Centuries ago royals, nobles, and charlatans forgot all rules of decency during the famous and infamous Carnival of Venice, safely hidden behind masks. Still, revellers in richly decorated costumes parade through the streets of the northern Italian city during nearly two weeks of the carnival in February.
Late March to early April, the temperature in Seville (Spain) climbs to 20 degrees Celsius, the perfect temperature for a city trip. Part two of my wanderings through this delightful city.
Of course, Barcelona is lovely, but if I go to Spain for a city trip, I prefer to go to Seville (or Sevilla in Spanish); it has a more authentic feeling. Thanks to its southern location, this is the perfect spring and autumn destination. Part 1 of my travel guide about Seville.
The azulejos route takes me further into Centro de Portugal. I discovered two beautiful cities: Coimbra, the oldest university town, and Aveiro or the ‘Venice’ of Portugal.
If you’ve ever been in Portugal, you may have noticed the numerous azulejos, the beautiful tiles on Portuguese houses and churches, especially along the coast. But other types of ceramics and porcelain are as popular in Portugal. I went to investigate. My journey starts in Caldas da Rainha.
Lord Kitchener already sang it in the 60s:
London is the place for me
London this lovely city
You can go to France or America,
India, Asia or Australia
But you must come back to London city.
I completely agree with him.
Italy is full of great cities. Bad luck for Turin because that city is often not included in the lists of favorites. Is that right? Certainly not. If only because Turin is the birthplace of the Slow Food movement – Food for foodies!