“Fun Facts” (an exciting new blog feature!)

Ciao Readers!

So, as you sit there reading my posts about festivals and museums and pizza, I am actually sitting here shivering from walking all day in the rain and cold.  But, since I have decided not to use my blog to gripe (well, not too much), I have come up with an amusing new mini-series – “Fun Facts.”  In this way I will take my woes and turn them into something fun and educational (which I will post between the usual longer, photo-filled posts).  For example:

Fun Fact:  Florence usually gets about 4.5 inches of rain in the month of November, which is about half of what Albuquerque, NM gets in an entire year (9).  Florence also averages 15 rainy days in the month of November (yes, that means HALF the days it rains!).  This November (2012), according to the weather channel, the West Side of Albuquerque (drier side, where we lived) got .05 inches of rain, while Florence was drenched by at least 5 inches.  If I am doing my math correctly, that means we got one hundred (100) times more rain here than our house in Albuquerque did.

Who knew?

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  1. Ha, that’s “my” Florence I recognize there! I remember that when we lived there, November was the “worst” month: cold, rainy and sometimes the heating didn’t work, so we got our first cold. This is an aspect that usually people don’t associate with Florence (or some might even say Italy). – Have you already seen the “fontana dell’uomo della pioggia” (Rainman)? It’s close to Lungarno Aldo Moro and viale Enrico de’ Nicola. – If you fancy going out in the rain again… btw: it’s raining a lot here too 😉

    • I actually had no idea – we’ve been here for weeks several Octobers and it’s always been lovely! AH, yes, I love that fountain!

      • Maybe we got the “bad” years though 😉 I wish you that December will get better and that you’ll enjoy a great Christmas in Florence !

  2. Auntie Faith

     /  December 4, 2012

    Remember……NM is on a desert!

  3. Margaret

     /  December 4, 2012

    Good insight, Hope. When we lived in Spokane for 5 years it basically rained from somewhere in October until March. BUT – I didn’t navigate by foot. Running to and from a car parked right out front – well – I have a whole new perspective and appreciation for peds, and for those born before autos. It was a different world and we don’t even glimpse it. Thanks for the glimpse.


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