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”

“Cicchetti”

“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!

A thought…

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When I dream of seeing places and finding myself unprepared (even if I have already read articles about it!) for the kind of mind blowing sense of gratefulness for the privilege of seeing a dream come true…

Trajan’s column ” Colonna Traiana”, Rome

Touching Roman history at the Palatine Hills in Rome

Because in this trip I realized that the rain can’t stop me from enjoying the the taste of History.

Wishing everyone a delightful day!

Il Colosseo e Foro Romano Palatino

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It rained all day but it was still worth visiting these historical sites.

But Rome is not only about historical monuments…

Tonnarelli al Calamari, Carciofi e Pomodorini

Carciofi alla Giudia

Thanks to Diego, the hotel owner for his advice, “L’Arancio d’Oro” a few minutes from Castel Sant’Angelo, I was able to taste some of Rome’s special dishes!

Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Fontana della Barcaccia, Rome

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A fountain by Pietro Bernini, completed between 1623 – 1629, at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna in Rome.

I have visited a lot of historical and famous cities in the world, but I have never experienced such AWE as I did while walking in the streets of this world renowned city. This city is not only about historical monuments. It is like visiting a city which has everything in it!

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful day!