This is not the usual photo gallery from a trip to the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna. It is really hard to stay away from the historical and architectural sites of cities like Bologna or Parma, or the world-famous lasagna and parmesan cheese, both so famous about these two places, for that matter.
I tried to point my camera at the unusual, while I was there. I was looking for frames that will either capture a moment or something showing the feeling one gets in Emilia-Romagna. I think I managed to do so, at least for my own benefit in the days to come. As for you… I’ll let you decide on your own.
Italy has turned into a preferred relaxed location in our household. It is relatively close to Munich and easy to reach by train, plane and a bus. Not to mention a car, but since we don’t have one, I am not putting it on my list. I find this country very similar in many ways to My home one. The way the Italian society behaves on the street looks very much like the one in Bulgaria. They are both seeming disorganized and not-playing-by-the-book types and yet, they function somehow and move on from every challenge or disruption they meet along the way. To certain extend Emilia-Romagna reminded me about growing activism I am observing happening in the big cities in Bulgaria. There are a lot of little signs here and there in both these geographical areas and although the Italian province has certainly built upon the reputation of having an opinion, the same cannot be said about my home country. Emilia-Romagna voted persistently left in the decades after WWII. They have exhibited this revolutionary spirit over and over again not only in their political preferences but also in historical aspects during the Renaissance and this amazing architectural and artistic heritage amassed since the beginning. Oh, and not to mention the food. But we all know that Italian food is something to savor and feel, rather than just munch on. Well, I miss this place already…
If you ever have the chance to spare a few days, Emilia-Romagna has a lot to offer. Station yourself somewhere in the middle of it and hit the trains. Everything is within an hour or two. Day trips to old cities are more than worth it – Bologna, Parma, Modena, etc. And eat! Savor everything that your stomach can handle! Just make sure it is specific for the area you are visiting!
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