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One song I love

Queen – Love Of My Life

Love of my life,
You hurt me,
You broken my heart,
Now you leave me

Love of my life can’t you see,
Bring it back  bring it back,
Don’t take it away from me,
Because you don’t know what it means to me

Love of my life don’t leave me,
You’ve stolen my love you now desert me,

Love of my life can’t you see,
Bring it back  bring it back,
Don’t take it away from me,
Because you don’t know what it means to me

You will remember when this is blown over,
And everything’s all by the way,
When I grow older,
I will be there at your side,
To remind how I still love you
I still love you
I still love you

Hurry back hurry back,
Don’t take it away from me,
Because you don’t know what it means to me

Love of my life,
Love of my life

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Medieval time

As I wrote about last weekend spent strolling around my hometown reliving the old times, I remembered when I used to do so with my daughter when she was younger. We had so much fun following all the events held during the two days of celebration. She was so enchanted by all those old costumes that asked my mother for one to wear at Carnival time.

My mother obviously obliged. Anything for her little girl….(sorry I used my cell on old photos)

Not bad, uhu?

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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It’s over (almost)

This morning my daughter had an exam at the university. The last one of her 29. She got a 26 out of 30 but that’s not important (though she still hold an average 28/30) what’s important is it was the last one!!!

Now she can focus on finish her thesis, she has to register and submit it by the beginning of november if she wants to discuss it before Christmas.

It has been a long run, and I’ve helped her any way I could, and now it seems that a heavy weight has been lifted from my shoulder……….. Tonight we’re gonna celebrate the moment….

 

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Quote of the week

“Family is a haven in a heartless world.”

(Cristopher Lasch)

 

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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An old time sunday

The Palio di Parma is a festival that is held once a year, and traces back to the ancient “Scarlet Run”. The Palio is normally hold on the third weekend of September, so last sunday we knew what to do…..

The origin of this festival can be reconducted to 1314 as reported by Giovanni Del Giudice in the “Chronicon Parmense”, talking about a festival hold to honour the engagement between Giberto III Da Correggio, ruler of Parma from 1303 to 1316, and Engelenda Rossi, (Rossi=red, thus the name scarlet) also called Maddalena Rossi di San Secondo daughter of Guglielmo Rossi and Donella da Carrara rulers of Padova. This brought to an end of the several fight among their noble families wanting to dominate Parma. On that day, all the enemy families of Giberto Da Correggio were allowed to return in Parma, and even some prisoners gained back freedom. The games consisted in several competition with medieval weapons and horses. In the fourteen century the festival was held every year on the 15 august, day of the engagement, lasting till the nineteen century till the arrival of Napoleon.

Starting from 1978 the competition was brought to a new life. The town is divided in 5 different areas called “Porte”, referring to the ancient doors which allowed to enter in the town from the walls of the town. Each of them forms a different team. There are 3 running competitions, one for men, one for women and one for children riding donkeys. In each of them the door try to win a painting showing one of the monuments of the town and Holy Mary, protector of Parma.

Porta Santa Croce (Holy Cross): north-west part of the city – animal: eagle – color: green – Church of The Holy Cross (mine)

Porta San Francesco (St. Francis): south-west part of the city – animal: wolf – color: black&white – Church of The Holy Annunciation

Porta Nuova (New): south part of the city – animal: unicorn – color: blue – Church of Saint Uldarico

Porta San Michele ( St. Michael): east part of the city – animal: dragon – color: yellow – Church of The Holy Sepulcher

Porta San Barnaba (St. Barnabas): north-east part of the city – animal: lion – color: red – Church St. Francis on the Green

The event – organised by the provincial committee of the Italian Sports Centre together with Parma municipality – aims at rediscovering the old Parma through parades and various activities in the five main historical gates, in the lanes and in every narrow corner in the town centre. Also, the genuine enthusiasm typical of district support means to reach the suburbs, too. In this way the authentic values of the past and our cultural identity will be regained, thus reminding us of our roots at a time when new citizens come to our town from all over the world. This is what the palio is meant to be: a peaceful event characterised by shared enthusiasm, historical rigour and passion, but never by coldness or snobbery. All the citizens are invited to take part in such an atmosphere characterised by weird hats, austere cloaks, outmoded overcoats, rolls of powerful drums, graceful dances and flags waved and tossed in the air by strong bearers.

You see, my job entails in working with local companies providing them with financial, credit, taxies and book-keeping advices. The nice milady below is the owner of one of the many I take care of……..

and this is her daughter………They are members of one the associations in town helping organizing the event (St. Barnabas Door)

This is the choir that delighted us in the afternoon in the Cathedral Place

Strolling around town we met so many people dressed up for the event more than happy to pose for a photo with such beautiful costumes…..

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A culinary saturday

Where I live there’s for certain one thing we are really good at………….eating! That’s a very easy thing to do, considering all the goods we are provided with……… parmesan cheese & Parma ham, just to name the two most famous in the entire world. It’s not a coincidence I guess, that EFSA is housed here. And my area has developed a deep love and connection for two animals……… cows and porks, obviously. We have one saying around here, “of a pork, you don’t thrown a thing”……..and it’s true! The most valuable product is the “culatello” typical of the area of my province near the river Po. It has also a proper festival during winter, but today I want to introduce you to the “Festival del Prosciutto di Parma”  held from 7 to 16 September 2012, now at its XV edition, a major event in and around Parma to get to know and try the very best ham from Parma as well as appreciating the touristic and cultural beauties of the places.

“Porte Aperte” (“Open Doors”) remains the most exciting moment of the festival thanks to its attractive power on visitors, whether they are experts or just enthusiasts. All the ham factories of the local area of production are open to the public to give visitors the chance to see the production process and take part in free tastings.The producers illustrate the production secrets of the pig legs that, due to a magical combination of climate, tradition and passion, become Parma Hams.

One must is a visit to the Parma Ham and Deli Meats Museum, created in the heart of the ancient Cattle Market in Langhirano, another is to try Parma Ham accompanied by the best wines, which it’s possible all over the territory. Numerous initiatives are enlivening the hills near Parma with dinners organised in villages, street theatre, stalls selling typical products, painting exhibitions, and moments of comic relief. Last of all, for the entire period of the Festival, there are special menus in local restaurants and farm holiday centres.

We really enjoyed our dinner in the main place of the city, it was sooooo really good! We had friends coming from outside town so we were more than happy to show them around at for them to taste our local specialties. The most amazing thing was listening to the near tables talkings, so many different dialects and languages!

We have plans for next winter to take the same friends out to a culatello dinner, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

 Not a chance buddy!

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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It’s hard to decide…

This morning going to work on the bus, I met a friend of mine who asked me out for my upcoming birthday and we decided for a pizza to a favourite place of her. She asked me also if I could think of something I really wanted as a gift. Oh, the uncertainty……….what i want?

Surely something like these…I love bags and I can’t get enough, but I know these ones are expensive!

Talking about expensive things, I fell in love with this pair of shoes….

I know, I know…I have to come back down on earth…..I like ethnic earrings like these….

and everything that’s turquoise

 

 

 

And I like watches too

But I wouldn’t say no to something like this neither….

And obviously there are books and country music cd……. What would you choose if it was up to you?????

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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