resort and travel: March 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fjord in France

Did you know that there are fjords in France? No? I did not know about it, too. Till yesterday.Than I found a photo like this one:

Утро на пляже
«Утро на пляже» на Яндекс.Фотках

The title of that photo was "Calanques". I heard that word for the first time and thought it's something like a little mediterranean town that is situated not far or on the seaside of this formation -like Amalfi, Maiori etc. But I was not right. The word is possible to translate as "fjord" -well, you are right, "translate" is not the proper signification but everybody knows what it is. So, I, for example, sell vacation packages and cruises in Northern Europe that offer visits and trips to Norwegian fjords. Spectacular places, I have to say you.

But I' never thought that there are similar fjords in South Europe, too.

The region is full of them. Here is the photo from Wikipedia where you can find more general information about this place ( Calanque ). Because I did not know about it, I'll copy here some words to have them in my site.

The region is between Marseille and Cassis, there are different calanques there you can visit.

There arew similar formations. So here, in Italy, there is a Regional Natural Reserve of Atri (it's in the region Abruzzo) where you can visit calanques -without sea there, only mountains of this special form. Plants do not grow there but there are interesting animals like reptiles and many species of rapacious birds. Because there are so many different species, it would be interesting to go for bird watching there. We have some species here and they are very interesting to observe.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Italy: 150 Years

Tomorrow is the great feast for Italy: 150 years. All the main cities open important exhibitions, shows, all kinds of the celebrations. Rome and Turin begin the feast just this night. Everything will be open all the night there. Concerts, concerts, concerts everywhere! Hope, the weather will be not very bad and it willl be possible to go in Naples where the feast begins tomorrow at 11:00 in Piazza Plebiscito.

I want to "celebrate" with some photos that represent (I think so) some attractive sides of Italy for all us.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Do You Love Salami?

Well, "Salumi" -if we want to be precise. All kinds of sausages.

If you come in Italy, you WILL eat them in any case. There are hundreds and thousands of types of salumi in Italy. And you will remember some of my reports about one of the agricultural shows we visited a year ago. (on the photo)

This time I wanted to write about salumi once more because ther was an other "show" in our zone: one of the largest malls, the supermarket inside it, exposed typical products of an other zone of Italy, I do not remember, what zone but all I bought in the show was excellent. Cheese, salami.

And salami -besides the low quantity of salt- was ...look here how long it was! I've never seen such long sausage! And the low quantity of salt was the other good discovery because my husband has to avoid to eat it. Do you know, that the fresh made salami has completly different taste? Mature is good, but fresh is special. Maybe because we can taste it rarely.

This other is Mortadella. It was about 3 m long but it's not surprising because there are often long mortadellas exposed in the shows.

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