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What could it be?

What do you think this is? We found these all over the place on our walks around Italy. Is it a CREATURE? Is it a GIGANTIC bur? Is it EDIBLE? No peaking at the other photos….


  1. kelly
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm | #

    oh maaaaaaaaaaan !!!! i thought for sure it was Hedgie the Hedge Hog !!!!! i think that was the name in jan brett’s book….a friend of cassia’s has a hedge hog and all he does is sleep and eat and when you pick him up you have to use a towel or suffer the pain ! he curls up in a ball in your hands and has this hilarious heavy breathing that he does….. cracked me up !!! i kept wanting to poke him when he would start to uncurl just to here him do it again :):):):) you can’t play with them really but they are at least quiet compared to a guenie pig !!!!!!!

  2. Cass
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm | #

    By Christmas they will be roasting them on open little grills on every street corner in Florence. (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire……)

  3. Posted October 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm | #

    The grill at the Zug Bahnhof has been fired up all day long for several weeks now. We really didn’t understand what it was all about. I’ll have to pick some up some evening on the way home from work!

    One of the river beds we tried to hike in Tremezzo was covered up to our ankles in these prickly buggers!

  4. Tara
    Posted October 23, 2010 at 1:17 am | #

    American English? Is that a hybrid? Or are our nearly extinct american chestnut trees alive and thriving in Europe?
    btw, didn’t fool me! I knew what it was w/o cheating!

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