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Welcome to Ventimiglia alta Words from the Ramparts and Beyond

My name’s Carolyn McKenzie. I’m a New Zealander: I was born in Auckland in the early 1950s. My expat experience began in 1977 when I travelled to the south of Italy by ship from New Zealand. Since then I have lived in Alba, in Piemonte, northern Italy and since 1997 I’ve been living in a quirky little flat in the ramparts of Ventimiglia Alta, Liguria, north west Italy. I became interested in writing in 1997 during a period of temporary unemployment. I would like to thank the late Ray Richards of Richards Literary Agency, Auckland, and John Yeoman of The Writers’ Village www.writers-village.org for their encouragement and Brian Morris of the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies  www.nzibs.co.nz for inspiring me to write ebooks. Researching for my writing led to a long lasting interest in the fascinating culture and history of Ventimiglia Alta and its surroundings.

I am the author of “Portraits of the Riviera”, Penguin NZ 2004. ISBN 0-14-301911-2. In “Portraits” I recount my experiences of house-hunting, buying and renovating in Ventimiglia Alta, and take you on excursions into my surroundings – the western Italian Riviera and adjacent French Cote d’Azur and hinterlands.

I’ve travelled widely throughout Italy and France. I love writing, teaching English, translating and proofreading, travelling and gardening – yes, with two Italian friends I rent a piece of campagna where we have an orto (vegetable garden and orchard), barbecues, long, long summer lunches and dinners – and fireflies in spring.

If you would like to find out more please contact me by email carolynmckenzie@libero.it

My ebooks include:

How to explore Ventimiglia Alta on the Italian Riviera http://amzn.to/11I5YcK

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Virtues – a Miracle, a Pilgrimage and an Easter picnic http://amzn.to/1bu2Oex

Several slightly spooky short stories set on and around the Italian Riviera http://amzn.to/18RxYgu

How the British came to Bordighera on the Italian Riviera http://amzn.to/1bjXoW3

How to turn your photos into 3D greeting cards http://amzn.to/1axBD4k

An A-Z of Italian street names and the stories they tell of Italian history http://amzn.to/11I6eZs

How to Get Ready to Live Your Dream as a Happy Expat in Italy http://amzn.to/12lkh1X

I am the publisher of How my Italian adventure began by Eddie Wise: Eddie’s story is surprisingly similar to my own.  http://amzn.to/1agdgou

In 2012 I helped my father, Gordon McKenzie, in the e-publication of his childhood memoirs – testimony that you are never too old to embrace modern technology

Blasts from the Past – Tales of a 1930s childhood among Kauri and Kiwi in the far north of New Zealand http://amzn.to/137F5sI

The Gentle Giants –  a step back in time in the New Zealand bush to summer 1938 in 3 parts

http://amzn.to/18RAmUlhttp://amzn.to/157tXzaandhttp://amzn.to/1b5WNpG

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