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Friday, December 30, 2011

Tokyo in my heart

Tokyo: inspiring, energetic, supercool, modern, ancient, chaotic, quiet, strange, all and the contrary of all, in a word unique, a city that will always be in my heart....

Friday, December 23, 2011

Have you heard about Brno??

When you think about Czech Republic you think about Prague, anyway, I discovered another interesting place to visit in this Country, Brno. Brno is the city of Genetics' father G. Mendel and also one of the coldest cities I've been to ;D. You can't miss the Mendel's museum, the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city and a wild night at the Mandarin night club  ;)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rome in these days

Only a week to Christmas..Rome in these days is more chaotic than ever!!!!Anyway I like these Christmas-fever-atmosphere, especially in the city center....the decorations in Piazza di Spagna, via dei Condotti, via del Corso...are very nice!They are a lot, but Christmas must be a little bit exaggerated, don't you agree???
Anyway, if you are in Rome in these days and the shopping tour is stressing you out  too much for your tastes, there's a place just next to the famous Piazza di Spagna steps where you can have a relaxing break and recharge your batteries to continue the Christmas shopping....probably many of you know this place or not...anyway, I'm talking about the Babington's tea shop! As you can read on the official website, Babington's was founded in 1893 by two English ladies, Isabel Cargill and Anna Maria Babington, who came to Rome with the aim of creating a meeting point for the English community.
This tea room "survived two world wars and the fast-food Era", among its guests there are politicians, journalists, people who works in the showbitz, intellectuals and of course tourists and romans :D
The choice of various teas is very big and there are also good deserts (cheesecake, cupcakes, muffins..etc..etc..). It's one of my favourite places of the city, especially in winter...last year I was able to spend there 3 hours chatting with a friend after a long day of shopping, the atmosphere was so quiet and we were so relaxing ourselves that we didn't notice which time was! (p.s. the pictures are not so good, I know,  I took them with my blackberry..)

Isabel Cargill

Anna Maria Babington

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cupcakes day!!

I've read somewhere on the web that today is the National Cupcakes Day! I took this picture in Bruges, Belgium, aren't they cute???:D  Where in the world have you tasted the best cupcakes???

Monday, December 12, 2011

Amazing Budapest & Danube Guest House

Today I was trying to reorganize my purse when I found a thing that I didn't remember to have....the business card of a very very nice B&B in Budapest where I spent more than a weekend when I was living in Hungary..this place's name is Danube Guest House, it's a small b&b located in an ancient and very charming building near the Synagogue, on the "Pest Side" of the city. If you're thinking about spending a couple of days in the Magyar city this is for sure the place I suggest you to reserve....the owners are two gentlemen (Zoli and Bob) always ready to help you and to give you informations about the city..

This unexpected finding of today let me think about some of the happiest period in my life, and some of the funniest moments of that period are related to Budapest. Budapest is for sure one of the top touristic destinations in Europe, it's young, it's cool, it's historical, elegant and funny!!! You can't miss the Castle on the "Buda side" of the city, the Parliament ( you have to go very early in the morning 'cause they sell only a few tickets per day!), the  Margaret Island, the Gerbeaud patisserie, the Sziget Festival (organized each summer, I will talk about it soon...), the cool night clubs, the view of the city from the Statue of Liberty (yes, like the one in NY) or simply, you can't miss walking along the Danube during a summer evening....

             I really don't remember the name of this "pub" but I remember that it was really cool! ;)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Japanese Style

Ciao a tutti!!! Andare in Giappone è sempre stato uno dei miei più grandi sogni e finalmente all'inizio di questo anno sono riuscita a realizzarlo!! Il Giappone è un Paese incantevole, accanto alla modernità delle più grandi città si trova una natura spettacolare, tradizioni antichissime convivono in una perfetta armonia con la tecnologia più avanzata...i Giapponesi sono molto rispettosi verso il prossimo, molto educati, hanno un profondo amore per il dettaglio e per la bellezza, una grande attenzione per i piccoli particolari..tutto ciò si percepisce fortemente camminando per le strade delle loro città e osservandoli...
Esempio eclatante di questa convivenza fra antico e moderno è sicuramente lo stile giapponese, accanto ai colorati giovani di Harajuku street a Tokyo camminano donne bellissime nei loro abiti tradizionali.....

Hello people!! Visit Japan has always been a big dream in my life, and finally, at the beginning of this year this dream came true!!! Japan is an enchanting Country, besides the big modernity of the big cities you can find an amazing nature, ancient traditions live together with the most advanced technology in a perfect armony....Japanese people are very respectful to eachother, very polite, they have a deep love for beauty and can notice all of this simply walking through the streets of their cities and observing them.....
The most evident example of this armonic combination of modernity and tradition is absolutely the Japanese style, beautiful women in their traditional kimonos walk together with the supercool and colorful guys from Harajuku street in Tokyo....

                                                       Courtesy of Emilio Giordano photographer

Coolest couple ever!! :D


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