A rainy day…

Hello everyone!

In a cold and rainy day, it is still possible to see the “Sun” looking through the heart’s eyes…

The guided tour to visit two of the most famous places here in the Veneto region was really an amazing experience inspite of the cold and rainy weather. Honestly, I was not really sure if I could take some pictures due to the rain, and then as I started to look at the beauty of the place on a rainy day, suddenly I noticed other aspects of visiting the Santuary of “Monte Berico” and the city of Marostica the province of Vicenza on a rainy winter day.

A place of worship for Cristians, even more, it really gave me that profound feeling of peace and joy.

A library with more than 80,000 books…

A 15th century book… a medieval book with a pig skin cover. How a book survived through all these centuries not only because of its care but also for its cover. 🤔

Marostica…

A painting which depicts the guardian angel…”Chiesa della Madonna del Carmine, Marostica”

Lucky enough to see this amazing monumental work of art by Paolo Veronese. “The Feast of Saint Gregory the Great (1572)” depicts Pope Gregory I dining with a dozen poor pilgrims, including Jesus in disguise at his right side.

Notice the shell symbol on Jesus’s robe. A symbol of pilgrimage.

Tulips and pastries…

Feeling the warmth even on a cold and rainy day…

Wishing you all an amazing Sunday!

Cison di Valmarino (TV), Italy

A small, interesting and historical town to visit in the province of Treviso, Italy.

Castelbrando… A medieval castle built on top of a limestone rock overlooking the city of Cison di Valmarino, province of Treviso, Italy.

The streets decorated with these red Christmas trees…

An old well..

A Nativity…

A red “500” car and a sign ” Uno dei Borghi più belli d’Italia” – part of an association of towns of historical interest founded in 2001 on the initiative of the tourism council of the “Associazione Nazionale Comuni Italiani” with the aim of preserving and maintaining villages of quality heritage.

Article 13 “Personal liberty shall be inviolable”

Article 11. “Italy rejects war as an instrument of aggression against the freedom of people and as a means of settlement of international disputes…”

Article 4 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic.

Article 3 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic.

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to read everything but I took some pictures of some articles of the Italian Constitution written on wood.

Oh! I actually saw three houses with slogans during the fascist regime in Italy which really made me think…was it really important to restore (making it legible) those slogans? What was the true purpose of making those slogans clear and easy enough to be read by anyone? 🤔

It’s already January 6 here in Italy and it’s a national holiday. Epiphany – the feast of the Three Kings, “La Befana”- the old Witch who brings toys/goodies to children who have been good during the year and “Carbone”- a candy which looks like charcoal for those who have been naughty during the past year.

and…

“Panevin”- Bread and wine (celebrated on the 5th of January). A tradition in the Veneto region who used a bonfire to evoke the sun. Another tradition of Panevin is a crop forecast (I think, the town of Arcade, in the province of Treviso, Italy, best represents this tradition!). “Falive a mattina, tol su el saco e va a farina – When the smoke goes east, take a bag and go begging. ” Se la falive le va a sera, de polenta pien caliera” – When the smoke goes west, the crop will be good, the pot full with polenta.

What would be this year’s forecast? I have to read the newspaper tomorrow to know it!

For those who are Christians, I wish you Happy Three Kings! For those who are not, wishing you an amazing day! 😊

The last day of the year 2019

Going to work and finding …

Parco Sant’Artemio, Treviso (TV), Italy

The road…

A fantastic gift.

Wishing everyone a wonderful end of the year and…

My wish for everyone is…

For a year full of good opportunities

For a year of peace, joy and good health

For a year of wisdom and hope for better things to come

For a year of LOVE.

Goodnight

Sunset, Santo Stefano di Barbozza, Valdobbiadene (TV), Italy

The day is almost done

Today will be tomorrow’s past

Memories… the fervid hope that tomorrow will bring new beginnings and opportunities.

A new hope of better things to come.

A beautiful sunset…

AFS

The Christmas spirit…

Preparing cookies for friends and family…

creating Christmas centerpieces with beloved friends…

Greeting friends…with a picture of home baked cookies.

Savoring the sight of dawn during the winter season in Italy…

Christmas is…

A cherished memory of beautiful moments spent with family and friends.

The sense of wonder and hope of something special on Christmas Eve.

The magic of a season when a smile and a greeting can fill ones heart with joy, peace and love.

Sharing…

Giving…

Forgiving…

Loving….

Wishing everyone Peace, Joy and Love.

Treviso 2019