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In Italy, it’s all in the underwear (and bras)

by Erica Berman

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Photo and text Erica Berman

Have you ever noticed that  when the Italians hang their laundry out to dry, they hang it all out? Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I am particularly prudish (al contrario), but I have to admit I am intrigued. I am not sure I how keen I am to have my neighbors, not to mention the neighborhood, sharing intimate knowledge of my bras and underwear.

When asked, my Italian friends see nothing strange about the hanging or the viewing. Hmmm, it is me?

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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

2 comments on “In Italy, it’s all in the underwear (and bras)

Beautiful photo! That red is amazing.

And yeah, I wouldn’t want my underwear hanging in the street either… hehe.

I remember when I was in Spain, they would hang everything out there as well. But in this photo, they are just so proudly featured. Priceless!

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