But, what would I have given for one of those old-fashioned Italian baskets and pulleys that I could have used to hoist my bottled water up those nine floors all those years? We had a tiny drugstore just below. I would have pledged my unbridled allegiance at the expense of paying three times more for my groceries, if the grocer could have blithely given a tug week after week. Heck--I would've put my old dog in the basket rather than force him up the staircase of doom. We still even had the pulleys in place. [Although I'm glad I didn't, he lived to be 20 in the end].
|An old Panaro - or wicker basket used for groceries|
still in use in Italy's south - and still necessary everywhere else
- picture & excellent Italian writeup on this & more at
Le Mille e Una Storia -
Call me nostalgic, I for one, would love to bring the canals & the baskets back to Milan, along with the breadmakers or panettieri from whom the basket gets its name.
|Milano - Then & Now|
You can join the Association lobbying for the reopening of Milan's
amazing canal system here
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