Tate Modern London

Group photo in Tate Modern, London

I only have to think the word Italiani and I have a smile on my face. I can say, hand on heart, they are the friendliest, noisiest, chattiest and most patriotic people I know. You cannot BUT be pulled to them and their view on life. They are convinced theirs is the best diet in the world and turn their nose up at our poor English cuisine, you will not, I repeat, will not win a discussion with them over food, trust me just leave it, even if your dad is Gordon Ramsey. They know their country is one of the most beautiful in the world, after all it offers everything, sun, sand, mountains, skiing, countryside, good food EVERYWHERE and they produce most of it themselves. And I would urge anyone thinking of a visit to go, having worked for a few years at the Italian Tourist Board and lived in Italy myself for close to 20 years  it’s like a second home to me.

I was lucky enough this week to have my very own ‘italiani’ over in London for a few days. My best friend Enrica with an entourage that puts Madonna to shame, her husband and their beautiful daughter Vittoria (asleep in her buggy) Max’s two children from his previous marriage and Enrica’s sister who has a very impressive camera and I dread to think how many photos she took home of London with her. Sadly for us, the weather wasn’t palying ball, as we stepped out onto the South Bank to make our way to the Tate Modern the heavens opened and as we raced for the final tunnel that would lead us to the Art Galleries’ entrance we found it was blocked off for repair! Aaaarrrrggghhh! We lugged the two heavy buggies up steps and raced them round to the old power station that houses this marvellous Exhibition house and that is why dear reader we look like drenched rats in our photo :)

We were lucky to catch up with Serena too who is over for six months to improve her English and work/live the London life for a while. And as we stood here for our photo, in the Turbine Hall below us a carpet of sunflower seeds laid out wall to wall. It’s only on closer inspection you see the artist Ai Weiwei has hand crafted each seed from porcelain. 100 million seeds forming a seemingly endless landscape. Go here to see a video fo the man himself and the beauty of his sculpture.

This is my entry for I in Alphabe Thursday over at Jenny Matlock’s and now I’m heading over to see what everyone else came up with.

Photo credit – Tate Modern


  1. Rocky Mountain Woman
    November 18, 2010 / 4:31 PM

    I am in love with Italy.

    Someday me and Italy, we’re going to have fun together!


    • November 19, 2010 / 1:44 PM

      Don’t wait too long, you’ll love it so much you wonder what took you so long to get there

  2. Alessandra
    November 18, 2010 / 3:52 PM

    OF COURSE our food is the best in the world and our country the most beautiful, no doubt about that…..
    PS just joking, you know I’m a mad anglophile!! (well, half joking anyway…..) :-))

    • November 19, 2010 / 1:44 PM

      Trust you to be first in! :) Nice to see you as always

  3. November 18, 2010 / 5:44 PM

    Going to Italy is on my bucket list. Someday…


    • November 19, 2010 / 1:45 PM

      It HAS to be done and you won’t regret it

  4. teenagersmom
    November 18, 2010 / 7:06 PM

    I know the feeling. I married Italian.

    • November 19, 2010 / 1:47 PM

      Lucky you. I hope he cooks up some mean pasta for you :)

  5. NatureGirl
    November 18, 2010 / 7:31 PM

    “even if your dad is Gordon Ramsey”…hahaha funny. Do love the food! Happy Alphabetursday!

    • November 19, 2010 / 1:47 PM

      Good to see you Nature Girl – buon appetito!

  6. November 18, 2010 / 6:49 PM

    Italy, France, Australia – all places I long to see before I die!
    :) Gina

    • November 19, 2010 / 1:46 PM

      Australia is right up there on our list too, just need a winning lottery ticket first

  7. JDaniel4's Mom
    November 18, 2010 / 7:50 PM

    I would love to explore it someday!

    • November 19, 2010 / 1:48 PM

      I hope you manage too, you’ll adore the country, the people, the food, the wine and the culture too

  8. Judie
    November 19, 2010 / 3:55 PM

    Well, who doesn’t love that great Italian food??
    Thos seeds are amazing! What does he plan to do with them afterwards??

    • November 20, 2010 / 2:37 PM

      They are pretty awesome aren’t they? (seeds) I have no idea what he’s doing with them afterwards..maybe selling them or moving them to a different venue? You may find info on the Tate Modern sight, he’s exhibiting in London. Nice to see you as always

  9. Theresa
    November 20, 2010 / 12:04 AM

    Mamma Mia! I have to agree with the Italians! Very appropriate post for I week:)

    • November 20, 2010 / 2:38 PM

      mmmm, with a name like Theresa I bet you agree with the Italians :) Mind you so do I! Nice to see you again

  10. November 20, 2010 / 12:05 AM

    You may be drenched rats, but happy drenched rats after all!
    I was in Rome once, years ago. would love to go back to Italy.
    The sunflower seeds must be amazing to see!

    • November 20, 2010 / 2:39 PM

      That’s the trouble with Italy, once you’ve tried it you dream of returning :) and yes the sunflower seeds did make you wonder and think why?

  11. Pondside
    November 20, 2010 / 4:58 PM

    I would never argue about the merits of Italian cuisine – it’s really the best!

    • Alessandra
      November 22, 2010 / 12:12 PM

      Gosh, my Italian Ego feels really great at the end of all those wonderful comments!!!!!!!!!!

  12. November 24, 2010 / 1:04 AM

    Did I ever tell you my maiden name is Ramsey? Yea. Gordon is my brother. And he says…

    Oh geez, never mind.

    I got all distracted from telling you how much I enjoyed my stop here this week for Alphabe-Thursday!

    You paint a wonderful picture!

    I think I need to visit.

    Maybe I’ll bring brother Gordon along!


    • November 24, 2010 / 11:33 AM

      Hi Jenny. I’m glad you like the Italian Job and if you have a chance then go, you won’t regret it I promise x

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