Monthly Archives: January 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge – Express Yourself

There are few things I love more than walking around a city searching out graffiti. In fact I can while away hours hunting down the little urban truffles left by anonymous artists. It doesn’t have to be a big statement … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Photo101, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Italian bureaucracy – How to get a codice fiscale and survive to tell the tale!

There are a few things living in Italy has taught me. There’s nothing quite like a plate of fresh, handmade pasta. Italians are passionate about food, family and football, not necessarily in that order. And Italy is extremely bureaucratic. Or … Continue reading

Posted in How to...., Travel tips, Veneto, Venice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Addio President Napolitano – so who will be the next president of Italy?

Earlier this week (14th January 2015) Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy, signed his resignation letter and moved out of the presidential palace to start his long anticipated retirement. His departure leaves Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with the … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Rome | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Serenity

This week’s theme is serenity which immediately made me think back to a trip that I took with my Mum to Lake Garda, Northern Italy, nearly two years ago. The trip was a little impromptu. Mum was already booked to … Continue reading

Posted in Lombardy, Photo101, Trentino Alto-Adige, Veneto, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Weekly Photo Challenge – Shadowed

For this week’s Photo Challenge, the theme is shadowed and the task is to find the shadows. I’ve chosen 3 shots taken in the Dorsoduro district of Venice last summer as I love the way the shadow of the trees dapples … Continue reading

Posted in Photo101, Veneto, Venice, Weekly Photo Challenge | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Acqua Bassa – low tide in Venice

Venice is a city that never ceases to surprise. Whether it’s finding a quiet, courtyard off the beaten track, witnessing a little-known festival or learning more about her long, complex history, Venice has plenty to offer. But this week she … Continue reading

Posted in Veneto, Venice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Celebrating La Festa della Befana and Epiphany on January 6th

According to Christian tradition, January 6th is the date on which the 3 wise men finally arrived at the stable in Bethlehem to offer Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The occasion is celebrated as Epiphany, Epifania in Italian, … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Festivals, Italian traditions, Veneto, Venice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments