Like last year it seems we are to jump from Winter into to Summer without messing around with Spring. I rather miss Spring myself but hey if nature wants to toss Summer straight at me I can cope with that also.

The Azores high is establishing itself and another system is about to arrive from North Africa. I have no idea where the weather bureau gets these names from but this one is Ciclope or Cyclopes in English ( bet you guessed that though didn’t you). Now Hannibal the last warm weather system I could understand, he came from Africa and so did the weather but Ciclope has me beat.

Anyway the warm weather starts tomorrow and gradually will increase in temperature until the middle of next week when we hit 32C .

Time to dig the sunglasses out by the sounds of it. I don’t know what the total sales of sunglasses are in Italy but it must be enormous. I would think every Italian owns about 10 pairs at the least. They wear them all the time in the summer even on cloudy days and it is not unusual to see them wearing them in the evening too. Quite how they drive with them at night is beyond me but in summer most do.

Sunglasses driving


Italians love their designer sunglasses. The then 18 year old daughter of some friends did a summer job and with her first month’s pay blew the whole lot on one pair of sunglasses for over €300.

Talking of driving and sunglasses it is said that most Italians still believe the indicator stick is there only for putting your sunglasses on when you are not wearing them or more likely have changed from one pair for another. Given that it is almost unknown for anyone to indicate a turn etc it must surely be true !!

So if you want to fit in and look like an Italian when here it is an accessory that you cannot be without and the larger the better normally

Italian sunglasses


Better still have them match the Italian flag. Did you know the three colours of the flag stand for ? White is the colour of the snow covered mountains from the Alps down the spine of Italy all the way to the South, green is for the lush pastures and fields of Italy and red is for the patriotic blood shed fighting for the country. So now you know.

So it looks like this weekend will be the time to either race out and buy some new pairs of sunglasses or give last years a final run out and hope no one remembers you’ve worn themSunglasses Model

It will be great to finally be hot this year and talking of hot I learned something the other day that I hadn’t realised before.

Most times I go in for a cappuccino  here in Puglia I am disappointed by the heat of it. They range from distinctly tepid to passably warm and sometimes on rare occasions I get one that is almost to my taste. Now I had always blamed the barrista and could have happily developed a complex about why they seemed to do this to a foreigner. Were they using milk that they hadn’t bothered to heat up well  or using an old jug of milk that they could get rid of on me.

How stupid, it was finally explained to me that Italians do not like hot coffee indeed many will ask for a tepid coffee as they either don’t want to burn their lips or more often want to down it in record time and move on. It is amazing to stand ( and most Italians do) at the bar of a caffe and see groups of people walk in, order their coffee and chat while it is made then down it in a couple of gulps and walk back out. The visit lasts all of 3 minutes. Contrast that to most countries especially where Starbucks have set up shop. There people seem almost immoveable and appear to have set up house in the place given the amount of “stuff” they have with them.

So from now on I have to ask for ben caldo ( well hot) when ordering. It seems I will get lots of strange looks but probably no more then now as I order cappuccino at all times of the day rather than before 10 a.m. because I love the stuff and now I will be getting it hot as well . Oh the joy.




About hereinpuglia

Retired to Puglia after some 40 years in the travel industry working for P&O Lines, British Airways, Alamo rent-a-car,Abercrombie&Kent, owner of Quest Tours and Travel and finally with Thomas Cook North America. Married to Geraldine we now have a small house with too much land near the town of Martina Franca in Puglia. Two kids one married and living in Hong Kong and the other single and living in London. No dogs, no cats no animals.
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