Pretoria Fountain in the 'Square of Shame'
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Saturday, 4 April 2015
13th Instalment of the Beer Tour of the World
These guys have been brewing in their Abbey since 1128. Superlative product. Makes you want to go on a retreat there. This is up with the best ever.
Another fine Italian product. Pick it up if it's what's on offer in the pub. Certainly acceptable.
Great website - you need to look at the opening scenes.
Great beer too. Getting quite fond of red beer now.
I like it better than the Bionda but really they are priced high because they are micro-brewery product and they are competing with beers that are just as good for lower prices. Nothing against them but no point buying them.
ps – went back to the supermarket to discover that all the bottles had been removed from the shelf and the ticket was gone also. The whole batch was off so maybe the beer is better than I thought but the production is questionable.
6.5%. Red from added fruit juices. Starts off OK but then it gets a little sweet for mine. OK but only just. Not to be chased after. Humorous label, though. The Scandinavians in the marina thought it was funny.
Grotesques on the bank, modelled on the board of directors?
Thousands gather to watch the crucifixion
Saturday, 14 March 2015
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Just a one hour bus trip from the marina in Licata, Agrigento is the regional capital and the jumping off point to tour the Valli di Templi, Sicily’s best preserved Greco-Roman site. We stayed in a great little place called B&B Rabate, which is just outside the old hilltop town and has a fine view over the valley and a beautiful old church just opposite. Francesca the proprietor clearly loves her town and Sicily, and is very helpful with ideas for things to see, places to go and great restaurants to visit. She speaks only a little English, but our Italian is improving and we find the Sicilian people so expressive that it’s usually easy to pick up what they mean. Comfortable bed, good shower, everything very clean, nice breakfast – a fine place to stay if you’re in this part of the world!
For Christine’s benefit, this is what we had:-
Ravioli stuffed with goat’s cheese and walnuts. Melt-in-your-mouth pasta (not “al-dente” thank goodness!) with a creamy filling and crushed walnuts, plus crushed walnuts in the sauce.
We took the local bus out to Port Empedocle, home of the dramatist Pirandello and also Andrea Cammilleri, author of the Montalbano novels. We established that he is alive and well, residing in Rome, that another Montalbano book (about number 18) is about to come out in English and that a statue of the famous Sicilian detective is about to be re-erected in Via Roma, the main street when new paving is completed.