something I thought on the equivalent to a Florida “Early Bird Special”. Apparently, its success had outgrown its parking space. Also apparent, at least here, I was all wrong about not eating before nine, but then, these were Sicilians who might never admit to being Italians! Narrow streets, with parking reserved for residents, only compounded the issue. I'd pulled over opposite the entrance, in front of some homes, their garage doors with signs I imagined threatening to turn your car over to a chop shop if you dared park there. Honestly, Boston's North End Italian District came to mind. I was about to leave and call it a dinnerless night when a young man exited from one of the homes. I called to him in my childish Speak & Spell Italian, explaining our plight, asking where we might park for an hour. Again the kind-hearted nature of the average Italian emerged when he told us to park right there for as long as we needed. Praying he wasn’t just the pizza delivery boy, we did just that.
sauna-like features the complex included adjoining preparatory rooms and vestibules for exercise, dressing, massages and rub-downs. Beginning with a set of three wood burning furnaces that heated water, to include the engineering detail of terracotta tubes (used because they wouldn’t expand with heat) for a supply of hot air, it was clear that the baths garnered major attention in this society.
or to better mask my age, a modern Victoria Secret model. Thus the ten maidens, in keeping with more modern vernacular, have been dubbed the "Bikini Girls". The advent of Christianity, with its fondness for puritanical layer upon layer of cloth in an attempt to disguise the female figure, apparently succeeded in covering-up pagan nudity to the point that we think the bikini is of recent secular vintage. Apparently not. Back then, Ancient Romans, ever the fashion setters to this day, referred to the athletes “bikini” briefs as subligar and to their halter-like breast band as a stropkion. It was while experiencing a fabric shortage in 1946, that French engineer, Louis Réard first designed the bikini to commemorate the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests then underway. 4 My guess is he had no idea that the Villa Romana del Casale contained an even earlier illustration of what he had in mind. In fact, the two-piece swimsuit goes back even earlier to 1400 BC to the Greco-Roman world where bikini-like garments worn by women athletes are depicted on urns and paintings. 5 Just goes to show you not to throw your old ties away for they're sure to come back into style.