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March 27th, 2011, Daylight saving time has begun in Italy (and many countries in Europe). Beside that, there is a major event in Mian, Italy, “Stramilano 2011”. The town invited all the residents to run around the town. The distances are 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers… it’s your choice which one you preferred.

The starting point was Piazza del Duomo. The race finished at Arena Civica. Let’s see some pictures around Duomo di Milano.

 

(Photos taken on the 27th of March, 2011)

 

 

 

 

Billboard of Stramilano 2011

 

 

 

 

The starting point – Piazza del Duomo

 

 

 

 

Participants of Stramilano 2011

 

 

 

 

Bonus Picture – souvenir shops around Piazza del Duomo

 

 

 

 

A group of 11 Km runners

 

 

 

 

Yes… she was running with a baby!

 

 

 

 

Security was all around…

 

 

 

 

11 Km – Stramilano 2011

 

 

 

 

Ambulance – stand by

 

 

 

 

Kudo to him! — run, run, run!

 

 

 

 

iPod nano 8GB (5th generation) – cool gadget!

 

 

 

 

Nike + iPod Sport Kit – a combination with iPod… gives you performance info! Really cool!

 

 

 

 

Bonus Pictures – Spring is here!
Very soon we will be seeing all the beautiful flowers around the city… love it!

Last week, I had a chance to go visit friends in Budapest, Hungary. It was such a great time! We were there during the National Holiday, March 15th. The weather was very warm, people came out to celebrate the Independence day of Hungary. We saw many traditional costume and dance! Amazing!

 

Let’s enjoy seeing some pictures from Castle District (taken from March 15th, 2011)

Fishermen’s Bastion

 

 

 

 

Parliament of Hungary (located on Pest Side, along Danube River)

 

 

 

 

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Photo taken from Castle District)

 

 

 

 

Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd in Hungarian)
A connection between Bupa and Pest, also a beautiful Danube River

 

 

 

 

Stephan I – A famous king of Hungary in the past

 

 

 

 

Matthias Church

 

 

 

 

At Castle District – there was a festival of National Holiday… fun! Fun!

 

 

 

 

Young Hungarians in traditional costume

 

 

 

 

A famous café in Budapest, HungaryRuszwurm

Smiley A shopping street at Deák tér Smiley
and Vörösmarty tér
(Photo taken on March 19th, 2011)

 

 

 

 

A shop selling traditional Hungarian bread – Kürtőskalács

Smiley Sweet bread Kürtőskalács Smiley
It is a bread roll with different kind of flavors such as cinnamons, coconut, etc. Also there is a classic one, without flavor… so fresh, so good!

We really enjoyed our time there… I will definitely go back again…what an awesome city — Budapest, Hungary!

First of all, I would like to give my condolences to those who are affected by earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We have been watching the news since last Friday. I was saddened and shocked to see what happened. Really hope there will be no further disaster any time soon. We just send our thoughts and prayers to all the Japanese people… wish you well… may you be comforted. And hope the situation will ease as the time goes by.

These are photographs were taken from the recent event. Carnevale Ambrosiano 2011 is the name of carnival in “Milan, Italy”, which was help on the 12th of March, 2011.

 

Pictures from Piazza del Duomo

 

 

 

 

Carnival parade with chariot, band, and flag show

 

 

 

 

The group with Medieval Theme

 

 

 

 

Fiat 500: one of the most popular cars in Italy

 

 

 

 

Children dressed up like factory workers of Fiat

 

 

 

 

Little pilots

 

 

 

 

Pizza Theme: with a real chef cooking real pizza

 

 

 

 

Giuseppe Garibaldi, a historical hero, who united a nation together. This year will be a celebration of 150 years of Italy on the 17th of March. (17 Marzo 2011, 150 anni dell’Unità d’Italia)

 

 

 

 

Ferrari Theme

 

 

 

 

Marching band

 

 

 

 

La Madonnina – A statue of Virgin Mary on the top of Duomo di Milano. Well, obviously this is not a real one!

 

 

 

 

Entertaining theme with colors of Italian flag

 

 

 

 

Vespas riding vespa! (Vespa = bee, Vespa = little motor bike, scooter)

 

 

 

 

Saying hello to children!

 

 

 

 

Arts and arts

 

 

 

 

Barroco Roll” – a costume show originated from Azar Teatro (Spain)

 

 

 

 

More with band…

 

 

 

The carnival in Milano started from March 10th, ended on March 12th. It was held every year, 6 weeks before Easter… See you again, next year!

 

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Carnevale Ambrosiano 2011

 

Carnival in Milan, Italy, has already started, March 10-12th. It is called “Carnevale Ambrosiano”. These are pictures around the town… let’s see what’s going on during carnival week. Enjoy!

 

Temporary amusement park at Parco Sempione – ready for Carnival!

 

 

 

 

At Piazza Dei Mercanti, there is a little magic forest (light and sound show for children). Open to the public now! (La Foresta Magica)

 

 

 

 

La Foresta Magica – light and sound show for children, lasts about 15-20 minutes. Ready to go!

 

 

 

 

Piazza del Duomo (March 9th, 2011)

 

 

 

 

Around “Piazza Del Dumo”

 

 

 

 

They are NOT here for Carnival (haha). Korean couples were taking photos for their wedding albums! Fun!!!!

 

 

 

The annual Carnival Parade (Milan, Italy) will take place at Corso Vittorio Emanule II and Piazza del Duomo on Saturday, March 12th. Really hope the weather will be nice!!

Every last Sunday of the month, there is an antique market along Navigli canal in Milan, Italy. We were there on the 27th of February. It was amazing to see people from everywhere. The weather was cold, it snowed a bit in the afternoon. Still the crowd was packed!

 

Let’s take a little walk around Navigli Sunday market.

 

 

 

 

Vintage Hats

 

 

 

 

Vintage shop

 

 

 

 

Painting and home decoration items

 

 

 

 

Antique Microscope

 

 

 

 

Craft work in a frame – a look of typical Milanese apartments

 

 

 

 

Navigli Sunday Market

 

 

 

 

Tiny kitchen model (Retro style)

 

 

 

 

Hello… “Befana”

 

 

 

 

Clay pots and other clayworks and crafts

 

 

 

 

A duck in a very dry Navigli canal

 

 

 

 

A dog with dreadlocks!

 

 

 

Navigli — is a place where you can find great pieces of arts, vintage items, home furniture and many other things. It is one of the unique places in Milan, Italy… love it!