Rome (Don)

There is a medieval saying that is still in use today that all roads lead to Rome. In a metaphorical sense it means that there are many roads that lead to a particular destination but it also refers to the reality that the Romans were prolific road builders and that there is a specific spot within…

Florence (Vara)

Have you heard of Stendhal syndrome? Psychology Today describes it as a psychosomatic disorder causing rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when one is in the presence of what is perceived to be immense beauty. It is also known as Florence syndrome as the symptoms were first identified by visitors to the city in the early 1900’s. The effects are relatively…

Bologna, Italy (Vara) 

Time is flying now that we’re moving from city to city so quickly. We’re on the home stretch with so much to see and do before this journey is over and we return to our beloved home, family and friends in Canada. Bologna has acquired many nicknames over the centuries and, in retrospect, our time…

Ferrari (Max)

I was really lucky to get to go to the Koenigsegg factory when we were in Sweden. Now that we are in Italy I got to visit two Ferrari museums. There are lots of pictures in this post. We took 227 photos but I can’t include them all. Click on the small ones and they…

The printed world of Gianni Basso (Don)

We all love books in our family and everything that they provide us – spiritual and intellectual nourishment as well as simple entertainment and a sometimes much needed escape from reality. But the tactile and aesthetic qualities of a book are also another valued experience: the weight of the paper, the shape of the spine,…

Venice (Ava) 

After travelling around Spain for a month and a half we hopped on an airplane from Barcelona to Venice. Venice is a city located in the north-east of Italy and is built across 117 small islands in the Venetian lagoon. The islands are linked by a series of never-ending bridges and are separated by many twisting canals. There are no cars, no motorcycles, no scooters. People…

Catalonia (Vara) 

After leaving Granada we moved further north to Catalonia, a beautiful and unique region in Spain’s north-east corner. Catalonia was once an independent territory of the Crown of Aragon but has been part of Spain since the country’s creation in the 15th century when King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile married and united their realms. Initially retaining…

Andalusia, Spain (Don)

After an incredible two weeks in Morocco we travelled by ferry from Tangier across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain where we spent five weeks in Spain’s southernmost region, Andalusia. This area has a rich and diverse history, cultural traditions and landscapes. We spent most of our time in the cities of Seville and Granada…

Street Art (Don)

We’ve seen some incredible street art during our trip across Europe. The following post is a small sampling of some of the incredible graffiti and other forms of urban art that we’ve seen during our trip thus far. There are a few places in Victoria where we can see street art: the ever-changing mural on the…

Flamenco (Ava)

Every country and culture has their own unique style of dance that allows them to express themselves in different ways than in everyday life. Spain’s most famous dance is flamenco. Flamenco is a beautiful and very unique dance that originates from Andalusia (the southernmost region of Spain). Flamenco incorporates toque (the instrumentals – guitar, drums and many others), cante (song – sung by either men or women),…

Morocco (Vara)

Max was watching a program recently about a man who builds tree houses for tourists in the woods of Washington State. They decorated one of the rooms with a Moroccan theme and Max announced, indignantly, “That’s all wrong, it doesn’t even look like Morocco and it can’t feel like it unless you are actually there”. We’re…

LES VIKINGS: CIVILISÉ OU BARBARE?

Les vikings étaient des guerriers intimidantes, les artisans créatifs et ils étaient connues comme les impressionnante  explorateurs. En Scandinave le mot “viking” signifie une personne qui part pour une expédition, aussi les vikings étaient si connus pour leur férocité en bataille que le mot en Scandinave “vikingr” signifie pilier. Oui, ils pouvaient être un peu…