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The Italian Ambassade in Riga (LV)

Posted on March 3, 2008 12:28 AM

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The Italian Ambassade in Riga (Latvija, Lettonia), seems to be very appreciated.

Here and here there're two posts on the building (that for our taste, looks very strange!) on Riga Daily Photos blog

Differences between Italy (and italians) and North European Countries

Posted on October 1, 2007 3:09 PM in

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1) Proportions: In Italy there're less relationship gap between men and women than in North Europe. So, if you search for a good woman, here it's more complicated.

2) Lunch break: In all other countries than Italy, you can have a lunch break but you can also have nothing. In Italy at every level of job, school, and social life nobody can not eat al lunch time: it's considered uneducated, unhealthy, un-all.

3) Civic education: in Italy the house can be perfectly clean while the public terrain can be horribly dirty. In other countries, statistically speaking, especially for those in North Europe, they're both perfectly clean: inside and outside.

(to be finished)

Beloved Wien

Posted on April 17, 2005 9:11 PM in

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As some of you already know, In Easter I've expressed my wish to visit Vienna. In this moment so particular for me, the journey has had also several meanings. I mean, of inner research.

Anyway, there're some references to recent events.. For example I've been there also because I wish to see the Archbishop of Wien, that Christoph Schönborn that's considered one of the future Popes. Very communicative, with a so gentle and smiley face, doctrinally well formed, open to dialogue with the other churches. I would like to see him, in the S.Stephan Cathedral, but in those days unfortunately he was in Jerusalem. But, let's say, he has come to us, since he's in Rome from some day, and just the last Thurdsay I've saw him in the Mass he's doing in the ancient monastery of SS.Quattro Coronati. This is confirming my first impression of a carismatic as simple person!

Not as an oppressive burden, but rather as a melody from bygone days which now pervades the air again, a medley of Viennese valtzer, the Radetzky March and a Bruckner symphony. In Vienna, particularly in the First District, the air really seems to swing. Apart from nostalgic baroque, however, one also discovers contemporary architecture extending its tentacles in the form of glass-and-chromium buildings, right into the heart of the city, to the Stephansplatz, where the cathedral’s spire points skywards like giant stalagmite. Visitors climbing to the top are rewarded with a view of Vienna reaching far into the surrounding countryside in an ascending panorama. On the outskirts of Vienna a new district called Donau-City is being constructed by architects inspired not so much by baroque criteria as by the skyline of places such as Frankfurt and Chicago.

Modern Viennese art, fashion and ‘scene’ are impressive, yet form merely one facet of the spectrum. After the fall of the Iron Curtain which for so long cast a dark shadow over the western world, Vienna is once more located in the middle of Central Europe. The city has become a junction connecting the continent’s eastern and western parts, a role it already fulfilled once when an empire of 53 million citizens was governed from here. At present, however, political power is no longer involved, but rather cultural stimuli and lifestyle. Vienna has become a ‘definer of style’ again. Many of the numerous museums and cultural institutions are truly exemplary and make Austria into one of the most important cultural centres in Europe.

A visit to Vienna is like a stroll through the past, for almost nowhere else is history so close at hand. In the innumerable coffee-houses, often fitted with antique furniture, newspapers are provided free to the customers, a mixture of romantics and managerial types clutching an art-tourist guidebook or holding a mobile phone to their ear, typify the real ‘Viennese hodge-podge’.

Back from Ponza

Posted on August 18, 2004 12:05 AM in

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14-17/8 ParapaPonza. Not bad.

Lot of girls.

Hot. Hot. Hot. The Sun in a isle is Hot.

Richard drives mad his Suzuki Santana.

Wonderful House.

(Note) Must return with GFriend.

(Note2) Thinking to K. always

Travelling in Rome

Posted on July 15, 2004 2:51 PM in

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Recently some friends have visited my city, Rome, from very far countries. So I've noticed there're some things you should know First Of All when you come to Rome. Expecially if you come from Northern countries.

Some things about food, and moving through Rome..

Let's start from the first thing..

You might have read that the food in Rome is good. True. But not if you're a tourist. if you have the tourist aspect, you probably will be saw as "chicken ready" by the roman ristoratours.

As you speak another language, you should already know what to order, that's a bit difficult, or simply you can go to selected places, where friends said you to go with faith. This post is about them.

But let me write a few words only if you don't know where to go. If you're in the center of Rome, the 90 percent of the cases when you come here, you should avoid the "Restaurant" places. This unless you've a large amount of money to spend ("chicken theory"). Instead, try to go to "Hostarias", "Trattoria" or "Pizzeria" where you see the atmosphere is more dismissed.

Well..some places in Rome are "only for tourists". We romans well know them. But some places are not, and this is the category of places which I like. This is not a general issue: some tourists place are better than not-tourist, and viceversa.

Two places that I recommend are:

Le Naumachie, Via Celimontana 7, near Colosseum. here you must order "tagliatelle alle naumachie" o "bucatini all'amatriciana"

La Maremma, Via Bergamo 18, near Via XX Settembre (Trieste neighbour): here you must order pizza that is served high or low.


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