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Ragazze in Bologna

Some of you might have seen on Tara’s blog the mention of an upcoming trip to Bologna. The idea came from Natalie and then she and Tara teamed up to invite Asali and myself. All I can say to that is that it was some brilliant thinking on their part. I don’t remember the last time I had so much leisurely, unhurried fun with such wonderful people.

I’ve met Natalie 4 years ago when she was traveling through Croatia with her husband and it’s known that Asali and I have been friends for a while now. The person I was so eager to finally meet was Tara. I don’t want to gush now about how the perfume world has given me a chance to meet amazing people, but it has. I always imagined Tara as a strong but kind woman and the reality was very much like that. You might not be aware of her strength when you see her waify form but when you hear her voice, there is no mistaking the strength there.

Anyway, to get on to the actual trip. 🙂 We all met in Bologna, arriving one after the other and the six of us did some true Italian holidaying. If you are wondering who is number 6, well, a friend of Natalie’s husband also arrived from New York so we were truly an international band of tourists. Which actually turned out to be great because we did different things to make everyone happy and we shared stories from our particular backgrounds – making us get to know each other better and learn more about cultural differences. This was all underscored by sightseeing (churches and museums mostly), having lazy Italian lunches and dinners, and gelato and aperitivo in the meantime. Honestly, Italians know how to enjoy life. 🙂

And I miss the espresso now. I got quite used to it. And the fact that Italian guys don’t mind some causal flirting – hence the title of the post. We loved being called “ragazze”. 😀

So, in no particular order, here are some photos from the trip.


One of many beautiful buildings in Bologna


I love churches so I enjoyed visiting them but no longer remember which is which 🙂


Basilica di San Petronio


The Neptune sculpture that’s supposed to be on the fountain but is actually in Archeological museum as the fountain is undergoing reconstruction


A canal running through Bologna

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Turns out there is no river in the river Po


The most amazing theatre I’ve ever seen (in Parma) – Teatro Farnese


Part of the Farnese palace is the library (HUGE!) – I want to live there


Parma cathedral


Baptistry in Parma


Basilica di San Luca


View from the San Luca basilica (it’s on top of a hill)


Asali doesn’t give up so we finally had a good enough selfie 😉

Sarajevo – a place where sorrow meets love of life

It’s been two weeks since I was in Sarajevo for a long weekend. It was a trip I will never forget but also one that I am still trying to put into perspective. I don’t think that will ever happen either. 🙂

Like I said in the title, Sarajevo is a special place where the people you meet carry with them such deep sorrow (I’d say remnants of the war that is still so present everywhere you go and look) but they also carry an immense joy and love for life as displayed in their easy smiles, joking and singing. A city that cannot be described and people who will welcome you with open arms and will see you leave with smiles on their faces and hopes of seeing you again – and you will hope that as well.

If you’re wondering how this trip came about, turns out I have distant family there (my father’s cousins) who were as eager to meet me as I was them. It’s the most amazing feeling finding family you never met before and realizing you are close and that family really means family.

I will leave you now with some photos from my trip. The one thing that amazed me though, the excellent rakija you can drink anywhere.


The river view (Miljacka)


Middle of Baš Čaršija – water for weary travelers


Baš Čaršija street


Baš Čaršija artisan working


Baš Čaršija street



View from one of the hills around Sarajevo


Hill view


Christian cemetery in the middle of the city


Sarajevo beer 🙂




Place for chevapi


The tastiest chevapi I ever had


View from the family place I stayed at


View from the family place I stayed at


View of the city from another mountain


The city couldn’t be seen from here



And I’m off!

My dear readers, tomorrow I’m off to Dublin for a week of leisurely Irish fun. 🙂

Yes, I expect that to include a lot of Guiness. 😉guiness

If I have the chance, I might post some pictures, but that is a very big if.

Talk to you soon!


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