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Etna, again…

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Italy’s Mt. Etna proved  its reputation  as Europe’s most active volcano by erupting again last week.  It previously erupted last December, sparking earthquakes which caused a lot of damage to buildings.   This one features activity at the summit,  and therefore is less likely to promote destruction elsewhere.

Watching the volcano at night is simply spectacular,  and the rich volcanic soil in the area produces  superior quality  crops.   But if you live or farm there,  you are always subject to one of Etna’s periodic temper tantrums which can destroy a village in 48 hours.   It’s a fine place to visit,  especially if you can time your trip for an evening show,  but I would not care to live there.

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June 3, 2019 at 2:24 pm

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Move to Candela…

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…and Nicola Gatta,  the mayor of this quaint medieval Italian town,  will pay you.  As an incentive,  he reminds us that the town used to be called Little Naples until the 1960’s when the bustling community began falling out of favor with tourists,  then residents.

I hope the mayor’s initiative pays off grandly so the Baroque heart of the town lives on, with a decent number of people to provide a tax base.  Since one has to live there and rent a house there,  it might be hard to arrange sufficient income to be comfortable,  but it’s not far from beaches and is set in a beautiful lush landscape,  so it might be worth a try.

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October 27, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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Still mad, Michelle?

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Having her husband with her on this leg of their Italian trip does not seem to  have improved  the disposition of Our Lady of Perpetual Dissatisfaction,  and her fashion sense remains as warped as ever.  Does she truly think she looks fashionable and fine in that outfit?   I’m sure she does, but the fact that she has to lift the legs of her trousers tells us that they are too long, or that her footwear needs heels.

The pants do nothing to hide her stomach or disguise the considerable size of her rear,  and the white top just reminds us that she is basically flat-chested and very short-waisted.   If I were a fashion designer,  I would not allow the woman to wear anything from my line ,  and if I were her friend,  I’d tell her she needs a seamstress who can fit the clothes she has to make them look better.

 

 

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May 24, 2017 at 6:21 pm

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Free in Italy…

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Italy is an expensive place to visit,  but here are some fun activities which are free.   I’ve enjoyed several of these delights myself,  and would do so again.

If you’d rather just eat your way across the world sampling desserts,  here’s  a list  of can’t-misses,  some of which I have also been lucky enough to enjoy.   Greed may be good,  but dessert is better!

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March 25, 2017 at 12:33 pm

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I saw hell…

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That’s what  the mayor  of one of the Italian towns hit by earthquakes said,  and that’s probably a fair description of the  destruction.   This is the same  region  which suffered quakes in August,  and some of the villages basically no  longer exist.   Many of this area’s ancient buildings had survived the August quakes,  but  not this  one.   For some of these picturesque  spots,  the future may indeed  be finished.

Put the people of central Italy in your prayers,  and let us hope that there is much less loss of life this time than in August.

UPDATE:  So far there is no reported loss of life.   Drones have taken to the skies  to record  the incredible damage.

 

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October 30, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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Earthquake in Italy…

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The  devastation in  the Umbria region is shocking.   Looking at some of the aerial shots,  I am amazed that anyone survived.   Please include them in your prayers today, especially the families of  the 159  now reported dead..

Here are  more photos  showing the destruction.

UPDATE:  A strong  aftershock  has hit Amatrice,  the most heavily damaged town,  where the death toll has risen to 267.

UPDATE:  Photos of  an Italian Greyfriars Bobby,  and of a dog being rescued from the rubble.

UPDATE:   As if there weren’t already enough  to worry  about…

 

 

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August 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm

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Disease ravages olive groves…

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Fires and wars didn’t kill them,  but xylella  fastidiosa,  a deadly bacterial pathogen that has no known cure and which began  infesting olive  trees in Salento,  Italy at the end of 2013,  may do the trick.   This region produces some excellent olive oil,  so I hope researchers can figure out how to stop this nasty bacteria before the region’s olive growers lose their livelihoods and a huge piece of history.

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February 18, 2016 at 10:06 am

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