Monday, July 11, 2011

Summertime fun at the Idroscalo, Milan's large artifical lake

People who do my kind of work (including translations and text revisions) get the worst loads dumped on them at this time of year (and just before Xmas) because everyone else is winding down for the summer.

Gotta run, but...More...

...didn't want to leave you without at least a quick hello to start out your work week, in honor of all the activities, including sandy fun, planned at Milan's artificial lake, the "Idroscalo" ("Water landing"), about which I wrote on Friday (among so many other things).

The "Idroscalo" got its name because it originally was intended for landing waterplanes: begun in 1928 in a giant hole in the ground (results of digging for gravel and sand) filled with water from an underground source (the outlet is a canale that dumps into the Lambro River), the first structures were built in 1935-36 by Gianluigi Giordani, enlarged in 1958-63 according to plans drawn up by Bittorio Gandolfi, and revised in the 1990s by Aldo Rossi.

Don't have any pictures of it, but if you'd like to needlepoint, or cross-stitch, something while you're enjoying the sun on its lawns and sandy beaches, here's something on my needlepoint blog, Ars acupicturae stellae - Star's Needlepoint blog:

1 comment:

Margaret said...

Sounds pretty cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

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