Thursday, July 28, 2016

Italy Blog #30 - Florence: Legend of the Pig and a Pashmina

Tom and Rob with La Porchellino
In this 30th blog about our trip to Italy you'll learn about a special "pig" and some local clothing.

WHAT IS LA PORCHELLINO? - It's a bronze boar fountain, located on the side of a market. The word means "little pig."

THE LEGEND - If you rub his nose and drop a coin from his mouth you'll see if you'll be returning to Florence.The legend goes if the coin drops into the gate below, you’ll return. If not, well, remember your trip there. 

So, our tour guide has us pause and take a picture with La Porchellino.

WHERE IS IT? "Porchellino" is in a marketplace called "Mercato Nuovo." It's located between the Piazza Della Republica and Piazza Signoria.  The market has a lot of clothing and leather goods. We were told that this market was first used for banking on tables.
A pashmina

WHAT'S A "PASHMINA"? - It's a popular wrap or large scarf that local women wear in the winter time. Pashmina is a fine type of cashmere wool or silk. The textiles made from it were first woven in Kashmir. Many of the merchants at this market were selling these. One well-known Italian store that sells them is called "Elizabetta."

NEXT: TWO COOL BRIDGES (One you'll remember from Dan Brown's Book "Inferno"

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next