Category Archives: Randomness

Win a Trip to the Amalfi Coast!

Thanks again to our friends from L’Italo- Americano!

(This really is a wonderful little Italian online newspaper – please support if you are able…)


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L’Italo-Americano “The Magic of the Amalfi Coast” raffle will take a lucky winner to one of Italy’s most memorable destinations: the Amalfi Coast. From Sorrento to Salerno, this scenic and breathtaking coast with its rocky precipices, small hidden caves, and postcard-perfect beaches.

Since you’re here… we have a small favor to ask. More and more people are reading L’Italo-Americano’s stories, they read us on paper, web, they subscribe to our newsletter and engage on our social media platforms… but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organizations, instead of putting up a paywall we have eliminated it – we want to keep our coverage of all things Italian as open as we can for anyone to read and most importantly share our love with you about the Bel Paese.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

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Our raffles help us keep all this going and at the same time it gives you a chance to experience first hand our beautiful country. We partner with the best resorts, in the most sought-after parts of Italy in order to bring you the most unforgettable experience. For this raffle we chose VILLA MAGIA as partner, one of the best luxury boutique hotels in the Amalfi Coast.

We know we can count on you, and appreciate your participation in these special events.

For as little as $12, you can support L’Italo-Americano – it only takes a minute, and the rewards you might get if you win our first prize trip to Positano for 2 including airfare… is PRICELESS.

…and now L’Italo-Americano will give you more chances to WIN by increasing the number of entries for every ticket purchased!!!  You get 10 tickets for just $12!

Available Until: February 15, 2019 at 11:59 am PST

Drawing Date: February 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm PST

(although I think they got their time/date wrong?)

Click here: https://italoamericano.rallyup.com/amalficoast

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Buona Fortuna a Tutti!!

 

Jana

An Extra Hour with Il Volo!

We in the USA gained the extra hour this weekend, although Europe fell back last weekend.

This is what I did with my extra hour, ok, maybe a little longer than an hour…. but what did you do?

Ok, I challenged all of you a few years ago to do this.  Now, I challenge you again!  Gather all of your Il Volo memorabilia and/or all things Italy and make a space on a shelf or in a room and devote it to the Guys!  🙂 

I’d been wanting to do this for quite some time now, and I finally did it!  🙂

It’s not perfect and I still have some ideas, but that is most of it!

We want to see your pictures!  Please feel free to send to jvandela524@gmail.com.

Take care all – they are coming – I’m sure of it!

Jana

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Il Volo – As Close as your Nearest Bar!

Hello Ilvolovers!

There was a bar and grill that closed many months ago in Dearborn, but it finally opened up again in September.  It was just a few miles away, so we had to check it out.  It was nicely redone and a bit more modern with electronic dart boards, video games, about 5 or 6 big screen TVs and this electronic juke box.  We happened to sit right in front of it, so I was forced to stare at it.

I was in awe of all of its blue flashing lights and various songs and artists were glowing back at me.  It said it had over a million songs.  Yeah, ok, but surely not the guys!?

My curiosity finally got the better of me and I daringly went up to the selection pane.  It was 2 credits a song and it was already preloaded by some kind patron. So… I cautiously and excitedly punched in… I L V O L O and with some trepidation, I hit the enter key!

Much to my surprise and delight, TWO of their albums popped up!  Ok, let’s just say this is my favorite Saturday afternoon bar!  🙂  They had the Grande Amore album, as well as the “Takes Flight” album.  I didn’t want to scare off the patrons, so I played it safe – lol – and chose Delilah!  There were a lot of people in there, so it was only somewhat audible, but a few said “hey, good song!”  As I sat there with a smug grin on my face, thinking, if they only knew who they were listening to!  🙂  Needless to say I was pretty happy.

Ok, next time I was there, I tried it again.  Not sure how, but THIS time, FIVE albums came up, including Noche Sin Dia, as the single and others’ albums they were featured on!  OMG, almost ALL of their albums?  We could have an entire concert of them and drive out the whole bar!  Ha, ha!

Just to be nice, I played Delilah again and a few others in English.

What electronic jukebox you say?  The APP is called AMI Music.  You can download it from your favorite App store and once you do, it asks for your location, or you can set it that way, I can’t remember now.  Anyway, when you set your location, just click on it and it tells you all of the nearby bars/restaurants that have this digital jukebox.  The songs are mostly 2 credits and a credit is a quarter or fifty cents – I can’t remember, but not bad, huh?   🙂

So, those that are daring enough – download this app and tell us where you can hear the guys!  🙂  In taking a quick look, they even have it at some nearby bowling alleys around here and other restaurants.  You might be surprised!  If we can’t see them in concert, annoy your local neighbors, or maybe even go out of town!  It also appears to be at several “mens” clubs, like Vet’s Posts, Stitt Posts, American Legion, Moose Lodges, etc.   (see picture below…)

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I imagine this is international, so any of you in other countries, let us know if it works for you?  🙂

Jana

p.s.  It’s also Boss’s Day – not sure if international or not, but all you bosses out there, current and retired – have an awesome day – we couldn’t do it without you (ok, maybe we could if you ever saw the movie “9 to 5?”  🙂 )  But have a great day, anyway!!

 

Watch Out Montepagano, Gian is on the Road!!

Yes, our youngest Il Volo guy, has finally attained his last rite of passage into official adulthood!

Today, he got his driver’s license.  No more riding around with mom and dad, he can now cruise the highways and byways of Italy, along with Ignazio and Piero!

Congratulations, amico mio!  Take it easy out there and always wear your seatbelt. 🙂

And of course if you are not driving your car, you are out riding the waves of the beautiful Adriatic.   Thanks for these gorgeous pictures and to Rock me il volo on Instagram for posting as well.

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Grazie mille for making these old hearts go a-flutter! Lol!

Jana

 

A Sad Loss – The Tragic Fire of National Museum of Brazil

It is with heavy hearts that we share in the sadness of this grave tragedy that afflicted Rio on Sunday.  To AAIV and all fans of Il Volo in Brazil and South America, please know our thoughts are with you.  My current boss was born in Rio, Brazil, so I, too, have a connection to this.  😦

There is a very nice and in-depth article published by the NY Times, of which I am providing the link:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/world/americas/brazil-museum-fire.html

 

It said the museum did not have a fire suppression system, but was due to get a $5 million dollar grant/overhaul soon, which included a fire suppression system.

From Wikipedia & https://travel.sygic.com/en/poi/national-museum-of-brazil-poi:29978 :

The picture above is also from this site…

National Museum of Brazil
Local name:  Museu Nacional
Location:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The National Museum is the oldest scientific institution of Brazil and one of the largest museums of natural history and anthropology in the Americas. The museum is located inside the Quinta da Boa Vista park, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and is installed in the Paço de São Cristóvão. The palace served as residence for the Portuguese Royal Family between 1808 and 1821, housed the Brazilian Imperial Family between 1822 and 1889, and also hosted the Republican Constituent Assembly from 1889 to 1891, before being assigned to the use of the museum in 1892.
Wikipedia

 

Jana

More Tantalizing Trailers & Teasings from our Talented Italians! (Un Amore Cosi Grande!)

Thank you to Federica Andreoli for sharing these video clips with the fans!  I had to watch the one with our guys in it a few times, just to read the subtitles.  I just can’t imagine our sweet Gianluca saying that one line, can you?  🙂

There is some backstage footage as well as a short scene with our guys, from Federica, “Here’s the surprise for the fans of Il Volo.  A movie scene with the boys. Only 30 seconds…but very intense…”

I just love the expressions on our guys’ faces.  Did not look like it was very hard for them to act in this movie.  Of course, we know they’ve really been acting for the last 10 years at all of their concerts!  🙂  

Getting excited now – really hope it makes it to the States and to Michigan!  Or, do we see a road trip in site?

Enjoy!

 

Ciao – Jana