linking with Texture Tuesday
We enjoyed visiting friends in Amsterdam, but our heart is in Italy. My husband and I lived in Milan for the first four years we were married, so Italian habits and preferences have been part of our lives ever since. We have an academic connection to the city of Bologna, though, and return most every year for meetings, but we also take the time to slow down and absorb just being in Italy. Bologna is a very special place - known as a major center of intellectual thought, it is home to the first European university (predating Oxford). Like other Italian cities, it is full of gorgeous art and architecture, exquisite museums, unbelievably wonderful food... but relatively few tourists.
|textured with Kim Klassen's "grunged up"|
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|textured with Kim Klassen's "charmed"|
Bologna is particularly known for the porticos covering most sidewalks in the city. It makes getting around in the rain or the summer's heat pretty easy!
Thirty years ago this week, I met my husband. I was a first-year graduate student and he was a few weeks away from graduation. He had spent a transformative academic year in Bologna, and over the years since, this expanded into so many Italian-focused experiences that it really shaped us as a family.