Things I’ve Noticed About Italy-Part 10
Lemon and Olive Oil
I noticed the use to lemon and oil on practically everything except breakfast cereal right when I first moved to Italy. In fact, I like lemon and oil on meats, fish, veggies and salads. The true taste of the food comes through without being smothered and masked by Thousand Island dressing, A-1 steak sauce, BBQ sauce, mustard or ketchup. Italians call this “condire” which means “to dress” say a salad and I have adapted this practice “cento per cento”, 100 percent.
Wear the Right Stockings
Now that the cold of winter has approached, girls, ladies and women all over Italy don stockings under skirts and dresses and body stockings under other things to keep warm. If you are, less than 50-60 years old feel free to wear bright orange stockings with red polka dots if they happen to match the scarf you are wearing. Also, feel free to match your stockings with your turquoise purse or gloves. Lime green is also another popular color for stockings, for goodness sake do not fall into the trap of wearing boring old black stockings, they do match everything but say nothing fashionable at all. The worst of all offenses is to wear nude stockings if you are under 50-60 years old, a sign you are not “hip” at all.
All over Italy, roadwork is in progress. No matter what hour of day or night it is, lanes all over Italy are blocked, traffic cones are set up, workers with cigarettes hanging from their lips may or may not be present but roads are narrowed nevertheless. Some areas are notoriously “under construction” all year around, such as the A-1 motorway that passes through Florence. It can take from 20-60 minutes to drive this piece of highway, a distance of about 10-15 miles. In many places the direction of traffic changes weekly, silly circles spring up, concrete barriers are installed then taken away just as quickly. There is a constant clash between the environmentalists who do not want the motorway widened and the progressives who want better roadways for travel and commerce, the battle wages on.
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