Wednesday, 17 February 2010
A Week of Carnival
As the title suggests, this week is the week of Carnevale in Italy, and also in other countries, probably by now you've all seen some of the glittery photos from Rio de Janiero. In fact most of my students were away skiing in the mountains and not participating in the festivities in Venice. So far, carnival for the majority seems to involve eating vast quantities of bugie and fritelle - deep fried and sugared goodness. Thank you nonna B!
I did consider going to Venice/Parma/Florence but the persistent cold and wet weather has really dampened my enthusiasm for sightseeing. As my fellow work-free friend pointed out, it would be much better to go when its sunny. At least that way we can look up at the buildings without getting a face-full of water.
Jaunt cancelled, we decided to do a bit of indoor-sightseeing here in Milan to combat the developing cabin fever. Our first port of call was Santa Maria della Grazie - the church that houses the Last Supper in the refectory, but the tickets were all sold out, (you need to book) so we went to the Museo Civico Archeologico instead. It was small but quite interesting. Unfortunately we didn't have a dictionary but it was quite fun making up our own explanations to the displays. As it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in the end we finished our touristy afternoon with more carnival deepfried sugary food, tortelli di cioccolato.
And to complete our carnival experience, on the way home we got covered in 'coriandoli' (not coriander but confetti, confetti in italian being sugared almonds). I'm still shedding it now...