the city on water
There are some cities, like Venice that - being located on the sea - live on water. No one is surprised by it. Padova - by contrast - came as a surprise: I wasn't expecting so many rivers and canals, actually I wasn't expecting any at all. Had I not been pushed for time I would have taken a boat cruise through to city and out to the surrounding countryside There are two main rivers: the Brenta in the north and the fiume Bacchiglione in the south. These rivers are linked together by a series of canals: some are clean and charming, opthers are smelly and dirty. In the middle ages that were over 150 of them
13 June - Saint Antony holy day
Celebrations and feast in honour of one of the most beloved saints of Christianity, St. Anthony. On the 13th June the city celebrates the saint with religious celebrations in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua and in the afternoon a holy procession along the city streets.
What's with the chocolate...??
Italians love their chocolate. Shelves are filled with Cocoa Puffs, Cocoa Corn Flakes, Special K with chocolate bits, etc. etc. The breakfast brioche often contains chocolate filling.
In Canada, we attempt to hide our love for sugar by filling the grocery shelves with Honey Nut Cheerios, Honeycomb, Honey Oats...the natural foods (ha, ha). Our brioches are Tim Hortons Tim Bits, or cream filled donuts, with a XXL coffee, five sugar and triple cream.
Our appetites are the same, just a different colour.
Church of the Hermits
This church was built in the 14th C and almost completely destroyed in the 20th - you guessed it by bombs in WWII. It still had the war torn feel and had a lot of photos of the church as well as some of the original features still intact enough to see its former beauty. Visiting here is not so much about what you see as what you feel - horror at the devastation; deep sadness for the loss of human life and beautiful art; and hope for the slow and painstaking restoration that is taking place.
The banks of the river Paleocapa
There is a small river of Paleocapa in the city centre which divides what was once fortified town and what use to be the outskirts of the town. This area is in particularly attractive in the twilight when the lights of the houses starts their play mirroring in the ater.