Saturday, January 07, 2017

Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House)

    Balcony

From this balcony did Juliet call Romeo: "Oh Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" This balcony is actually a medieval sarcophagus.
   Courtyard

The bronze statue of Juliet at the Casa di Giuletta in Verona is bright and shiny from thousands of hands rubbing her breasts and touching or hanging on to her body. The original statue was removed in 2014 as it had developed cracks around the right breast and arm. What you see today is a replica.

Visitors rub the right breast of Juliet for good luck in love. But that doesn't stop them from touching both breasts and other parts of the body hence the burnished surface.

   Juliet
    Love locks

Where there is a hint of romance, there are love locks.

    A wall of love notes

Love notes written and stuck on the walls of the tunnel leading to the courtyard of Casa di Giuletta. There's a €500 fine for sticking notes with gum on the walls.

    Letter box for Juliet 

Leave a note to Juliet. Or if you can't get there, send a letter by mail addressed to Juliet's house in Verona. You might receive an answer.

Casa di Giulietta 
Via Cappello 23
Verona (near Piazza dele Erbe in the city center)
Verona is an hour by train from Milan

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Images by travelswithcharie


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year 2017


Thank you 2016 for a rip-roaring year. Welcome 2017 and wishing all of you memorable travels in the new year.

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Image by TravelswithCharie 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Markthal, the Queen of Markets

    Markthal

The cavernous hall of the Markthal in Rotterdam encompasses apartments, a thriving market, restaurants, a supermarket, 1,100 parking spaces and an impressive, monumental artwork. The Markthal is indeed the queen of markets.

    Horn of Plenty by Arno Coenen

Fruits, vegetables, flowers, insects seem to float from the ceiling in one of the biggest works of art in the world. The Horn of Plenty by Arno Coenen covers an area of 11,000 m2. Using 3D technique developed by Pixar, images conceptualized and designed by Coenen and his team are projected onto the concave ceiling. It is dubbed the Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam where fruits replace the saints and the sun at the center standing in for God and Adam.


Detail of the ceiling showing an enormous strawberry and cherry, a bug and a butterfly, stalks of grain, vegetables and a sunflower.


Food stalls, bars and restaurants vie for attention on the ground floor of the market. Private apartments occupy the upper floors. Escalators lead to a supermarket and the parking lot below.


There is no shortage of cheese in the Netherlands, the home of Gouda and Edam.

Markthal
Jan Scharpstraat, 298
Rotterdam
Metro: Blaak Station
Frequent trains depart from Central Station in Amsterdam for the one hour trip to Rotterdam. Get off at Blaak Station which is in front of the Markthal.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Varenna and Lake Como

Like a breeze 
Or sunbeam over your domain I passed
In motion without pause
But ye have left your beauty with me
A serene accord of forms and colors
Passive yet endowed
In their submissiveness with power as sweet
And gracious, almost I dare to say 
As virtue is, or goodness; sweet as love
William Wordworth, Excerpt from The Prelude, Lake of Como

    Lake Como

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016


"Have yourself a merry little Christmas 
Let your heart be light 
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas now."
Excerpt from Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Where to go (and places to avoid) in 2017

If you haven't decided yet where to go in 2017, here are suggestions from travel magazines and bestselling travel guide books for the best destinations in 2017:

Condé Nast Traveler

    Jeronimos Monastery, Portugal


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dubrovnik in the off-season

"Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik." George Bernard Shaw

    Adriatic Sea

The drive along the coastline from Čilipi International airport to Dubrovnik was every bit as enchanting. It was the magical hour with the sun calling it a day. I was watching the sunset from the bus window and decided to capture this welcoming introduction to the walled town, not quite sure how it would turn out. But I need not have worried, this picture speaks a thousand words.