The 8th wonder

A few minutes from the city center of Bressanone there’s an old cloister, called Novacella (meaning new cloister – at that time).  It’s a relatively famous destination in the area and it counts a colorful church and a huge library, every reader’s dream!  Dating back to 1140, it stills hosts a community of Augustinian monks,…

Lake Braies

Lake Braies is a colorful lake located in the Dolomites, in the north-eastern part of South Tyrol, famous nowadays because of the Italian TV series “Un passo dal cielo” (One step from heaven), starring Terence Hill. While in winter it seems like any other frozen lake, in summer its remarkable turquoise color pops out and…

Peculiar things around the world – Elephant in the Alps

I live in Bressanone, South Tyrol, Italy. A small city in a narrow valley, founded in 901 A.D. and where the influence of the Catholic Church has been pretty high in the last centuries. In the center of the city, there is – guess what – a couple of churches: a small chapel, another church,…

Peculiar things around the world – Chamberí (Madrid Metro)

The subway station Chamberí in Madrid is a now closed station located between the stations of Bilbao and Iglesia. Opened in 1919 it was built with light colored azulejos to make people use the subway more. In 1966 it was closed due to the impossibility to enlarge it to accommodate longer trains. It was kept…

Weekend recap #1

Hi everyone! This weekend has been a good one for me, so I’ll tell you about it. And let me start with Friday evening when I went around Bressanone to watch the fountains that have had a makeover for the Water Ligh Festival. This festival will end on the 21st of May, but I’ll bet something…

4 days in Madrid

No, unfortunately, it’s not me who’s going to Madrid. But I’ve been there twice and I’ve been asked to sort of organize a 4-days trip there for friends… So, why don’t share here a nice list of places you can see if you happen to be in Madrid? It will also give me the opportunity…

Out of my comfort zone in Marrakesh

Last year in May, I went to Marrakesh with my brother and it has possibly been the most interesting trip of my life. I have been able to discover another place, another culture and step out of my comfort zone, defying both my anxiety and first impressions. We stayed there 4 days, wandering around the…

Kyoto Garden in Holland Park

Even if Holland Park is smaller than the other parks around London, as Hyde Park or St. Jame’s Park, it is as good as them. You’ll also find squirrels in there! The Kyoto Garden, inside Holland Park, is a Japanese garden donated by the Chamber of Commerce of Kyoto in 1991. It is a peaceful and tranquil…

Neal’s Yard

As you already know, I have been to London and I tried to see some of the things on my bucket list. One of these was Neal’s Yard, a very nice little corner not far from Covent Garden. Walking from Covent Garden you just go straight along James St, cross Long Acre and continue along…

Peculiar things around the world | Gas street lights in London

In London there are still some gas street lights. I’ve read about them in an article on the Daily Mail some time ago and when I went to London I couldn’t miss them! These glowing sentry posts are among the last Victorian gas lamps in London. In a city blazing with electricity, with office lights…

Chips & chips at Hipchips

There’s a place in Soho, London, where you can taste 7 different types of fresh crisps with pudding or savoury dips. It’s called Hipchips and I totally recommend you to try it! I love potatoes in all their form and colour and being able to taste the difference of the various type of potatoes it’s so interesting!…