Today is one of those days that make me think of Italy even more than I usually do. Consequently I really miss the wonderful girlfriends I made there.

Today is the 8th March and it was during my Italy years that I would celebrate International Women’s Day with my girls.

I learnt that this annual celebration went back  to the beginning of the 19th century when the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire killing the majority of the workers (mainly female) who had been locked into the building to avoid them taking cigarette breaks. The enormous tragedy of this day was not superseded until the 9.11.01 disaster and led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards.

Ever since, the celebration has been a way of remembering these ladies and remembering the importance of women in our society.

In Italy, it is tradition to give women small posies of mimosa and events are organised up and down the country for the women’s entertainment. Supermarkets, hairdressers, bars and restaurants all will offer their female clients a mimosa posy as she leaves. Special menus will be devised and cakes have been invented to honour of the day. This is the famous Torta alla Mimosa.

I have been out for pizzas, attended a male stripper event in a local disco ( he kept his undies on!) and spent wonderful evenings on Lake Garda in the company of my closest female friends sipping Mimosa cocktails also known as Buck’s Fizz.

It gave us a wonderful excuse to go out, leave the children with our other halves and enjoy an evening a little different from usual.

Women, in my opinion, are the backbone of our families and society. Mother’s are the ones that bring up our young and hopefully put them on the right track teaching them the importance of love and giving them the tools they will need to lead a successful life. Wives are the ones who support their husbands and keep the family home running smoothly.

Today’s women in our society have evolved, they manage to hold down careers, run the family home and be loving mother’s and wives and so allow me to wish you all Auguri for this special day whilst we think of those women in the world who aren’t as fortunate as us and join in the many awareness campaigns taking place today and throughout the year.

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It’s a quiet day and I’m very tired as Bessie was awake at 5am again so my thoughts have turned to travel. This is going to be a tricky one as I love travel and I adore visiting new places but here we go, and the order may change as the year goes by

  1. South America – all of it :)
  2. Australia
  3. Japan
  4. USA – there’s so much more to see!
  5. Carribean cruise
  6. South Africa (not when the world cup is on!)
  7. Kenya (for a safari)
  8. Mexico (Mayan civilisation trail)
  9. New Zealand
  10. India
Key West sunset

A truly magnificent moment watching the sun go down at the harbour

And the top 10 places I have been to so far

  1. Key West, Florida
  2. New York
  3. Hurghada
  4. Prague
  5. Barcelona
  6. San Francisco
  7. Josemite National Park, USA
  8. South Wales, Tenby
  9. Finland
  10. Warsaw