Madonna dell’Angelo, Caorle (VE), Italy

There are days when walking on the beach or just visiting a new place just gives that peaceful feeling of being lucky just to be able to touch, to see, to hear, to smell and to feel the priceless gift that only nature brings…

“Flood waters reach the cross symbol during a frightening flood that happened on December 31, 1727 but miraculously, not a single drop of water was able to enter this Sanctuary”

And though it was a foggy afternoon the sight of some sculptured rocks along the way to this historical church brightened my day!

Oh! While I was walking I just thought of these words from a song of Andy Williams which says “May your hopes become wishes and may your wishes come true”…

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Fog

Today, a chilly foggy morning greeted me making whatever destination almost impossible to see.

The humid winter air seeps silently through my skin, awakening half asleep senses as every step brought me nearer to where I must be.

Time is the essence of every season and everyday, as I breath deeply and my eyes started to see, I hoped and prayed that I could add life to time even on a foggy day.

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

Pansies

When a flower dares to challenge the bleak colors of a cold winter day…

it is Friday, it’s very cold outside and while my thoughts started to cloud my mind with everything from this past week, the urge to look outside the window brought my attention to these little but colorful flowers that inspired me to think, “Even in the coldest moment of the year, there is always something/someone to keep you company”.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

Venzone, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

The most important thing that I have learned from visiting one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, Venzone, is about the power of will and how it drives persons to pursue a dream.

How the people of this small but truly beautiful town in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region rebuilt their village after two very strong earthquakes destroyed it. A beautiful story of life.

Here are some pictures of Venzone and it’s historical church.

Inside this little Chapel were displayed (you pay to see them €1.50), some well preserved mummies, some of the early inhabitants of this little town.

In winter, the town is beautiful but the streets were almost empty. Somebody told me that it is a lot more animated in the other seasons of the year.

If life is a journey, then, it is really a very interesting one filled with opportunities to learn more about life, about the persons I meet along the way. Life is like a never ending story, every new day brings something new, beginnings and hope.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day!

“Poffertjes”

One of the things that I have learned/tasted during my trip in Amsterdam is this specialty called “Poffertjes”. I like to cook and to learn new recipes so, after returning back from my vacation, I looked for this particular pan and I found it in the internet. Today, a rainy day, I decided to use it but using a friend’s “hot cake recipe”. The result was just as I hoped.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

8 grams baking powder

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

3 Tablespoons sugar

3/4 teaspoon fine salt

3 Tablespoons corn oil

Mix above ingredients well.

Grease the “Poffertjes” pan

The procedure in cooking this mini pancakes is more or less like preparing “Hotcakes”

Oh! In Amsterdam they serve these mini pancakes sprinkled with powdered sugar, honey or maple syrup. I love traveling and everything that goes with it. Life is a journey…

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!