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Bologna, Italy Ė Part 1

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

I am in Italy! Iíll be attending a meeting for work this week on the coast near Rimini. But I thought I would stop in Bologna for the weekend before it.



This is the little street where my hotel is located, Vicolo del Falcone. It is a 10-minute walk from the heart of the city, and such a little haven!



Here is the view of where I am sitting this afternoon as I write these lines (the breakfast area):



Oh and in case you are wondering, I am listening to Pergolesi's Stabat Matter on my Ipod. :) One of my favorite classical pieces ever, and so appropriate here. Yesterday though, I arrived from the airport late morning, left my luggage at the hotel and immediately walked to the city center.



You donít need to walk far to get a feel for the city, the area around the hotel, like all the city, is lovely and very atmospheric. And there are these beautiful arches (38 kilometers of arches) everywhere! Very good when it is hot as it provides some shade.





Some have some gorgeous ceilings too!



My guide book had suggested I start at 16th-century Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), the very heart of the city. So I did!



It is located on Piazza Maggiore (Main Square), which was very impressive but not my favorite place: I tend to prefer smaller places.



This is a very partial view of the square, as seen from the Palazzo díAccursio (on the left to the Fountain). It is actually really big.



I loved 13th-century Palazzo díAccursio (also called Palazzo Communale, as it is the town hall)!





I went inside and spent some time admiring its beautiful architecture Ė oh and I admit making the most of the coolness and shade too!





I had planned to visit the Morandi Museum (Giorgio Morandi was an Italian painter from the 20th century). It is usually on the 2nd floor of the Palazzo...





... but it had been moved temporarily to the Museum of Modern Art (so I went there this morning, it was wonderful, Iíll tell you more in my next blog).



In the back yard, some teenagers were playing cards...



... and lovers were hugging...



Refreshed, I left the Palazzo for a walk in the area.



There is something I forgot to tell you. Donít go to Bologna in August, ever. About 90% of the shops are closed, it is worse than Paris! All the shops owners are on vacation, and it makes the city feel pretty dead (and depressing at times in my opinion!).





This situation has a strange impact: when you suddenly see a shop that is open, you feel that you absolutely need to buy some plums or cheese or postcards or whatever they are selling! :)



But I simply continued my walk in the area...







... until finally I gave in and had some gelato!!! Ohhh it was well worth the wait, it made a perfect (very) late lunch -- and completely unhealthy, I agree... but it was still lovely! :)



Now I am sorry Iíll have to end here my first blog on Bologna as I must catch my bus for the station to take the train to the coast! Iíll try and post my 2nd blog tomorrow or on Tuesday. :)

Many thanks for reading, and many thanks for your patience with me these last few weeks. It has been a really stressful time (it is so good to be away from it all here in Italy!), and I havenít even taken the time to thank you all for your kind comments on my last blog. I am sorry!

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PURPLEPEONY 11/5/2013 9:52PM

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SARAWALKS 9/14/2013 10:23AM

    Thanks for this lovely taste of Italy! I've never been to Bologna and I will be sure not to try it in August! Love the warm reds of the buildings...
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and I'm looking forward to your Morandi blog...catching up here again, thanks for your patience with me, I have been taking a break from my internet stuff for a change! emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/7/2013 8:03AM

  Thank you! Your views of Italy are beautiful! What a lovely place to work and live. The view from my window is much less exotic. Watching the corn grow seems so, well, ordinary. emoticon Italy this morning was such a treat. Mmmm...
gelato!

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JAKENELL 9/1/2013 5:57PM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures! I so want to visit there!
Sheila

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BEWELL48 9/1/2013 4:23PM

    Loved your pictures .....now on to the second blog from Italy!

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CAROLPRESTIGE 8/30/2013 9:02PM

    Interesting coincidence--I was in Italy two weeks ago! We visited Rome, Florence and Venice and it was all interesting and historic--but my favorite place was Venice. What a charming place! But I must admit France is still my favorite European spot (at least so far)!

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WILDASTER 8/29/2013 11:39AM

    Dear Claire,
So beautiful, I agree that the big historic buildings have their appeal, but the quiet streets and market places are also interesting and colorful. I wish we had some of the arched walkways to keep us cool here! I will have to remember August is a time for relaxing away from the heat of the city.

It's been a hard week here, but I will tell you more later.

I look forward to reading more about your trip in the next blog!!
Love you,
Annette

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PHEBESS 8/28/2013 4:47PM

    I am so envious of your job, that you get to go to Italy!!!!! Wonderful!!!!!!

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JOANNHUNT 8/28/2013 1:53PM

    THANK YOU CLAIRE FOR THE AWESOME BLOG. THEY ARE SO UPLIFTING WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. I ENJOY EVERYONE OF THEM.

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MOMMY445 8/28/2013 11:40AM

    such beautiful pictures! thanks for sharing and have a fabulous day!

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DR1939 8/28/2013 9:06AM

    Lovely pictures. Too bad that the city was deserted BUT you did get to skip the crowds.

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DEBKAY0923 8/28/2013 7:59AM

    great pics, I.m going there next year

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SJKENT1 8/27/2013 5:42PM

    Hope your time in Italy is fabulous

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JSEATTLE 8/27/2013 5:11PM

  Subscribing now, thank you!

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JSEATTLE 8/27/2013 5:11PM

  I have missed your lovely blog with pictures. Thank you for news of Bologna!

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GOANNA2 8/27/2013 9:09AM

    Sorry to hear you're still experiencing stressful
tiems. I hope this trip helps you to cope and relax.
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NILLAPEPSI 8/27/2013 8:05AM

    Amazing photos. The architecture is just beautiful!

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CHANGINGHORSES 8/27/2013 6:42AM

    Very cool, I love all the archways! Gorgeous!

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BAKER1009 8/27/2013 6:20AM

    Another emoticon blog Claire! Love it! Thanks for sharing.
Ya know, in that one pic, it looks like that big bird is swooping in for that lady's purse, LOL!

Great pictures...what a wonderful place to stop and stay. Sorry so many shops were closed though. That is so different than here in the U.S. Nothing is closed, ever. Well, some on Sundays, but that is it!
Looks like a lovely place to stop and visit!

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LIVEDAILY 8/26/2013 10:32PM

    Ah! Gelato in Italy! Can it get any better? Wait...YES! You are going to the coast! Lucky girl!! Enjoy!!

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SHOAPIE 8/26/2013 9:02PM

    awesome

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 8/26/2013 6:58PM

    Nice pictures .

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ROSES4ME1 8/26/2013 5:22PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous hikes. I truly feel like I get to tag along and it is wonderful!

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AEBROWNSON 8/26/2013 5:14PM

    gelato in Italy is NEVER UNHEALTHY!

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JUSGETTENBY42 8/26/2013 5:04PM

    You have gone to the most fabulous place to get away from stress. ENJOY

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/26/2013 3:43PM

    Wow--what a job. Beautiful pictures, have a good time, don't work too hard.

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MRSRIGS1 8/26/2013 3:04PM

    Beautiful pictures as always! Enjoy!

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/26/2013 2:51PM

    Loved your blog!! Hope you have a wonderful trip!! Lovely.......Soooo refreshing to see the pictures.

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NAN041 8/26/2013 2:32PM

    So lovely and enjoyable. Perfect setting
for your trip...many thanks, Nan

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MADAMES 8/26/2013 2:24PM

    Claire,
What a lovely little part of town-the spot where your hotel was located! I love the colors of the buildings and the arches of the walkways. The photo of the staircase is superb! What an interesting observation about spending money when you did find a shop that was open! Aren't we funny human beings when it comes to shopping? ? I can't think of a better indulgence than a frozen confection on a warm summer's day! Good for you!
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Bon sejour en italie!
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BONIFIANT 8/26/2013 2:03PM

    Thanks again for your blog and wonderful photos. You sound like a fun person with whom to travel-I think our sight-seeing tastes must be very similar. Looking forward with great anticipation to part 2 and hope that what ever the stress was is now over.

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LOLAINSC 8/26/2013 1:02PM

    Thanks so much. Was not familiar with Sabat Mater so I looked it up on YouTube--lovely! There I thought Pergolesi was the guy that invented my faux hardwood kitchen floor.
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JACKIE542 8/26/2013 12:54PM

    So beautiful Claire, loved all the pictures. The buildings are so beautiful.
If I ever get to any of these beautiful places you give so much info, I would know so many things, one is not to go in August. or maybe if I want less of a crowd maybe I should.
I am glad your trip is relieving some of your stress.
Take good care.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/26/2013 12:39PM

  Hi Claire, emoticon

I said a silent prayer for surprises today ( my b-day ). Now I do and have had some plans happening on the days surrounding it.. but wanted to do stuff besides housework.

So far ... received yesterday my fav fruit for breakfast( peaches ). There was a gift at my door. I got a cute e-card of the spa. And now this lovely blog of one of my favorite places in the world. I thank you! emoticon emoticon


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KWING517 8/26/2013 12:11PM

    Oh, beautiful as always!! Thank you for taking us with you!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/26/2013 10:47AM

  Hi Claire.......
Once again, your photos are SO IMPRESSIVE!!!!! But.........I have to admit that I am very jealous of your job!!! To be sent to Italy for a meeting NEVER happened to me during my teaching career........ But, now I can see it through YOUR eyes.
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SUSIEMT 8/26/2013 10:39AM

    Thank you for taking me along! I so enjoyed our adventure!

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DIXIENC 8/26/2013 10:34AM

    Dear Claire,
Again I am enjoying your trip vicariously..I do love Italy and have never seen Bologna..
You did a wonderful job of photographing the architecture..Loved the arches...Have a fine trip, and it is good for you to get into other environs as then one also realizes how grand one's own is..
Good traveling...and give us more...Love, Doris emoticon

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