We got finally a little bit of summer here in West-Switzerland (Ostschweiz). Perfect weather to go back hiking around the house. We took the car and drive nearby to Degersheim… and we got lost. Then we decided to park and take the first hiking route.. and we end up in a light but interesting walk around the hills: Rond om Tegersche.
Distance 9.6 km
Altitude gap: 390m
Time: 3 Hours (we completed in 2.5 with launch pause)
Prior to go to Aosta Valley for New Years Eve, I pay once more a visit to my hometown most important Art museum: the Brera Picture Gallery. It’s one of my personal rituals. beside, this time I have a different targets… starting acting as amateur painter, I face the challenges on newby: how to use the brush properly, how to render consistency, tissues….. hy not take the chance to look the real ones from the past masters? Then I got vhance to look at masterpieces from XIV century goong on: Mantegna, Raffaello, Caravaggio, Campi, Piero della Francesca, Canaletto, Crivelli, from the past…then Segantini, Sironi, Boccioni, Picasso from moderns…
Then having the chance to look at pictures from very near (5-10cm… Don’t tell the guards;))… why is it very hard to see the brush signs ona Mantegna painting? With lsome effort it is possible to recognize brush’s signs even on the divine Raffaello… Which gechniques used Mantegna??
Anyaway very instructive! If you are in Milano you can’t miss it: visit Brera. it is mandatory.
Too much eating last days…. It is time to purify from toxins. Therefore… Mediterranean breakfast: espresso coffe, fruits, yougurt, fresh tomatoes and finally dry frisa bread with antioxidant olive oil (produced by my family in Calabria).
Yesterday evening I with my long lasting friends decided to have a dinner in our favourite Pub-Restaurant. it’s just behind my parents house, my own father used to go there as he was not yet married and I’ve been there countless times. I’ve also used it to part for my University graduation. Anyway it is still the best Pub in Milano and most likely the best for food quality and pricewise. The Gesa Vegia (old Church in Milano’s dialect) in Bovisa.
Its “bruschette” and sandwich types are countless, from “piccantissima”, to “gesa vegia”, “tartina”, “pancetta”…
It’s not also bad for meat and pasta. If you are in Milano, you have to try it….
Well, don’t take me wrong… There are plenty of Pizzerias where I live in Switzerland. Most run by Italians… But I don’t know why, the only acceptable one We found so far is the frozen one you can buy in Migros supermarket.
Then you go back home, decide to have dinner with friends… And you discover nice places with good Pizza like “Pomodorino” in Milano, via Principe Eugenio… I took a “regina Maria Giovanna” Pizza with Buffalo Mozzarella cheese and sausage!
I am spending part of my holydays attempting real Oil Painting for the first time.
Slowly I am experimenting colours, techniques, materials… Actually, it requires the same passion as cooking. Therefore I am trying, soft, scratchning, light colour, medium, dry brush… Everything I learn, I apply…thnks to Stephen Rose “How to paint Oils”. Colours and materials have perfumes, smells, consistencies….
Plus in the end, after years spent selling something, it is nice once upon a time to produce something.
well yes, as tradition South Italy families gateher togheter on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch… and we eat… a lot. Peppers, pita bread, ham, sausages, ravioli… a family who enjoy sharing eating toghter