Sunday, 21 January 2018
A city probably almost everyone in the world has heard of is Venice. That is also the reason why I don't really want to write a big blogpost about Venice. The net is full of posts like "5 reasons to visit Venice", "10 things to do in Venice" and "What to pack for Venice" and I really don't want to pretend I would be the grand expert on Venice, just because I once did a Venice day trip. The city is beautiful and I also recommend to go there, but I am not the one that gives you five reasons or 10 recommendations what exactly there is to do and to see. I will anyway post this blogpost about Venice, because: I went to Venice and this is my Italy throwback month!
Saturday, 20 January 2018
Bergamo. The first Italian city my feet did their steps in. Well, kinda. My couch surfing place was in Dalmine, which is a municipality in the province of Bergamo. So technically, yeah, I had my first Italian steps in Bergamo. The city of Bergamo (or Bèrghem in dialect) totally blew my mind back then. Before that very trip my brain never registered that Italy actually exists. For whatever reason...
Friday, 19 January 2018
Having a vacation in Italy is usually composed of a big portion of sleep, daily strolls and many meals. Many and rich meals. I enjoy the meals the most. We always gather around the kitchen, we have some drinks and enjoy the process of cooking the meals. Being in the south of Italy we usually choose mediterranean fish meals with ingredients we cannot get that easily in Berlin or that simply taste different than in Berlin.
Thursday, 18 January 2018
Hard to believe after all these posts of Italy's south, but I actually also saw a very different part of Italy before: The North. It was different in so many ways. You don't have this mediterranean feeling, because you are simply not at the sea, the mountains look different, more green and also the cities are looking way different. In the south you often see signs in so many houses, stating that the house is to be sold -> empty cities. In the north streets are busy and as far as I remember you were not able to see half constructed houses at each road. So, here comes the "contrast" post to my many Calabria throwbacks.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
In 2015 me and my boyfriend visited Praia a Mare in the West of Northern Calabria. Also Praia is part of the province Cosenza, like Aieta or Amendolara. We spent two nights there and had one full day to get around. The number one activity we planned was to "climb" the mountain and see the local grotto, which was pretty exciting!
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Food Oasis! I am writing this while being on vacation in Italy and it is so true: this place is a food oasis. We had our great lunch few minutes ago and now it is time to relax a bit on the sofa, so I just post this little throwback about two places that we visited for the purpose of having some max quality meals. The first one to introduce is Moccone. Moccone is a really small place in Cosenza province and basically the only thing we saw there was an old pretty train station, which doesn't work anymore.
Monday, 15 January 2018
I couldn't check any view, because we discussed fifteen minutes who should stay in the car with the dog. I was a bit mad, that they made me feel excited about the ferry drive and then we almost did not stay at all on the deck. Buuut at least in the last five minutes of the ferry drive we could take this photo and my boyfriend made me laugh again. :)
Sunday, 14 January 2018
Week number two of the Project 365: I am happy I still kept up taking a photo each day of this year, but as I assumed there are really a lot of guinea pig photos. It was a really dark week, clouds everywhere, no sunshine, and I spent a lot of time in the flat. When is winter over?
365 - 007: I went to Tierpark in Berlin Friedrichsfelde. Unfortunately I found out, that the Tierpark (zoo) does not allow to publish any photos of their animals. You can take photos for private use of course, but I don't know if this blog is still private use, so I rather not upload any photos of the animals (though I would looove to share many of those pictures).
Saturday, 13 January 2018
Piiizzo. I'm writing this blogpost on what felt like the darkest day of this winter and I hope it will give me some warm and bright feelings. In 2016 we went to Pizzo, a small town of just 9,000 inhabitants (which surprises me a lot - it seemed way bigger - but probably like in most south Italian places houses are empty). Pizzo is famous for its castle, its great view onto the sea, because it's situated on a cliff and it is famous for the tasty sweet called "tartufo". The tartufo is a large ice cream ball, which is filled with liquid chocolate. Be sure I ate two of those! :)
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Calabria can be pretty diverse. It does not only have the clear blue sea at the beach, it also has forests, lakes, meadows and mountains. A good mix of everything. Two years ago we decided to explore "inner" Calabria and headed to the mountainous plateau of La Sila. Before going to the national park we stopped at a beautiful lake, the lago Arvo.
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
Aahhh, the blue sea! The good weather! The sun shining down on us! Well. January is hitting hard right now. It got extremely cold, I am freezing all my limbs off and I don't wanna leave the flat, so looking through the photos of the last summer instantly brings me back to the beach of Calabria and warms up my thoughts. Last year we did something "crazy." We took a boat and cruised along the shore in the Ionian Sea.
Sunday, 7 January 2018
My boyfriend and me we went to Aieta in 2015 during our summer vacation, when Calabria was still new terrain for me. It is a gorgeous town in the mountains about 500 metres above sea level and I was really really amazed back then. The people put flowers everywhere, the houses are coloured so brightly and the streets have these really narrow side paths that make the town look so medieval and truly stereotype Italian. Medieval is actually the wrong word, because as far as I understood the first stones of this town were set in between the 4th and 6th century B. C. which makes it so ancient. I started to understand, why my boyfriend only weakly smiles, when I proudly tell of my old home town, that was founded around 790 AD.
Saturday, 6 January 2018
Wow, I can't believe the first week of 2018 is almost over again. It went so incredibly fast! Until now, I was determined to have a good start with reaching one of my 2018's goals: the project 365! I shot a few photos every day until now and I have a good feeling about it. I look very much forward to comparing the photos I shot in the beginning of the year to the photos I will shoot in the end of this year. Though a good bunch of the photos will show only my guinea pigs, because I am too lazy to leave the flat, haha!
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Oh Lord! It's that time of the year again. Me and my boyfriend will head south in less than two weeks to visit his family in Calabria. Each year we go there, so be warned: I will introduce a few Calabrian places and bomb this blog massively with Italy vacation throwbacks!
Places we visited and regularly visit in Calabria
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
Happy New Year to everyone! We survived another New Year's Eve and as always didn't regret to stay locked up at home. It was my fourth New Year's Eve here in Berlin and it became some sort of small tradition for me and my boyfriend to buy tons of fish and have a huge cook-off. We both don't really like to stay out during that day, because people get crazy with those explosives and fireworks. When I had my first New Year's Eve in Berlin we went out to have a party, but we both couldn't enjoy, because we were both paralysed by all this madness.
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