10 things to do in Cebu

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The following are for me, some of the interesting things to do while you are in Cebu, Visayas island, Philippines.

1. Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu – I think every “cebuano” (a term to indicate the residents and original inhabitants of Cebu knows what this monument is and where it is located). For me, it is not only an important historical monument  but it also represents a place of serenity and prayer.

2. Yap – Sandiego ancestral house. Built during the 17th century, located in the Parian district, it is considered as one of the oldest houses in the Philippines.

3. Heritage monument. Though “recently” built ( July 1997 – December 2000), yet, I believe it is still very interesting to see because the monument represents and illustrates in one block the major and significant events in the history of the city of Cebu. Oh! It is also a 5 minute walk from the Yap Sandiego ancestral house!

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4. Fort San Pedro “Fuerte de San Pedro”. The original structure was made of wood built after the arrival of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his expedition and in the 17th century a stone fort replaced the old structure to repel Muslim raiders. Considered as the oldest triangular bastion fort in the Philippines, this is surely a monument worth visiting. The following pictures are just a few of the things to see in this well maintained landmark.

5. Museo Sugbo. A Cebuano heritage museum really worth visiting!

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6. Sirao gardens. I heard a lot of interesting stories about this flower farm garden and so three years ago I decided to visit this place.  Sirao garden is beautiful to see but I believe I visited it at the wrong time. Even so, the place beautiful and relaxing.  It was really fun to  drink fresh coconut juice and pulp from a booth located outside of the entrance of the garden.

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7. SM and AYALA. For shopaholics, window shoppers and for those looking for a place to meet friends and to spend a moment with love ones, one of the best options is just to let the hours pass away in these two mega malls in the heart of Cebu. I did got the feeling of  having it all on one place! (Though I would prefer throwing my time island hopping and swimming!)

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8. Island hopping. I never miss this everytime I go to visit Cebu. Oh! I discovered that the best time to start the tour is to begin it not later than 8 a.m. and to return to the mainland not later than 3 p.m. (after 3 pm the waves are bigger!)

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9. The Taoist Temple

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10. Temple of Leah. It was still under construction when I visited it three years ago. A Cebuano version of  the Taj Mahal in India? 

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Life is an interesting journey.

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it is incredible how a rose can still be beautiful even after days of rain!

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

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.

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

Madonna dell’Angelo, Caorle (VE), Italy

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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!

“Bacaro”

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One of the things to do when you visit Venice is to eat the so called tasty “Cicchetti” (typical nutritious appetizers that if you eat a lot of these, can be a good alternative for lunch – especially if you want to save time and money) and drink Prosecco (an extraordinary sparkling white wine produced in the Veneto region).

Inside a “Bacaro”

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“Polenta con Sardea in saor” and “Polenta al nero di Seppie con Baccala mantecato”

Of course the wine…

I think this Bacaro is one of the best in Venice.

The Carnival of Venice is during this period of the year and the typical delicacy is called “Frittelle” and today I tasted something related called “Mammalucchi” (I think they really taste better than the usual carnival fritter)

And…Venice today…

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Venzone, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy

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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!

Pontebba, (FVG), Italy. Snow art 2019

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Like the sand in an hourglass, time flies. Life is a journey…this weekend another page has been written and again I realized that it’s not about those beautiful dreams for the future but how I savor every moment of each day.

Oh! I thought it would be so cold inside this “igloo”, strangely it was not.

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There is always something to learn in life…

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Happy New Year to all!

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A fruit salad ( “macedonia” in Italian)…this is how I would describe the year 2018. Visiting new places, finding old friends and savoring each moment of everyday with family and friends trying to understand the meaning of what life is truly all about, was like tasting a delicious fruit salad, some fruits inside it were so delicious but the for ones I didn’t like much, I simply thought that they added a particular taste to the salad. Here’s wishing everyone a Joyful, Blissful and Prosperous Year 2019!!! Oh! To greet the New Year, I prepared this basket full of 13 kinds of fruits, a family tradition…to wish for a prosperous, joyful and bountiful new year.

Oh! One of the ways to welcome the New Year here in the historical city of Treviso is to have a walk through its streets and alleys, window shopping, eating sandwiches or the typical dishes of the Veneto region, eating the typical Christmas cake which is called “Panettone” , drinking Prosecco wine, Vin Brulè or simply talking with friends and family about the events of the year while waiting for the fireworks at the tick of the first second of the New Year. This year, it was really so beautiful and so heartwarming to see life, to see happy and hopeful faces and to see the lights that somehow have that special glow that only the Christmas season can bring. A prayer that in the heart of everyone be that feeling of hope and love. A wish for Peace for all mankind.

Piazza dei Signori, Treviso and the fireworks to welcome the New Year.

Life is indeed an interesting journey!