Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mario's - It's so nice to have you back where you belong.

On the night of the16th June 2010, at the Cape Town Stadium, Italy had just lost to Paraguay in a soccer world cup match.  Across the road at 89 Main Road Green Point, Pina Marzagalli and her children, Marco and Marilena of Mario's Italian Restaurant, waited to feed the hordes.  That night they consoled the losers, serving plate after plate of Spagetti Aglio Olio.   The Italians who ate there that night were comforted by this home away from home.   A few hours later a fire ripped through this beloved family restaurant, breaking the hearts of the owners and of the legions of Mario's devoted supporters.  It was the also the 24th anniversary of Mario Marzagalli's death;   Mario who had given his name and much of his life to the family business.   The fates were testing Pina Marzagalli and her family cruelly.

Friday, April 8, 2011

'Oh To Be In England'

Eugene and I adore England.   The elegance and the eccentricity of the English, their wit and their whimsy.  We were overjoyed to be back in this 'green and pleasant land.'

 We had arrived in Winchester, an hour's drive from London.  This ancient and royal city of kings would be our first stop on a three week driving tour that would include Bath and Oxford with wonderful treats and  sights en route.

This is the first of a two part series.  So come along for the ride and I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.

If there is anything that you would like to know, do contact me either by email at les@leslieback.co.za or leave a comment on the blog at http://www.leslieback.co.za.  I would love to hear from you.  And remember, that part two of this odyssey will follow soon. 

'Oh To Be In England' Part 2

Eugene and I adore England.   The elegance and eccentricity of the English, their wit and their whimsy.   We were overjoyed to be back in this 'green and pleasant land.

This is the 2nd of a two-part series describing our adventures on a three week driving tour that included Winchester, Bath and Oxford, with wonderful treats en route. 

At the end of the first part, we had decided to leave Glastonbury and drive on to Bath and the magnificent Royal Crescent Hotel.   I do hope that you will accompany us for the next part of the adventure

If you have any questions or would like to know more detail about any part of this tale, do contact me by email at les@leslieback.co.za or leave a comment on Back Chat at http://www.leslieback.co.za .  I would love to hear from you
  North on the A39 to Bath.  What wonders were in store