As a non-Christian, Christmas didn't have much of a meaning to me but this time I decided to have it the local way. Turns out it was quite a memorable experience.
At least half of my time in Turin revolved around the girls. I followed them to supermarket, chatted with them during breakfasts, stayed longer after dinners for a drink or two, and walked with them to school in the morning.
Egyptian museum is a must-visit when you come to Turin. Spending half of my second day there, I can’t stress enough how comprehensive and mind-blowing it was. And if I ever return to this town, the museum would still be on top of my list.
Turin is best known as the former capital of united Italy and also the birthplace of its first King Vittorio Emanuel II. But one can learn that by staying at home and reading guidebooks. We all travel to learn something new. For this reason I decided to go slow to get the essence of each place I visit, and try to stay, or at least meet up and talk with locals as much as I can. Couch-surfing is one of the best ways of doing so.
Everything in Venice has a soul, from the canals snaking around the city, the old brick houses with Arabic-style windows, the grey stone walkways to the black wooden gondolas carrying loving couples. To me every moment in Venice was memorable, but if you ask what I love most about Venice, here's my top five:
After several days of drizzle, the sun finally returned and we did not miss the chance to get out of town for a little excursion.
Bologna is known in Italy as la dotta, la grassa e la rossa ('the educated, the fat and the red'). I started getting to know the city, first of all, by getting a taste of its 'fat' reputation, which refers to delicious cuisine and rich food.