I recently went back to Italy and visited a town called Pizzo Calabro, which is a quaint coastal town located in Calabria (Southern Italy). It was built on a steep cliff overlooking the crystal clear water of the Gulf of Santa Eufemia. One of the main attractions is the beautiful Aragonese castle known as Castello Murat because the former king of Naples and brother-in-law of Napoleon, Joaquim Murat, spent there his last days as a prisoner.
However, what makes this town the perfect holiday destination is the famous “tartufo di Pizzo”, a delicious ice-cream dessert with a heart of melted chocolate which looks like a truffle (“tartufo”, in Italian).
This ice cream was created over 60 years ago by a pastry maker named Don Pippo de Maria for an aristocratic wedding and soon became extremely popular in town. These days, no trip to Pizzo Calabro should end without tasting this exquisite ice cream whose original recipe is still kept under strict guard by the De Maria descendants. I had a wonderful time... Paola
Thought I would share just a few photos while we are away in Russia. The first photo, I am standing in front of a statue of Peter the Great, in front of the Mikhailovskiy Palace. It is not as famous as the iconic statue - the Bronze Horseman, but still impressive. Like many other European cities, there are palaces everywhere, but Russian architecture is quite specific. I love the pastel colours - they make the city look very vibrant.
The second photo is the Fontanka Canal. Many people don't realize that St Petersburg is often called the Venice of the East. Water is everywhere - a really prominent part of the city. We are staying on the fifth floor in one of the buildings you can see, so we have a great view of the canal. This photo is taken from Nevesky Prospect - the main street or avenue in St Petersburg.
The third photo is in the Summer Gardens - Летние сады. Usually we are here in summer where everything is green. This spring has been cold (it snowed a few days ago) and the trees are still hiding their leaves. However when you look closely, they are all about to burst open and come alive again after winter. It's quite an amazing time. Jo
Travelling is an exciting opportunity which can be enhanced by learning the language before you go. This blog contains some interesting articles about language and travel.