Today was pet store day. Charlie’s favorite day! He’s always trying to get me to go in that direction and when we actually did this morning, he started pulling and practically running to get there. Having to wait for the light to change to cross the street had him almost whimpering in frustration! Poor puppy! Then, as the light changed, an actual puppy came up … Continue reading Pets and Ports [7|365]
In my continuing attempt to photograph bits of my daily life here in Bologna (at least stuff I come across on my walks with Charlie or while running errands, I present these latest photos. There was some pretty light on this morning’s walk, even if it was quite chilly. Still, with the colors of Bologna, you start to feel a little warmer and cheerier. At … Continue reading 4 gennaio 2019
I had an errand or two I wanted to run today and figured I’d do it while the spirit and flesh were both willing. I may be an atheist, but there’s something about the freedom of the lines of this quick sketch and the emotion conveyed that really spoke to me, whether the cross is a part of it or separate. This one I call, … Continue reading 2 gennaio 2019
If you enjoy wine — and really, isn’t that almost a requirement to visit or live here? — then at some point you’re going to want to find a nice wine store. Whether you’re visiting or living here, it’s one of those important things to know. G and I highly recommend Enoteca Italiana on the wonderfully named Via Malcontenti, not far from Via Indipendenza. It’s … Continue reading Enoteca Italiana
Via Farini and the neighboring streets and palazzi are where you head when you want to do some seriously high-end shopping in Bologna. Even if you can’t afford to do more than sniff some of the perfumes or carefully caress some of the clothing, you can always window shop. Best of all, you can feel a bit like royalty without even going inside the stores. … Continue reading The Gilded Portico
Just off Piazza Maggiore, you’ll find a number of small streets filled with Bologna specialty food shops that are foodie heaven. This is part of the Quadrilatero and these shops are part of the food market tradition in these streets that date back to the medieval period, if not further. Small shops dedicated to top-quality Italian classic ingredients. There are the fruit and vegetable stalls, … Continue reading Specialty Food Shops in the Heart of Bologna
Along with the regular markets taking place throughout the week, a new influx of holiday markets has arrived. Some have come and gone, while others hold out through the new year. Some are purely Italian, while others have a more foreign flavor. Once such market is il villaggio di natale francese, the French Christmas Village. This little Christmas market has packed up and said au … Continue reading The French Christmas Market … in Italy.
Update: This store has moved to another location outside the city center. However, I did find an Asian Minimarket on Via San Vitale 120 that sells it! Definitely stop in and check out their other fresh produce, as well. [Old post] Seriously, y’all, today was not the best of days, but we finally stopped in at a new world supermarket that has opened on Via … Continue reading I found okra in Bologna!
Even in this age of ebooks, any bibliophile expat is going to be on the hunt for places to buy real books. Whether it’s a big-box store or a seasonal book market, that need to find out where to buy books is strong. My Utrecht blog had a couple of posts about places to buy books in Utrecht and those remain some of my most … Continue reading Where to Buy Books in Bologna: Market Edition
Shopping at The Garage Bologna doesn’t mean buying a new car or car parts. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Yesterday, we went to The Garage, an urban market held at the Dynamo Velostazione. Dynamo is a pretty awesome place on its own, as you can rent and store bicycles or have them repaired and they also organize bike tours. Coming from the Netherlands, it … Continue reading Shopping at The Garage Bologna