February 26, 2005
說實在話，以前從來也沒想過我真的會住到國外，而且還到了義大利北部這個絕對不屬於都會城市的地方。搬過來四年多，也漸漸適應了此處悠閒緩慢的生活。聽過這個城市的朋友並不多，每每談起，總是要花點時間解釋，幾年下來也習慣了。偶然之間看到城市筆記的串聯活動，稍作思考以後竟然發現，一些自己已經習以為常的地點，竟然還叫不出名字來…姑且就讓我跟隨著前人的腳步，做起屬於我的城市筆記，更清楚地認識我目前的居住地 – 維琴察，帕拉底歐之城。
Honestly speaking, I'd never thought that I'd move abroad and come to this non-metropolitan city in the north Italy. Four years have passed since I arrived. Gradually I am adapting the relaxed and slow pace here. Not too many friends heard of this city before. Every time I was asked where I am living, I always have to spend some time explaining. By accident I saw this blogger activity "10-places-of-my-city". Thinking carefully, I didn't even know some of the places that I go very often. So I've decided to follow the trend and take my own note, to get to know even more clearly of where I am living - Vicenza, the city of Palladio.
[L’ANGOLO DEL GELATO]
Situated in the Creazzo area. This is a ice cream shop with a very enthusiastic hostess and my favorite ice cream in the whole Italy.
[AL MOLIN VECIO]
The place I and my husband had our wedding banquet. Food is really good. Once in a while we would find some excuses to go and feast.
One of the most famous heritage site in Vicenza city center. It is a must go place for visitors and I go there whenever friends come for a visit. Whenever I go, I am still amazed by the beautiful sight on the stage.
[PIAZZA DI MONTE BERICO]
The best place to have a panorammic view of Vicenza. The quare itself is a popular/romantic places for lovers. Besides the square stands the beautiful sanctuary, Chiesa di S. Maria, the most famous and visited sanctuary in the Veneto area.
The main street in the Vicenza city center. Major shopping area.
The biggest bookshop in Viccenza. Though most of the books are in Italian, I still enjoy the feeling to be surrounded by books.
[PIAZZA DEI SIGNORI]
The main square of Viccenza and major area for market. Beside the square there's the famous Basilica Palladiana that was designed and constructed by Palladio. This building with boat shaped roof in pale green color is the landmark of Vicenza.
[GALLARIA D’ARTE VALMORE]
I've been to this art gallery quite a few times because it is the exhibition area of an arts shop that is belonged to a friend's mother. The ownder of the shop is also a collectionist and is very keen on contemporary art. Every couple months there's a new temporary exhibition. Because of our friend, my husband and I am always invited for the opening. The funny thing is, though I am familiar with the place, I only got to know its name at the very day when I wrote this article.
A food shop that we discovered about two years ago. Every Thursday there's fresh stuff from Puglia area in the south Italy. The mozzarella cheese is my favorate.
Among all the coffee shop in the city center, this is my favorate. There's no luxurious decoration and the main "winning point" is its flavor. In winter time, I especially like to have a cup of hot chocolate with cinnamon that help to warm up my body and bring up my mood...
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February 23, 2005
Even though the lodging conditions were too ideal in Dali, the friendly guides, their capability of preparing a real feast in the mountains and the “cultural exchanges” after dinner still made it a lovely and unforgettable night for us.
Unexpectedly I’ve had such a good sleep. Maybe for the tiredness by the upward trip, I didn’t hear anyone snoring during the night. (Someone has had a very bad sleep because he kept hearing the “sixtet” during the whole night!) We got up very early the next day. Even though, I felt totally refreshed to face the challenges of the new day.
Originally the trip to Datong belonged to the first day plan. Because of the weather conditions, the guides decided to postpone it to the next morning. Thinking back, if we knew the road conditions we wouldn’t have departed for Datong. All of us remember that they said the road to Datong is “very flat”, and we naively believed in what they said… The so-called “flat” actually means “milder than the upward trip”. All along the way, there are continuous ups and downs though the slopes are mild. The muddiness left by the rain added to the difficulties of the trip. How we got in, how we got out! In a single morning, we’ve walked for more than 10 kilometers and had a brand new understanding of the meaning of “flat”…
February 14, 2005
I call it “invasion”, because the owner of the house was not there. The weather condition was too terrible and we had no choice but tried to “break in”. Luckily, the door wasn’t locked well and we didn’t make too much effort to enter the used-to-be-church house.
I was surprised by what I saw when I entered the house. Though I didn’t expect to find a luxurious villa in the mountains, but what I found in the house were a simple basin, a fireplace, hanger for clothes, a tiny little table, and a sleeping place. To be honest, I can’t really imagine living in that condition. But at that very moment we were totally wet, tired and hungry, and couldn’t really think too much. The guide prepared some simple lunch, which became gourmet in our hungry eyes. After lunch, I couldn’t really think of anything about “image”, I opened the sleeping bag, found my corner and fell asleep. Well… what can I say… Life can be really simple!