Sunday, 21 January 2018

Venice | Veneto

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

City of oddities - Bergamo | Lombardy

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

It's all about the food

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

The Nord | Lombardy

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

Praia a Mare | Calabria

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 | Calabria

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

Messina | Sicily

Today my boyfriend and I will leave Berlin to stay in Calabria for one week. Last year we went there in winter as well. We stayed on week and had one nice day trip to meet his family in Messina. Messina is a city of approx. 230 thousand inhabitants and it is the third biggest city on Sicily. We had a long car trip to the coast of the metropolitan region Reggio Calabria. From there we took the ferry to Messina. Everyone told me to appreciate this moment! "Oh my God, you gotta check the view from the ferry! You gotta you gotta you gotta check!"

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. :)

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