older is different in tuscany

Alena_Seredova_e_Flavio_Briatore_2Since I’ve been working during the days here in Florence, I haven’t had the chance to see a whole lot yet, but I did notice a couple of things.

There aren’t many homeless people on the streets, but I did notice one on my way into the office today and while clearly down and out, he had dangling from his perma-dirty-hand a bottle of red wine. No Thunderbird or Mad Dog here.

Another thing that stands out to me is how much cooler old people are here than in the US. They are substantially more fashionable, they are out riding bicycles and scooters, it’s great. It goes some of the way to making sense of Flavio Briattore, a 55 yr old F1 team manager who is the father of Heidi Klum’s child. The pic to the right is not Heidi, rather another model he date(d?)(s?).

It proves that growing older does not necessarily require nurse-shoes, house coats, padded toilet seats, and immobility.



  1. Florence, and other Italian tourist cities, are kept pretty clear of homeless people and gypsies by the police. I wish it were because they had solved the homelss issue.


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