Saturday, March 05, 2016

::bellagio::







when you woke up the next day, como already drizzling in rain. you have already planned to visit two village this trip, so regardless of rain or shine, you depart as planned. you first wanted to take the ferry but the service is irregular outside of the touristic months, so you depart for bellagio by bus.  about an hour journey and you reached bellagio, not much scenery to see along the way, the drizzle rain becomes snowy sleet by the time you reached bellagio.
it's very cold, there's no sign of human on the streets of bellagio, the temperature is very low, so you have to hop in and out shops to keep yourself warm.  you could have wander a bit further if not because of the weather and temperature.  the sleet is now turning into powdery snow and you almost lost your body temperature so you seek shelter in a cafe and that's where you decided to venture to the next village once your body temperature picks up.
the ferry service between bellagio and varenna is very frequent, so you walk to the jetty, got your ticket, hop on to the ferry and bound for a very short service to varrena.
bellagio is really beautiful as you look out from the ferry.  regardless of the weather, you did enjoy your brief stay at bellagio.
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一早起床、科莫市已經下著毛毛雨。原本來科莫湖就想順道拜訪湖中部的兩個知名小鎮。所以不管晴天大雨行程照舊。 初步是以渡輪為主、但後來發現冬季渡輪服務次數很少、幾經考慮決定早上以巴士代步。科莫市到Bellagio大概需要一個多小時的車程。趕上了九點的班車。路程還好、原本風景優美但因為下雨、視線模糊了、遠處的山景和湖景都被霧霾籠罩。一路過來雨變成雪霜、抵達Bellagio時已一片雪白、白雪飄飄、氣溫很低。
下車後、撐著雨傘踏上石台階往上走、建築及鎮上的佈置有別於科莫市。就因為天氣太冷、遊客不多。走到半山的商業街、商店都以賣食物和時裝為主、走進了幾家店最後都空手出來、畢竟此程不是購物、是以觀光為主。天氣實在太冷了、雪越下越大、身體快失溫了。最終走進一家咖啡館點了卡布基諾暖身。
上網查了Bellagio去Varenna渡輪時間表、還算頻繁、就往碼頭買票乘船。渡輪是運輸汽車和乘客的。雖然有擋風的乘客座位、但外面的風景也太迷人了、經不起誘惑、結果進出走廊拍照。短短十五分鐘就抵達對岸的Varenna。

Friday, March 04, 2016

::como::

 leaving milan for lake como
within 45min, you already arrived in como, checked in and roam around they city. first stop catching the sunset on top of the hill that over looking lake como. the funicular took a lot of time but you're not in the hurry so it's a pleasure to wait and roam up hill slowly
 you definitely loved your outlook from the top
 and your stroll at brunate, small but quaint village with stunning view... some time you really don't mind a journey along, because then you can stop, pause or move on as you wish. that's certainly the plus point for solo traveler.
 you came down and walk to the city center and pause at loft for a cup of coffee.  you feel cold after a few hours venturing at the hill top.  loft is extra quiet as you come after the prime afternoon coffee break and just before the aperitif session.  nevertheless, you enjoy this place.
you left loft and went to another bar for an aperitif and might as well called this dinner with a drink, you are entitle to nibble from the full service of small bites at the bar counter.  this will do for you as dinner and calling it a night.

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来到科莫湖已經是下午兩點多。入住酒店後就往Brunate纜車方向走。外游就是要把握機會和天氣。今天科莫的天氣超棒、虽然还處於春寒狀態、只要穿的暖一點、在戶外蹓躂還好。
纜車有點像香港金鐘往太平山的設備一樣,只是班次很慢、上到時已將近黃昏時分。由上往下看科莫湖及遠處的山景很美。心理很平安、跟大自然接近很能安撫心情。因為每每跟大自然接近、感覺上帝就在我左右、心平的和我溝通、聊天。為此我很感恩。因為這週太忙碌了、心情在週四下午因跟客戶互動出了一點小誤會而變差。看到了眼前的美景心情就好了!
在山上待了很久、思考了人生目標和神的關係。也和神單一對了話、感覺祂離我好近、心裡異常平安。
下山後在湖邊欣賞日落和黃昏景色。俗話說夕陽無限好可惜近黃昏。湖畔的景色再怎麼優美、當太陽西下後也是一片黑暗。把握當下、珍惜眼前的一切。
隨著湖邊往市區方向漫步、去了一間頂層咖啡館點了卡布基諾、順便手機充電。咖啡館頂層可以看到科莫市的大教堂鐘樓。入夜後的科莫市很迷人、很多燈飾佈置、是一個很乾淨、富有、應該也很安全的城市。
今晚不想吃晚飯、在雞尾酒時分去了一間點飲料附送小吃的酒吧,點了一杯雞尾酒吃了兩趟自助小食、飽了!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

enoteca.cave.石窟酒肆






you know you're at italy but you opt for spanish sangria.
you know you're in parma but you opt for cotoletta alla milanese
when your colleagues order their dessert, you opt for limoncello
a bit against the norm but who cares!

明明就是意大利酒肆但我偏偏點了西班牙雞尾酒。
明明在帕爾瑪就偏偏點了米蘭式炸豬排當主餐
明明大家都在點甜點、我偏偏叫了一杯義大利檸檬酒。
今天有點唱反調、我無所謂、就隨心所欲罷!

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

one.michelin.star.一星級

 the one michelin star restaurant in parma.
couldn't afford a barolo wine tonight as the wine offer here is more expensive than the menu
the bread, the savory pancake and the amuse bouche
the thin waffles with peasant pate apparently is their signature dish, and the remaining tasting menu. they are all good but some how just lacking of the "wow" factor or surprise elements. they are delicious nonetheless...
the palate cleanser, the parmesan cheese from different vintage years and an assorted dessert to finish the meal. again, they are decent but no surprise element one would expect from a star restaurant.
overall, it's an okay dining experience minus the "wow", the fun and surprise elements.

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時日已不多了、也不想重複已去過的餐館。上網查了一下、發現一家米其林一星餐廳於是決定拜訪。今晚就倆個人各點了七道菜色套餐加上一瓶紅酒。
七道菜、三個小時。菜色香味具全就是少了一點驚喜的成份。

Thursday, February 25, 2016

wintry.spring.春.寒

the week in luxembourg.  it snowed in a day, heavy autumnal mist another day and finally the sky breaks clear with sunlight but cold.  this is the weather of europe and you can't wait for spring to finally arrive. 
這一週在盧森保經歷了冬雪、秋霧 和春寒。已經二月底了、歐洲的天氣還處於春寒期間。期待春天的來臨。

Sunday, February 21, 2016

fifteen.of.cny 圆宵


the feast of the fifteen day of chinese new year, it's a day earlier when you friends host this gathering. each one bring a dish and that really adds up with the beautiful cheese cake made by the host.
this year you hardly feel the atmosphere of cny as you're on the road most time of the month.  and you celebrated with your good friend on just prior to the first day of cny and now you're celebrating the end.
now you'll wait for the next cny which you will definitely celebrate it differently.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

cuisine. three. countries. 三.國.餐.藝

luxembourg is not a big country but when it comes to the choices of restaurants, they're plentiful if not spoil of choice. this is the summary of three nights stay in luxembourg, gourmet across three countries.
 盧森保雖然不大但餐廳的選擇繁多。
day one, you went to a portugese restaurant and had a hearty mediterranean seafood cuisine.  you had cod fish as main course and a flan as dessert. the restaurant is very homey, cozy to the extend it feels like going home to eat the home cook meal made by mama or grandma.
第一天去了里斯本的家庭式料理、充滿海鮮及太平洋風味的海產。點了cod 魚及flan 甜點。份量很大,真的很像媽媽或婆婆做的家庭料理。

day two, dine in the city center where you have a three course dinner starting with lobster soup, french beef stew and mango carpacicio with pineapple ice cream
第二天市區法國高級餐廳三部曲-微辣的龍蝦濃湯、法式炆牛肉、薄片芒果、鳳梨雪糕

day three, mexican restaurant, you're a little tired of eating out, so you opt for chicken salad.
第三天找了一家墨西哥餐廳、品嚐了異國風味的料理、只點了雞肉色拉、因為我真的不能再吃豐富的晚餐了、身體消化不了、向橫發展

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