Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Cruise part II

On board:

Taking pictures in Lerici:

 After the conquest of the castle in Lerici:



The Templar Church in Palma de Maiorca:

Walking through the Abbey in Palma de Maiorca:

Barcellona - Plaza de Espana (see the t-shirt of the Italian rugby team):


Injury Update. The shoulder hurts and the cures continue. No good news again.


Monday, August 11, 2014

The Cruise

The Cruise. The Black Knight spent one week on a cruise ship with wife, daughter and her husband. The ports of call were Civitavecchia, Leghorn, Cannes, Palma de Majorca, Barcellona and Naples. Here are some photos.
The Black Knight is legend!!!!
The ship in Cannes:
Palma de Majorca:

Injury Update. No news, the cure goes on. Total rest.

Have you ever sailed on a cruise ship?

Friday, July 25, 2014

St. Urbano Abbey

S.Urbano Abbey. Last week I made a short trip to Marche region with my son and, by chance, we found on our way, hidden in a stunning green country, a medieval abbey: St. Urbano. We could not believe how beautiful it was: architecture, silence, magic atmosphere and gregorian chants in the air. But the light games were the unexpected and best show. We had the opportunity to enjoy the sunlight entering through a hole in the ceiling and from narrow windows to hit, with a sunbeam, special parts of the church. See the pics below:

Injury update. The cure continues. Other 2 weeks of physiotherapy to try to recover the total use of the shoulder avoiding the surgery and to rebuild the muscles of my back. At the moment I walk slowly one hour each morning. The run, the races, swimming are only far memories and (for now) impossible dreams. I don't know if the dreams really come true.

Are you enjoying your summer vacation?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Portoroz. Last week I spent 3 days in Portoroz (Slovenia) for a work meeting. Good weather, beautiful place, good food, fruitful meeting. In Portoroz there are a running path that runs along the promenade and many swimming pools. It was very sad not to be able to run/swim.

Injury update. I am following a 10 days therapy and yesterday I got a shot of prednisolone near the damaged tendon. It's a long way.......

Friday, July 04, 2014

When the things go wrong

When the things go wrong. This blog was born as a running blog but, time after time, it has became generic because of all the injures occurred. Since september 2007 I had to fill a long list and now, unfortunately, I am at the "not return point". The 2 fractures on my back and the last one of the shoulder, that has also damaged the tendon, represent the final shot. I thought to have weak bones but the MRI and the x-rays demonstrate that I am "only" unlucky. Last, but not least, my age: in october 58. Now I cannot swim and run for long time because the shoulder hurts (perhaps it needs a surgery to repair the tendon) and I have to rest all summer to recover the complete use of the back. In my future slow running and slow swimming will only be a relaxing hobby when and if possible. At the moment I am under medical control following a 20 days inflammatory cure.
Random news. In this last month I went twice to Brussels (Belgium) for work. Below some photos:

Monday I had lunch in a typical restaurant on the hills around my city where we ate local mushrooms and pasta with black truffles:

My daughter in june collected other 430 euros to buy food for the local dog shelter.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Bad News

Bad News. If you remember at the end of february, during a workout, I broke my bone collar. I began to run early but, after a wrong movement at home, I felt pain and I didn't succeed in running the Race for the Cure. After the start I had to stop myself. What happened? By a MRI I discovered to have the D7 vertebra fractured too. I am very upset and sad. This is really a year of sh......, a year to forget!!!!
Dire Straits Legend. In the meantime I went to the Dire Straits Legend's concert. 2 and half hours of pure music, a legend! The front man is John Illsley, former Dire Straits bass guitarist (photo Angelo Bonarelli, my concerts mate).

Dog ShelterMy daughter Elisa, loves the animals (indeed I was a very good teacher on this matter) and every month she collects money to feed the dogs of a local shelter.

ViterboLast sunday I went to Viterbo to visit with other friends some Templar places. It was a nice  and interesting day that found the best conclusion in a typical restaurant in the country where we met this "well refined gentleman":

Friday, May 09, 2014


Naples. I spent 3 days in Naples with my wife. Despite the rain we enjoyed the city, visiting many places and walking along the amazing streets. Photos: 1 Sansevero chapel - 2 Naples from Castel S. Elmo - 3 God Nile - 4 My wife Daniela, happy with her new Louis Vuitton bag (my present for our 35th wedding anniversary) - 5 The famous pizza. 

Injury update. The things don't go well but I am on the road again. Short and slow runs but not swimming because my back and the tendon of the broken shoulder hurt. However on May 18th I will run the Race for the Cure with Sir Giorgio.