Blogs from Portogruaro, Veneto, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro September 3rd 2015

Thursday is market in Portogruaro so we parked at the town house and walked into the old town where the market is held mainly on two streets. Most of the markets are women’s clothing, children’s clothing and some men’s clothing. It goes to show where the priorities are. On inspection I think most of the clothing is sizes either too large or too small. There aren’t so many items in between where most people buy. There are a number of food stalls for cheese and fruit and vegetables as well as stalls for plants and flowers. We bought some fish, a shirt for Linds and some flowers for Pierina. By the numbers of people, it is obviously a very popular market mainly with the locals. Lunch, cooked by Piero was back at the house. We had ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro August 31st 2015

Our first job this morning was to get to the farm by 9am to farewell Diego and Elisa on their honeymoon to Turkey, Greece and no doubt other places. After photos and a catchup they were soon on their way with Piero taking them and Nevio to the Venice Airport. We then returned to the B&B to pack up our belongings and move to the farm for the next few days. We were astounded to find the bill at the B&B had been paid. Diego had somehow done this while we were otherwise occupied. Somehow we’ll overturn that decision of his as it was our pleasure to be there. After settling in we set the GPS for Lago di Barcis with Lindsay driving. We hadn’t turned off gravel roads on the TomTom and soon found ourselves ... read more
A picnic at Lago di Barcis
Lago di Barcis
The Barcis Meteorite

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro August 30th 2015

As we now know, nothing is open on a Sunday. We were going to go and visit a lake in the foothills of the Alps but decided that there wasn’t enough time so will do that tomorrow. Instead, since we hadn’t seen a lot of Portogruaro we paid a visit. We walked through the shaded park and along the Lemone River near the weir and water wheels. It is a truly lovely spot with old buildings, the clock tower and church, the town hall, the water wheels, cascading water, swans and many fish. It’s a most attractive town and I do wonder why it isn’t on a tourist's itinerary as it is more attractive than many in the area. We then went back to the park for a drink before driving back to Annone Veneto to ... read more
At the weir in Portogruaro
Lunch at the farm

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro August 29th 2015

Saturday was the Wedding Day for Diego and Elisa but not until mid-afternoon. We visited Concordia Saggitarius to view the Roman ruins around and under the Basilica. There was a wedding happening at the Basilica so we skipped that but the surrounding area is managed as a Museum which is surprisingly gratis. We walked around below ground under the Piazza which had been dug out, propped up and paved over to show the original building remains. There is an area of 5000sq m of an old Basilica with the original mosaic floor. Amazingly we were allowed to walk all over it and see the site up close. The engineering that has been done to shore up the site is amazing. It’s well worth a visit. In the afternoon we went to the farm where the family ... read more
The beautiful bride
The wedding marquee at the farm
The mosaic floor

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro September 13th 2011

On Friday Daph and I took the Euro-Star train to Rome. The fast speed train (180kph) was a comfortable and convenient way to travel the long distance to the capital. The Termini, Rome’s inner city train station, is huge and full of people with one thing on their mind, how do I get from point A to point B? The place was chaotic, what an introduction to Rome! One enduring memory of Rome is of tourists everywhere holding-up maps trying to understand where they were and how to get to their next destination – not easy to do hmm! 32 degrees, what a hot day to be walking the city. On our first day in Rome we visited the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Fontana Di Trevi and the Quirinale. The Colosseum was built in just ... read more
Piazza Navona
The Pantheon
Fontana Di Trevi

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro September 1st 2011

Apologies folks - we have been off-line for a couple of days, but we now have a vodafone broadband stick and are ready to roll. We are staying in the northern Italian city of Portogruaro with our Italian family, Perina, Prego and their son Diego. Perina is my father John's second cousin. The Santaliana family have been extremely welcoming and have kept us very busy visiting many destinations. All of them with an extensive history and story so well explained by Diego our guide and interpreter. On Sunday evening we visited Portogruaro's historic city centre and mingled with the locals. Like so many Italian cities, the city centre area has a character and intimacy that draws the local community into to the centre to meet, eat, drink and socialise. So many people get around on bicycles ... read more
Hong Kong Airport - Jono & Daph Trying to Work Out How the Blog Site Works!
Portogruaro City Centre
Sesto Al Reghena Monastery

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro August 28th 2011

We arrived in Italy at 1am this morning, unfortunately our final flight was running an hour late. Thank goodness the Titan Inn was only a short bus ride away. We were treated to some outstanding night time views of Venice and Mestre as we flew in last night. We fell into our beds exhausted after a very long journey. In hindsight, we should probably have stayed a night in Hong Kong and broken the trip in two. We awoke to a clear hot day, breakfast and then back to bed to catch up on some much deserved sleep. Thank goodness for a late check out and quiet surroundings. Where we are staying in the outskirts of Mestre the houses and shops are every thing you imagine Italy would look and fell like. Sunday morning and the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro August 27th 2011

Welcome to our first blog. Arrived to a very smoggie Hong Kong at 6.15am. The airport is HUGE and extremely busy. The Chinese certainly know how to do big well! It was refreshing to have a hot shower and a bite to eat at the airport lounge. Daph is totally relaxed after a full body massage and is hoping to get a bit more sleep on our flight to Frankfurt. Caroline - we picked up on your message, thanks for the update. How did soccer go on Saturday Sean? Dad is fit and well and has more energy that Daph and I combined. All is well, waiting for our Frankfurt flight, will blog soon. Jono, Daph & John Hey all how are we back in Aotearoa? We are still in Hong Kong and this travellers lounge ... read more

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro June 2nd 2011

Today is our last day in Italy so time to relax, pack our bags and say some farewells. It is also Republic Day for Italy so we went to the city centre to listen to a wind orchestra playing some well known classics plus the Italian song which everyone stood up and sang. The Italian flag was flying, banners were up, there were flowers and many, many people celebrating the day. We cycled back home via a little country road. A nice way to end the visit. In the later afternoon we went and paid a last visit to the farm and Guilia and Giovanni. This time I had pen and paper handy to write down memories from harbouring Uncle Percy (Piero) as a POW during the war years. Guilia might be very old but her ... read more
At the farm

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Portogruaro May 26th 2011

It's been so hot, all I could think of was a nice cool swim, so we factored that into our ride into town. It was Market Day so the town was abuzz with activity. I wanted to see the Paleontological Museum and again and have a good look. However, we managed to get ourselves completely disoriented and couldn't find the Park where the building was. Finally found, I had a very good time of viewing fossils slowly. Then to find the bikes. Once again, streets jammed with people and stalls and we could no longer orient ourselves by the town hall square. Finally found, we biked of to the baths for a swim only to find them closed!! Hot and bothered we biked home for a cool shower. The afternoon turned out to be more interesting ... read more
The Church at Camp 57

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