Italia: Bologna

We woke up today, ready to leave Venice.  And I realized, I had to take a couple of pics of our tiny boutique hotel room.  The room had dark green wall paper, and it was just like in the periodic movies – everything darkish.  I never understood in those days, there was no light, why would things still be dark?

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our hotel room and hotel lobby
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view just outside our door!
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this is the first sight of venice when we arrived (and left) by ferry.
it was really like in the movies…

 

From Venice, we drove to Bologna.  And then searched for something to eat – everything was CLOSED in the afternoon.  In the end, we decided to go into town and ate some snacks from little shops.  The town had a huge shopping street.  Bologna, to me was less amazing, mostly cos I was imagining old italian town.  It was an old italian town – but FULL of red bricked buildings.  And since I’m not really fond of red brick buildings, somehow the town just felt old and dated.  The university here is said to be THE oldest university in the world.

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we had the most delicious gelato with some kind of chocolate cake / brownie mixed in the gelato.
TOM picked it !

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this church was strange. the bottom of the façade was in beautiful bright bright white marble.
the rest of the church was in red/brown brick/stone.

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a random little building that we passed caught our attention, so we walked in and found ourselves
in a most charming courtyard.

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It felt like the entire city had these archways.  They were CLEAN – unlike in belgium or france.
Even the ceiling of the archways were kept clean!

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one of the oldest little church/chapel and its cloister.
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After 6 days of regular meals, I really wanted a GOOD meal.  Especially in Bologna,
where they say is the gastronomy city of Italy.
We followed the guide in the Rough Guide and chose a restaurant.
It was not the best Italian we’ve had, but still decent, lot better than German/Austrian cuisine.

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2 comments

  1. I bet it’s pretty hard to LOVE anything after Venice though :/ we went to Rome the week after unimpressed – ROME! haha Venice is just the dreamiest!

  2. hi Annie! thank you for coming again 🙂 Indeed, i thought it was the red bricks, but my husband kept saying cos we just saw VENICE and everything just paled in comparison! Rome was the first Italian city i ever visited, so that was still well preserved, but i understand what you say! 🙂

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