Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lido Heaven

This is a quick addition to our 19 May post about Lidos while we prepare for a holiday in Sardegna starting Friday.  You will hear about the Emerald Coast (Costa Smeraldo) of Sardegna (Sardinia) soon.

We discovered that our creative friend, Vincenzo Grisolia of Ristorante Vigri’, has opened a whole new lido across the street from the restaurant, and 50 meters from our other friends Carmelo and Antonella at Lido da Pietro.  There is a lot of new competitive development going on along the lungomare of Scalea! As you can see in the photos, he has done some very artsy work on this seasonal lido.  Quite nice with giant plants, turf and the artwork panels. Di loved the design of it, simple but elegant.

Looking down on Lido Heaven. Lido Vigri has the pale red umbrellas with the white tents. Our friend Carmello's is next door with the yellow umbrellas.

A well appointed Lido has a clean restroom, changing areas, free shower, and a hot shower you pay for in a change machine, food, drink, umbrellas and lounging beds. They don't all have mirrors, but Vigri's does, and it's in the form of artwork. Love it. What look like cutouts below are actually mirrors.

Chef Vincenzo wishes you well and hopes you will stop by someday. He says Lido Vigri' will be open for evening entertainment starting this Friday evening. 

He rests up here after a busy lunch shift at the restaurant:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Changes--a View from our Third Summer in Italia

It's the same old Moon but now you know when the swifts will be out enjoying it

Our third summer in Italia--school has ended again for the season, and I can't help but think how things have changed in three years. It is difficult to explain how different you feel about things when you live in a place for awhile than how you feel when you are in the midst of crazy dreaming (it has to be crazy to get you here!) and the challenges of switching from tourist to resident. There are practical changes to your thinking, serious changes, and mundane.  Here's a tickler list:

  • You have a good idea who to trust and for what. 
  • You know who to hire for most jobs.
  • You understand that construction means dust, noise and frustration so you either get used to stuff you don't like or figure out how to make it a small job.

  • Italians DO line up. They line up on the beach, at the various health services, even in the post office. Why couldn't you see it before? They just know who they follow in the proper order of many waiting in the room, and are free then to clump up anyway that helps conversation. There are so many generalizations you wish you hadn't spread (like, Italians don't wait in queue very well).
  • When you aren't a tourist, you can't keep the rosy glow alive every day as you thought you would. Life is hard. Dogs get old and threaten to die, you get sick and have to spend time learning about Italian health care, and you realize it's the same old you in a new country. Life will be only as magical as you ever made it. Seriously. Be yourself. You aren't Italian but you can enjoy every day anyway.

  • You don't have room for a microwave or fancy barbecue. You have learned how to eat better for yourself, eating different things. 
  • The list of things we need from America grows smaller.
  • Going to the beach is still fun to us folks who never got to go much in their lives (unless we were on vacation)--but vacations are harder--going to the beach is not as much fun as when you could hardly ever go. 
All of these changes are neither positive nor negative. They are just ripples in the normal give and take of life. Enjoy your dreams and then enjoy the real life dreaming creates!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Moderno or Classico

Our first guests of the summer are arriving this week. We've been very busy lately--the social season has also begun and Italian language school just ended last week. Weekly updates here have turned into bi-weekly ones at best as we get distracted. The blog has been quiet too--the numbers of comments have gone way down lately. According to Google's tracking, there are more page-views than ever but fewer comments. Anybody know why? I don't. 

How about another poll to get some life on-screen here? Guests made me think of people's taste and expectations in accommodations while traveling. Which do you prefer when you visit Italy? Traditional surroundings or more modern?

We have two levels to our casa. The upper level is where we live and the lower level is reserved for guests. We decided to create a more modern space for visitors. Of course, nothing is that clear-cut--we wanted some continuity between spaces, so it's not all modern downstairs.  For the purposes of the poll, though, we'll call it modern. Check out the pictures and leave a comment with your preference--or at least answer the poll question at the top right of the page.



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