My Travel Blog with Caterina Pansoni

After Cristina Senoner’s trip to Amsterdam, and Belen De Bacco’s visit to Spain, with Caterina Pansoni we continue our little Travel Blog, we are in the far north of Europe, from Berlin, up to Copenhagen and finally in Norway…

© Anny Ballardini


Berlin- Copenhagen – Oslo


In 2010 with my family we decided to travel to the north Europe to spend our summer holidays.

We decided to travel by car. As we left Livigno, our first destination was Berlin. We stayed in Berlin for three days and we had the opportunity to visit the entire city. Berlin is the capital of the Germany. I saw the Berlin Wall and the remains of the WW2. There were several parks and buildings that are now considered world heritage sites. Berlin is a city rich in museums that offer visitors every kind of information.

Our second stay was in Copenhagen, Denmark. In Copenhagen we looked for the Danish siren, but we couldn’t see it as it was in China for a very important exhibition.  During our stay in Copenhagen we also visited a particular university where students study literature, philosophy, law, science and theology. It is the oldest university of Denmark and it promotes numerous researches. After we visited the Carlsberg brewery, a big structure, one of the most important in the world. A man told us about the story of the founder. We also saw the town council.

After our stay in Denmark we went to Norway. And for me it was the best part of our trip. We stayed in Oslo and in Bergen for one week. In Oslo the temperature was cold even if it was July. There we saw where the people received the Novel price for peace, at the town council.

The center of city is very clean and tidy.

Another interesting fact is that Munch lived in Oslo, and you can visit the house where he lived and died.

Another important city in Norway we visited is Bergen. There the sea enters into the mountains and you can see the cruise ships very near to the rocks. When I saw this natural spectacle I was surprised because if you don’t know that it is the sea you can think that it is a simple mountain lake.

In Bergen, quite almost all the houses are painted in many bright colors, mainly the fishermen’s houses. I love so much the north of Europe because I saw a lot of new things and I’ve learned a lot of history.


© Caterina Pansoni



My travel blog by Cristina Senoner

After Belen De Bacco’s excellent trip through Spain, we now move with Cristina Senoner to another wonderful city, Amsterdam. We will continue soon with wonderful tours all over the world.

(c) Anny Ballardini


Hello everybody! In October I went 4 days in Amsterdam, also named “Venice of the Nord” with my family. Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, and it is a very big city located on the river “Amstel” that is lovely, crossed by canals with more than 1500 bridges, it’s incredible! This city is also very particular because there is something for everybody, for everyone’s taste: museums, relaxing spots, parties, and shopping! We visited the museum of Van Gogh, the house of Anne Frank, the old city, we traveled by ferry on the canal while listening to the history of the city and we finally visited the “Bloemenmarket”, it’s a very big market of flowers, located on the side of the canal, I loved it, you smell the scents of so many flowers. The house of Anne Frank struck me, because I visited her apartment and when I was there, I thought of her story and it really moved me!

I also loved the drawings of Van Gogh, you must look at them carefully to understand.

We also went to typical restaurants: they eat lots of potatoes and cheese, waffle and the “Dutch café au lait”, the mint teas with fresh mint are awesome! I could live of them.

We also tasted their typical smoked sausages.

What I liked most of the city is that you see everybody on a bike! Everyone has one and they move around everywhere. Also women with little children, they have a basket on the back of the bike and the little children sleep in there! This is so nice to see.

In the center there is a big road with a lot of shops and fast food restaurants, there are so many shoes to buy, and many so particular.

I prefer Amsterdam to Venice, because there is a greater tolerance for other cultures, it’s a multi-ethnic city, definitely characteristic, but I like also Venice.

Prostitution and weed smoking has been legalized, in fact you can walk through the red-light district at night where many prostitutes wait in front of big windows, Amsterdam is also known for the many coffee shops.

The climate was like here in Bolzano in October, it was chilly and not too cold, and not to warm! We always had sunny days.

I hope I will return to Amsterdam, and maybe with my friends?

© Cristina Senoner


My travel blog by Belen De Bacco

Our coursebook – Language Leader, Upper Intermediate by Ian Lebeau and Gareth Rees, Pearson Longman – offers an interesting reading on trips under the form of “Travel Blog”. I suggested to the students of the 2nd Linguistic Lyceum, to write a post for our Blog on trips they have undertaken. The very first one to reach my mailbox is by Belen De Bacco, an excellent example of an entry for a “Travel Blog”. She gives interesting information on the sites she visited to the point that we wish we could go there soon.

Since she talks of bullfighting, I would also like to remind my students to read the impressive The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, novel written in 1926 about a group of American and British expats who traveled from Paris to the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona to watch the famous “running of the bulls” [believe it or not, many of my university mates – although warmly advised otherwise – took part in it!], and the bullfights. It is a book that allows you to get into contact with the innermost spirit of the Spaniards, and since Spanish is on our school curriculum, I dearly advise my students to put this book on their summer reading list.

© Anny Ballardini


Málaga, Granada and Ronda (Andalusia, Spain)

Day 1

Puerto de Malaga

The first day we arrived at the airport of Málaga in the morning. Our hotel, Alameda Principal, was on the main street. In the afternoon we visited the city center and the harbor. Málaga is in the south of Spain and it is a combination of land and sea. It is situated on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean sea. It is the second most inhabited city of Andalusia, one of the oldest European cities. Málaga will be the 2016 European Capital of Culture. It has an average annual temperature of around 20°C and 300 days of sunshine a year.

We walked down the shopping street, Calle de los Larios, and to the main square, Plaza de la Constitución. Then we visited the heart of the city: the cathedral. in its Baroque and Renaissance style, La Manquita (in English “The One-Armed Lady”), because first it was a mosque and then, when it changed into a church, they couldn’t finish the bell tower.

Calle de los Larios en Malaga

We didn’t have time but it would have been very interesting to visit the bishopric museum. It is very interesting from an architectonic point of view, and it contains many objects related to the Catholic religion in Málaga and Andalusia.

We went to Plaza de la Merced to see the house in which Pablo Picasso was born. He was a famous painter, the creator of the Cubist movement. His house has four floors and it is a typical Spanish house of the bourgeoisie of the XIX century. There are many photos, documents, and personal objects of the Picasso family. We also saw the museum of Picasso with many of his paintings in 11 rooms.

We took a walk through the city by night. It is a lively city at night and calm during the day. We saw from the outside the Roman theatre, beautifully lighted.

Day 2

The second day we walked through Alcazaba, the residence and the control tower of the Arab sovereigns. We could understand the way they lived and their traditions. Architecturally, it is very well built, carefully planned down to the smallest details. From the top of the Alcazaba we could have a beautiful view of the city.

Alcazaba en Malaga-2

Near the Alcazaba, there is the Plaza de Toros. We didn’t see it from the inside because we saw it in the city of Sevilla the year before and they all look similar. If you have time you have to see it because it is the most traditional center of Spain. They often have also in the inside the bullfighting museum that explains the history of the Corridas and the Toreros .

Torero en Ronda

Then we went to see a little but very curious museum called Museo de Artes Populares (Museum of Popular Arts). It is the fundamental reference point in Málaga in order to understand the typical day-to-day life, the city, and its people at the end of the 19th century. It shows handmade polychrome clay figures, animal-drawn carriages, skilled trades of the blacksmith, baker, fisherman and printer. It also shows how wine and oil were prepared and how countryside life unrolled through farming equipment, folklore and popular religion.

Day 3

Alhambra en Granada

The third day we went to visit the city of Granada, another city in Andalusia. We went through the city center and the small traditional ancient Spanish streets. We walked through the highest point of the city, the Arco de Elvira (Arc Elvira) and we visited the famous Alhambra and the Generalife. From 1984, it was elected to be under the UNESCO World Heritage. It is a construction for protection and vigilance. It takes at least 3 hours to visit it all, so if you want to see it you have to book a ticket to enter and calculate the time you want to spend there. The view is absolutely stunning, especially from the highest towers. It is divided into six main parts. The Alcazaba is one of the oldest parts of the Alhambra and the military area of the fence. Another part is formed by the Palacios Nazaríes (Nazaries Palace) with three palaces built in three different periods (Palacio de Mexuar, de Comares, de los Leones). The Partal is an area that groups the porch of the palaces, the gardens, the Palace of Yusuf III, the Rauda and the walks. The Generalife has the lower gardens, the palace of Generalife and the upper gardens, built to be the recreational area for the sovereigns. The Escalera del Agua (Water Ladder) has canals from which the Acoquia Real water flows. The Silla del Moro (Moro Chair) was a construction for the surveillance and the protection of the Generalife and the orchard for the distribution of the Acoquia Real water.

Day 4
The fourth and last day we went to visit another city on the countryside, very particular for its location: Ronda. Also here there is a Plaza de Toros and a bullfighting museum.

Poster 2

There are three main bridges but the most important is the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), the tallest – 120 meters, and it was built with the most modern technologies of the century. It towers the high cliffs, called in Spanish El Tajo for the number of murders that happened here. The view from here is spectacular.

Puente Nuevo en Ronda

A lot of writers and poets came here and described the place in their books or poems, for example Ernest Hemingway, the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and the Argentinian poet Jorge Luis Borges .

We saw a very interesting museum about the Bandoleros (Bandits), they came here in Ronda when the authorities in bigger cities looked for them, because this was an isolated place and difficult to reach. A museum in Ronda is dedicated to them to explain the phenomenon of the bandolerismo. Its peak was in the XVIII century. The museum has more than 1.390 objects: documents, books, clothing, prints, comic books, lithographs, official seals, photos, oils, and films. The contrast between the upper and the popular social classes were very marked by corruption which triggered men to go against established order. These men were called the Bandoleros, who have been seen by Spanish history as generous human beings. One of the most famous is Diego Corriente (1757-1781), called the “Bandido Generoso” (“Generous Bandit”). He was an example of a romantic and kind bandolero. He never killed a man, just stole the money from the upper classes and gave it to those who ranked among the poorest social Spanish classes. He operated in Andalusia, especially in Sevilla, where he was executed.

Poster 1

Last night we went to a famous and typical restaurants, Bodega Bar El Pimpi. Exhibited are the autographs and the inscriptions of famous people, like Antonio Banderas and the daughter of Pablo Picasso, Paloma Picasso. Here we had fried fish and tapas, little portions of all kinds of food. It was delicious.

Bodega Bar El Pimpi en Malaga

© Belen De Bacco