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MONTE CARLO-MONACO ~ Kitties Kibbles

 Good Morning Everyone!    kitty
I don’t know about you, but I am thrilled about all the opportunities, accomplishments, and advancements bestowed upon our guys in this last year.  Actually, it all began to sky rocket after Sanremo, and has not stopped.  They truly deserve all of it; having remained true to their commitment for excellence, their dedication towards purpose, and a genuine love for music and it’s ability to make a difference within the hearts of those listening.  On stage or off, Gianluca, Ignazio and Piero are a gift, our gift, and I’m ever so thankful.

We ended the year with Il Volo; first being in DUBAI, and then in MONTE CARLO-MONACO. These are places familiar to them, but maybe not so much to us?  Let’s learn more, and begin with Dubai.

Monaco is an ancient principality covering about 2 sq miles, and has been ruled since the 14th century by the Grimaldi family.  Legend has it that during ancient times, Hercules made his way through the area of present-day Monaco and diverted the former gods, prompting the citizens to build the temple of Hercules Monoikos in his honor.  Spanish forces closed in on Monaco during the 1630s, Prince Honore ll requested help from France, which subsequently put the princes and Monaco as a vassel of the French Kings.  The princes and their families spent the majority of their lives in Paris, ultimately shifting the once Italian House of Grimaldi to a predominately French background.  Monaco remained dependent upon France until the Great Revolution, and then in 1793, soldiers of the French Revolution seized the country, placing it completely under French command.  Monaco didn’t regain control of their land until 1814, but upon re-establishment, the Congress of Vienna designated the principals a dependency of the Kingdom of Sardinia.  By 1860, they found themselves under the protection of France once againIn 1863, the Monte Carlo casino was built, and the residents of Monaco were able to enjoy the luxury of not paying taxes; a privilege made possible by the success of the casino.  As WWll raged in the early 1940s, the Italian army invaded Monaco bringing with them a Fascist administration.Then in 1943, after the fall of Mussolini in Italy, Nazi forces of Germany were quick to occupy Monaco.  They began deporting the Jewish population to concentration camps.  Following WWll, German troops retreated, and Prince Rainier lll took the throne following the death of Prince Louis ll.  Capital punishment was abolished in 1962 by the revised constitution of Monaco, and women were given the right to vote: by 1993, Monaco was a full member of the United Nations.  A treaty was negotiated between Monaco and France in 2002, saying France would not annex Monaco if there were to come a day that there were no Grimaldi heirs to carry on the dynasty.  After a reign of 56 yrs, on April 6, 2005, Prince Rainier lll died, and Prince Albert ll has assumed the princely crown.
 NOTE:   In my mind, there has always been confusion about the difference between going to Monte Carlo, and going to Monaco.  Which is it?  Monaco has, basically, the same status as San Morino and Vatican City.  It is an independent micro state, with a population of 37,834 (2013).  Monaco is divided into several “neighborhoods”.  Monte Carlo is the largest one, centered on a 200 ft cliff overlooking the harbour.  The Monte Carlo casino resides center stage in the plaza, along with several other Monte Carlo complex venues, ie. Salle des Etoiles–(IL VOLO), which we will review in the next posting.



Kitty’s Kibbles ~ Unwrapping Sicily / Italy

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Kitty’s  Kibbles ~ Unwraping Sicily / Italy

The 2016 Il Volo Tour has come to an end, and as much as you, me, and much of the world will be missing them, I’m almost positive that they are taking a deep breath and looking forward to, maybe, a little bit more free time with friends, family, and even themselves.  Yes, they will still honor the commitments and projects already scheduled, but hopefully at a far less frantic pace than what they have just gone through.  That’s not to say that they don’t love what they have obviously been gifted to do, but they do need some rest in order to do it.  I pray that God will continue to watch over them, renew their strength, and continue to bless and guide them. They are a beacon of light amidst our troubled world today, and a ray of hope for our tomorrow.

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Now seems to be a good time to honor them, by paying homage to the country they love, Sicily / Italy.  Seems like the least I can do for them, after all they have done for us.  If you’ve been following them for the last six or so years, you’ve probably learned a lot about the place they call home, but within this past year or so, they have charmed many many more followers as a result of the 2016 tour; actually ever since winning Sanremo in 2015.  We have welcomed new members to our Il Volo family here, but there are thousands of others around the world who have just met our guys, and have fallen in love just as we did.  Humm, funny how that goes.  Newly devoted Ilvolovers are now trying to catch up on what they have missed.  Many of us, on the other hand, have had the privilege of watching them grow into the fantastic young men that they are. It’s been a wild, and at times grueling ride for them to say the least, but they can’t wait to see what lies ahead, and neither can we!  There are many things, besides their fans of course,  that are of great importance to them within their journey, not the least of which is expressing the love they hold for their homeland; and why shouldn’t they?  The Mainland of Italy, and the offshore Island of Sicily/Italy, are among the most beautiful places on earth.  To honor Piero and Ignazio, and for the benefit of their new followers, and us as well, let’s revisit their beloved island.  Ancient, historic, fought over, ruled, war torn, and parts destroyed by volcanic eruptions, Sicily remains.  Many many centuries have passed, and each civilization to have inhabited this land has left it’s mark;  like various influences on speech, indications of different customs, etc. and are still discernible.  The beautiful art and architecture left behind still fills us with awe and wonderment. The incredible, natural beauty of the land itself?  It has not faltered, and cannot be denied.   SICILY – LAND OF MYSTERY AND MYTH , and the land where two very special young men call home.

VIEWS OF NARO:  Where lies Piero’s heart:

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Naro is an Italian comune in the Province of Agrigento.  Latest population estimate was 7,817 in Dec. 2015.  A Greek town,  probably named after the river flowing by, (Naron means river).    Mostly an agricultural center, with a lively cattle sector, it is also known for a renowned woodworking trade of artists – craftsmen.  The town rose in the 12th century around an Arab hamlet, then in 1233, FREDERICK II of Swabia granted the town the privilege of a regal city, that is, (independent from feudal lords).  In the 13th century it was surrounded by walls, and became a strategically important stronghold dominating a wide territory.  Later on, it came under the control of the CHIARAMONTE family, and the imposing castle was built.  In 1398, Naro returned under the direct control of the monarchy.  In the Second World War, Naro suffered heavy Allied aerial bombings, the evidence of which, of course, remains.  NARO,… still known as Queen of the Baroque.

These next two videos just warm my heart.  Strictly homegrown, and filmed in the one and only barbershop in Naro; but they could not have expressed more clearly how they feel about their favorite son and the boys of IL VOLOMade me cry, …again!  😿


Something else that our guys demonstrate, is their attention to ordinary everyday things; all of which play a part toward what we call living. Sometimes we don’t really pay much attention to the things we “see”, but then do we really” see them?  Sometimes we take things for granted. I know I’m guilty of that; but the guys, they seem quick to notice, and not afraid to appropriately respond, They are keenly sensitive to what is needed; be it a smile, a hug, or at times the sharing of tears. So much goes into the living of life, and as I looked through pages and pages of photos, I set aside ones to use as examples, no reminders, of just some of the beautiful things that life holds. I was looking at life, but life was looking back at me as well.  Here are just a few snipets, have you seen them?

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NEXT TIME:  IGNAZIO’S MARSALA, and more snipets of living.  In the meantime……..a smile.

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Kitty’s Kibbles ~ Little Bits of love

Il Volo shares their love in many different ways, not the least of which is sharing smiles..
Kibbles, is meant to be a different, lighter way to share those smiles here, with each other. Honoring their homelands a bit, and also tapping into a bit of “funny” seems like a perfect Il Volo way to bring us closer together, while still “SHARING THE LOVE”.

GIAN’S ITALY: is a Southern European country, a peninsula bordered on three sides, and shares borders with 4 other countries: France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. It’s longest border is with Switzerland. It is home to 2 micro states, San Marino (25 sq miles), and Vatican City 108.7 acres. Vatican is the only nation in the world that can lock it’s own gates at night. It has it’s own phone company, radio and TV stations, money, and stamps: also it’s own Army, the historic Swiss Guard.
kitty gianDIDYOU KNOW? When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti, to remind people of their cultural heritage!


JUST FOR FUN: * Wordy definitions not found in any dictionary, but should be? *

WRINKLES: Something other people have, similar to my character lines.
BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.



Commas save lives ie. let’s eat Grandma, or – let’s eat, Grandma!

Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL. (we won’t go any further,okay? Shhhh!)

Today, I was in a store that sells sunglasses, and only sunglasses. A young lady walks over to me and asks, “what brings you in today?”
I just looked at her, and I said, “I’m interested in buying a refrigerator.” She didn’t quite know how to respond. Am I getting to be that age?




The computer swallowed Grandma. Yes, honestly it’s true.
She pressed “control” and “enter”, and disappeared from view.
It devoured her completely, the thought just makes me squirm,
She must have caught a virus, or been eaten by a worm.
I’ve searched through the recycle bin, and files of every kind.
I’ve even used the Internet, but nothing did I find.
In desperation, I asked “Jeeves”, my searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative, not a thing was found “online”,
So, if inside your “inbox”, my Grandma you should see,
Please, “copy, “scan” and “paste” her, and send her back to me.

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??? QUESTION: Ladies,

If you had 30 minutes to ask one of the guys a question, what would you ask, and who would you pick? CAREFUL MARIE!!

Can’t wait for your answers! Till next time, here’s something that always makes me smile……Gianluca Ginoble sings Sinatra

CIAO, Kitty

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