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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. ❤

 

TRAVELLING TO HIM

In less than 7 hours I will be all alone travelling to reach him. Long distance relationships are really tough, now I can understand it very well. I hope to spend quality time with my already 10 years partner and to not stress out too much over little things. I want to just leisurely watch tv, eat together and cuddle each other like we used to. I’m not a difficult person to please, so I sincerely wish for us to just find our usual routine before he went so far away. I am thrilled to see him again after more than a month… To you who are reading, I wish you a kind and sweet love. Kisses 

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THE LAST ALASKANS – WONDERFUL DOCU-SERIES

I’m completely smitten by a docu-series that’s been aired this spring on DMAX (one of my favourite channels). THE LAST ALASKANS was a real surprise for me, too intrigued by the landscapes and won by the curiosity of knowing the lifestyle of the people who live in the “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” a far away and uninhabited area in northern Alaska.

I’ve been all my life an avid documentary passionate and this kind of program is just too good to be true. The characters, their lives and memories, the amazing landscapes and the simple life they conduct are extremely extravagant from every point of view. They are happy to live there and sad when they have to go back to the city, their feelings are depicted really well.

To live a life always in search for food, no commodities, no tv, no internet and cellphones must be really hard. They sew their own gloves and snow boots with the fur of the hunted animals. They don’t have the possibility to go to the supermarket if they need something. In all the months they live in such isolation from the rest of the world they need to be always ready for unexpeted events and work hard to have the basic necessities.

Hunting caribou, dealing with bears, paying attention to the width of the ice, no sun for months since they are above the arctic polar circle… I think this is an amazing series that goes in-depth of the lives of these extravagant people called “last Alaskans”. The lasts who can live in this territory because in 1980 the government decided to stop any further human settlements in the area and so the ones who had previosly the rights to built cabins are only 7 and dislocated on hundreds of miles away from each other.

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Heimo and Hedna, definitely my favourite couple ever! They are so sweet and had four daughters that grew up in their cabins. Same as Bob they lived in this difficult territory for about 40 years. Their memories are so clear and emotionally painful that I really feel close to them. I really love Heimo, he seems a really great person!

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Ray Lewis is a tough and hard working man who grew up, with his wife, his 3 daughters in this kind of wild environment. Originally from Michigan he decided to move to Alaska in search of an adventurous life. His family is amazing, his daughters are able to hunt and do all the things required to live in such a difficult area since they grew up there and now are teenagers. They have all such a close relationship, I really feel their love for each other.

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Bob, the toughness, 40 years of experience in the wilderness. This season he was at a considerably disadvantage because he broke his airplane, he couldn’t hunt any caribou (so no meat aka lipids for all the winter months) and a bear ate all his provisions so he decided to return to Fairbanks to be with his daughter waiting for next season.

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All the group, in the centre the Lewis family with their three daughters and dogs.

Hope to see more of this amazing series! I really love it, I feel so close to all of them… The musics, the magical landscapes, the great respect they have for nature is so special that it would be a shame to not see more. Good luck last Alaskans from an italian watcher!

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I’M BACK HOME

Hi and happy 2016 to all of you! After more than 3 weeks away I came home and this time I feel much more relaxed and content with my journey.

I travelled to Venice, to Trentino and Trentino Alto Adige and I got home in Milan at the end of the first week of January. 

I am happy with what I saw, with the tastes I tried and the landscapes I viewed. It was all like a dream and I am partly satisfied, the only thing is this itchy feeling of need to more travelling this upcoming spring. I got really the spirit of a traveller! And it’s really weird since I always felt like I would spend my whole life  in this small town of mine, never enjoying a real journey.

Back on topic: VENICE IS MAGNIFICENT! Really cold though, but one of the most beautiful places I ever been in my whole life! Truly a beautiful city of a special kind! 5 days flew away in a blow. Even so I enjoyed it to the fullest. We’ve gone to: Piazza S.Marco, Rialto’s bridge, Murano, Giudecca, the orthodox cemetery and the jewish district…

It would be too long to explain everything but I particularly liked the jewish district in which I felt some sort of connection and where I bought amazing kosher sweets. The orthodox cemetery where I found Stravinskij’s grave, Ezra Pound’s and is filled with princesses and old high rank people of the past. Murano is truly beautiful and is where I ate the most amazing spaghetti with clams! Too bad we couldn’t go to Burano due to our time schedule.

Here I am posting some of the photos I took while there:

I had a wonderful experience and I invite all of you interested in travelling through Italy to this known city to really feel the historic side of my country!  

I hope you like my pics. Bye  =^^=

 

 

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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 ❤

 

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MISSING THE SEA + BIRTHDAY ANXIETY

I’ve been back from the sea for 3 days now and I already miss it so much… I had lots of fun and I felt really relaxed. I ate such good food too but it’s time to return to reality… this is cause tomorrow is my birthday.

Every year when this date approaches I get a bit anxious as I feel getting older. I mean, I’m not yet an old lady but sometimes I just feel my age and the responsibilities that comes with it.

I tend to value much more serenity and peacefulness over happiness as this last one is only transitory… I’m rational and not impulsive, I always think before doing something as I am scared of the consequences. This is why I feel like my age or even older and especially compared to all the teens out there.

Even so sometimes I just feel like a little girl, I like taking strolls and buy ice cream on the way, wearing cute and pretty outfits like a teenager… My appearance luckily makes me look like a 20 years old but… I would really like as time would stop at this age. I’m scared of getting older, seeing wrinkles on my face, loosing hopes and feeling the burden of my body as the age goes by.

I am going to the lake tomorrow, to one of my favourite places with a couple of our close friends. I will bring some pastries and we will just chill out in the nature. I wish tomorrow will be a peaceful day for all of us.

Kisses and happy birthday to all the people who has their one in these days. Bye ♥

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MORE TRAVELLING TO COME… BUT THE EXPENSES?

My summer has been strangely adventurous and there’s more to come. I will go to the sea for 7 days starting from half of the next week.

I’ve never travelled so much within such few days, so I’m pretty excited. I’ve booked yesterday extra days in another hotel to my utmost pleasure… I think I’m becoming quite the adventurous woman! I would have never thought in the past I could become such a person! Since I’ve always been extra sensitive when there was a prospect to travel… because my stomach has always been weak and I suffered so much when I was a teenager, in that period of my life, I resorted to never leave home and to look at  the places I wanted to visit through tv documentaries, internet and books… Not bad since I can say that I am now knowledgeable in general culture and geography.

But, one thing about travelling is making me furious… What about the extravagant prices for taking trains, bus and such? I mean, if you book a room in a hotel there are different prices to choose from… but when it comes to trains… the prices are just too much for me and pretty much the same… Today I payed for the train fair I booked in advance and it was… so much!

I tried to look for the more economical way to arrive at the sea by train but… In the end it was totally outrageous!

Travelling is awesome but the costs are really high for the lines here in Italy and I would prefer much more to book a design room in a good hotel instead of paying hundreds of $ for the tickets fair!

For me is important that the hotel I will stay is kept clean, with a simple design furniture, nothing extravagant, (I hate the old style furniture of late ’80-90′ that here in Italy is so popular at the sea) and a private bath in the room. The food should be served as a buffet so I can be able to choose from many dishes and going to refill my plate myself. I like to have the possibility to rent a bike for free and go search for an open beach, going to the market in the mornings or to simply look around… 

But… I don’t like to pay so much for the lines… And you? What do you think about this matter?

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TRAVELLING WORRIES

Today I’m not gonna write about any particular topic, I’m just chatting as I would with an imaginary friend at the other side of the ocean. A talk like this is easier and I get to write down my own thoughts just to feel better.

I’m gonna travel a bit this summer. I’m exited and I longed so much for a change, even so right now I’m scared to find troublesome things on my journeys…

The past 4 months were really tiresome: the house renovation, family problems and anxiety were a melting pot of emotions too powerful to sustain on my shoulders. I think I deserve some travelling, even so I know it’s gonna be more tiring than rewarding since I’m gonna be a guest at someone elses’ house…

I am a really polite and generous person, I’m gonna say it because it’s the truth… So when I am a guest I usually do much more things in the house than what I normally do for myself. I get anxious and feel insecure if I sense others thinking I’m a bother, so I try all my best to be perfect in every way possible. But the stress just build up as days goes by and I worry so much that at some point I’m gonna burst out in screams and cries.

In my daily routine I am a perfectionist, sometimes I know I can exaggerate, even so I can’t stop myself. I strive for perfection, in myself, in the house, in others. But I’m really harsh on myself most of the time, since I see so many flaws I want to correct and overcome on my own…

I am insecure on so many things about myself: my body, my mind, my own life… Sometimes I hate myself for being so indecisive and a coward since it’s really hard for me to be sociable. 

I wish I could become stronger and to change in a positive way. This summer is gonna be a first step to improve myself. I need to shape up just enough to like myself more and they say that travelling makes you experienced. I think so too, so I will see the results in September.

I will leave on Thursday of this week and return the next one. I’m gonna go to a small town deep in the mountains and then in August to the sea (after so many years of longing). I would like to travel even more, maybe a weekend I could rent an apartment somewhere in a famous city like: Cremona, Venezia, Roma or Firenze… I want to see as many places as possible from now on. Wish to be able too.

Bye and see you again next week!

 

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WINTER OUTFIT + ITALY’S LANDSCAPE

Hi! Today I went for a walk and wanted to show you the incredible beauty of my land: Italy.

When I was younger I used to go to the river with my dad at least once a week. We didn’t talk much, since we are both usually calm and composed by nature, but it was so relaxing and beautiful just to be together that I cherish those moments in my heart as something precious. These memories are sweet for me and since then I kept going to the river and had the strange feeling that when I am near water I feel good.

Today I walked through BRIVIO, a small town on ADDA’S river and felt peaceful even in the cold weather (+10°).

I really like to walk since I’m the sportive type and I always long for the outside. So when I have the chance I take two steps by myself or with others. Since I’m not a friendly and outgoing person I have few friends and on top of it they live far away from me, so we can’t meet up often.

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Italy is mainly known for tasty food, ancient history and art. If you think of Italy in terms of landscape the first thing that comes to mind is usually Venice, the small artistic towns in Tuscany  called “borghi”, the magic of Rome and Florence. Even so in here there is nature too!

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Italy is in my point of view a beautiful country with lots of different types of landscape: mountain, lake, beach, rural land, large areas of woods, desert (yeah, we have this too, look for Sardinia “Piscinas” and the “Desert of Accona” in Siena’s province) and volcano black land (3 areas in Italy are really known: Stromboli, Etna, Vesuvio) . We don’t lack anything, even if we live in a relatively small country, the only thing that keep us from enjoying it fully is the black economy that seem to get worse as time goes by. This is why youngsters are usually searching for work outside Italy, abandoning traditions and families.

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Let’s change topic now and let me speak about fashion and comfortable clothes.

I’m a woman and I like to dress up well and beautifully, but the thing that for me is of the utmost importance is that my clothes have to be comfortable. Because I am an xs, 36/38 size in clothes, my wardrobe is full of relatively large pieces that I can wear leisurely without thinking too much. (my right size is rarely avalaible so the only choice is to buy larger clothes if I don’t want to go around naked)

Since I have muscular legs I often wear dark tights or trousers on them to make the illusion of thinner legs. Illusion is a basic in fashion. Because I’ve always been an active person in sports, especially the ones in which the legs were majorly involved, the result is that my upper body and my bottom have a gap in sizes and misures. (upper xs, bottom s/m – 40/42)

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What I’m wearing here is a simple outfit without bright colors. I wanted to keep it clean and simple since I wanted to take a walk.

I opted for :

  • Simple cut black coat ————>  Zara
  • Black leather lace up boots —–>  Even&Odd
  • Distressed jeans  —————–>  Forever21
  • Shoulder iridescent bag ———>  Even&Odd
  • Multicolor scarf  ——————> Diesel

I think this type of outfit is a passepartout that can be worn anytime: when travelling, going to school, for walks… This is a basic outfit for winter days in which you don’t have the time or the care to look at what you are wearing when heading out.

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♥These boots are made for walking♥… like one famous song tell. I fell in love with them immediately when I saw the price and the images on the net.  So comfortable and ice/water proof. (personally tested on 30 cm of snow) Last month I bought a lot of things from internet, and these pair were in, since with the discount was a great deal! Couldn’t resist…. sorry, my poor wallet! 🙂

Since i’m relatively tall for a woman I don’t usually wear high heels. I like them a lot, but not for everyday use. These boots are flat so really easy to walk in and make errands.

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My bag is a shoulder type, simple and clean in its features. The color is simply great, iridescent (I’m sorry for the quality of the images) between gold/silver and rusty. Since I like to carry with me anything that might be useful I prefer big bags. I think its the key peace of the outfit that gives an allure of  leisure and playful time to the rest of the clothes.

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Hope you like my outfit and the landscape I love so much!

Bye, see you next time! ^^

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MY VISIT TO THE ZOO

Hi there! Just wanted to share some pics I took at the zoo the other day… Now I’m writing with my new Pc so I’m gonna be faster in editing and posting pictures…

My friend and I, on 15 August, here is a festivity day (Catholic festivity), didn’t know what to do during the afternoon. Here in Italy usually on this day we spend the day with family members and friends just eating and having fun. Usually the hottest spots are the sea, good restaurants, and the lake for picnics… It turns out a little boring as age goes by, doing the same every year… So we decided to go somewhere else.

“Where can we go?” I asked to my friend. “Maybe… at the zoo?”

So we arrived at the zoo in the early afternoon. The park size is not big, but quite interesting in people who never ever will be able in their lives to see tigers, bears, penguins and such animals I was excited like a little girl. I went there every year with my mom. It was a tradition for us, but because she works a lot we can’t spend so much time together and the trip to the zoo was cancelled for the past 2 years. So I was really delighted to be able to be there again.

I saw a lot of animals, took an indecent amount of pictures of them and ate some good food in the zoo’s bar. What can I say more? 🙂 Please enjoy the following pictures!

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I especially loved this tiger expression. This tiger is a male, a giant, and a really quite one during the day as the other felines. Just sleeping quietly behind a bush, not letting people taking pictures of him. Then, at the closing time of the park, he usually wakes up really hungry and suddenly makes adorable noises. 

When people pass by his cage to get to the exit he seems shouting: “I want my meat!!! Lowly humans I will eat all of you if you don’t come here asap with my meat!” I can’t compare the sizes, but this behaviour it’s really likely in my cats. They are such tyrans at times…

Hope you liked my pics, see you next time!

Take care =^^=