Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Search for George Clooney Intensifies with a Trip to Como and a Dinner with Friends

Friday, 20 April, 2018

Every adventure should really start with a healthy breakfast I've been told, so . . .

 A cappuccino and a ricotta filled,
fried Sicilian pastry worked for us

I know, we are just a pair of madcap kids on a long road trip.

Sated, we were off, once again, in search of George Clooney in his hometown of Como.

It was my third attempt at seeing him but I knew that this time, with Laurie at my side, success was in the cards!  

 Laurie liked Como's
Liberty-style buildings

 I liked the colorful pasta

 Another Italian Los Angeles Rams
fan residing in Como?

 Laurie in front of Como's
Basilica di San Fedele

 A church next to Como's Duomo
from the 11th-century

 It had nice looking doors . . .

. . . VERY nice looking doors indeed!

It was colorful as well

Como's Duomo . . .

. . . with Laurie about to enter

I was scared to dip the fingers
into the Holy Water
 Angelic Laurie in the Duomo

The Duomo's Blue Ceiling

In the Catholic Church's traditions, blue is the color of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Speaking of the BVM . . .

 Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio

A rich tapestry of the BVM in "transition"

 The Duomo has a LOT of tapestries

 At only one Euro per candle,
any size, any style . . .

. . . Laurie just could not resist

I was informed by Laurie 
that this was a sconce

 A minimalist side altar . . .

. . . and another

Laurie liked the Duomo as much as I did the first time that I entered it months ago but we really needed to keep looking for George Clooney.

EXCELLENT Street Musician

I guess that you have to be excellent if you are going to drag along a piano with you everywhere you go.

Selfie on Lake Como

Beautiful lakeside scene

In the final analysis, we failed to spot Signore Clooney once again. We will need to intensify our efforts in the near future!

On the drive back to the Villa Skorpion we got a message about meeting for drinks and munchies at the Bellavista Caffè in Varese NOW!

The Skorpion Gang was in full force

We even had Skorpion NG Andrea, SS Nicolas and RB Ema working at the caffè tonight.

We enjoyed our friends, the warm weather, the libations and some really good appetizers for about an hour before opting to go to one of DJ and Cinzia's favorite pizzerias near Lake Varese, the amazing Ristorante-Pizzeria Il Canneto.

Decisions, decisions . . .

Before ordering your favorite toppings, at Il Cannot, you have to first decide which of their 13 different pasta mixtures you want for the crust of your dining experience!

This is the black carbone vegetariano that was tremendous!

Once again, this evening with friends and family made me think that . . .

"It's GREAT to be a Skorpion!"

All in all, a great, full first day for Laurie in Lombardia I would have to say.

A fun FaceBook notice today

Romania's Baia Mare Miners were publicizing their latest player recruitment drive with this poster and my eyes were instantly focused on the team picture.

About five years ago, I answered their call for help getting equipment by sending them what I thought would be great maroon and gold practice jerseys that Coach Dean Herrington at Alemany H.S. in Los Angeles had graciously donated to the greater EuroBall cause.

Even though they were fine game jerseys for Alemany, I sent them billed as practice jerseys since the Mariners colors are blue and gold definitely not maroon and gold.

Apparently the quality of the Alemany jerseys instantly overpowered the Mariners sense of color and they have been using the Alemany jerseys as their game tops with blue and gold still being the color scheme of their helmets and pants.

Five years later and they are still wearing the Alemany jerseys in the recruiting poster . . . I love EuroBall!

The just released complete 2018
Los Angeles Rams schedule

The Week 11 game against the Chiefs at Mexico City interests me greatly!

Road trip anyone?

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