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Hola!!

Hello from Spain!! I am currently in Granada, Spain. I have limited Internet access here (read:busyhusbandcannotpinjamlaptop) 😛 I will be here for 5 days and  I  hope to see some of Andalucia’s beauty. On Sunday we will drive to Barcelona where we will holiday for a week.

The volcano in Iceland has created HAVOC here in Europe, as so as to not risk it, we decided to drive to Spain. 20 hours. The longest journey I have ever made!

Yesterday was Italy-Monaco-France. We put up a night at a hotel in Perpignan, France. This morning we continued our drive to Granada and we’ve just arrived at the hotel. We had a quick but super yummy tapas dinner, and its now midnight.

I hope to update with pictures if the hubby doesn’t use his laptop (which is rare). In the meantime, Imma soak in the Spanish sun and gorge on tapas and paellas. (I already feel a kilo fatter from dinner) 😛

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Happy Easter, Buona Pasqua to one and all 🙂

I attended mass today at the Duomo(cathedral) of Modena. It is  it is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Europe and a World Heritage Site. Read more about it here. It’s quite a magnificent cathedral really. The funeral of the late tenor, Luciano Pavarotti was held here; Modena being his hometown and all.

Duomo of Modena

Duomo of Modena

 

There are a few other churches closer to my house, but a 25 minute walk to the Duomo is nothing really, especially in this beautiful weather.

Duomo of Modena

Duomo of Modena

 

I had wanted to attend the 12.15 pm mass, and being the kiasu ol’ me, I figured I should leave home early to get myself a nice seat. When I arrived at about 11.40am, I was surprised to see the cathedral already full to the brim. Turns out there was another mass going on, one which started at 11am. So I thought it would be interesting to sit (more like stand) through this mass too. And I’m glad I did. The choir gave me goosebumps. It’s exactly like what one would see on tv. The sound of the pipe organ (or harpsichord?) permeated every corner of the cathedral and coupled with the well-trained choir, they gave me goosebumps from head to toe.

After the first mass ended and when people started leaving, I quickly secured myself a seat. I saw many tourists (presumably) taking pictures, and I hurriedly snapped a few pictures too. I have been to the Duomo for masses before, but this is the first time I have seen Mass celebrated in the Duomo’s full splendour, lights on etc.

Intricate details - Duomo of Modena

Intricate details - Duomo of Modena

 

Intricate details - Duomo of Modena

Intricate details - Duomo of Modena

 

The first mass had a choir consisting of adults singing, and the second mass had a choir consisting of children. These children had definitely been trained well. It wasn’t the type of choir where everyone just sings to their hearts content. I could differentiate between the Sopranos and Altos.

Duomo of Modena

Duomo of Modena

 

While the congregation sits “downstairs”, the choir is seated on the upper level as can be seen from the photo above.

I made a short clip of the choir singing using my camera, but being the noob I am, I think I’ve just realized that I need to convert the format of the video before I am able to post it up here on WordPress. Ugh. What a pain. I’ll just wait for the hubs to meddle with that for me. 😛

Over here, kids get Easter eggs in a nice package. When I first saw it at the supermarkets I had no clue what they were.

Easter eggs

Easter eggs

 

Had to scrutinize the tags to see what they were. And judging from the ads I’ve watched on tv, the package contains a surprise gift meant for kids and some chocolates.

Winnie The Pooh Easter Egg

Winnie The Pooh Easter Egg

 

The amusing thing, to me anyway, is that they have differently themed eggs. I reckon the gift in the Winnie the Pooh egg as shown above would have some Pooh related gift inside.

Swarovski Easter Eggs!

Swarovski Easter Eggs!

 

And WHOA! Original Swarovski Easter Eggs? Hmm, gotta wonder if they’re meant for kids or adults.

They’re quite strict with picture taking and privacy here in Italy, so I had to slyly whip out my cellphone and quickly snap these pictures at the supermarket. Oh the things I do for you 50 5 blog readers of mine 😛 😉

While walking home from Mass, I chanced upon this Cioccolateria (Chocolate Shop) with such a pretty window display of all things Easter related.

Pardon the reflection from the mirror though, it was the best I could do.

Italian Easter Egg

Italian Easter Egg

 

Cutesy Easter thingies

Cutesy Easter thingies

 

Easter eggs to signify new life

Easter eggs to signify new life

 

Easter eggs, bunnies, hens and chocolates

Easter eggs, bunnies, hens and chocolates

 

I dared to take these window display pictures only coz the shop was closed. And there weren’t any people around. Heh. 😛

So there you go, a little something about Italy and Easter.

The hubs comes back tomorrow and we will go to Milan on Tuesday. Am taking orders for Gucci, Prada, Armani etc. Anyone? 😉

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