Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekend readings.

Hi there! How was your week? Here's another list of useful, informative, interesting links. Enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2012


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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Travel plans

Just yesterday I was thinking how much I have travelled in 2011 (well, for my standards anyway). It went like this:
April - Nuremberg, Germany
August - Venice, Italy
September - Turin, Italy
October - Barcelona, Spain
October - Frankfurt, Germany (this was for a work event though)
November - Paris, France

And I can't help feeling all happy and giggly when thinking about what's coming up this year. It looks like we are going to explore (or re-explore) Italy quite a bit:
January - Florence
March - Siena and the Val D'Orcia
April/May - Todi
June/July - US

And I am sure more travel plans will come up.
I find going for a long weekend rather than for a whole week or two weeks vacation is more relaxing, and gives something to look forward to in the winter months when I am stuck at work.

A note on my trips. Since I don't have a disposable income, and we are planning our wedding and have decided to pay everything by ourselves, the Italy trips are bought on Groupalia (something like Groupon). So we got very good deals on all of them, and when travelling we usually eat at restaurants only for dinner, while having something on the go for lunch. Plus, we always eat a good breakfast at the hotel. This allows for quite a bit of savings.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Travel pictures: Florence!

These are some overdue pictures of my short trip to Florence. We went there by train from Rome and by 11 am we were there. It was really cold, but the sky was blue and the air crisp. So we wore good jackets and hats, and went to explore the city.
We had both been there already, but Florence never disappoints, even if it is the millionth time one visits. It's a very elegant city, beauty is to be found at every corner, and people are really kind and polite - not to mention the food!
Here are the pictures...

This is the cloister of the San Lorenzo church. I love cloisters - they give such a paceful feeling, they seem to me the perfect place to read or meditate - or simply relax.

What you see when you enter the square where both the Duomo and the Battistero are located. Isn't it breathtaking?).

Inside the Battistero...

A view of Ponte Vecchio. All the stores which line the bridge are jewellery stores. So sparkly!

Had to take a picture of the food!

The view from out hotel room. This is the Santa Maria Novella church. The hotel was in an ancient palace (about 1400, if I recall correctly), and if you ever go to Florence, I'll give you the address - I highly reccommend it!

Finally, the view from above: we went to the San Miniato al Monte church, and this is the view. The church is a beautiful example of romanic style, and well worth the visit!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Song of the day!

Just heard this on the radio, and had to share it...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Weekend readings!

Happy Saturday, everybody! This is going to be a loooong list of links (I have collected them over a couple of month). So, grab your coffee and start reading!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Travel pictures: Paris.

I was in Paris at the end of November.
It was really cold compared to where I live, but so worth it. Paris has a very decadent and romantic feeling during the grey days of fall. not to mention, one appreciates red wine better when it's cold!
The surprise was we could see the first Christmas decorations and the Nativity in Notre Dame!

We took plenty of pictures, and here's my selection:

Definitely, Paris never disappoints me. It was my third time there, and I still want to go back...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Travel Pictures: Barcelona.

I am still nursing an endless flu, and I am supposed to leave on Sunday for Florence!
In honor to this (and a couple other, including my honeymoon) upcoming trip, I am going to publish some pictures from my most recent trips.
I am starting with Barcelona. Went there in October, it was my first time in Spain.
The weather was awesome, the company was great and the food too! I had a great time.
Now, on to the pictures!

Talking about food...

And beautiful weather...

And beautiful architecture!

The market display was really inviting...

And I learned so much about the amazing Gaudi's architecture (this is only an example)

I would love to visit Barcelona again, only for a few more days.


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