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The Travelling Cat (4)

21 Feb

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A very curious cat on a windowsill in San Marino, Italy, 2010.

 

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The tour around Putia mountain in the Dolomites

14 Nov

If you appreciate the great outdoors then some healthy trekking around the Dolomites, in northern Italy, is what you’re looking for. And this not only because the Dolomites are a world heritage site since 2009 but because you can find hikes for everyone’s taste: easy or difficult, long or short, you can use your city shoes, take the ski lifts or you have to be equipped for ladders and iron ropes (vie ferrate).

The tour around Putia mountain (Sasso Putia) is a stunning round tour in Alta Badia, which can be done both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Being 13km long, your path will take you through pastures and steep rocks, great natural beauties and amazing viewpoints. It also gives you the possibility to climb the top of Grande or Piccolo Sasso Putia and enjoy a panoramic view unlike any other of the peaks of the Dolomites, in which case you’ll have to carry along your climbing outfit.

We started the tour after a lovely winding road from San Martino in Badia at Passo delle Erbe where we left our car in front of Utia de Borz refuge (2006m). Continue reading

Autumn food festivals in northern Italy

22 Oct

If you think about coming to Italy you probably picture yourself soaking up the sun on one of the beautiful beaches along the cost or on one of the islands during the summer holidays or our marvelous towns or, maybe, enjoying the snow-covered slopes on the mountains in the North during winter. Or, again, strolling through the Tuscan hills and sipping some Chianti wine in early September.

I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t know what to do with October: the weather might be pretty bad, often rainy, the days shorter and the snow still has to fall..you’d think twice before booking a flight to Italy, especially to the northern part!

And you’d be wrong not only because you’d  miss some good discounts on your travel and the possibility to enjoy the country without a lot of the other fellow tourists around but you’d also miss something that is pretty characteristic for the Italian autumn: festivals!

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Ferrara Balloons Festival

17 Sep

The reason I like balloons so much is because they sum up a couple of things I really love:  colours, wind and cartoons. Colours, I love them all: red, yellow, green, purple, just name it, and I usually wear them depending on the mood I’m in. As for the wind, there is nothing better than a sunny windy day on my skin and through my hair, not the winter chilly one of course, but all the other seasons work fine for me. I don’t get that much wind where I live so when it happens it always makes my day. As for cartoons Continue reading

Biking your way through Venice

4 Sep

If you think that Venice is only for pedestrians  and that crossing  it involves a lot of climbing up and down stairs and bridges, well think again! And if you believe that in order to move a bit faster you must definitely hop on a ‘vaporetto’ I have news for you: you can also bike in Venice!

While this is not exactly true for the main town (yes, there are tons of bridges and there is barely any space other than that used by pedestrians) you can get away from the crowd and enjoy it all, perched on a bike, if you go towards the islands surrounding Venice. Continue reading

Venice – the obvious and the not so obvious

7 Jun

If you live in Veneto like I do or have the chance to spend a fair amount of time in this region, the touristy places lose a little bit of their shine and glamour and you might find yourself connecting the beautiful places with the hustle and bustle coming with being such a popular place.

If you consider visiting Venice you’ll definitely have to keep in mind that Continue reading

Parco Sigurta’

17 Apr

It’s Palm Sunday for you English speakers out there and this day bears more or less the same the same name in my languages: identical in Italian or Flower Sunday in Romanian.

Therefore, I think it’s the perfect day to introduce you to Parco Sigurta’, Continue reading

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