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text 2017-03-17 23:31
Milanese Adventures

I'm back home with a sodding cold so I wanted to post this before retiring with a hot beverage.

 

The work part of the trip went better than expected and we ended up with a little bit of time to go exploring and indulge in some of that lovely, lovely Italian food. I won't torture you guys with pictures of the food, but thought I'd share some of the snaps I took when visiting the Duomo. It is such a magnificent building. The masonry on the outside alone is just astounding - none of the images seem to be the same, some tell a story, some are cautionary (as befits the use in a church), and some were actually funny.

 

 

Impressive, isn't it? No wonder it took about 600 years for the church to be completed.

 

And when, after some queuing, we finally got to look inside, it just took my breath away...

 

 

 

 

Check out that organ! It's the second biggest in Europe (after the one in Passau). It has two parts - one of each side of the altar. I can only imagine the sound this would create.

 

 

The weirdest thing was that there did not seem to be any point from where you could take in the whole of the interior. Whenever you moved, a new section of the interior would be revealed. For example, you can't really see the magnificent windows from the entrance. You have to go all the way to the back, and as you move forward, you discover sculptures and other parts like the entrances to the crypts below. 

 

 

It was such an awesome place. Literally.

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photo 2017-03-15 14:29
View from the office today.

I'll be out for a couple of days...

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text 2017-03-05 19:39
Sunday Soup

There may be something in the air tonight because it's not just Whiskey who has had a craving for soup today. 

 

I met up with a friend for gelato earlier - apparently meeting for gelato on Sunday is becoming a thing - she was talking about soup she made earlier today. What can I say, soup's been on my mind for the rest of the afternoon....

 

So, here is what I ended up with: I just wanted something easy and filling, that I could make with ingredients that I already had at home. 

 

I roasted some sweetcorn with smoked paprika for a bit, then added it to other veg (celery, onion, carrot, a red pepper, and a potato). Let it boil with a bay leaf, salt, black pepper, rosemary for a bit, then blitzed it. 

 

 

The smoky goodness of the soup goes nicely with some cheesy topping. 

My sides are slices of bread topped with humus. 

 

It's a really simple soup, but I'm loving it.

 

Happy (Soup) Sunday All!

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text 2017-03-03 20:14
Library Haul and Weekend Reading Plans

 

Thanks to you all, my very own Mt. TBR is not getting any smaller and after several book discussions last week, I found myself with a pre-order of library books that became available today.

 

This is what my (longish) weekend will look like:

 

 

 

After a bit of Coin-toss Opera, that is...

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text 2017-02-26 13:49
Book Haul...and Coffee

Happy Sunday All!

 

I had so many plans for this weekend, and only few of them have actually realised. However, when plans go out of the window because you're meeting up with friends for gelato instead, then who am I to argue with that?

 

Also, I passed by our local Waterstones on the way home from the gelato extravaganza. Passed by is not quite correct, tho, is it? I mean, "raided" would be more accurate. And because all that raiding was exhausting, I needed a pick me up, so stopped by the coffee roasters, too. This month's special roast is from Honduras (fair trade) and smells absolutely divine. Needless to say, it is currently steaming away in a cup next to me. 

 

In short, I am all set for the rest of the long - I have Monday off from work - weekend.

 

Hope you all are up to fine weekend capers, too.

 

BT

 

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