Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The "Little Widows" of Milan

If the day is a scorcher, you'll be mighty glad to see a "Little Widow" ("vedovella") in Milan.

Their nickname comes from the continuous little stream of "tears" that run from their dragon-headed faucet, generally with a hole in the dragon's head.

The dragon has a hole in its head, not due to forgetfulness, but--by blocking the flow out of its mouth--to spurt up a delicious, refreshing and clean sample of Milan's very tasty public water.

If you can read Italian, here's a quick article about the "Little Widows" in one of Italy's most important newspapers, Corriere della Sera:

(I snapped this photo for you on Saturday, August 21, 2010, around 6:30 P.M.)

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