Month: October 2015

What does Autumn smell like? // Di cosa profuma l’autunno?

Smells, good ones, are as important as other senses attributes and most of the times can make memories even more intense and pleasant. It’s hard to describe them with words and in fact I thought it was impossible, but actually I did it when I described the smell of gumtree. And I think I did a decent job. If you want, Here’s the link to this post: http://wp.me/p2LzYl-C1 This time I’ll try to briefly describe the smell of Autumn, although it’s somehow more difficult because it’s not a single plant with a distinctive smell. Autumn can be relatively warm or relatively cold, depending on the month, and probably that’s also one of the beauties of this season.    When it’s warm the smell of the environment, of the nature sorrounding you is “enveloping”, it is kind of sweet but with a hint of “sour” at the end. Then you smell the trees “changing their clothes”, the leaves on the ground and still you feel and smell, through colourful notes in the air, its positive energy. …

Which are the 2015 TOp 20 islands by Conde Nast Traveler? // Quali sono le 20 isole piu’ belle al mondo secondo Traveler di Conde Nast nel 2015?

Well, today I just want to show you the 2015 Top 20 islands as defined by Conde’ Nast Traveler readers because you’ll just go wow and you’ll probably be going to start planning, once you mange to close your jaw. Well, Christmas is not far away although it might be too late in terms of prices for most of these destinations or maybe it’s not the best season to go. Another thing that you might realise, although you consider yourself as “well-travelled”, you’ll reach a mere 4 or 5 out of 20 and you’ll see there’s still lot to see out there. But don’t feel frustrated, first it means there a lot of amazing places to visit and trips to plan, secondly most probably you’re lucky if you’ve been even to one these awesome islands. Although some FOMO might take over you, but I guess it’s normal. If you don’t know what FOMO is, read my previous post here: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/whats-fomo-how-to-cope-with-it-fomo-uma-vida-correndo-come-fare/  Anyhow, let’s just go to the meaty part, click on this link and you’ll be …

What’s it like to spend 36 hours in Madrid? // 36 a Madrid – quante cose si riescono a fare?

Oh, well, well if one is not living in Madrid (anymore) should be advised by a doctor to go and visit it once each quarter or at least twice a year 🙂 It’ll probably be because I spent some of the best years of my life there, almost 3, and I have really excellent memories here and this for sure helps, but Madrid has something rare that not many cities have. It is beautiful indeed, but if you compare it to some other cities, well, it’s not the most beautiful one. Nonetheless it has that something that attracts one as a magnet! It’s full of life 24 hours, it has delicious food, so every time you can’t avoid the classics (jamon, pan tomate, tortilla, etc etc…), elegant avenues, of the kind that belong to a capital, but also arty & innovative lanes, that lively & friendly attitude of people, more relaxed, prone to enjoy themselves despite everything else, that is “sexy” and addictive. Even if we probably stayed not even 36 hours I believe, we …

Our last day in Melbourne and Australia // Il nostro ultimo giorno a Melbourne e in Australia

And here we are: our last day in Melbourne and in Australia. Actually this happened a few months ago, but I did not have the time to write about it, maybe I wasn’t ready and thought the last paragraph about the airport was too much. But then I thought, why not sharing it anyway? In the end we’ve been lucky and it’s normal to be happy about it, right? A strange feeling, as if nothing was going to happen. And in fact not much happened that day apart from the fact that we were going to leave the country. And probably, after a relaxed breakfast and a last stroll in the CBD, it’s been much about cleaning the apartment (the never ending story) and getting rid of every single little item that we accumulated in these 3 years. And I mean it! The apartment needed to be emptied completely not to incur in charges, thanks to our friends Carla and Lluis for letting us know (e.g. A soap near the sink is seen as not …

3 days to visit Kangaroo Island, a Honeymoon destination for Italians, not explored as much as it deserved by Aussies

Kangaroo Island as experienced by my mother. Guest Post written by Beatrice Porrati with some “add-ons” by me. Let’s start – How to get there? For example, from Melbourne take a flight to Adelaide, then rent a car and drive until Cape Jervis, roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes, so if you are arriving on Friday night, you might want to think of spending the night somewhere halfway or close to Cape Jervis. 40 minutes on the ferry and you’ll reach Penneshaw, one of the little town on the Island. Here, before starting your visit through the third biggest island of Australia, you can stop for coffee & cake or a quick lunch at Ultima tule Cafe’. Kangaroo Island is simply beautiful: three days is the minimum stay to have a taste of its nature, wilderness and peaceful life. But if you have more time you can stay all week to appreciate its people, environment and culture. The people who live here are mostly farmers and fishermen, but there are also some artists. Approximately 4.600 …

San Sperate, a hidden gem in Sardinia. 8 reasons to visit it. // San Sperate e un’ineSperata gemma Campidana (Sardegna). 8 ragioni per visitarla.

It took us a rainy day to go and explore the town of San Sperate, that at first doesn’t look like anything interesting, if you don’t know about its numerous artists and you don’t push yourself into the little lanes. We actually went there because my dad is a big fan of a sculpturer residing in San Sperate: Giampaolo Mameli. I’ll tell him about him and his craftsmanship in a separate post. Here 8 reasons to visit San Sperate: 1. Loose yourself, or better follow the different coloured path, in the little lanes and admire the diverse collection of “murales”. You’ll find some of them are really astonishing and will capture your interest completely! 2. Have lunch at Trattoria-Pizzeria “Da Ada” for a local, delicious experience. I have now discovered it’s among the 20 hidden trattorias to try at least once by “Corriere della sera”, a national newspaper. The choice is varied, but I’d suggest: – the “insalata catalana”, a salad with chopped fish, onions, tomatoes and condiments. – the unusual salad with celery, apples, …