Parco Natura Viva, Bussolengo (VR), Italy

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A way to learn more about nature…

There is only one description to this place…if you are visiting the province of Verona in Italy, “Parco Natura Viva” in Bussolengo, is surely one of the interesting places to go and visit because aside from the park, it is home for some endangered species.

I think that visiting places and learning something about it is like adding life to each moment of my life. As Abraham Lincoln said “in the end its not about the years in your life that counts but the life in those years”

Life is indeed a very interesting journey…

Happy Saturday!

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The good thing about having the Four Seasons is…. it brings with it something new and something old.

Winter for me means the sight of Robins (my favorite bird) and Christmas

Spring means awakening . A season of roses and the beginning of the gardening season.

Summer is the sunny part of the year. Outings with family or with friends.

Autumn…together with Spring, is one of my favorite season of the year. Pansies, pumpkins, chestnuts, mushrooms and the sight of gold brown, red and yellow leaves.

Doge’s Palace “Palazzo Ducale”, Venice, Italy

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I have visited a lot of historical buildings in my life but this…is not only historical, it is…at least for me, AMAZING! If you really want to know something about the reason why Venice is a fabulous city, a guided tour about the history of “Palazzo Ducale” and its secret places would be a good place to start.

A view from a gondola of the Doge’s Palace “Palazzo Ducale, Venezia, Italy”

View from one of the rooms of the Armory, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

To the Secret Passages …

View from the Bridge of Sighs “Ponte dei sospiri”, Doge’s Palace, Venice, Italy

There is so much to see and a lot to learn.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Villa Lattes, Istrana, Province of Treviso

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Autumn is the season of the year (for me) where the colors of the leaves, the taste of chestnuts and new wine “vin novo” and pumpkins have the power to ease the gloomy feeling that I feel during the cold and rainy days that marks the end of summer.

“Festa della Zucca” which means pumpkin festival outside Villa Lattes in the town of Istrana in the Province of Treviso.

Villa Lattes, Istrana

Another jewel in the Province of Treviso.

Inside the Villa is a collection of musical boxes and automatons which the former owner of the Villa, a Lawyer, Bruno Lattes, has left to the city of Treviso but now owned by the municipality of Istrana in the province of Treviso, Italy.

“Il Tamburino” the drummer

” La scimmia con il banjo” The monkey with the Banjo

“Il pagliaccio che suona l’Arpa”

Can you believe that this is a Music box chair?

Above are only some of the interesting things that you can see by visiting the villa and it’s museum.

Thank you to great men like Bruno Lattes, I can again say…life is indeed a very interesting journey.

Wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!

Scrovegni Chapel – Cappella degli Scrovegni, Padua, Veneto, Italy

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Hello everyone! The experience that I had in visiting this 13th century Chapel in the Veneto region left me in awe that 3 days after visiting it, I am still here wondering what it was like to live in the Renaissance era. It must have been a promising period – a period of political, economic and social transformation. The visit to this historical jewel was even more interesting because we (it was a guided group tour of 25 persons – only 25 persons were allowed to visit the Scrovegni Chapel at a time after passing 20 minutes inside a decontamination room) started this tour with a theatrical representation about life in that period and it gave us too, a glimpse of the history of this Chapel (frescoed by the great painter GIOTTO) and who commissioned it, the Scrovegni family – Enrico Scrovegni and Jacopina d’Este.

The visit to this amazing Chapel really made me feel so fortunate to see how a work of art, so profound and so beautiful that after so many centuries it has the power to evoke joy, awe and sense of gratitude for such a priceless legacy to a lot of persons, including me. I think that the city of Padua (Padova in italian), famous for its University, the Botanical garden, the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, Pedrocchi Cafè still has a lot of treasures to be seen.

Last Judgement, Scrovegni Chapel, Padua, Veneto, Italy

Kiss of Judas, fresco by Giotto

Giotto’s interpretation of one of the three theological Virtues “La Carità – Charity”

“Envy – L’Invidia”, Giotto, Cappella degli Scrovegni

A part of the city of Padua by night

Life is a journey…

Marmolada, the queen of the Dolomites

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5A6E4D7A-CA01-4CFE-8C88-80C465C7E3B2One of the best things about living in the Veneto region is the possibility of being in one of the best territories  in Italy. Honestly, I was so busy coping up with everyday life that it’s only lately that I started to realize (maybe because I have more time to spend for myself), that I live near one of the most interesting and beautiful parts of Italy. Venice is a few minutes by train, Verona, Padua and the  Dolomites is just a few hours drive away. Although it took me a lot of years to realize that I am living in a region with a lot of sites considered by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a world heritage but I also believe that this is the right moment for me to begin to understand the value of  everything around me. Travelling is surely one of the best way to savor and to appreciate more deeply life in all its aspects.

From the moment I saw the morning star shining on top of the Sorapis mountain, the Dolomite mountain ranges (declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site) have fascinated me enough to make me visit it or walk its trails every year. As I have written in an article in a  local journal more than 20 years ago, the beauty of the Dolomites evokes in me that intense and beautiful sensation  whenever I see some beaches in the islands of Mindanao and Visayas, Philippines. A simple yet profound way of nature to say, “Hey! look at me, I’m beautiful, priceless and I’m always here for you! the only thing I ask is for you to love and take care of me.”

 

Yesterday I woke up thinking what particular place to visit this weekend and pop! How about visiting a museum dedicated to the heroes who fought in the Marmolada range in the Alps during the First World War?  The Museum is truly interesting to visit (unfortunately it was not allowed to take pictures inside the museum. The two pictures above were taken at the entrance to the museum.) but after listening to the audio guides about the life of the soldiers and the objects recovered during that war displayed in the museum, I just can’t help myself feeling very sad. War is never the solution. Love is.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Sunday!

 

 

Venice

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I woke up thinking about Venice. Today is Monday, this very historical and beautiful city is just a short train trip away so, I thought, it would be more fruitful and enjoyable to visit this city and learn something than sitting at home and watching TV. Guess what I learned? A deeper knowledge about the famous venetian painter “Tintoretto” – Jacopo Robusti ( unfortunately it was prohibited to take pictures of the exhibition) and… Venice is always full of tourist even on Monday.

Pictures from “Palazzo del Doge”, Venice

It is a very hot day but Venice still has the power to cool me. Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Travelling is…

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So many thoughts came to my mind these past days and it was like going back in time. I thought about the latest trip to Paris and a city near the Italian border called Annecy and the short stop at the city of Geneve in Switzerland and it was like feeling again that sense of excitement and awe that I felt at seeing new places. Indeed, there is so much to learn from this world, unfortunately the time that I have is not enough to visit more places and to learn something more. The chest where I store my golden memories is too small to contain everything savored and all those moments still to be lived. Life, inspite of everything is a very interesting journey for me.

“Freedom or death” this phrase really gave me the idea that freedom is the beginning of evolution. A monument inside the Pantheon in the city of Paris

Giardino del Palazzo di Lussemburgo, Parigi

Notre Dame, Paris

Museo d’Orsay, Parigi

Place della Concorde and the Obelisk that once marked the entrance to the temple of Luxor in Egypt. Awed and feeling privileged to have seen these.

L’Opera, Parigi

Place Vendome and the historical bronze column

Annecy, Parigi

Container gardening? – in the background the church of Notre Dame Liesse

May this coming week be an opportunity for everyone to learn more, to share the best in us more and to LOVE more.

Paris

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The trip to this wonderful city was an eye opener for me. Another city, added knowledge of a place dreamed of to see and most of all…the realization that life is indeed a wonderful journey!

A girl admiring the view from the Museum with the largest Impressionist Collection in the world .

The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, France

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

A view from the Arc de Triomphe Paris

A view from the Galeries Lafayette, Paris

A view of the Eiffel Tower from Trocadéro, Paris

Sacré-Cœur, Paris

Luxembourg Palace, Paris

The Palace of Fontainebleau or Château de Fontainebleau

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!