Hello 🙂

Welcome to my blog! I’m Sue. In May 2013, I moved from London (UK) to the beautiful Le Marche region in Italy. I have a wonderful family, lots of friends and dozens of hobbies. I used to be a Project Manager doing IT related things… BUT I had always dreamt of a more relaxed way of life and sunnier climes than the rather dank and drizzly UK! I also had a list as long as my arm of things I always wanted to do but never had the time.

I started the blog in 2012 whilst I was still living in the UK; 4 years into a 5 year “move to Italy and do fun stuff” plan.  The idea was to chart my progress for my own benefit, update friends and family and perhaps provide some inspiration for anyone wishing to do a similar thing 🙂 Moving out by myself, the blog has become quite a lifeline for me. It’s not only been a way of venting about Italian bureaucracy and their appalling road sense (!), but it’s lovely to be able to share new experiences and actually, how beautiful Italy is too.

In 2014, I bought a house in Sarnano, a beautiful little village in the Sibillini Mountains and, scorpions, vipers and wild boar aside, it’s pretty great.

Questions? They usually start along the lines of…

  • Why Italy? I’ve wanted to move here ever since coming here on holiday with a friend a few years back. I love everything about it (well, almost everything): beautiful and interesting cities, fabulous ski resorts, beautiful countryside, lakes and beaches and the food is great.
  • Why did I choose Le Marche? It’s a fabulous region in Italy – it’s got all of the above and more. Rolling hills covered in vines, sunflowers, wheat and olive groves, spectacular coastline, it’s littered with quaint historic villages, there’s the Sibillini Mountains to the south and you can easily visit other parts of the world (ferries from Ancona go to Croatia, Turkey, Greece, other parts of Italy). It’s surprisingly tourist free which is nice but crazy – tourists – you’re missing a trick! Have a look at the An English Girl’s Guide to Italy for some ideas for what to see.
  • What do I do all day? I’m fortunate enough to not need a full-time job but I do have some cunning money making plans in mind – see The Grand Plan.

So that’s me! I hope you enjoy the blog. Please do get in touch with any questions. Also feel free to also check out my Instagram  and Flickr accounts for some of my photos of the region.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Wow! Sounds pawesome! I live between Nice in France and Ostia along the coast of Rome! Looking forward to following your adventures! =^.^=

    • Thanks Bailey- your life sounds rather fab! Perhaps we’ll cross paths/boats at some point!!! 🙂

  2. Samantha

    Just recently moved to Ancona and from the United States! Would love to be in touch!

    • Hi Samantha,
      Welcome to Le Marche! I hope you’re settling in alright 🙂 It seems like quite a big cultural difference at first I think! Such a beautiful area though. I’d be more than happy to meet up and show you around a bit if you’re up for it!

  3. anna

    Hi, You’re a very brave person and I found your blog interesting!!!
    I’ll be staying in Colmurano with 8ppl for a week starting July 24th.
    Could you please recommend a chef or someone who knows how to cook (i was thinking of an older local lady)? Our place charges way to much for a meal per person. Town of Macerata must have someone who would like to make extra money. Any pointers?

    Thank you!!!

    • Hi Anna! Thank you for your lovely message and apologies for the delay getting back to you. Colmurano is a lovely little town 🙂 Hmm, I have no idea about a chef, not even in this area. I’ll have an ask around though and see if anyone else does and let you know! x

  4. Ale

    Hi Sue, I just bumped into your blog while surfing on line… are you still blogging in here?
    I’m an “Italian Londoner” looking for brits in Ancona and would love to get in touch!
    Hopefully you’ll get this message… look forward to hearing from you then! 🙂

    • Hi Ale! Sorry about the delayed response – all my notifications of comments go straight to my spam folder for some reason. I am still blogging here – a bit further south than you but would be more than happy to catch up somewhere in the middle 🙂 Send me an email suzzec@hotmail.com.

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