Bologna in Bloom

As part of the travelling flower market, Piazze in Fiore, Bologna’s Piazza Minghetti was a riot of colorful flowers this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, flower vendors sold everything from bulbs to small fruit trees, as well as garden decorations. It reminded me a lot of the weekly Saturday flower market in Utrecht. I was tempted by many of the flowers, despite my black thumb … Continue reading Bologna in Bloom

An Unexpected Outdoor Concert

Charlie and I went on another nearly three-hour walk this morning. We started off with a stop at Piazza di Nettuno, where someone was encouraging him to jump over a chain barrier. I had to explain that Charlie speaks Dutch and then gave him the command, at which point he did jump. Brave hondje! Then there was a leisurely walk to Piazza Minghetti where a … Continue reading An Unexpected Outdoor Concert

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A Papal Visit to Bologna

Other than the seemingly nightly mentions on the TG1 evening news, it’s relatively easy to forget about the Catholic Church here in Bologna. That’s not to say that there aren’t churches everywhere and various church bells ringing throughout the day, and the city certainly has the impressive Basilica di San Petronio. Yet unless you actually practice the religion — and G and I are both … Continue reading A Papal Visit to Bologna

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Italian Architectural Styles and a Moment of Zen

Charlie and I went on a fairly short walk this morning, as we’d gotten up late and I had work still to finish. But even on a short walk, you can easily be amazed by all of the architectural styles and colors to be seen in Bologna. Even at one intersection, you can find art deco on one side and medieval/Moorish on the other. Walk … Continue reading Italian Architectural Styles and a Moment of Zen

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At Bologna Bus Station. Next Stop Marrakech.

It’s pretty impressive the places you can get to from the Bologna bus station. When we moved here, we drove from Utrecht to Bologna, splitting the ride into two days, particularly as we were traveling with two cats and a dog that gets carsick. The second day felt particularly long thanks to some less-than-ideal driving conditions in Switzerland and a stationary traffic jam due to … Continue reading At Bologna Bus Station. Next Stop Marrakech.

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Domenica Details: Porticoes of Bologna

Think of Domenica Details as an occasional Sunday blog category where I take a quick look at a particular detail of something. In this case, I wanted to point out something about the porticoes of Bologna that I mentioned in my last post. As I said, they are a major feature of Bologna and they come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. From one building … Continue reading Domenica Details: Porticoes of Bologna