Auguri and Happy Easter to all my Lovely Followers
“Well, you can tell it’s the Easter weekend, there are all sorts of foreign tourists jogging past in designer running gear.” My man sighs. Yes, the holiday season is upon us and the atmosphere in the Chianti countryside changes completely. As we drive along the Strada Bianca (white road, better described as very dusty gravelly dirty track) We try not to shower the unsuspecting runners with a cloud of dust, which is almost impossible. They all end up the same colour, despite their various shades of day-glow! But never mind, they all wave and smile, after all, they are on holiday.
Here in Tuscany, like most other western countries, the children are off on their Easter Egg Hunts. Il Solferino caffè bar in Certaldo this morning, rang with calls of ‘Auguri,’ which is short for ‘Best Wishes,’ a greeting used on all Festa Days. The town was wrapped in a chilly cloud of mist and gloomy tourists traipsed around wondering why everything was closed on a festive weekend.
Meanwhile, we relax over coffee with the Sunday paper and read that a Rock Village has been built to accommodate visiting rock concerts to Florence! Ha, ha you thought I meant a village built out of rock, didn’t you! But this is fabulous news and I love it that the Tuscans take their rock concerts so seriously, just like me of course. In June it will host Radiohead, Aerosmith, Placebo and many more. Also, U2 and Madonna are expected during the ‘Summer Festival of Rock’ and the organisers expect to out-do Glastonbury! Wow! As soon as I have more information I’ll let you know. However, if you don’t want to have to buy expensive tickets for any of the concerts, you can always attend The Rock Chick Band’s seventh annual rock concert on the 24th June in the Chianti Hills. If you ask nicely, I might send you a free invitation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, what next? Ah yes, bless him Silvio Berlusconi has been photographed cuddling and bottle feeding a lamb, which has been saved from the Easter roast. Apparently, he, Silvio, became vegetarian last year so he definitely has my vote if he stands for parliament again. I know, a candidate needs greater qualifications than lamb saving, but I can’t think of any politician with any. So this has ticked one box for me.
Well enough you may say, and anyway it’s time to pop down to our ‘English’ park bench, which is nicely placed under our ‘Tuscan’ Ash tree for an aperitivo before our Easter lunch. If any restaurants are open today they will be packed. From experience, we have learned to stay at home on Festa days. Can’t help but feeling sorry for those tourists again when they find eighty percent of places closed and no free tables in the remaining restaurants!
So, salute, Cin Cin, Bottoms up and cheers to you all.
Amore June x
PS I’m off to England next Sunday on a UK book tour, so may not post you a blog next weekend. To view or buy my latest book ‘The Italian Connection’ visit any Amazon site around the world or my author site at http://www.amazon.com/author/junefinnigan