Street photography in Glorenza Glurns, Alto Adige Südtirol, Italy by Lorenzo Perego Visioni Italiane
Did you ever wonder why the English word Eggplant is so different than the Italian word Melanzana?
I was really curious, so I started researching the etymology of the word Eggplant. As a linguist, I was interested to know how the term for this vegetable is so different in the languages that I speak. Melanzana in Italian, Eggplant in English, Verengena in Spanish, and Aubergine in French…kind of interesting, right?
As I mentioned in my first article on this topic, we will continue to post updates occasionally as the Italian women’s soccer team continues to advance in the qualifying round of play for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. One of the host cities is Vancouver, B.C. where the final game will be held, among other matches leading up to the final.
The Italian side has continued to play well. They played a match on February 13th against the Czech Republic at home in Italy at the stadium in Novara and won by a tidy score of 6 to 1. As of the end of that game, Italy were in second place in Group 2 of the qualifier groups.
See these links for more details on standings and qualifiers:
Ci sentiamo presto, Lina
Italy photos: Castle of Campo Tures - Sand in Taufers in Infrared, Alto Adige Südtirol, Italy by Lorenzo Perego
(Italy photos: Castle of Campo Tures - Sand in Taufers in Infrared, Alto Adige Südtirol, Italy by Lorenzo Perego, Visioni Italiane)
(Photo of Tempio di Sant’Angelo courtesy of Antonella Bazzoli)
I recently read an article by my Italian friend Antonella about the Tempio di Sant’Angelo. I was really fascinated by the study of the architectural structure and the symbolism contained therein. Antonella always seems to find an interesting, lesser known, or somewhat debated point about the historical and/or symbolic significance of the historical artifacts and structures that abound in Umbria.
Ci sentiamo presto, Lina
Article originally published in Italian by Laura Casaldi the 9th of February, 2014: http://cucinadettagli.blogspot.it/2014/02/spasso-food-lo-street-food-da-passeggio.html?m=1
For a food blogger and food writer the opening of a new restaurant is like the birth of a new star: it is an exciting and compelling experience that is as beautiful to live as it is to talk about.
That’s why a few days ago, attracted by the good reviews I read in the Rete (network) and finding myself with my husband in the Re di Roma zone, I could not resist the temptation to try the cuisine of “Spasso Food”.
Translation to English provided by Lina de la Torre
(Italy photos: Prato Piazza Plätzwiese - Alto Adige Südtirol - Italy by Lorenzo Perego Visioni Italiane)
(Photo from Wikimedia commons contributed to public domain by Sergei Kazantsev)
I watched the Olympics unfold at Sochi and I am always amazed to see the results of the intense competition at the Olympics; some athletes succeed beyond their wildest imagination and others narrowly miss victory. Now that the Olympics are over, I thought it would be good to summarize the results for Italy.
Here is the link to a summary of the Italian team results: http://www.sochi2014.com/en/team-italy
Congratulations are in order for all of the members of the Italian team that participated and of course to those who won medals!
(Photo: Act 3, scene 1 of Seattle Opera’s production of The Consul that opens at McCaw Hall on February 22, 2014. Courtesy of Seattle Opera © Elise Bakketun photo)
The Seattle Opera debut of the opera “The Consul” opens February 22nd and runs until March 7th. Personally, I was not very familiar with the opera, and I presumed that many of our readers may not have come across it, either. So, I have included a brief description of the opera and the composer along with some links to research further.
Ci vediamo all’opera, Lina
This is a quiet little town on the seashore near Sorrento. It was a fishing village and the local people, who going about their daily business were so charming. We stayed on the beach and I picked up some beautiful stones. I like to pretend that they are old stones that came from far away; maybe from old pottery from Crete. There was a placard on the wall of a building that said that a film with Sophia Loren was filmed here.
This was so cool! It was in the middle of Sorrento, surrounding this sunken area. It is an old mill from around the 10th Century AD. Not only the mill was from that time frame, but there were some paths that were from an earlier Roman era.
I was in Sorrento with my friend Damian and niece Emily. Damian and his partner have a “higher standard” for travel than I do, especially for lodging. We stayed in the beautiful manor that had great service. They held weddings there and they had a breakfast porch outside. We had breakfast every day there. This caffè was wonderful! In fact, while we were there, there was a wedding held and the centerpieces were left over in the breakfast area. They had huge arrangements with lemons. It was really unusual and stunning.
While looking for vibrant Italian fashion in Italy last fall, I noticed that the style of the big brands is pretty boring compared to the innovative styles from the emerging Italian designers. This is the case with Italian fashion designer Giuseppe D’Urso, with whom we have started a friendly and pleasant dialog.
Keep an eye on this artist, who’s able to stay grounded and connects with real people.
Enjoy your day with a little break of Italian Dolce Vita
Giuseppe D’Urso opened his first atelier in Genoa in 1991 and has never looked back since then, constantly looking for new challenges.
He has been recognized with several awards and honorable mentions, including the most recent 1st place at the “Citta dei Sassi” competition for fashion in film where his design was inspired by Audrey Hepburn.
Ci sentiamo presto, Lina
Italy photos: Frost crystals on branch against the Sun - Anterselva Antholz, Alto Adige Südtirol, Italy by Lorenzo Perego
(Italy photos: Frost crystals on branch against the Sun - Anterselva Antholz, Alto Adige Südtirol, Italyby Visioni Italiane)
How about a Valentine’s Day in a more Italian way? This is my idea:
No proof of love. No gifts. Save those ideas for any other day when you want to surprise your beloved and give them cause for huge joy at receiving the surprise.
Or, how about this? Come home with two tickets for a get-away! It is not exactly a celebration. It should be more like a moment for two people to taste what love is about. And if you really want to make it special, fly to Italy (not just because I am Italian :-).
Enjoy your day with a little break of Italian Dolce vita.