Growing up Maddie: Chapter 2

Growing up Maddie: Chapter 2 | ©Tom Palladio Images
Two years ago today, my little granddaughter, Maddalena “Maddie” Grace, made her big entrance into the world at the Ospedale Gemelli down in Rome.

Since her arrival, and like a true Leo, she hasn’t looked back once.

Despite now being an official member of the “terrible twos,” she’s a real pleasure to be around.

Tanti auguri a te! 

Happy birthday!

It’s a real joy for me to watch you growing up, Maddie.

©The Palladian Traveler

©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Looking at that glorious ‘pink photo’ in tandem with the others I can almost see the “terrible twos” in action: that young lady well knows her “power”! 🙂 But, as the Grandpa, you can kind of “hand her back” at required moments.


  2. She sure is photogenic! And what a beauty…lots of material for nonno’s lens. I have to say that I think “twos” are one of my favorite ages – and Leo’s are always a great in my book!


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