Saturday, October 18, 2014

[Travel] Le Marche Region Tourism

So Italy made me think twice. Besides my conclusion of Italian Mafia's, Pasta/ Pizza & designer clothing, there is much much more to experience. What makes Italian cultural? Besides the Romanesque, renaissance style Architecture, it was definitely an adventure to discover. It's a place of history, art culture and new discoveries around each traditional corner. My 17 hours of touring four towns, was super exhausting jam packed with information about every Cathedral, monument and place. Starting the morning was a small hike in the mountains, overlooking the cliffs and travelling to every corner of Portonovo Italy. It was pretty much a fitness test, climbing steep steps through the woods, especially as I was wearing a smart Dolce & Gabbana shirt. I've highlighted the key moments that will be in my memory bank for life, as I am glad to be apart of the Le Marche Tour (credits to the Tour Guide for knowing all the information) I believed every word. From dates to facts, to people's names that was only 5 euros for a 1-2 hour tour. Priceless! It shows the passion and value of Italy is not just money, it is sharing the culture beyond with the people and the world. 
Ok, I may have had booked the whole of Ristorante La Torre Restaurant to myself. Just kidding! Arriving promptly or let's say my stomach was eager for food before lunch hour, the reserved table awaits our arrival. What I like to call, super early to avoid people photo bombing, the whole restaurant was buzzing with Italian Mafias. Pretty high class as everyone dressed like they were the Dolce & Gabbana family in the 2010 group photo editorial. The white local wine was flowing like water, so much so like the ripples of aqua seas and views overlooking the Port. Situated on the mountain top, the gleaming sunshine was just beyond magical, I had to blink twice or maybe a few times. I had finally seen this crystal clear sea for myself, besides googling for images. I can tell you there is no filter or saturation changes on these photos!  BASILICA S.CASA DI LORETO
There are somethings in life that leave you speechless. Words can't describe what I experienced in the Basilica della Santa Casa, it was literally out of this world. The Catholic place of pilgrimage in Loreto, Italy, contained the house of which the Virgin Mary lived. For what I could capture, besides the No photography sign, I am grateful to have captured this memory in my own eyes. You respect man kind in these places, and it's a reason why it is very popular for international tourists to visit. It felt so powerful and grand, the Gothic Architecture was honestly the most beautiful Cathedral I have seen in the world. This I would like to place a bet on. 

Thanks to Le Marche Region Tourism for being a part of the experience in Portonovo, Italy. Follow the hashtag #destinazionemarche & #IlikeMarche for other snaps! 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

[Travel] Stand your territory

Rising sloped hilltops, snake maze roads, it was a roller coaster travelling up the Portonovo roads (that is if you had a lack of sleep & wine from the previous night). Release your hand break, rolling the car wheels into the forest evergreen surroundings of Conero's Park. The balance of natural woods and blue seas of Portonovo Bay, has left the remains of the Ancient Military fortress from the 18th Century, known as Hotel Fortino Napoleonico, Italy. Magnicicently positioned on the beach, it was for a defending unit to protect against the British invaders, and apparently even Pirates (that is if your recreating Pirates of the Caribbean). 

 Walking under the Arched gateway, there the staff stand like guards ready to take my Tumi Luggage & Aspinal of London bag to my room. The characteristics still remains important to the history of the Fort, original brick meets Limestone Architecture. The essences of greenery shrubs, fresh air, seaside ripples were just some of the natural aromas that makes you feel like your on holiday. Besides escaping the from City Pollution, there was no sight of sky scrapers or office buildings here. With the most panoramic and peaceful sceneries, you probably couldn't imagine a battle here in this day in age. I mean who would want to destroy this beautiful hotel with a central courtyard view. 
The experience and the view just get's more breathe taking, that is if you can't breathe. After I had jumped on the bed, slapped my face that this is not reality and began to tackle the wifi code. I think it was a wifi free zone, who needs to connect with the world when the sunset is descending behind the mountain tops. Discovering new hidden pathways, for every stairs is another journey. Here I discovered I was crawling distance from the beach. I wouldn't recommend high heels on this occasion, the rocky stones is asking for a twisted ankle incident and is calling for a fashion emergency. Neither would it be comfortable to slap on lotion and sun bathe on these rocks, unless you find a flat surface. With a matching sunset attire, I like to play chameleon mode when it comes to Fashitect's photos. My white sneakers from All saint's has had me in relief, as I am glad I brought my only practical footwear besides my smarter Brogues on this trip. Thanks to the tour Guide, we got to visit forbidden private locations like the Church & the lost lake, a hidden gem that was only accessible with a key.  A decisions 4 set meal course at Imolo Ristorante with local mountain and sea muscle ingredients added to the Italian cruisines. Bon Appetite!  
Thanks to Le Marche Region Tourism for being a part of the experience in Portonovo, Italy. Follow the hashtag #destinazionemarche & #IlikeMarche for other snaps! 
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