Monday, January 10, 2011

The King's Speech

Interesting weekend. . .
GREAT Movie!!!

If you have not seen "The King's Speech," do so as soon as possible. It is both funny and uplifting. I suspect that it will win an Oscar or two when the time comes.

Rio Mesa beats Hueneme
in Pacific View League opener

The Spartans, in white at home, cruised to a very easy win on Friday night with the last quarter being played with a running clock. I can't recall ever seeing that before in a Varsity high school game.

Awesome VW van

Stopped at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank on the way home from my Mom's house. They had a fun car show going on in the paerking lot.

I continue to try to simplify my life as I go through books, drawers and boxes of things I have collected over the years. I found a couple of bags full of receipts and ticket stubs from my two years coaching/living in Catania, Sicily and traipsing throughout Europe in 2008 and 2009.

Some of the memories I revisited with a smile. . .

Shopping at the IPERSIMPLY
The Taormina Film Festival
Gelateria Quaranta. . . how many times did I eat gelato here???
Pasta at Al Tubo's
Lunch at Fratelli Bosco
Super thin crust pizza at Dietro Le Mura or better yet at Pizzeria Jonica
An unusual meal at the Turrisi Bar in Castelmola
Any dessert at Mythos, Café de Paris or Etoile d'Or, especially brioche
La Capannine, Cefalú or Lido de Naxos when it starts to heat up
The Greek Temples at Agrigento and Segesta
The 1943 Sicily Invasion Museum
The Greek Theater in Siracusa
A few days in Lipari and Vulcano
Lazy afternoons at the Gambino and Murgo Wineries
Buying internet time at the Grand Hotel Baia Verde

The Spanish Steps
The Palio in Siena
The ruins in Pompei
Pizza in Naples
Parking tickets in Siena, Florence and Bologna
The Museums in Milan
The Vatican Museum
The Leonardo Express
Dinner at Fratelli la Bufala
The wintery streets of Assisi
Pisa's Field of Miracles
Florence's Santa Croce Church, Uffizi Gallery and Medici Chapel
Balsamic Steak at Acqua al or pasta at Trattoria Zá-Zá both in Florence
Cinque Terre
The overnight train from Catania to Rome
Autogrill food
The San Siro Stadium Museum
The Venice Canals
La Sorbetteria Castiglione in Bologna for even more gelato

The canals of Bruges, Belgium

Christmas stores in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Munich beergardens

Toledo's Cathedral
Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
Barcelona's Picasso Museum
Tapas at iRATi in Barcelona
Madrid's Palacio Real
Madrid's Prado and Reina Sofía Museums

The Pont-Neuf
The Eiffel Tower
Desserts at Ladurée in Paris

Attending plays in London: "Mousetrap," "The 39 Steps," and "The Woman in Black"
Edinburgh Castle
York Minster
The Heathrow Express
"Mind the Gap"

Prague, PERIOD!

Life is GOOD!!!

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