Oh là là, Tarantula!

This weekend my cousin Klaus came for a blitz-visit! He arrived late on Thursday and left early on Sunday – which means we had only two days to jam in the most of Rome we could. And we did!

On Friday we had a walk at the beach at Ostia and Aperol with a view of the seaside, took beach selfies and on the way back had Pasta at Eataly. We walked around Circo Massimo to the Colosseo, had ice cream and Aperitivo in the sunshine and finally went out for drinks with a view of the Colosseo (and met some interesting French guys! XD).

Saturday was the “let’s see all the important sights”-day. After a proper Roman breakfast with Maritozzi (brioche buns filled to the brim with whipped cream) and Tramezzini we took the bus to the centre and started our tour: being young and fit we managed to walk all the way from the Vatican to Castel Sant Angelo, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, on to the Trevi Fountain (where we tossed a coin, of course!) and the Spanish Steps, where we finally sat down for a coffee and consulted the guide book for all the sights we saw and just briefly stopped to take a picture before heading to the next one – that’s time efficient tourism! 😉 To end our little marathon we went to see the “Secret of Rome”, which apparently is not so secret any more, as there was a queue of people and a souvenir stand. So we skipped it. But we were just in time to see the sunset form the Orangery at the Aventine Hill, which is an absolutely fantastic view!

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Oh, and if you are wondering about the “Tarantula” in the title: On Thursday nigh, after picking up my cousin at Termini station and getting some pizza, we came home and my flatmate welcomed us with the news that she saw a big tarantula in the back of the kitchen.  😱
After the first panic faded away and Klaus’ face got some of it’s original colour back, we elaborated the subject a little more and it turned out that said “spider” had only four legs… and that Graziella confused our little house-lizard (we named him Lucio) with a massive spider.

Benvenuto in Italia, Klaus … and by the way, in summer there are scorpions too.

Thanks for the visit, the gossip, the memories, ice cream and post cards! Come back soon!

XX, Angie

Carnevale Romano

Since weeks now, little kids are throwing confetti in the streets for no obvious reasons and I love it because it looks like it’s been raining colourful paper! But apart from that, not much celebrating is going on. It’s the official carnival weekend! And while my friends and family keep sending me pictures of their costumes and parties they’d go to, I am having a hard time to find out what to do in Rome during carnevale.

Yesterday I read in the newspaper that the famous Roman Carnival parade is taking place at 3pm at Piazza del Popolo – so I had an early lunch, left house punctually and arrived there around 2:30 in order to get a spot with a good view – only to be told that it surely won’t start before 4:30. I should have guessed it.
Anyway, after coffee, window shopping and quite a long walk, I arrived back at the piazza, where a presenter started to give an introduction to the spectacle. It turned out that the “famoso carnevale romano” is a historic parade. In other words: several groups and individuals in historic costumes parade and ride through the streets and throw confetti and sweets to the crowd. It all makes kinda sense, as the anchor explained that in former days,  in carnival the rich families would present their fanciest clothes and carriages to the lower classes – But it just wasn’t what I was expecting. It was nice to watch the elaborate dresses and military uniforms of various centuries, but it wasn’t quite as entertaining. The nicest thing was the big firework that closed the evening! 😀

Today me and some friends went to a food truck festival in the Parco della Musica (what a lovely name!) and even though it was clearly not carnival-related I brought confetti and blow-outs and embarrassed us all. Needless to say we had a proper confetti fight in the end!

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But boh!, at least now I’ve seen the apparently veeery famous Roman carnival parade and threw confetti in the streets!

XX, Angie

Valentine’s Bakery

I know it’s still a couple of days until Valentine’s Day, but it was weekend and I couldn’t wait to finally try the heart-shaped moulds my mum gave me for Christmas…

So, much to the pleasure of Sabrina who has a sweet tooth just like me, and a bit to the dismay of Graziella who is trying a new diet, I whipped up those chocolate cupcakes and decorated them with home made chocolate ganache. *yum*

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Let me ask you, is there any better way to show your love than with chocolate cupcakes in heart-shape, topped with chocolate ganache and heart-shaped pink sprinkles? I don’t believe so… 😉

Hope you’ll have a sweet Valentine’s day! Love you all very much ❤

XX, Angie

Sunday at the Museo di Roma

Today was the perfect museum weather: rainy and grey with the clouds hanging low and as it was the first Sunday of the month entrance to all city-run museums was free. So we decided to visit the Mueso di Roma, at Palazzo Braschi.

The collection of the museum is absolutely huge, so we joined a guided tour focused on Baroque paintings. Unfortunately I am quite illiterate when it comes to the classic arts. I mean, I enjoy looking at paintings and sculptures, it’s just that I understand rather little of it. So when the lovely lady talked about centuries, painters and techniques I didn’t understand much. But the paintings we saw were fascinating and I know that Caravaggio is an important name 😉
I really enjoyed walking through the beautiful palace, admiring not only the artworks, but also the rooms, painted ceilings and grand staircases. I felt a bit like a princess in an enchanted castle – surrounded by Japanese and Spanish tourists that compete to take selfies with famous paintings.

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I did learn a lot about art though and felt very sophisticated when I left. I finished my lovely Sunday with a stroll to Piazza di Spagna and  Via del Corso.

Hope you had a good Sunday too,
XX, a very cultivated Angie

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More tulips!

Today is Saturday. Today I had to get up at 6 am in order to get to university on time to write the Media Planning exam.

We had a written exam first and the prof corrected it straight away – and we had some caffè and cornetti breakfast in the meantime, discussing all the questions, possible answers and mistakes and getting each other nervous for the oral exam that was still to come… Then we were called in to do the oral part. I was rather nervous, but I ended up getting the highest mark (30 e lode). I am in fact rather proud of myself!

On the way home I decided to celebrate my success and the super sunny day with a bunch of tulips and some strawberries – classy.  😀

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(The morning was really sunny and lovely, but it started raining the moment I came home – I guess that’s a sign to grab a book, hide under the blankest and just do nothing for the rest of the day. Maybe have some strawberries for merenda.)

Have a good weekend!

XX, Angie

Here’s to the dreamers

What a better way is there to spend a Saturday afternoon that in the cinema?

I went to see the matinee show of La La Land today – and I’m over the moon! I am completely in love with the movie! The obvious reasons are: it’s a musical, the camerawork is great, it has an amazing and super vibrant colour palette and it stars Ryan Gosling 😉
No, seriously:

Yes, they sing. But I felt like it was never out of context. Singing as a natural way of expressing oneself is established normal right at the beginning of the film. It’s a world where they sing. I think one has to make the effort and see it as kind of a “parallel world” where singing and dancing is normal, and everything makes total sense. –  Does that make sense?

The story itself is rather simple: it’s two artists struggling with life and everything that comes with it. I am far from calling myself an artist, but I think in all the years dealing with directors, actors and producing short films, I got a bit of an insight. Basically, it feels real to me. Of course the drama level is a bit up, otherwise there wouldn’t be a Hollywood movie, but the characters are well developed and the script has some nice “that could happen to us”-moments. And I’m not talking about the scene where they dance a waltz in the clouds…

I liked how despite it begin a colourful musical, it ends on a bittersweet note and makes you think about life and the choices you make. Even though many of my friends hated the ending, I think it’s one of the best bits of the film. And isn’t there anything worse that coming out of a film and going: “meh, it was ok.”? Well, the finale definitely prevents that. And I like myself a proper after-movie discussion!

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Lo Lo Love,
Angie

Still discovering

It was really lovely weather today and I had a really productive day. After days of studying at home, I finally had to get up with a purpose this morning as I met with my colleagues at the university library to do some course work (we have to analyse the websites of the major banks in Italy and it’s terrifying how badly constructed they are!)

We finished around lunch time and I decided to have a piece of pizza on the go (melanzane e formaggio – sooo good!) as I went for a walk in the sunshine. I first started my usual route: past the Borgo Sant’Angelo and towards Piazza Navona, but then I decided to get lost and chose a street I never walked before, only to discover a whimsical narrow street with cute shops and little workshops.

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I had a lovely stroll to Largo Argentina and then onwards to Piramide, where I joined Goirgio and we went to another library together. We got a little studying done, but eventually time for merenda came and as you know, I really do take that seriously! 😉 So I dragged Giorgio out of the library and we agreed to take a “quick coffee” at the first place we’d find – only to stumble over a fancy looking Pasticceria with the most delicious looking sweets in the vitrine. And guess what? They even had Sacher cake! So “quick” got cancelled and we sat down on one of the small marble tables and had a lovely fancy afternoon coffee and cake.

And that’s it. Full of cake and happiness I went home (being super responsible and all, Giorgio went back to study) What a perfect way to end a super sunny, happy and productive day!

XX, Angie