Archive for September, 2010

Che piu cercando io vo

This entry is part 32 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

23 September If there is one place where you see the real Italy, it will be at the market. And the Rialto market in Venice is no exception. Largely a fish, fruit and vegetable market,Rialto market can provide for hours of entertainment. It’s quite remarkable how easily people can set up such beautiful displays of…

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So, so you think you can tell

This entry is part 31 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

It would take you a very long time to explore all the streets of Venice. And then there are still the islands.Most people visit Murano for the glass factories. Less people bother to visit the smaller island, Burano. We took the waterbus to Burano. This is the island where you will find the famous lacework….

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I see you shiver with antici…..pation

This entry is part 30 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

21 September Everyone that gets to go to Venice, does so with great anticipation. Leaving Mason Vicentino, we took the shortest route to the autostrada that did not involve Bassano del Grappa. And the drive to Venice was a quick one, with the only noteworthy thing being the vast amount of trucks you find along…

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By a Crystal blue Italian stream

This entry is part 29 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

20 September Never under (or over)estimate the size of a city. Having only truly seen Verona at dusk, we stopped to take another walk through the town centre before leaving for Grappa area. Verona remains a beautiful city. Somehow, the fact that you have to cross a bridge to enter an old town, makes it that…

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Saunter by the mountains of Merano

This entry is part 27 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

18 September If there is only one thing to do in Merano, it cannot possibly be washing. We have been very happy with weather, with only a little rain in Lucca so far. Today we experienced some Southern Tyrol rain, which was not altogether a bad thing. Even when you try and fit in the…

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A horse with no name

This entry is part 25 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

16 September It feels like such a sin to leave the beauty of Maggiore. Especially for time in a city. We were given clear instruction on how best to get to Milan. Off the autostrada, parking “silo’s”, underground  train– simple. We ended up driving into the city, until eventually we saw a parking garage a…

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He just keeps rolling along

This entry is part 24 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

15 September 2010 Today, we decided to do some touristy stuff…. Francesca, the very friendly owner of our guesthouse, suggested that we not spend our day rushing around Milan, but rather do a trip to Centrovalli, Switzerland. It was not very difficult to convince us. The first leg of this wonderful excursion is by normal…

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The lake a lady’s mirror

This entry is part 23 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

14 September 2010 There are definite ups and downs to good design and engineering. As we drove back out of the Aosta valley on one of the regional roads, we realised the beauty that you miss when you use the autostradas with all its tunnels and bridges. There are numerous castles in the valley, and…

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Deine Welt sind die Berge

This entry is part 22 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

Italy, France, Switzerland. All in one day. We were up early. We really only had one stab at seeing Monte Bianco.That’s if the weather would play along. And so it did. We took the Autostrade to Palud, where the Funivie Monte Bianco is. There are a series of cable cars that can take you all…

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Desmond has a barrel

This entry is part 20 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

11 September 2010 Saturdays are market days in Alba, and because I have this idyllic idea of Italian markets, we went to see whether this market lived up it. Alba is one of the bigger towns in the area, and it goes without saying that the drive there was a beautiful one through countless vineyards….

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Little boxes on the hilltop

This entry is part 18 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

9 September 2010 We must be at the sea. A cool sea breeze makes for much more tolerable temperatures. And with the clouds, we might even get some rain. Getting to Corniglia’s train station means about 370 steps. Fortunately, we needed to go down. There are a few ways of travelling between the five towns…

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It’s a long and winding road

This entry is part 17 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

8 September 2010 It’s quite remarkable how some good rain can make one feel so refreshed and ready for life. Up to now, we have not had breakfast in any of the places we stayed, but with the stuff we bought at the Coop, we managed a good breakfast of crocanti (dried buns, basically –…

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Lean on me

This entry is part 16 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

7 September 2010 I’m not sure who would have been more disappointed at having to leave the guesthouse on the farm. Niel, myself, or Moonshadow, our little cat friend. We left as early as possible, stopping in San Gimignano to get a better look at this very popular hilltop town. It really is beautiful with…

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I’m being followed by a moon shadow

This entry is part 15 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

06 September 2010 Monday usually means all kinds of mundane stuff. Like washing, a renewed attempt at gym after a weekend binge, grocery shopping. That must then make our Monday true to form. I started off attempting the instructions on an Italian washing machine. Sounds simple? At least I figured out that Centrifuginazionale (or some…

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Right said Fred, both of us together

This entry is part 14 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

5 September 2010 It can be quite overwhelming . You’re never quite sure whether you know what the signs say. You ask, but you’re seldom really understood, and even more seldom understand the response. We set off with the hope of finding some wine estates that are open, and gradually make our way to Arezzo….

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

This entry is part 13 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

4 September 2010 It can be slightly challenging to read something that was translated from Italian to English, without proper knowledge of English. It’s even more challenging to be driving on the wrong side of the road, sitting on the wrong side of the car, opening your window every time you reach for the gear lever,…

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Momentary Lapse of Reason

This entry is part 10 of 33 in the series Pasta, Passes and Passions - Italy 2010

There’s nothing that dampens the enthusiasm like a plethora of airports and flights! It took us 24 hours from the time we set off to the airport in Cape Town, to the point where we eventually landed in Rome. And other than the time spent sharing our excitement with the kids who came to see…

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