Blog archives for March, 2011

Archive for March, 2011

Not quite like the 4th of July

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Recently Italy celebrated it’s 150th year of unification. It was on March 17th in 1861 that Italy became for the first time a unified kingdom rather than a collection of city-states and regions all going their own way. This unification was the culmination of the “Risorgiamento” (resurgence) movement. Everywhere, including here in the U.S. one […]


Saturday, March 26th, 2011

In my last post I was corrected in my misspelling of Emilia-Romagna by Garbriele (thanks, Garbriele). He lives in Salsomaggiore Terme in that region of Italy (the equivalent of states in the U.S.). His is a modest size city (about 20,000 inhabitants) with a VERY impressive thermal bath facility as you can see. It made […]


Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Can anyone imagine an Italy without coffee. Of course not! The place would grind to a halt. It would almost be like a science fictiony movie with a time warp. People would be striding through thick air. With coffee, though, there’s a lot of hustle. Besides, the bar (our cafe’ ) is the center of […]