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!

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…