Meet the D’Alessandros


Clockwise from left: Cris, Davide, Mr. D'Alessandro, Carla, Nonno, Nonna, and Mrs. D'Alessandro.

Laura and I have been having a wonderful time here in Lanciano, thanks entirely to our hosts, the D’Alessandro family. The family runs the Canadian College of Italy here in Lanciano, and life around town with them is non-stop. I call the old part of town the D’Alessandro Campus, as guests, students and staff are constantly bouncing between the school, the Allegria (for meals), their dorms, and the family-owned market. Luckily they’ve been finding lots for Laura and I to help with, and we’ve been only too happy to do so.

Things have quieted down in the last 24 hours or so, as Davide flew back to Canada, and Carla and Mrs. D are off to a conference for the next week, but I’ve felt very lucky to have finally met the whole clan while they were all here. Not only do I owe this amazing family a huge thank you for helping to see my future wife through her appendix surger(ies!) all those years ago, but we also owe them a huge thank you for putting us up in such style and feeding us while we’ve been here.

We did a family portrait session while they were all around. Unexpectedly, Cris’ 83-year-old grandparents also dropped in for a surprise visit all the way from Toronto.

Anyway, thank you so much D’Alessandros! You guys are fantastic!

Yes, Davide is this cool.
What a beautiful family!
Mr. and Mrs. D.
Nonno is Italian for Grandpa.


6 responses to “Meet the D’Alessandros”

  1. […] were really lucky to have visited at a time when the whole family was around, and to have been able to integ­rate so much with all the people here. We’ll miss Eligio’s and […]

  2. Great family portrait! I can already see this hanging on the wall in their home. How wonderful for Laura to have an extended family like this. All the pics are amazing as usual.

  3. Greetings!

    It looks like you are having a wonderful time. I hope you are enjoying all the sun and warmth. As per usual Calgary weather we went from 15 degrees to a blinding snow storm in about half an hour. Had a great time watching the snow blow sideways from our window last night as the power flickered on and off all over the city!

    Things here at The Military Museums is going well. We have the 2 new exhibits for the Navy centennial and the Cal. High & KOCR centennial up and running in the Founders gallery now. Lots of great things to see.

    Stay safe and have lots of fun!


  4. Great pictures guys, I love Italy, sounds like fun. But where I come from, Nonno is Italian for Grandfather, not Nano. I suppose it could be a dialect thing, my family is from the Venice area.

    1. I stand wholly corrected! (original post edited)

  5. Hi guys, I would also like you to pass on my thank yous…to the family that has shown my son such love as well as hospitality. I can hear the love and true respect in your words Chris. You and Laura are very lucky to be having such an adventure as this and then to be able to share it with all the wonderful people you have met on the way. What fantastic memories you are making.
    Love and miss you bunches, take care

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