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Lake Angels walk to Lago Santo

Lake Angels walk to Lago Santo

.... with a strategically placed image of the Biroldo from Barga to keep them company

So the earth spins round the sun, the seasons change and certain traditions once more are kept. One of the once yearly appointments which a group of people look forward to with a healthy mixture of trepidation and anticipation is the annual trek across the mountains out of Tuscany and into Reggio Emilio – the Lake […]

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Skiing with the Lake Angels at Abetone

Skiing with the Lake Angels at Abetone

I have to say skiing with the lads certainly improved my skiing for the day, I don’t think I have ever been so fast, what an adrenalin rush.

I certainly had a great time it is as if all of my birthdays have come at once.  Friday 14th for Valentines day,  Richard cooked a lovely three course dinner and absolutely lavished me with presents and attention so the weekend was set on its course, to be the best weekend of the year so […]

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Lake Angels Christmas hampers on sale

Lake Angels Christmas hampers on sale

There have been numerous articles about the Lake Angels on this site for many years,  (most of which can be seen seen here ) One of their abiding interests has been with food and local food culture  and this is self-evident by the series of events that they have organised going back over the years […]

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Guitar maker Paolo Grassi in Barga

Guitar maker Paolo Grassi in Barga

The guitar maker Paolo Grassi was in Barga this afternoon with six examples of his craft –  hand made acoustic guitars. Equilibrium is probably the best word to describe Paolo and his work – hand made acoustic guitars which do not shout out at you but which are easy on the eye and have a […]

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Lake Angels – Degustazione Vini e Formaggi in Sommocolonia

Lake Angels – Degustazione Vini e Formaggi in Sommocolonia

The ever present Lake Angels in Barga are starting to make themselves known and felt outside the walls of the city. On the 25th April they have organised an event in Sommocolonia, the small village overlooking the city. As you can hear in the interview recorded today with Mario Milano, the spokesman for the group, […]

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2nd annual castagnaccio contest

2nd annual castagnaccio contest

The second annual Castagnaccio contest took place in Barga Vecchia this afternoon (the first contest last year can be seen here)  A year ago there were just 6 contestants fighting it out for the honour of preparing the best traditional castagnaccio – the classic sweet dish from this area made from chestnut flour. Twelve months […]

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Piazzette – festa del centro storico – day 9

Piazzette – festa del centro storico – day 9

The Piazzette, the festa del centro storico 2011 moved into the ninth day and as we have started to get used to,  the quality of the music just keeps getting better. Thirty five concerts over a period of the next ten days, featuring live musicians or all types, hues, colours and persuasions. The festa has […]

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Lago Santo 2010 – lake angels on the prowl

So the earth spins round the sun, the seasons change and certain traditions once more are kept. One of the once yearly appointments which a group of people look forward to with a healthy mixture of trepidation and anticipation is the annual trek across the mountains out of Tuscany and into Reggio Emilio – the […]

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Ketchup and chianti: fish and chips, Italian style

Throughout the year in Tuscany there are numerous festivals. Those in the winter months tend to involve crossbow competitions, jousting, barrel rolling, horse races, medieval costumes and acts of religious devotion. Those held during the summer typically celebrate the local harvest, with most towns and villages staging some sort of event. In Gassano, for example, […]

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Italy 1 – New Zealand 1

If you had any doubt as to who was the better team, well, you’re a moron. Right at the 8th minute, New Zealand confirmed their favouritism and superiority with an expertly placed free kick cross that was met by a well-placed Smeltz who struck it home. New Zealand then proceeded to carry out their game […]

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Paraguay 1 – Italy 1

Any restaurant not equipped with a TV was empty and the piazzas and streets of Barga were deserted this evening as Italy kicked off on their first World Cup 2010 match in South Africa against the team from Paraguay. Paolo Gas’s bar on the Fosso was packed with supporters, so too the Mordimi restaurant in […]

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Lake Angels World Cup Festival

A quick check through the barganews archives over the past few years shows that the Lake Angels have been very creative in their methods of raising money for Rwanda .. they range from organising festas, roast chestnut roastings,  roast pig days, events, sponsored evenings and during 2008 and 2009 – the very successful Lake Angels […]

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