Archive for Tuscany

Brunello di Montalcino

Posted in Wines with tags , , on March 20, 2018 by xi'an

Rosso di Montalcino

Posted in pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2018 by xi'an

the girl who saved the king of Sweden [book review]

Posted in Books, Kids, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2015 by xi'an

When visiting a bookstore in Florence last month, during our short trip to Tuscany, I came upon this book with enough of a funny cover and enough of a funny title (possibly capitalising on the similarity with “the girl who played with fire”] to make me buy it. I am glad I gave in to this impulse as the book is simply hilarious! The style and narrative relate rather strongly to the series of similarly [mostly] hilarious picaresque tales written by Paasilina and not only because both authors are from Scandinavia. There is the same absurd feeling that the book characters should not have this sort of things happening to them and still the morbid fascination to watch catastrophe after catastrophe being piled upon them. While the story is deeply embedded within the recent history of South Africa and [not so much] of Sweden for the past 30 years, including major political figures, there is no true attempt at making the story in the least realistic, which is another characteristic of the best stories of Paasilina. Here, a young girl escapes the poverty of the slums of Soweto, to eventually make her way to Sweden along with a spare nuclear bomb and a fistful of diamonds. Which alas are not eternal… Her intelligence helps her to overcome most difficulties, but even her needs from time to time to face absurd situations as another victim. All is well that ends well for most characters in the story, some of whom one would prefer to vanish in a gruesome accident. Which seemed to happen until another thread in the story saved the idiot. The satire of South Africa and of Sweden is most enjoyable if somewhat easy! Now I have to read the previous volume in the series, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared!

Signori degli Anelli

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , on May 30, 2015 by xi'an

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Some rings and their stand from the walls and doors of the city of Siena.

Chianti

Posted in pictures, Running, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2015 by xi'an

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Toscana [#3]

Posted in Mountains, pictures, Running, Travel, Wines with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2015 by xi'an

huse

pigeons

Posted in pictures, Travel with tags , , , on May 26, 2015 by xi'an

pigeons