February 24, 2012

Pavia, Oh, Pavia!

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Travel - the only valid reason I see for waking up at 3 in the morning.

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This is where I'd disappeared to for a few days! Pavia, Northern Italy.

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The weather was quite wintry, and it seemed like a permanent haze hung over the area, so my pictures are all a bit dreamlike.

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My sister won an Erasmus grant to study at the university here, and I accompanied her to help her move. Pavia is gorgeous, and the university is so atmospheric. The second oldest in Italy, it was founded in 1361. How amazing! Above is one of the inner gardens of the university, and below is my sister, Anna, walking by the university buildings.

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I'm sure she'll love it there! (She already does! :)

We also went into Milan for a day, where I really enjoyed the letterings of signs...

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And was quite creeped out by the famous Duomo, which looked really mysterious in the haze...

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It also has a row of mummified priests inside, nicely dressed up, and some weird carvings on its walls. How bizarre is this web-toed creature with a huge, cute bow?

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So I went to Milan and didn't look at any of the posh shops, but instead I'm writing about imaginary creatures on church walls. If this blog wasn't already called Quaint, I would rename it right now.

38 comments:

blytheponytailparades said...

ooooh that first shot is just stunning.


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ShyScout said...

These photos are beautiful. How lucky she is to be able to study in such a beautiful place. That last bit made me laugh, that creature is so strange for a church!

Julie Lan said...

that last sculpture is really cool, it almost looks like it has a story to go with this!

Sunjo said...

Looks like a wonderful trip! Lucky girl! I did a photo with light streaming on me last weekend. So pretty, love it on you.

Monica C. Welton said...

i hope you enjoyed, i love Italy, reminds me of my adolescence. nice places to visit!

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Jess said...

It looks so pretty.

Lora said...

These pictures are so beautiful! Looks like you had a lovely trip. I'm so glad you took photos of the funny creatures instead of the posh shops. Bow wearing, newt-ish things are so much more interesting : )

BoulevarddelaMadeleine said...

Beautiful. Your photos are breathtaking. So happy that you showed your point of view of Italy. I enjoy posh shops as much as everyone else but they are not nearly as inspiring.
I love, love, love the last picture. It is weird but it is amazing.
-Madeleine

Madeline Quaint said...

That one was taken by my sister. :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Glad it made you laugh! :)
She's definitely a lucky girl - but winning an Erasmus grant needs more than luck, as it's awarded based on your studies.

Madeline Quaint said...

I hope it has a story! Would be good to interview the sculptor... If time travel existed. :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thanks, that ne was taken by my sister. I'll have a look at your sunny pics. :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thanks! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

I definitely think so! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you! :) Glad you're of this opinion, really! :)

Brandi said...

Wow...gorgeous pictures! I want to go to Italy!!

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Bad Taste Toast said...

Oh wow, it looks like you had a really nice time city tripping as well :) I had a lovely time in Budapest! I have a new favourite food: Kürtöskalacs, yummyyyy!
Sorry, I didn't tell you exactly. It's like this: I was in Budapest with a friend now, on a private vacation.
But I will be returning at the end of March for my company, so you haven't misunderstood it ;)
I didn't ask you if we should meet up yet because I had this friend with me but I'd love to have a little blogger meet up with you next time if you have time and if you want to :)
I don't know the exact dates when I'll return yet but I will let you know.

Madeline Quaint said...

It's a great place! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

I love kürtőskalács too! In fact I don't know anyone who doesn't love it. :)

Oh great, so I can still send you some shop addresses! :D We should definitely organise a blogger meetup, it would be a first for me! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Of course I enjoyed Italy! :)

Nikki || The Ginger Diaries said...

ooooooooh, you lucky girl! Italy is beautiful! Congratulations to your sister :) One of my friends studies in Bologna for a while, and she told the most amazing stories :) I hope she'll have a great year / semester. xo Nikki

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you in her name as well! :)

Clara Turbay said...

Very creative and chic. Your style is great.

francesca said...

love this pics and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
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Ali said...

Oh my goodness, the light in these photos is fantastic. Seriously! I love that second picture so so much. Looks like you saw some amazing sights.

Rebecca Hammond said...

Wow the first and third pictures look amazing!

Madeline Quaint said...

It was really beautiful! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you! :)

Feathers & Freckles said...

How awesome! The photos are lovely. When I traveled to Europe, I was blown away by all of the intricate architecture... the church doors were so beautiful and detailed.

SkippySays said...

Congrats to your sister! it looks like a gorgeous place to live :)
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Kira said...

What a beautiful place. Also, I love your photos. I would much rather see these than photos of expensive shops!

Dizzy Tea said...

AAAH lucky her! I regret not applying for Erasmus when I was in university, such a great opportunity. Pavia looks simply fantastic, loved the signs as much as you did. Hope she enjoys it there! xx

Madeline Quaint said...

Architecture is a definite positive reason for living in Europe. :) There is sooo much to see when you look up, on any given street in Budapest.

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you, she loves it! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

I'm glad you say that Kira! :)

Madeline Quaint said...

Erasmus is a great invention! Such wonderful chances to see Europe!

Jamillah said...

Beautiful...really really beautiful. Love that first image. What a wonderful trip! Best of luck to your sister!

Madeline Quaint said...

Thank you! :)