24 hours in…Bologna, Italy

Hello guys, I hope everyone has had a great start to the week 🙂 I’m back at it again with another addition to the ’24 hours in’ series. If you follow me, you may have seen my first post ’24 hours in Lyon, France’ if not then you can find it here.

Much like my trip to Lyon, the purpose of this visit was for work. Although booking an afternoon flight meant that we were able to explore the city of bologna, before meeting our Italian colleagues in the office the next day.

Bologna is pretty unknown in terms of tourism. However, after experiencing the city in all it’s glory, I would definitely recommend you take a visit. Arriving in the city felt eerily similar to stepping onto the set of Game of Thrones. Not that I’ve ever been on the Game of Thrones set ( a girl can dream). Anyway lets get into the actual post.

Visit an exhibition/Museum

Regarded as one of the cultural districts of Italy, Bologna is home to an abundance of museums. There is bound to be an exhibition relevant to your interest/s at the time of your visit. If you’re into photography & art I would highly suggest you check out ‘Warhol & friends’ hosted in the Palazzo Albergati, which is running until June 30th.

Grab some gelato

Ok so you Can’t travel all the way to Italy and not have gelato, regardless of how cold your external environment is. I made that mistake on my trip to Milan back in 2017 & was determined not to play myself again. However, this trip definitely made up for it as we went to not 1 but 2 gelato places (both of which were amazing). Although, Cremeria Santo Stefano had many other flavours, most of which I had never heard of before. I decided to play it safe and order 2 scoops of mandarin (best decision ever). One thing to note is that Cremeria Santo Stefano’s menu is seasonal, so the mandarin may or may not be there in a few weeks.

A spot of sightseeing

Bologna is a small city. Pretty much everything is within walking distance, making it extremely easy to visit multiple places of interests in little time. One of the top attractions is Le Due Torri, which is said to be the tallest medieval tower. If you decide to climb the 498 steps, you are bound to get an amazing view of the city. Just round the corner you can find the Fountain of Neptune amongst a few naked women with water trickling from places they shouldn’t be haha.

Until next time

If you’ve reached this far, I want to thank you for reading 🙂 I hope that this post has been helpful in showing you a few gems of Bologna.

I’ll end with a couple of pictures that almost didn’t make it into this post.

Podcasts I’m loving right now

Someone please tell me why it took me so long to understand the necessity of a good podcast.

Honestly, since the beginning of this year, I’ve been listening (or at least trying to listen) to a number of podcasts whilst, driving, doing work, taking a bath etc… And I think I’ve finally managed to find a few that I like!!

So below is a small list of the podcasts I’m loving right now. Let me know in the comments if you’ve had the pleasure of listening to any that’s made it onto the list, or if you have any recommendations 🙂

1.Sunday Gems

It’s still early days as only 4 episodes have been released so far. However, Sunday Gems hosted by Kehlani & Reyna Biddy, has to be one of my all time favourite podcasts, purely because of it’s relatablity. Tackling the theme of depression in the first episode just goes to show that nothing is off limits for the pair. In addition to the podcast, we are also presented with curated playlists which closely follow the subject matter; alongside a shoutout to local black owned businesses and a Gem of the week giving reference to it’s healing properties and uses.

2. Your dream life with Kristina Karlsson

I first came across Kristina whilst looking for and eventually ordering a planner from her store: Kikki.K (which by the way sell the most amazing stationary ever). The podcast is based upon dreaming and how you can create the life you’ve always wanted for yourself. Kristina sits down with some of the most inspirational people who have all gone onto achieve great things, which at first otherwise seemed impossible.

3. StarTalk radio show with Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you love Astrophysics then this is the podcast for you. The first episode dates back to 2009 and has since then gone on to birth 2 spin off shows: StarTalk All-Stars & Playing with science. This podcast has somewhat of a comedic undertone, which is quite refreshing to listen to. A number of celebrity guests are invited on as co-hosts to discuss all things relating to the universe and science.

24 hours in… Lyon, France

At the start of 2019, I was kind of bummed to be seeing the new year in on a plane. I jokingly thought to myself ‘start as you mean to go on …Whatever is happening now just sets the tone for the rest of the year’. And with that, I then decided that 2019 will be the year of travel.

A day later, walking into the office (as jet lagged as ever), I noticed a boarding pass on my desk… I was going to Lyon on an all expenses paid work trip.

Fast forward 6 days and I was at Gatwick (again) in a posh departure lounge that I managed to get in for free as none of the card machines were working.

Seeing as this was a work trip, we had very little time to explore the city. However, we managed to fit in a few things…

The Musée Miniature et Cinéma 

Situated in the ‘Maison des Avocats” (a UNESCO World Heritage building), lives the Musée Miniature et Cinéma. The museum is spilt into two categories, miniature and cinema. In the miniature section you can expect to find an abundance of miniature sets all created by European artists. The cinema section is filled with original props and costumes from highly popular films. You can explore the various different rooms on show here for hours. It took us around 2 hours to get around the entire museum at quite a fast pace.

The Ferris wheel – Place Bellecour 

Ok, so this is a bit of a seasonal one as the ferris wheel is only erected over the Christmas period. Although bitterly cold, the ferris offers amazing views of the city & lasts for around 15 minutes

French wine & nibbles

We ended our day in a traditional french restaurant which I can’t remember the name of. I think it was somewhat of an informal wine tasting restaurant that also served light food. I’m not much of a drinker so I stuck to one glass of wine & only managed to enjoy the olives amongst a spread of cheese & cured meats (yes, I’m Vegan)

Overall, Lyon was a short but enjoyable trip. It was quite hard to find food due to my dairy allergy, so if you do have dietary requirements, I would suggest using google to see what restaurants cater to you before venturing out