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Welcome and Benvenuti to all my Lovely Followers around the World

2019-04-14 09.51.03Yes, it’s that time of year again; the run up to Easter or Pasqua as we say here in Italy.  Florence has experienced a big increase in tourist bookings for the Easter holidays so you can guarantee the city will be heaving.  But don’t worry about that, it’s all part of the Florence experience at this time of year!  Park your car south of the river and walk or telephone Taxi Firenze on 055 4390 and they will pick you up in no time!  The shops are full of giant chocolate eggs and it will be a weekend of family festivities whether you are religious or not.  In the foto you will see an advertisement for Quinoa Gluten Free Restaurant, which is my absolute favourite place to eat.  Don’t be put off by the ‘gluten free’ thing, they cater for all diets and you will love their freshly baked bread.  Website

2019-04-13 09.39.05Whilst in or near Florence, there are some really interesting museums and exhibitions to get your teeth into.  The Stibbert Museum is one place I will be going to in the next few weeks.  I have been promising myself a visit for ages!   It is easy to reach on the tram, which you can pick up outside Santa Maria Novella train station.  The museum has a vast personal collection of military and lots of other collections, from around the world.  Frederick’s English father came to Italy after fighting against Napoleon in Spain.  He came to Rome and then Florence where he met and later married Frederick’s Italian mother.  After Frederick’s death, his home and museum was opened to the public in 1909.  It’s a fascinating story, do read about it and try to visit.  Website

2019-04-11 09.10.33Now I love the work of the Italian artist Marcello Scuffi.  You would be forgiven for thinking his art was from the art deco period of the 1920’s or 30’s.  But no, he was born in 1948 in Pistoia, near Florence and his medium is sometimes described as GrecoArte here in Italy.  I am mentioning Marcello because he currently has an exhibition at the Florence Art Gallery, which ends on 27th April.  If you like his style, do drop in for a visit. I would love to own one or two of his paintings.  Let me know what you think!

2019-04-13 09.49.34Again, on the subject of museum pieces, we may think of Archimedes, his being one of the most famous historical mathematical geniuses of all time.  Hang on a minute, I hear you say, but he was Greek not Italian!  Yes, yes I know this, I was just testing.  Well actually I was leading up to introducing Italy’s very own modern-day Archimedes, eighteen year old Valerio Pagliarino!  It is a reminder that many of the most intelligent mathematicians and inventors were Italian.  And still are.  This is not just a land of wine, olives, pizza and pasta, oh no.  Valerio’s innovative new technology, the LaserWan project, is able to transmit data with light and has been recognised as Industrial Patent of Invention!  Unsurprisingly he was one of the winners at ‘Intel International Science & Engineering Fair 2017.’  So bravo to Valerio and all the other young brilliant Italian techno designers rising to the surface!  Foto La Repubblica magazine.

download.jpgNow what else did I have to tell you?  Oh yes, the Chianti countryside is currently having a deluge of rain.  It’s also cold.  But the coming week is looking better and I know that many of you will be travelling here during the next couple of weeks and will be glad to know that.  I can see the beautiful Hoopoe bird trotting around the wet garden at this moment, easily finding worms that have come up to the surface.  There is nothing like spring in Tuscany.  Foto Pininterest.

Well enough of that already.  Must get the fotos added for you to enjoy and catch up with my Sunday to do list.  Have a great week and do drop me a line.  By the way, my man says this week’s blog is too much like a travel article.  Do you agree?  Let me have your views!

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Salute June x

PS  The Italians are very active on Facebook and are constantly posting events.  Pop in the location you want to visit and hey presto, masses of things come up including concerts, theatre, exhibitions etc!  All newspaper extracts from La Repubblica.

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Welcome and Benvenuti to All my lovely Followers around the World,

20180603_104928What a beautiful morning it is, here in our little bit of Chianti in Tuscany.  So much so that I thought you might like to see a picture of our garden my man having cut the grass, or rather the weedy stuff, yesterday!  No matter what else is going on in the world, we always have our lovely haven to return to.  Foto P Finnigan.

A little later, my man and I were tootling down our track to the main road, when we came across a big display of white balloons and several members of our neighbour’s family standing outside their little cluster of cottages.  Their ten-year old son was dressed in a long white gown and obviously about to go off for his Confirmation.  This Catholic Doctrine ‘enables the faithful to be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit’ or so it says in Wikipedia.  Based on the look on the ten-year old’s face, I think he would rather be off for a game of football.

From Puglia to the lumbard, geography of the Conte government  

Meanwhile, back in the world of Politics, we finally have a new government!  Yes, it has been rather thrown together as the time-lapse between the elections and now, has become an embarrassment in Europe.  Conversation in our local bar evolved around the pressure from Germany and France coming down on Italy with heavy threats of ‘involvement,’ I dread to think what that might mean!  So, we have a coalition, and a virtual unknown for Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte from Puglia, who almost qualifies for Hunk of the Month but not quite!  He is, after all, a politician.  Check out next weeks blog for the June Hunk of the Month.  Foto Yahoo.

2018-06-03 09.28.25Anyway, back in the real world, yesterday (Saturday) was Festa Della Repubblica.  Another holiday and yes, everything was closed apart from a sprinkling of enterprising bar and shop owners.  Goodness only knows what the tourists were thinking when they found whole towns and villages virtually shut down and on a Saturday!  Meanwhile, the Festa itself, was in full swing in most towns and villages, commemorating the institutional referendum held in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism.   Phew!  At the same time, the male members of the Royal family, The House of Savoy, were sent into exile!  Foto La Nazione.

2018-06-03 09.31.57Enough of that!  What about our Motorcycle racing hero Valentino Rossi who, at the age of thirty-nine, has just clocked up his 55th pole position after completing a new world track record in advance of the World Grand Prix.  Sadly, he was to come third in the actual event on Sunday afternoon, but a brilliant effort nonetheless!   Foto La Nazione.

2018-05-29 08.13.15And so to my other love, my man being my first love, Rock Music.  Firenze (Florence) will shortly be hosting an incredible line-up of iconic rock bands.  Be there, or be square I say.  The concerts are over four days from 14th to the 17th June.  The difficulty is, which day to attend?  I would not want to miss any of these, but four days might be tough going.  I think I would probably go for the Guns N’ Roses line-up but then what about Iron Maiden?  Oh and Ozzy, what to do?  Mama Mia!  I think I had better let you decide so here is the link for the ticket office; you had better act fast as the tickets will rapidly sell out! Tickets & Info

If you fail to get tickets, or even if you do, you can always come to my own Rock Concert Garden Party on 22nd June.  This is by personal invitation only and you will need to email me at june.finnigan@virgin.net.  It will be The Rock Chick Band’s 8th annual event and I am already getting very excited.  Our first rehearsal is this coming Saturday!

OK, time to organise Sunday lunch; perhaps I can persuade my man to pop out to a local ristorante.

Have a great week and do drop me a line.  Oh and, don’t forget to visit my Official Author Site at Junes website

Salute June x

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