Jesolo and one final ‘Ciao!’

Italy, it’s been great, but it is time for a final ‘ciao!’  But….it wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t get in one language dig!  Remember ‘wee’, ‘voila’ and banjos in hell?  Well Italy has a couple of words that they like to use often as well.  The winner of over used words  is a race between ‘prego’ and ‘allora’.  Prego means thank you, or don’t mention it or something similar.  But they don’t really use it that way. It is more of a filler word.  Allora means so, then, um and is much more similar to the French voila.  It is also a filler and tells the listener that the speaker is thinking and that there is probably more info to come.  So, allora wins out here.  And, they use it in most every sentence.  What’s next?  Germany.  Let’s see what they say, incessantly.

Recall, we needed to extend summer by a few days.  Jesolo is a 35 minute drive up the coast from Venice.  We stayed for 3 days and really didn’t accomplish a thing; except walking, a bit of jogging and hanging out on the beach.  Not much to blog about really.  But….since this is 3 month stint balanced between music and wine (and there wasn’t any music), we hunted down a local winery from this North Eastern part of Italy.  Turns out, there is a winery 5 minutes from the beach community of Lido di Jesolo and said winery represents several wines in the region, including a winery from Slovenia (whose border is only about 25 miles away).  We stuck to the expensive wines and picked up a few bottles, most significantly, an Amarone (sort of the Grand Cru of Italy).  We’ll drink it at some point.  Here is a shot of the best pic that sums up the winery:


With limited English/Italian skills, we never did figure out exactly why a grand piano was nestled with all of the barrels of wine.  But, what a lucky piano…..and what lucky barrels!

Finally, a parting shot of the beach.


we head North into Germany to see Logan friends who are spending a month in Bavaria.  Time to get out the woollies and prepare for inevitable cold weather.  I will get you caught up these two days of hanging in the Alps soon!


Author: euro916

I am a college professor in the music department of Utah State University. I will start my sabbatical on May 1, 2016 and plan to document the year's experiences in this blog. The sabbatical consists of musical endeavors in Europe/UK for 3 months, and half a semester as guest artist in a couple of California universities. Thanks for following!

One thought on “Jesolo and one final ‘Ciao!’”

  1. footprints in the sand
    off in search of protection–
    sea’s spawned a storm

    heard some good tales
    pianos, wine, banjos in hell–
    where are the trombones


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