Valli di Comacchio e l’Abbazia di Pomposa, Trepponti, Italy

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Hello everyone! In Italy, Holy Week and Easter Day are considered until this day, very important moments in the life of all the Catholics residing in this country. But there is this one tradition, I do not really know if it is true to all the regions of Italy, which is always celebrated and a source of joy for everyone. The celebration of “Pasquetta” – Easter Monday. It is about having a picnic somewhere with family and friends. Since Italy is full of beautiful sites for a day out with friends and family, sometimes it is even difficult to choose where to go. But it’s been a lot of years now that we have chosen to visit a new city/place every “Pasquetta” although sometimes we just choose to go again to a city which we think, is really so interesting that we are never tired of seeing/visiting it again. One of these places are: Pomposa Abbey (Abbazia di Pomposa in the province of Ferrara) and Trepponti, Valli di Comacchio, province of Ferrara. The following are pictures taken during this year’s trip to celebrate “Pasquetta” celebrated on Easter Day instead of the traditional way, Easter monday.

The wetlands…. and the Abbey…

The park…

Trepponti, Comacchio, province of Ferrara, Italy

The only thing that I could really say is that…Life is a wonderful and interesting journey. I continue to learn a lot of things and strangely, I keep yearning for more!

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

“Osteria Della Vittoria”, Volpago del Montello, Italy

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Hello everyone! The weather in the Veneto region these past days is not really something that I expect it to be in the spring season but the need to know and discover new places helped me to plan the weekend and go to this Tavern located in a town called Volpago del Montello in the province of Treviso. It was not easy to reach the place but with the help of Google maps, we were able to find this truly amazing Tavern surrounded with vineyards and the sight of flowers that seems to greet everyone “Hello!”.

The heartwarming feeling of being in a place that evokes memories of the past but at the same time bringing the best the present time could offer just left me with awe.

Osteria Della Vittoria

Life and nature will always have that ability to surprise me.

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It’s incredible how nature can bring us something beautiful even when it is raining outside.

While my thoughts travelled to bygone but heartwarming memories, I remembered a quote which I shared to a dear friend about the essence true friendship. Which says:

“Many persons will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Camelia Japonica 2019” – IPhone Xr

Wishing you all a pleasant day!

Torta di cioccolato

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Chocolate cake. It’s been months, maybe years since that first day that I thought to save my most love recipes in a book and today, I wanted to test this chocolate cake recipe, one of the first recipes learned here in Italy. I have forgotten who gave this recipe to me (modified according to my dietary needs) but the thought of how beautiful the art of sharing can be still has the power to bring heartwarming thoughts to me.

Chocolate cake

165 grams of all purpose flour

135 grams rice flour

250 grams brown sugar

150 ml milk

150 grams corn oil

15 grams baking powder, sifted

4 eggs

A pinch of salt

30 grams of dark chocolate powder

15 grams chopped walnuts

60 grams of orange juice

Preheat oven at 180°C

Put above ingredients in a mixer in this order:

Corn oil+ sugar + orange juice + eggs + salt + rice flour + all purpose flour + dark chocolate powder + baking powder (sifted) + walnuts

Mix well.

Pour above mixture into a 30 cm plum cake tin pan (I used baking paper instead of greasing the pan with butter)

Bake at 180°C/40 – 45 minutes (using my oven. To test if the cake is cooked, insert a clean wooden skewer into the center of the cake and remove it. The cake is ready if the skewer comes out clean. If there are any crumbs attached to the skewer, put the cake back into the oven and cook for 10 minutes more.

Let cool and sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.

Wishing everyone a fruitful and joyful week!

“It is not the length of life, but depth of life. ” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bergenia and co.

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One of the first flowers that you can see blooming in Spring…

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Nikon D5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

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Viburnum Tinus, Nikon D5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

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Crocus 2019, Nikon 5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

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Primula 2019, Nikon D5200, Aperture priority mode, ISO Auto

May this week be amazing for everyone!

 

 

Bulb lasagna

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After my trip to Amsterdam, one of the things that I learned was about the variety of bulbs that I can plant in winter (I planted 4 types of bulbs in December) to see pots full of flowers at the beginning of Spring.

For this project:

I bought 8 tulip bulbs + 8 crocus + 8 bulbs of Daffodils + 4 hyacinth bulbs

I some broken pieces from a clay pot

A good potting soil

A plastic pot

And I started layering (like when I make the famous Italian lasagna) everything in this order:

The plastic pot + broken clay pot pieces + 4 inches of soil + 8 tulip bulbs + a layer of soil + 8 Daffodil bulbs + a layer of soil + 4 hyacinths + a layer of soil + 8 crocus bulbs + a layer of soil + a layer of dried leaves from my garden.

And… this is what I got at the beginning of March of this year. A pot full of spring flowers!

One of the best things that I have learned about travelling is…I always learn something new, something that can make my life more interesting!

Happy Sunday to all!