SOLO TRAVELLER IN VENICE

Hi everyone! It’s nice to write on my blog again. Usually I’m always packed with things to do and have little time to update my page here. Since tonight I have some time for myself here I am going to explain in detail my last week travel to Venice.

First of all: I was alone and even so I had a great time! So if you are wondering if the most romantic city in the world is solo traveller friendly it is definitely a YES! I spent 5 days in a hostel on Giudecca island, in front of Venice, and since the room was cheap I got to spend my extra money on food, things and some presents for myself.

I was in Venice in December 2015 the last time and since it was so windy and chilly after sunset we were mostly in the apartment we rented for the stay after 5-6 p.m, so this time I decided to experience Venice in a sunny month and September was definitely the right choice!

It was my first time travelling alone since usually I only spend the time on trains and such by myself, after that I usually meet up with others. This time I was alone for the entire stay and I got to know myself more.

Travelling alone is an experience I highly recommend to everyone especially the ones, like me, who think of themself as independent and loners. I always believed I was a kind of person who needn’t people to be happy and I was wrong. I realized it the first night, while in my room I kind of felt lonely with no one to share my journey with. But after that first night I spoke to the people who shared my hostel: French, English and Canadians youth like me who wanted to experience Venice the best they could.

My travel consisted of 5 days and every day I wanted to experience different sides of Venice so I planned my schedule very carefully:

1st day: I arrived in the early afternoon in Venice, got to my hostel and unpacked.. Then I explored Giudecca island who is different from the main Venice we know. There are small parks, new modern houses, a university and the best small streets where you would want to get lost forever. After memorizing the position of the supermarkets, restaurants and such I ate pistachio ice cream and watched the best sunset view of the entire stay!

2nd day: my birthday. I wore my best frilly white dress and explored Venice. Got to the hebrew area, my loved one, where I ate my favourite Kosher sweets and then off to S.Marco. In the middle of the day there was a huge storm and I got wet from the rain… even so I stayed out till 8. S.Marco during sunset was magical, full of lights and music orchestras… Ate Spaghetti with clams in a high-end restaurant with the best view on S.Marco to celebrate my birthday.

3rd day: Murano and Burano. Murano is peaceful and beautiful for a quick stay. I highly recommend it if you want to see the glass-makers doing their job. There are exquisite restaurants everywhere and glass boutiques where you can buy gifts. Ate there and then headed off to Burano a 30 minutes ride on the ferry-boat. Burano was a huge surprise for me! It’s a small island with a park all around it and in the middle colorful houses everywhere. The colors were so vivid and the boutiques full of frilly things to buy… Best spot for couples to take pictures of course.

4th day: Lido’s beach. I spent the entire day by the sea and it was awesome. The sun was so warm and th sea breeze so soothing. I walked a lot, swam, read and ate. I got so tanned in only one day that I was seriously surprised… Drank a fresh strawberry 500 ml smoothie while heading back and got lost… Ferry-boats change slightly routes after 7 p.m and I didn’t know it so I had to stay another 1 hour out because I needed to take another one to return to Giudecca.

5th day: I left my baggage at the train station and stayed another 4 hours in the hebrew district, bought gifts and explored again the centre of Venice. Bought myself 2 chickenburger at Mc Donalds for the train ride and returned home with a feeling of accomplishment.

I suggest you to always cherish the memories of your past travels. I was a solo traveller and I spent 5 days as I was walking like in a dream. I got to do what I wanted without having to deal what others may want and this is why I totally recommend this kind of experience. I will return to Venice again for sure because it is already a beautiful memory to me and I will not ever forget about it.

To you all I can say only this: Travel as much as you can and never think of what others may think of it. Life is precious and too short to bother with others judgement!

Love you all from the bottom of my heart. ❤

 

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MY LATEST PORTRAIT

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The quality of the scan this time turned out bad but the original is way better. I wanted to draw something different with a new allure, I worked more on the expression than on my skills. It was quite a challenge since I usually focus more on the perfection of the lines and the tecnique. Turned out good I guess.

For my portraits I really love drawing eyes and the wrinkles on the lips, I might just make some studies on them just to focus on the different shapes and colors.

8000 VIEWS ON MY BLOG!

This half-year was really satisfying… 5000 views on my blog since January! Thank you so much for your interest towards my blog. I’m glad that I am able to share my thoughts with all of you so openly without any barrier. I’m the awkward kind of person around people but since I started this journey of mine on WordPress I can sense definitely an improvement on my behaviour.

I know my writing skills can be improved too this is why I try to write about many different topics.I’m working on something right now, a new project, and I want to share it with you as soon as possible. In the following weeks you will be updated surely.

I feel really thankful that you follow me in my simple life. Hugs from a smiling italian woman (still a girl at heart)!

IS KNOWLEDGE NEEDED TODAY?

In my point of view knowledge is the most important thing for a human being. Without it we couldn’t do all kinds of things and we would spend our lives as the people who inhabitant thousands of years ago in caves and without fire. Prometheus is the one that in the greek mythology brought the “fire” to humans as a god who took pity of the human kind. He was severely punished because “fire” symbolized the”knowledge” that was only meant to be understood between gods.

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Studying, researching and reading are the first steps to understand new things and as I am myself a huge bookworm I know it through experience. Watching documentaries is another must but the sensation of old paper is really far more enchanting.

I really am entranced by the scent of antique books. I personally own a book that is not really old, is it close to a century, but I like the feeling of it. My dream is to have a room completely filled on the four walls with bookshelves from the floor to the ceiling and a nice writing desk in the middle of it, with a chaise longue and a soft turkish carpet to minimize the sound of footsteps. 

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I am italian and in the eye of the world my country holds the best amount of history background. We really had a lot of interesting periods: The Roman Empire, the Rinascimento… Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello, Michelangelo, Piero della Francesca… Popes, politicians and the most beautiful cities in the world: Venezia, Firenze, Roma, Milano… We really have a lot to make ourselves proud.

Even so nowadays in Europe we are seen as the most dumb nation of all. I don’t think so… Certainly we don’t hold the first place in school education and we have so many flaws… but we are still here. We hold our pride as a friendly nation that even in difficult times can smile and make others feeling appreciated.

We are in war, Europe is in war. This is known and it scares me so much. But seeing that in the middle east there are purposely destructions of important archeological sites, people murdered without any concern for age and gender only because they are of different religion and entire populations directed in Greece and here in Italy to save themselves from the war is terrifying. I don’t know how things will turn out in the future, but I can sense the difference in my country. 

Knowledge should make us think before acting, even so we are against terribly ignorant people who knows only how to fight and make people cry. This is not knowledge it is war. Ignorance is the uglier thing in the whole world because without knowing things people act on impulses and following orders given from psychopaths. This is so wrong, so terribly wrong.

I really wish for my country and for the rest of the world to understand the importance of culture. We need to develop our minds towards the right paths for our future and for others too.

 

MY LOVE FOR RAVEL – BOLERO IS NEVER-ENDING

So much feelings, so much greatness. Every time I listen to this piece I fall into the ascending slow rithm. It’s like a magic, just like letting my body go with the flow, letting it become one with the musical notes.

Such emotions are able to come alive without any effort, without being asked. Music is one of the pleasures humans and animals both enjoy and this is one of the causes it is so precious.

Classical music is a must for me. Everytime I listen to it I feel in peace, suddenly feeling better.

Not everyone can feel this happiness because we all have different tastes and the culture we grew up in has great influence in what we might perceive as beautiful or distasteful.

Even so I think classical music must be taken as something we look upon as a model, something we truly enjoy no matter our believes and thoughs.

Maurice Ravel wrote this piece “Bolero” in 1928 as a music piece commissioned from a russian ballerina, and it is meant to be danced sensually on a table to attract the men slowly coming closer to her.  This is why you can feel the “crescendo” in the music and the intensity becoming every turn much higher.

Even though Ravel thought of this piece as one of his least important pieces for me it is his best one. I really am thankful to him for creating such beautiful music.

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MY 10th ANNIVERSARY IN VENICE

December 14th is gonna be our anniversary and for the occasion, as I mentioned some posts ago, we are gonna travel to a beautiful city. I was searching through the net for some deals in Europe and I was really sure to go visit Barcelona, but instead… we are going to Venice!

Since I am italian and not a halfie or someone who just lived abroad for her entire life, it’s really a shame I couldn’t visit yet one of the most famous italian cities. Venice is renowned for being a romantic location abroad, where every year there’s a famous film festival. In an american point of view is a place for love, best location for vips marriage or a city to visit once in a lifetime but for an italian is simply history and art. 

Venice for me is not a romantic city but a place where I can see beautiful architectures, art and discover the history behind it. Since Venice is basically an artificial island made of  100 small islands linked and supported together by wood poles planted in the mud centuries ago, I wanted to visit it to discover new things to know.

Venice is an essential part of our history: once one of the maritime republic, was a really prosperous city that linked the East Europe (Russia, Turkey and the other countries on the Mediterranean Sea) with the West through Italy, transporting merchants and products by ships even before Marco Polo appeared (13th century).

I will visit Murano and the glass makers, the famous “bridges”, piazza S.Marco and the orthodox cemetery, of course there’s gonna be  our anniversary celebration but if I have to say the truth we’re more excited by the possibility to  see Venice!

I’m already preparing everything I’ll need:  buying a new and bigger trolley, a warmer jacket along with clothes since we are gonna spend most of our time outside site-seeing, train tickets and boat tickets and gifts for his family that we are gonna go visit after Venice.  Christmas and maybe New year are with my in-laws so I will be back in January.

Kisses and always enjoy travelling! Bye ❤

 

THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB – SERIES

Today I’m gonna share with you my opinion on a series that catched my interest from the start and I truly loved from the bottom of my heart. I finished to watch it yesterday and thought to introduce you around this amazing project.

This series revolves around a book written by Lily Koppel “The astronaut wifes club” that tells the story of the wives of the very first astronaut men who tried to reach the space and the moon during the “Cold war” with URSS. The team named”Mercury seven” is the first ever group of astronauts created for this purpose.

The trials, the expectations, the problems, the mistakes, the difficulty to maintain a proper family relationships under the camera of so many journalists/ tv, in such a heavy atmosphere, is understandable. And even more when the tragedy did happend. I truly sympathized with the characters (the actresses were superb in my opinion) and especially Betty Grissom, one of the widows, was truly a sweet character. 

The strong female characters are here depicted as they truly are: wives, mothers and friends who support each other. The differences are clear: Lady Louise (Shepard) is the cold queen, Rene Carpenter the independent female voice and the others have each one the capability to get through problems together. 

I think this series could have been longer but the episodes are 10 and apparently only 1 season was created. Such a shame…

I enjoyed the portrayal of  their lives, their different behaviours, the emotions of the wives as they watched their men attempt to reach that goal who was so far away. I could feel the terror and the anxiety of the possibility that their men could be killed trying something so dangerous.

The tryals were great and the relationships with the other groups wives of Gemini and Apollo depicted well. 

These women are to be respected and looked upon as role models. 

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I really like when there’s a series portraying the “behind the scene” of an important historical date/event. The moon landing and the firsts attempts to reach the space are part of our history and the little we know about it is simply fault of the educational system. I’m sure in USA, as in Russia, in school children study this topic really early in age, this is different in Italy where the moon landing was seen as an event too distant and unrelated. 

Wish there were more of these kind of series and less fictional romance stories on vampires, werewolves and such…

“INSIDE OUT”: THE MECHANISM OF FEELINGS

I personally liked this movie. I went to the cinema already knowing its content and all because I saw on tv the trailer and it was so funny that I felt the urge to watch it… And… the expectations were satisfied. I liked it, as it is an animation film meant for teens and families. 

I was getting tired at some point with the figure of Sadness as it may appear the bad character of the film. She is not a villain, but even so makes a lot of mistakes and such, and because of her, Joy had to face a lot of troubles… Sadness was slow and always weak, but I have to admit  it: her view is close to mine sometimes so at some point I started to feel annoyed even to myself… I 

Joy was the positive figure, the happiness, the content of fun times. I really liked her and root for her till the end. Fear was sooooo cute too, trembling and running in panic all the time. I especially liked Disgust, her expressions were the funniest and the way she expressed herself totally like a teenager of these days. Anger was like a volcano, ready to erupt anytime.

The film may be meant for teens but in the theatre there were all adults laughing and smiling.

Feelings sometimes are difficult to express and especially when you are young. I am having hard times even now that I’m an adult so let’s be patient and help each other during difficult times. I try to always smile and be gentle,  to make some compliments to others so they will feel happy and maybe glad. 

Being positive all day is difficult and maybe impossible, but let’s be realistic, we can always try a bit harder.

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During the film I realized that in my everyday life I am under complete control of Fear and Sadness. I am a frightened person most of the time. Scared of people, scared of failing and to embarrass myself in front of others, scared to speak my thoughts. I need to focus more on positive feelings and to let go of my fear. I will try harder.

 

 

CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE IN ITALY

My cherry tree bloomed. It’s still a bit early but as the weather for the entire week was good and sunny the flowers started to pop out one after another.

I love this particular tree because represents the memories of my childhood.

When I was a small girl I used to pick up the cherries in June with my dad using a portable staircase. Now this tree doesn’t make so many cherries anymore and it doesn’t bloom as beautifully, even so I still love it as I love my bittersweet memories of my childhood.

Being a rural girl is awesome from my point of view because I can understand the meaning of growing plants and flowers.  Growing them is not only important from a productivity aspect, it’s like making a stronger bond with the nature.

In Italy cherry trees are likely to bloom during this month (second half of April or even at the start of May sometimes if the weather is not sunny enough). It’s a different time from Japan where the HANAMI already has long been finished.  

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Enjoy your memories from time to time by remembering the good things that happened to you when you were a child. Your heart will feel good and your feelings will be noticeable on your face making you radiant and happy to others.

Happy cherry blossom day! ^^

 

One of my favourite songs and perfect for this post too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fmMK0lfv80

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