Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I ❤ Italy

We landed in Milano, Italy on April 13, 2012. What a culture shock, coming from Nepal! It's mind blowing that extreme poverty and lack of resources can exist in one area of the world while another enjoys abundance.

We stayed 3 nights in Milano. We wandered around, including getting lost for hours looking for an art show in Piazza San Marco. We found the Piazza but apparently it was in the wrong city! We enjoyed vegan meals and even stocked up at a health food store to make our own sandwiches. We visited the impressive Duomo cathedral as well. Then we had to move on due to the annual furniture expo. Talking to a local woman it is apparently bigger than fashion week and is full of amazing design events and parties. Unfortunately hotels were all booked or super expensive, but we did get to move onto lovely Venice!

We arrived in Venice on April 16, 2012 and will be staying five nights. The city is amazing with winding, narrow streets, lined with breath taking historic buildings. We have a room with a kitchenette in a charming B&B. This means I can whip up money saving, home made vegan delights! It's been nice to cook! I also picked up a terrific black poncho and a capelete; a girl cannot have too many cape-like coats, especially in Europe!

We are excited to check out a Venice exhibition of 100 of Salvador Dali's artworks. The exhibition is called Dali Universe. Other plans include a gondola ride, more museums, more street wandering and eating yummy vegan Italian food. Don't even get me started on the mouth watering array of olive oils!

On April 21, 2012 we will depart Venice in our Fiat 500 rental car. We are heading towards Florence, stopping at the Lamborghini Museum and perhaps the Ferrari Museum as well. J loves cars. The most exciting news, at least for me, is that we will end up in Forte dei Marmi on April 26, 2012, to attend the nearby, week long, Vegan Fest! The festival is free and expects 30,000 attendees! It is full of workshops, concerts, events, vegan products and stores and of course amazing vegan food. I AM SO EXCITED!!! J gets two car museums and I get to be a networking vegan nerd for a week. I don't think I'll even sleep.

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