Bologna

I stayed in a room (booked via airbnb) with another illustrator friend, Evi, and the room was cosier than Lorenzo’s place. It has hot shower and heater. We stayed with the owners, Katerina and Fabio, a very friendly and nice couple. We rented the room because it is situated near the book fair; about 10 minutes walk.

I had a day free before the bookfair and went to visit Bologna town with Evi, Pak Yusof (well-known illustrator from Malaysia) and his wife, Mama Zakiah. We took bus 35 to town and from the station we walked along Via dell’Indipendenza to Piazza Dell’8 Agosto. Previously there would be a massive Sunday market but when we reached the square, there were only few stalls selling cheese, vegetables and fruits.

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We didn’t buy anything, so we walked back on Via dell’Indipendenza before reaching Piazza Nettuno.

bologna_indipendenzaVia dell’Indipendenza

When we got to Piazza Nettuno, we saw a rally going on. The rally, called S.O.S. Venezuela, was in support of students and protesters in Venezuela who are standing up against President Nicolas Maduro’s regime. S.O.S Venezuela was simultaneously held in dozens of cities throughout the world. The objective of the gathering was to create public awareness of what is happening in Venezuela as well as gain signatures for a petition to get elected officials to take a stand and denounce the human rights violations.

SOS Venezuela

We sat for a while looking at the rally while looking at beautiful buildings and Fountain of Neptune at the square.

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The Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno) is a monumental civic fountain with a bronze figure of Neptune, extending his reach in a lordly gesture of stilling and controlling the waters, is an early work by Giambologna, completed about 1567.

The logo of the Maserati car company is based on the trident in this Neptune statue. In 1920 one of the Maserati brothers, the artist Mario Maserati, used this symbol in the logo at the suggestion of family friend Marquis Diego de Sterlich. It was considered particularly appropriate for the sports car company due to fact that Neptune represents strength and vigor; additionally the statue is a characteristic symbol of the company’s original home city. Maserati was established on December 1, 1914, in Bologna. Other than from Maserati, Ducati and Lamborghini was also established in Bologna in 1926 and 1963 respectively.

Apart from the fountain, there’s the City Hall.

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The Town Hall (or Palazzo d’Accursio ) consists of a set of buildings, that over the centuries have gradually been joined to the oldest acquired by the city at the end of the thirteenth century. Renovated and expanded in the first half of the fifteenth century, with the help of Architect Fioravante Fioravanti, it was enriched with a clock tower in Accursio and according to examples common in central Europe, a carousel with wooden automata (Madonna with Child and the court of Magi). It was removed in 1796 (some of this still remains today, and is preserved with the Municipal Art Collections on the second floor).

The Town Hall could be trace back to 14th century. It became the seat of the Anziani (“Elder”), the magistrates of the commune in 1336, and later served as the city’s Town Hall until November 11, 2008.

Later we went walking to Piazza XX Settembre to look for 2nd hands books. We bought some art books at very good price.

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After that were all very hungry and went to a Pakistani’s café near the station to have a late lunch. Lunch was rice and chicken and salad! Yums. I had been eating Pizza al Pomodoro and spaghetti for few days that it was good to have rice for a change.  After lunch, Pak Yusof and Mama Zakiah went to the book fair to see the preparation while Evi and I went back to our room because it was about to rain. We took bus 35 to reach Viale Aldo Moro, the nearest stop to walk to our room and walked pass Don Bosco Park. We had fun taking pictures of flowers and birds before it was raining.

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Getting to Bologna: KLM operated 2 time(s) daily from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Bologna (BLQ).

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_of_Neptune,_Bologna
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palazzo_d%27Accursio

 

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47 Comments

  1. 🙂 Love those daisies Emila. Btw. how come no pictures of food!! 😀 Ok, those oranges and onions does placate and make up for it. 😛

  2. bila baca tajuk post ni… tetiba rasa macam nak nyanyi..
    ” mama bolo-bolo… papa bolo-bolo…

    syuq dah lama tak datang.. rindu nak nyayi sama-sama..

  3. Ada kawan saya guna “couchsurfing” bila pergi overseas….
    jimat banyak duit.. tak payah sewa rumah/hotel..
    lagi seronok kalau dapat host yang pemurah/baik hati/penyayang… hehehe.. 🙂

  4. Daku datang…… (^_^)

    “Bila terasa rindu… ku sebut nama mu…” haaaa.. cepat sambung.. hehehe

    Saya tak berapa faham konsep “couchsurfing” ni. Maksudnya, mmg ada org yang tawarkan penginapan macam tu? Di Malaysia tak ada kan konsep macam tu?

    1. boleh katakan semua negara ada…
      contohnya… kalau kita nak pergi thailand, jadi kita akan buat announcement kita perlukan host dekat thailand… so, notice akan dihantar dekat host2 yang ada dekat thailand mengatakan bahawa si polan ini memerlukan host.. hehehe…
      so, bila host2 ni cek profil kita, sesuai dengan keadaan, jadi dia kan offer lah…. kalau semua setuju… jadilah…
      1 lagi kita boleh cek host/orang yang nak dihost ni, review nya negatif/positif…

      kawan saya dari indonesia, dia buat trip negara asean, dalam 2 minggu kot.. semua pakai couchsurfing… jimat duit..

      malaysia(selangor)-thailand(bangkok)-vietnam-lupa negara mana dia peri……………… last destionation malaysia(penang)

      1. Ohh kisahnya. Istilah mudahnya, sewa bilik lah kan. Gayanya macam homestay, tapi homestay dah jadi sewa rumah.

        Couchsurfing ni lebih bergantung pada budibahasa tuan rumah lah ye. Saya lihat dalam website Airbnb, nampak macam mudah juga nak cari host. Kawan Jaja tu, bila dia datang ke Malaysia, macam mana nak annouce dia cari host? Sesama kawan-kawan di Malaysia ke atau ada website tertentu?

        1. jadi je ahli dekat couchsurfing.com

          sewa kena bayar… kita tukar istilah… menumpang boleh.. hehehe
          kadang2 ada host yang offer duduk rumah besar, ada flat, ada bili… macam2 ada..

      2. Tapi khuatir juga kan duduk macam tu? kalau mmg yg review ok takpela, cuma kadang macam homestay kat Malaysia pun la bergantung pada tuan rumah juga. Ada risiko je travel ni walaupun ke mana jua, keselamatan kena jaga..hehehe takut ..

        1. sebab tu … kita kena pilih elok2.. tengok rating host… postif or negatif…
          n then tengok preferences si host… 🙂

          setakat ni member2 saya yang jadi host @ di host tak ada masalah….

          janji pandai pilih… pandai jaga adab… hehehe

        2. Betul tu Farah, antara perkara pertama terlintas dalam fikiran saya tentang konsep menumpang ni adalah keselamatan… samada dari pihak yang menumpang ataupun tuan rumah. Memang kena ada kepercayaan dan reputasi yang baik.

          Tapi saya memang sukakan konsep tumpang dan berkebun macam yang K.Em buat. Bagus dan pengalaman baru!!! Kalau saya dapat pergi ke Itali, mesti seronok kalau dapat rasa pengalaman yang sama..

  5. Farah,

    Hari tu Farah ada tulis pasal pertandingan buku Pari-pari Syurga kan? Sempat lagi tak saya nak join? Saya nak cari balik komen Farah tu, tapi dah ada beribu2 komen dalam blog K.Em sekarang…

    Kalau sempat lagi, boleh Farah cerita sikit macam mana nak join ye.. (^____^)

    1. Boleh, Syuq add kita kat FB nnt kita tag detail. FB nama sebenar hahah Farahana Hussain. Hehehe yay mari lah join

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