Happy Feast of the Assumption

435-happy-feast-of-the-assumptionThe most awaited summer holiday by Catholic folks is the Feast of the Assumption. It has origins that date back to Ancient Rome and after that it was incorporated in the Catholic traditions.

The name of Ferragosto comes from the Latin feriae Augusti (Augustus’ rest, literally translated) in the name of the first Roman Emperor – Caesar Augustus, who gave the name to the month of August. That period was instituted as the month of feasts by the Emperor himself in the 18th century Before Christ. That nth holiday in question comes, actually, from the traditions connected with i Consualia (Consuales Ludi). These were the celebrations that marked the end of the agricultural and harvest activities and were dedicated to Consus (the Roman God of harvest and fertility). Continue reading

Cookery School of Amore Women

434-cookery-school-of-amore-womenNowadays there is a variety of schools that offer their clients and “students” various activities. There are art schools in which lovers of art gather from all over the world and enjoy the splendid beauty of paintings, statues and masterpieces of different artists of present and past times. Guess where. 🙂 Of course, in the cradle of the Renaissance. We’ve heard about wine schools abroad (mainly in Italy, France and Spain) where participants are seduced to taste wines all day long. And for sure, there are cookery schools like in the book “The Food of Love Cookery School” by Nicky Pellegrino where ancient recipes are passed down by Amore women from generation to generation. Continue reading

The Land of Poets

433-the-land-of-poetsChile could be really nicknamed as the Land of Poets simply because it possesses an incredibly beautiful nature and breathtaking views and sites. We cannot omit its picturesque towns and villages hugged by mountains and volcanoes, deserts and geysers, lagoons and salt flats. It’s the longest country in the world and the most developed one in Latin America. Its wine and olives are inseparable part of the life in the country and they (especially wine) are very cheap and affordable for everyone. Continue reading

The City of Hermes

The Island of Syros is a relatively small Cycladic Island  in the Aegean Sea which is only 78 nautical miles far away from Athens. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it became part of the Byzantine Empire till 1204 when it was conquered by the Venetian Republic. It was included into the Ottoman Republic in the 16th century. The island entered the newly liberated country after the War of Independence of 1821. Since then it’s been part of Hellas. Continue reading

Io prendo te, tu prendi me (The Declaration of Consent)

I have no experience with marriage (simply because I am against it) but I have watched a great number of films and I have also attended lots of marriage ceremonies when the plot goes like this … “Will you have one another to be a husband and wife; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love each other, comfort and support, honor and keep one another, in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, be faithful as long as you both shall live?” …  And then the answers are always (almost always 😉 ) “I will”.

This Declaration of Consent is always proven by wedding and engagement rings, a visible symbol of  spouses’ devotion, love and spiritual union till the end of their life, on the fourth finger of the left hand where vena amoris is. And do you know how Sardinian faith is declared? Well, in the same way but their faith is called fedesarda and there is a nice legend related to the island’s mythology. Continue reading

Never Beg … Be Yourself … Be Surrounded by the Right People

430-never-beg-be-yourself-be-surrounded-by-the-right-peopleThe more one grows the wiser they become. Their perceptions change and people see the world from a different angle. But in order to get all these reflections, one has a long way to pass and a lot of lessons to learn. And here are several lessons which might be of help to you to walk the long way of life more quickly.

Never beg”: Never beg anyone to remain in your life. People come and people go, and only your family and true friends are always part of it. The rest might leave it immediately if your texts, calls and visits get ignored. Continue reading

La Città delle Rose (The Town of Roses)

When you are on your way from Venice to Ferrara in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, you might make one some-hour stop in a small but very pretty town in Veneto. It’s situated nella Pianura Padana (in the Po Valley) and namely this lowland is known as Polesine. It’s “hugged” by the rivers Adige (to the north) and Po which are interconnected by il Canal Bianco to the south. The Adriatic Coast is only 40 km far away from the town while i Colli Euganei (the hills between Padova and Vicenza) are really very close to the town. And this town is …. 🙂 Continue reading