Stunning Venice

Sunday, 12 April 2015, 18:43 | Category : calatorii
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I believe there’s nothing better in terms of presents than a surprise trip. This spring break I got just that: a surprise two-days trip to Venice and although we didn’t have that much time, we actually managed to visit quite a lot.

Overview of Venice from the Campanille Tower

Overview of Venice from the Campanile Tower

First off, let me tell you that I’ve never seen anything quite like Venice: the city is breathtaking on its own and I can’t remember the last time I gasped and aww’d so much at something. The weather was also incredible: a sky with no clouds and a bright sun that was reflected in the water (which is why some of the photos are very bright/shiny) and the breeze that followed you even in the narrow streets away from the main channel. However, as evening approached the wind became stronger and colder, so if you’re going to visit the city in April you should also take some warmer clothes with you.

Sunny view in Venice

Sunny view in Venice

The biggest attraction of the city is the famous Piazza San Marco where you can find the impressive Doge’s Palace (which is unlike any other palace I’ve ever seen), the Correr Museum (which includes the Apartments of Princess Sissi, an Archaeological Museum and the main hall of the Municipal Library), the Basilica di San Marco (a huge church located next to the Doge’s Palace) and the Campanile Tower (which is 100 m high and from where you can enjoy some stunning views of the city and its surroundings). They’re all worth at least a visit!

View of Piazza San Marco from the Campanille Tower

View of Piazza San Marco from the Campanile Tower

The Doge's Palace

The Doge’s Palace

The Campanile Tower

The Campanile Tower

Also, I got a chance to feed some very friendly pigeons in Piazza San Marco, which apparently is another of its tourist attractions!

pigeons

Some of the other places we visited included a museum of musical instruments located in an old church, an exhibition of post-modern art and the huge Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (where we also got a glimpse of the Catholic Easter ceremony).

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute seen from the Vaporetto.

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute seen from the Vaporetto.

Last, but not least I need to mention the delicious Italian food which lived up to the reputation of the Italian cuisine. Although, what I loved the most food-wise was a Matcha Green Tea Tiramisu I discovered in a hidden cafeteria on a narrow street somewhere around the Piazza San Marco. It tasted absolutely divine!

Matcha Green Tea Tiramisu

Matcha Green Tea Tiramisu

All in all it was a wonderful trip where I got to see and experience a lot of wonderful things (including a short ride with a gondola) and I am looking forward to going back there again one day.

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The Imitation Game

Deși nominalizările la Oscar de anul acesta au dezamăgit foarte multă lume (printre care mă număr și eu), dat fiind că au ignorat anumite performanțe și filme remarcabile, am vrut să văd de mult timp The Imitation Game, unul din filmele nominalizate pentru cea mai bună peliculă. E adevărat că motivul principal pentru care am vrut să-l văd este faptul ca printre protagoniști se numără și Benedict Cumberbatch și Keira Knightley care sunt 2 dintre actorii mei preferați (și pe care a fost o plăcere să-i privesc în acest film – mai ales Benedict, care sper sincer să câștige).

Filmul spune povestea lui Alan Turing, un matematician englez de geniu, care a avut o contribuție pivotală în cel de-al doilea război mondial și nu numai. Filmul, deși abordează un subiect ușor greoi, este de-a dreptul fascinant, iar scenariul și regia îi oferă un tempo suficient de alert care să te facă să rămâi atent pe toată durata vizionării. Îl recomand tuturor cinefililor care își doresc un film bine făcut și cu substanță și acum mai rămâne de văzut doar dacă va fi apreciat și de Academie (care anul ăsta și-a cam dat cu stângul în dreptul).

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Uptown Funk

Friday, 16 January 2015, 0:31 | Category : muzica
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A little something for everyone’s who’s dealing with exams/dissertations/uni life:

Not only does this song have a really nice vibe that makes you wanna dance in your seat, but it’s also relatively new so that it hasn’t become so overplayed on the radio/tv that you can’t stand it anymore.

PS: For all the Fall Out Boy fans out there – good news! New album coming up next week and more about that soon (so far I love most of the songs).

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2015

Thursday, 1 January 2015, 0:24 | Category : diverse
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I’m not the kind of person who makes resolutions for the coming year. I only did one once (and I can proudly say that I kept it). But this year I’ll make two. And maybe if I write them down here, it’ll be easier for me to not give up on them. The first one is to travel more. Discover new places, learn things about new cultures, meet new people. The second one is to write more (and I don’t mean academic writing, but the leisure kind). It used to be one of my favourite hobbies, together with reading, but over the past few years, they’ve been replaced mostly by watching tv shows. And whilst I know that’s something that’s not gonna change, I will try to dedicate more time to writing and reading. I guess this is a (good) start.

Other than that, what can I say? I already know that 2015 will be an interesting year, as it will bring a lot of changes. Some of which, I look forward to, others not so much. But I guess, as long as they’re for the better, I shouldn’t complain. Happy New Year everyone and may you keep all your new year’s resolutions and discover new ones along the way!

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Still here

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 1:59 | Category : diverse
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I know it’s been way too much time since I last posted something on here, but, to be fair, being in my last year at university has made me quite busy (the whole writing a dissertation thing amongst other “grown up” stuff). However, now I’m enjoying my winter holiday, so I’ve got more free time (or at least I’m supposed to – again the whole dissertation thing interfering a bit with my plans). Therefore, I should be able to write here more often and since we’re one week away from Christmas and getting closer to New Year’s Eve, I’ll make this my first resolution for next year (which I will hopefully stick to).

PS: I might switch to English full time around here. It’s only fitting as I’m getting my degree in Media Studies from a British University, I’d say.

PPS: This whole ‘writing a dissertation thing’ isn’t as bad as I make it sound. The key is to choose a topic you love/are very interested in (which fortunately I did).

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