable with herself. It was only us two Americans who were looking and laughing. Shame on us.

  • Marble bags is quite possibly the best thing I have heard in years!! Looks like an awesome place. We will have to go sometime. I will make sure my hubby brings a marble bag so we dont look like tourists or anything, although the pasty skin might give it away.

  • Shannon says:

    That ocean water looks just perfectly right for swimming! Glad you guys are having a blast and happy b-day to your hubby!

  • Portia says:

    Happy Birthday to Rick…and that was an awesome cake! It is my dream to go to Italy one day…so for now have fun for me! Oh…tre pathetic of you if you were sitting on an Italian beach reading blogs…Enjoy Italy!

  • Lanie says:

    Happy Belated birthday Rick! I am glad to hear that you are not wearing any tiny weenie bathing suits. Kelc, the trip is quite a present – what will you get him next year? 🙂

  • Wass says:

    That guy looks nothing like me. He’s much taller and more handsome. Oh, you mean the guy on the right! Yeah, he looks like me. Sigh…

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