Monday, April 5, 2010

THE ROMAN HOLIDAYS...BERGAMO

Any thing connected to Italy reminds me of the famous movie " Roman holiday " , which I cant stop watching even today....and of course the famous comic series Asterix...
I came to Milan for 2 weeks and now it is almost 8 weeks and wondering if I will ever get back to kitchen , I mean home. Almost everyday I get mails and phones from friends if I have visited Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice  etc etc and get confused if I have come here for work or on holidays!! If I say so, they will say , we are talking about saturdays and sundays. It is impossible to convince them that I prefer to laze around in my appartment rather than going for site seeing...They dont know I have honors in Laziness and will certainly get Ph.D if I want.

Anyway, I must see some places at least , otherwise my official visit to Italy would be useless in the eyes of others even if I had most useful weekends after years, lazing around.

I dont intend to write a travelogue here in my food posting . I am just sharing some photos, internet link to this place of visit .
BERGAMO
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergamo
Bergamo is a pretty town of some 120,000 people nestling in the foothills of the Alps. Widely acclaimed as a city of rare beauty, Bergamo is famous for its wealth of artistic treasures and enchanting medieval atmosphere. It is a real life tale of two cities: “Città Bassa”, the busy and modern lower city, and "Città Alta", the upper city with its rich heritage of art and history.
It takes 1hr 30 min by regionale trains and 1 hr by fast trains.(from Milan)
So on a fine Saturday late morning I set out with my colleague Sunny. He is a young Chinese engineer from Hong Kong, in his mid 20s and  I have made him very fond of real spicy Indian  curry with basmati rice and has never eaten Indo- chinese dishes and I dont want to try it too.

So we walked down to Garibaldi station next door, missed the 11 AM train rushed to Milano Centrale , spent 20 minutes for buying ticket missed the fast train and again rushed back to Garibaldi and finally got into a train. ( the slower but cheaper ones)  
At Bergamo station , a surprise was waiting for us. Preparation for a Carnival was going on which was supposed to start around 3 PM or so. I was delighted that I would see some great event.
Walking from the station to the old city at Hill top.1 Out side Bergamo station
2. Colorful buildings
3 A building close up
4.Approach to upper city


5, 6, 7 Upper city seen from the lower


8.9.  From the new city , one takes a rail car up the slope, one can walk and residence of the upper city can take their car up.
Lane in the upper city


10.The Biblioteca Angelo Mai on the Piazza Vecchia ( town Hall)

11 Cappela Colleoni

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 I know you have noticed, I am wearing the same jacket, well I had taken only one for one weekend..didnot know , would have to be here for many.....

 Now rush to the Carinival..it was a real treat, only posting few here









 In front of Bergamo station, in a hurry to ctach train


See you in Venice and Cinque Terre





34 comments:

Sharmila Ganguly said...

Great photographs. You have captured the carnival spirit.

A Homemakers Diary said...

KI SUNDOR SHAHORTA...amar amon jayga khub bhalo lage besh akta old world charm roeche. carnival er picture gulo khub lively...ami akhono barite (santiniketan) akta kaje atle roechi tabe enjoy o korchi khub. aro chobi lagao tomar chokh die besh akta notun desh dakha habe amader.

Indrani said...

wow, nice photographs..I love Europe in every way..carnival pics are amazing..thanks for sharing, ushnishda..you r having a gr8 time there

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Looks like you had a blast. Looking forward to seeing more travel posts!

The knife said...

Ghosh Kaku thanks for sharing these. I left Europe when I was less than a decade old. Tarpor only Bioscope aar Dicovery T&L. Then we went to Turkey followed by Yash Chopra Land. Your photos have convinced me that this is the place to go to.

Enjoy the rest of your trip and say hi to Juilet

San said...

Adorable pics n a wonderful place to make a trip to.The pictures have been showcasing the realness n it shows the feel good moments.Guess you are enjoying every minute :) Have fun .

sharad said...

Dada really very nice photographs,
This all are attracting me to visit there, carnival pictures are
telling the history of europe, i want to see more phtographs in future.

Suparna said...

wow!ushnishda the pics are amazing...
Looks like u r having a grand time there :)
Enjoy
Thanks for sharing the memories captured :)
TC

Deepa said...

Hi Ghosh kaku
What a colourful carnival you have captured in your camera. Would love to visit this beautiful city Bergamo one day.

Deepa
http://hamareerasoi.blogspot.com/

Devasena Hariharan said...

Love the pics Ushnish! I had read about carnivals in a book called Man in the Picture by Susan Hill, then I tried reading abt them.

Its really cool to watch it in live..hope u r having a great time.

I too like Asterix

PreeOccupied said...

Great chronology of your stay there. Love all the photographs.

Latha said...

Lovely place....very well captured.

Pravs said...

Aren't you one lucky guy, getting to see and experience all this wonderful places. Lovely pics :)

nandini said...

Your posts are so hilarious and so interesting that i am begining to get addicited and look forward to it. U have a great sense of humour.Keep posting..The carnival pics are beautiful!!.

My cooking experiments said...

You have transported the readers to europe actually!enjoyed the pics!gr 8 post!

Gulmohar said...

Lovely pics esp the carnival ones...enjoy (oops...you said you're too busy, still) the rest of your stay :D

Kamalika said...

Ushnishda, darun ghurchhen mone hochhe...the pics are so colourful and professional.....apnar chokh diye akta notun jaega dekha hoe jachhe...thanks for sharing those.....bhalo thakben.....

? said...

Always a pleasure to read... do you not do the culinary expeditions/samplings on your trips?

Viki's Kitchen said...

Very nice pictures ji. Felt like I am seeing them all through those snaps. Lazing around....you can't beat me and my hubby, I guess. Our friends consider us as 'people wasting weekends',hi..hi.

Dolly said...

Ushnisda...AWESOME PICTURES..Very informative post abt Bergamo..and u have captured the essence of the Carnival beautifully !!! Looks like ur having fun and working hard as well. BTW I did not notice ur jacket..but since you mentioned it..NOW we know..LOL. Take care.

Deepa G Joshi said...

Gosh uncle, I too love "Roman Holiday" was in love with Andrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. the clicks here are mesmerizing.. makes one think that one has to visit Bergamo when in Italy..

To tell u I am also one master in lazing at times..LOL

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Kamalika said...

Dear Ushnishda...phul guo darun na...ei somoy thik santiniketan er moto charidike phuler bahar....santiniketan er kotha je ki mone pore ki bolbo...kintu khub proud feel kori je amio akta phul er jaega thekei eshechhi.....

Apni jante chheyechhen ami ki camerate chobi tulechhi....Ami Canon(DSLR) er EOS series er rebel XT use korchhi...phuler beshir bhag snap i ami 75-300mm tele lense e tulechhi...ei lense ta amar bhishon priyo karon picture perfection ta ete khub bhalo dhora pore...photography shombyondhye amar knowledge khub kom..kintu shikhchhi ashte ashte....

Deepa said...

Hi
I have tagged you in 7 things about me ( I have been tagged ) Post.

Hamaree Rasoi

Subhashini said...

Hi Dada
Very very nice pics
How are you??
You have couple of awards waiting in my blog for you.Pick it up.

Parita said...

Sir the pics are gorgeous, beautiful and stunning! I wish I could have visited Rome when i was in swiss, hope to get a second chance :D

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Ghosh kaku,
Shubho Noborsho to you and your family. Aajker diney jodi chicken cutlet khete ichhe kore tahole amar blog e post korechi...visually treat nitey paren :-)

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Babli said...

Shubho Noboborsher pranam neben. Bhishon sundor hoyechhe prottekta photo. Durdanto jaiga r amar to dekhei jete ichhe korchhe. Shomoy pele amar blog e ashben.

Fathima said...

Very lively pictures... I have some awards waiting for you at my blog... Please accept those...

Dershana said...

Hi dada, thanx again for stopping by! you really have an eye for photography! and, am so sorry about that pickpocketing episode!you write about it humourously but i guess you must have been really shocked then!

Nostalgia said...

Arent you the lucky one traveling around so much. Glad you are having fun though missing your favorite kitchen. I am glad you are making our Chinese friend like Indian food rather than that other way around.

Malar Gandhi said...

Happy New Year, buddy. Looks like you are having fun'...thanks for sharing all those pictures...felt like I am already there at the carnival...you really transport readers to the place:) Aaah come on, lazy-ing around I have done Ph.D in it as well. Good that you finally went out':)

shahana said...

Beautiful pictures!

Gouri Guha said...

Ushnishda,
Going through the pictures it shows you are also enjoying your life there.
Chbigulo daroon hoyeche.

Pavithra said...

OHhhh wow wonderful pictures.. brings me the feeling as if I am there.. hope u enjoyed ur trips..