Archive | August, 2011

The Joy of Walking in Rome

24 Aug

I had that unfamiliar, relaxed, amazing feeling while walking in the streets of Rome, a feeling I never felt in my own country. I think I can name it, a feeling of freedom, a feeling of belonging to the street, a feeling of walking without being stared at, a feeling of tranquility and quietness where things seemed clearer to me. 

Streets enriched with beautiful trees. I felt their greatness as they were close to me. There were no boundaries, no limits, no barriers. I felt I could hear my own inner self. There’s something about Rome. What I’m sure of is that it was a magical feeling, and I can’t wait to go back to Rome.

Lucca

22 Aug

I couldn’t not share with you more photos of few special places we have visited, my husband and I, during our trip to Italy. This city, Lucca, situated in Tuscany, is a Renaissance-city-walls. We only spent few hours in Lucca Centro, so we didn’t see much of the city, but what we saw was extremely breathtaking and enough to make us plan of going back there. I will let you enjoy these photos.

Our Trip to Italy & Paris

1 Aug

Louvre, Paris

I have missed blogging. It’s been a long time since my last post, I have been busy preparing for my wedding, as many of you know. I am happy and fortunate to have our wedding being held at my village, my beloved beautiful home. Sharing these joyful moments with family and friends, all present at the home that I cherish alot, was a true bliss. We had “the time of our life”. :)

As for the adventurous side, our two-weeks trip to Italy and Paris was a huge excitement. My husband and I spent 10 days in Italy, between Rome, Tuscany, Naples and Milan and 4 days in Paris. We had so much fun, we explored alot of places, we walked alot, we ate alot of yummii foods. We came back home, a little bit down, missing our adventure, missing the streets of Italy, and planning our next trip to Italy for next year.

The Colosseum .... and my husband!!

I can’t not mention the food we had in Italy. Although we ate alot, and we felt full after each meal, we couldn’t resist the scrumptious sweets and snacks. The pizza and pasta are way different and tasty than the ones we have here. They are just different, I think one of the reasons is the beautifully red tomato sauce, the plum italian tomatoes are so rich in flavor.Yummii. Un délice.

The beautiful Vatican

The most delicious pizza we have ever tasted was at L’antica pizzeria Da Michele in Naples, I knew about this place on tv from a famous chef, he recommended it, so I made up my mind to visit it when we’ll be in Italy, so we went to Naples, specially to eat at Da Michele, we searched for the street and for our luck it wasn’t that far from the train station. How delightful we were when we found the place and satisfied when we tasted the pizze. They only have 2 kinds of pizza, margherita and marinara; of course we had the two. The pizze were thin, rich, flavorful, extremely delicious. I recommend every one who travels to Italy, to go visit L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. Later on, I found out it was the pizzeria where Julia Roberts ate in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”. And, of course, I was thrilled.

Pizza margherita

Pizza marinara

While we were in Naples, after eating at Da Michele, we headed to Pompei for few hours and we had a couple of hours left until our scheduled train back to Rome, so we spent them in Sorrento, and we were extremely happy we did. Sorrento overlooks the bay of Naples and is famous for lemon cultivation. Of course we needed more time to discover it all. But at least we ate few specialties; gnocchi alla sorrentina, tiramisu, some limoncello, and few pastries like a babà and alot of shopping. We had so much fun.

Sorrento

Doing some soap & souvenirs shopping..

Lucca, is a city in Tuscany, known for its Renaissance-era walls. Lucca was a last-minute plan. We were, on the train, heading to Pisa when we decided to pass by Lucca; I was introduced to it on one of the blogs I read. And we were amazed by this beautiful, quiet, old city. Trees everywhere. Nice stones everywhere. Beautiful, wide passeggiate. We wandered the streets of Lucca, and every via we enter, we were amazed by the beauty of this small city. We also passed by a farmer market, I bought different flavored honey jars, I love honey alot.

Duomo di San Martino

Una passeggiata...

Lucca

Lucca, Torre delle ore.

One evening, we took the bus from Florence to Fiesole. This amazing town overlooks Florence. We saw there San Francesco monastery, had dinner next to it in a restaurant that also overlooks Florence. We had so much fun.

Fiesole

Florence scene from Fiesole

Venice

Yummii things in Venice..

Venice

Sunflower fields in Tuscany

Il Duomo, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, in Florence

Duomo di Milano. Magnificent.

Nice fountain... my husband freshening up..

Paris, from the Eiffel Tower.

Chateau Versailles

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