A Welsh –Italian Connection. Jul 25, 2019 20:22:16 GMT
Post by lugg on Jul 25, 2019 20:22:16 GMT
In these days of Brexit , Trump etc. sometimes it is soothing to reflect on the benefits to all of immigration and emigration and the benefits both short and long term on the communities from where they depart and to the communities they join.
My son and his partner are currently in Bardi which is in the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. They are staying in his partner's family home which has been retained despite her grandfather moving to and settling in South Wales many years ago. All the photos below are ones sent to me by them but are limited as I am only posting ones which do not include them in the frame.
It looks a beautiful place
My son loves a good castle so I suspect this one ticks all his boxes.
I was intrigued when they told me that in the Summer there are many Welsh people in the town.
So a little history from Wiki
Italian immigrants to Wales, mainly originating in the Apennine Mountains and in particular the town of Bardi, established a network of cafés, ice cream parlours and fish and chip shops in Wales from the 1890s onwards. In the Rhondda Valley the cafés became known as "Bracchis" after an early café owner.
During the Second World War, Welsh Italians (I think just the men) without British citizenship were declared enemy aliens and a number were interned on the Isle of Man or further afield. Their families were forced to live more than 20 miles away from the coast meaning they had to leave homes and livelihoods. More awful actually was that a number of Italians along with Germans drowned after the “Arandora Star” was sunk by a German U boat on its way to Canada and its internment camps. Of 1600 on board, 800 men died, 50 of them approx. from the Bardi area of Italy.
From what I have read it seems that suspicion and distrust did not reign and many communities supported and campaigned to support the Italians who had mostly not taken citizenship as they never imagined they would need it.
I have also come across a couple of programmes that aired on Channel 4 a few years ago and are available on You Tube which document Bardi and the Welsh links .
This is the second one which focuses on Bardi . The first focuses on Wales
If Angela Hartnett praises the parmesan in this area I am going to take her at her word as I admire her so much.
So I have asked for a brick of parmesan if they have room in their luggage …and it looks like they have come up trumps for me.
Angela describes the food in Bardi as good, honest and this pic does not dissuade me. Maybe time to resurrect the Parmesan thread.
Anyway I hope you enjoy this very short introduction to Bardi. I may add a couple of pics but this is pretty much it, unless I get to go myself. Food for thought. Hmmmmm.