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Paradise inn Bologna

semi-overcast 16 °C

Nearing the end of our trek from Istanbul to London, though not on the Orient Express, we chose Bologna in Northern Italy as our last stop. If you are thinking you've never heard of Bologna, ask yourself where spaghetti Bolognese comes from. But, Italy isn't all about pasta: Modena, the balsamic vinegar place, is just up the road, as is Parma - famous for its ham and Parmesan cheese...
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Bologna is a shopper's paradise with mile after mile of covered arcades dating from the mid-seventeen hundreds. These majestic buildings would completely overshadow the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, (supposedly the biggest in North America)...
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But there is much more to Bologna than food and elegant 18th century shopping arcades. There are many historic towers, numerous renaissance churches and, being Italy, a monstrous medieval castle. But perhaps our greatest surprise was a little backstreet alberghi called the Hotel Paradise - although it didn't look much from the outside...
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In contrast, this is the outlandish art nouveau facade of the Grande Albergo Ausonia Hungaria, touted as one of the most prestigious hotels in Venice...
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The Ausonia Hungaria certainly wasn't bad. We had a nice room to escape to during a wet weekend, but it wasn't a patch on the apartment sized suite we had at the Hotel Paradise in Bologna...
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The Paradise is owned and run entirely by women, and they know exactly how guests like to be treated. From the moment we walked into the lobby we felt like prodigal children - nothing was too much trouble for Monica and Marissa and their staff and they had thought of everything, including poetry cream...
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So, here's a couple of tips for travellers: Never judge a hotel by the flambouyance of its exterior, and if you plan a trip to Bologna - stay in Paradise.
And finally - you haven't eaten pizza until you've had one in Italy...
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Next stop... London. Just in time for the Lord Mayor's Show.

Posted by Hawkson 13:32 Archived in Italy

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What is poetry cream?

by Diane

Hey, what's the atmosphere in Italy with the resignation of PM? You two do know how to be where the action is!!

by Joycie

I love that shopping mall, outside but possessing a roof and nice place to walk the dog...
I had fun yesterday teaching non-violence to a group of lovely young activists at the Occupy Nanaimo. But it was COLD

by Jean

Sigh! Nothing like Italian cities for food and architecture - particularly if you haven't had supper yet.

by The Vickerage

Yum yum. I have been waiting for that pizza. Do we need to tip the virtual pizza delivery team? Take yours black? No, just a little poetry cream please. Or in Starbucks - a grande coffee with a little room for creama di poesi. Nice ring to it.

by Tom

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