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Lyon Lights Festival – Fête des lumières

4 Dec

Although there are other festivals of this kind around the world, the Festival of Lights in Berlin or the Diwali Festival in India,  the Lyon one is probably the most representative. Its origins come from as far as the 16th century and it celebrates the day when Virgin Mary spared the town from plague. Candles were lit up for that occasion and candles are lit up now everywhere at people’s windowsills all over town together with the fireworks launched from the top of Fourvière Hill by the municipality.

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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

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.

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Biking along the tulip fields of Holland (or how I lost my camera the day I needed it the most)

8 May

During my long weekend spent in Amsterdam and its surroundings, we decided to rent a bike on a Sunday morning and have a blast among the tulip fields. It was a beautiful sunny day at the beginning of May so I thought it was the perfect way to spend the day. We bought a map with all the bike trails from the turist information centre (I believe it was something like 5-6 euros) and headed towards the train station. 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.

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Fete du citron aka Lemon Festival in Menton

6 Apr

The spring is yet to come, these are the last days of the winter carnival but boy the oranges and lemons do look and smell so juicy and summery! And if you’re lucky, like we’ve been, to celebrate the festival in a sunny day, then despite the crowd, you’ll really enjoy yourself! And I guess it’s easy to be  lucky with the weather on Cote d’Azur even at the beginning of March!

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