domenica 23 novembre 2014

London Autumn best 5

Gosh it's Christmas time already.
How does it come time flies so fast in this city?
Well, it has been a wonderful autumn since the last time I wrote you and I have been doing a lot of funny, scary, interesting and lovely things. I'm a really active bear!
Some of them are not on anymore and it's a pity as they were really amazing, some of them are on their way so I will anticipate. So this is my "autumn14-chart". Enjoy!!!

1- Lord of the Dance - Dangerous Games at London Palladium: Michael Flatley's show was in London in September and October. I really couldn't miss it as it was a dream coming true and all my expectations were definitely satisfied. I really appreciated irish music and dance, the story and the epic final I had been watching on the dvd for years.A little melancholy appeared as Mr Flatley told about all the efforts put in this show since he started, but I can say they were worth it!

2- Autumn foliage in London parks. I think pictures talk by themselves. It's one of the best moments of the year and the parks shine of different sparkling colors.

3- London Dungeon: I visited it just between Halloween and Bonfire Night: is there a better moment for that? I was surprised in a positive way: you won't just walk along the justice systems and medieval torture of past London, you will really become part of the show assisting real scenes animated by a cast of actors who could play Shakespeare without any doubt! Thrilling surprises, rides, theatre and culture all mixed up to create a fantastic show. Once out you will appreciate the day-light and enjoy a "chocolate-torture" on the river ;)

4- Wicked: one of my best bear-friends came to visit me and we went to see Wicked at Apollo Victoria Theatre. The Wizard of Oz had a lot of secrets to reveal before Dorothy could discover his world. I really couldn't imagine it! Great cast and voices, special effects that will make you feel in a real-fantasy world so be prepared to defy gravity!

5- Last but not least: Paddington Bear coming to town! This winter will be all for Paddington movie, the famous lovely bear coming from Peru and facing a lot of adventures in London. The city is full of statues to find, like hidden gems to look for and I really enjoy going around to meet him and asking him suggestions about how to survive as a little bear in this wonderful and challenging town. Waiting for the movie I will try to find as many Paddington as I can! It will always be a pleasure to greet him!

So what's your favourite autumn London activity? Don't be shy and let me know!

giovedì 28 agosto 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday Teddy

August is flying away, but I can't forget this is Teddy's second birthday.
My little Teddy Bear has become to me such a lovely voice to tell London daily life with different eyes, different dimensions, different points of view, it's not that easy to consider things through the eyes of a little pet! However it's funny and delicate at the same time and, even when life gets busy, I want to find some time for Teddy.
London is such an amazing city there would be something to talk about every day, it's a real door on the world, be sure that whatever happens on hearth you will touch and experience a part of it in London. And that's basically the main reason why I love this city so much.

So happy birthday Teddy, with the purpose of experiencing, having fun, discovering, developing, creating, enjoying new talents and pleasures, taking the best side of life. That is what I wish to all those who will see these pages, by chance or interest.

sabato 23 agosto 2014

A Cupcake-affaire

Summer is made for memories to build and they can be related to places, people, feelings, sounds, food. And flavours that remain in your brain more than in your mouth.
So I will absolutely remember this summer for new cupcakes I have tasted.
It was a grey, fresh (uhm... cold I'd say) day and I was wandering in London-town when I suddenly met a bright lovely light-blue carriage full of inviting different cupcakes: Lola's cupcakes.
I immediately saw myself in my hole with some of those sweets and a cup of hot and warming tea. So I decided for 4 of them (the choice was not easy indeed!): the salted caramel, the black forest, the macadamia&dark chocolate, the cheese icing and I have to admit: this one has completely seduced me.
The cake is soft and fluffy, the mix of icing and jam, nuts and other flavours well balanced and really creative.
It's possible to choose between 2 different sizes, and -as a bear- I should have chosen the smallest, but I like challenges and I am a brave bear so I took the bigger ones. It's time to prepare the energy to face the colder season after all!
Well done Lola!

L'estate è fatta per i ricordi da costruire e possono provenire da luoghi, persone, sensazioni, suoni, cibo. E sapori che rimangono in testa molto più a lungo che fra i denti.
Così sono certo che ricorderò questa estate per aver provato nuovi cupcakes.
Era una giornata grigia e fresca (oserei dire proprio fredda!) e stavo vagando giù in città quando improvvisamente ho incontrato un carretto azzurro pieno di cupcakes tutti diversi e tanto invitanti: Lola's cupcakes.
Mi sono visto subito nella mia tana con alcuni di quei dolcetti e una tazza di te caldo.
Così mi sono deciso per 4 (scelta per niente facile!): caramello salato, foresta nera, noci di macadamia e cioccolato, copertura alla cheesecake, e devo ammettere quest'ultimo mi ha completamente sedotto.
Il tortino è assolutamente soffice e morbido, il mix di coperture e marmellate, frutta secca e altri ingredienti ben bilanciato e molto creativo.
Si può scegliere fra 2 dimensioni, e come orsetto avrei dovuto prendere i più piccolini, ma a me piacciono le sfide e sono molto coraggioso così ho preso i più grandi. E' tempo di preparare le energie per affrontare le stagioni più fredde dopo tutto.
Ben fatto Lola!

mercoledì 30 luglio 2014

A bear-postcard for you

I know it's raining a lot around Europe and Italy, but summer is keeping good in London by now, with some whole sunny days, really lovely to enjoy.
Today I was going around in Kensington Gardens as I found this little cute statue that seemed to be made for little bears, so this is my postcard of the day for you.
With love,

So che sta piovendo molto in certe zone d'Europa e in Italia, ma l'estate si sta mantenendo buona a Londra con alcune giornate soleggiate davvero amabili e godibili.
Oggi ero in giro ai Giardini di Kensington quando ho trovato questa piccola adorabile statua che sembrava fatta proprio per piccoli orsetti, così ve la trasmetto come cartolina del giorno per voi.
Con affetto
il vostro Teddy

martedì 29 luglio 2014

Teddy's Holidays. Colmar.

Where is Teddy gone? Everybody is asking!
Well, I have to admit, I have been travelling a lot in the past 2 months!
I faced a long trip to go to visit my family in Italy. More than 1000 miles, and all by myself: what an adventure!
I went through 5 different Countries: UK, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Really a lot for a little bear like me.
I stopped in such a lovely town, in France, that I really want to share with you: Colmar.
When you say France people always think to Paris, maybe Cote d'Azur and that's all, but this Country is so full of lovely towns and villages, and Colmar is one of these.
I stopped here for 1 night, I had already been here once and I am really glad I visited it again.
Firstly, as you arrive you are stunned by the unexpected copy of the Statue of Liberty, usually known to be in New York: that's because it was designed by Auguste Bartholdi, who was born in this french town. I really wanted to climb it (it's not as high as the original one) but I had so many things to visit I changed my mind, and in the end, there was no honey on top of it!
Colmar is absolutely fascinating on sunset time. You can walk through the town center and enjoy the little channels along the streets until what is called Petite-Venise (Little Venice): a lovely and poetic area full of historic buildings, taverns and brasserie surrounded by small canals. With the first evening lights turning on it looks really magic.
I really suggest to stop at the marché couvert (covered market) in Rue des Écoles: a little door will open for you a space of stalls and shops of any kind, from crafts to bakeries, all french style. It is worth a visit!
Then you will enjoy the shopping streets and the bakeries and patisseries, which will surround you of that intense butter sweetness, while croissants and pain au chocolat grow in the ovens. You won't end your visit without a baguette in your hand.
This is Colmar in summer, but it's much more famous for its Christmas market in winter, one of the best of Alsace region.
I'll see you again, douce Colmar.

Dov'è finito Teddy? Me lo chiedono tutti!
Devo ammettere che ho viaggiato un sacco negli ultimi 2 mesi!
Ho affrontato un lungo viaggio per andare a trovare la mia famiglia di orsetti in Italia. Più di 1000 miglia e tutte per conto mio: che avventura è stata!
Ho attraversato 5 Paesi diversi: UK, Francia, Belgio, Svizzera e Italia. E' davvero tanto per un orsetto piccolo come me!
Mi sono fermato per una tappa in una così bella cittadina in Francia che voglio condividerla con voi: Colmar.
Quando dici Francia tutti pensano a Parigi, forse la Cote d'Azur, ma questo Paese è così pieno di cittadine e villaggi meravigliosi e Colmar è una di queste.
Mi sono fermato per una notte, ci ero già stato una volta e sono proprio contento di averla visitata di nuovo.
Innanzi tutto, all'arrivo alle porte della città si rimane colpiti dalla copia inaspettata della Statua della Libertà, generalmente conosciuta per essere a New York: questo perchè è stata disegnata e progettata da Auguste Bartholdi, nato in questa cittadina appunto.
Volevo scalarla (non è assolutamente alta come l'originale), ma avevo così tante cose da visitare che ho cambiato idea, anche perchè non c'era mica il miele là sopra!
Colmar ha un fascino particolare al tramonto. Si può passeggiare lungo il centro e godersi i piccoli canali che costeggiano le vie fino a quella che è chiamata Petite-Venise (Piccola Venezia): una zona molto poetica piena di edifici storici, taverne e brasserie, cinte dai piccoli canali. L'atmosfera è ancor più magica all'accendersi delle prime luci della sera.
Suggerisco davvero una visita al Mercato Coperto in Rue des Écoles: una porticina vi aprirà uno spazio fatto di bancarelle e negozietti in vero stile francese: vale la visita.
Potrete poi proseguire per le vie dello shopping, dove non mancano mai pasticcerie da cui proviene quell'intenso profumo di burro di croissants e pain au chocolat che crescono in forno. Non finirete la visita senza una baguette in mano.
Questa è Colmar d'estate, ma è anche più famosa per il suo mercato natalizio d'inverno, uno dei più belli dell'Alsazia.
Ci rivedremo, dolce Colmar.

domenica 18 maggio 2014

Glorious London spring

I.have been waiting for so long, a whole rainy winter is gone and now a glorious sunny-time seems to be here, again, for us to enjoy all along London town.

Really, leaving the hole, going around the parks, an ice-cream in your hand, the sun shining, children playing and laughing, nature showing its best side, flowers blooming, squirrels running, opens your heart to new life and good hope.

I have just put some pics together to share this lovely London Spring 2014.

Ho aspettato così tanto, un intero inverno piovoso ormai lontano e adesso il sole sembra essere di nuovo qui, da godere in tutta la città.

Davvero, lasciare la tana, girovagare fra i parchi, un gelato in mano, il sole che splende, i bambini che ridono e giocano, la natura nella sua veste migliore, i fiori che sbocciano, apre il cuore a nuova vita e buona speranza.

Così ho messo insieme un po' di foto, da condividere per questa meravigliosa primavera di Londra versione 2014.

mercoledì 30 aprile 2014

Who are the most satisfied type of expats? Post by HSBC Expat Project

For those who dream of the life that expatriation offers, it would appear that expats live an unparalleled lifestyle—simultaneously working and globetrotting, hopping from one exotic beach to another or experiencing a culture so ancient that every weekend is brimming with enthralling adventures to pursue. What a life! It could surely inspire travelling’s greatest critics.

Inspiringexpats, however, is a completely different ball game altogether. It is not impossible though. Expats tend to listen to other expats’ tales of adventure when deciding upon their next holiday or home. Those expats who are the happiest with their lifestyle are typically those who inspire other expats the most—so who are the most satisfied expats?

The social animal
Asia is currently a hotspot for satisfied expats.  Social circles are created quickly there; they’re also bigger as well as stronger. Social life in Asia is a way of life rather than a means to use up some spare time. Those expats who do not invest enough in their social lives will, in fact, be missing out on a whole new, exciting and extremely rewarding dimension of what life abroad can provide.

The all-rounder
Expats who manage to successfully balance work with social life are great characters to go to for a real picture of where they have been. They have so much more to say about a place than simply work or perhaps what is around the Central Business District. They’ll tell you about the best restaurants from an expat and a local’s point of view, and they’ll delve into hilarious stories of nights out with friends and why that location was the best place to be in at that time with those friends.

The wanderer
There is a particular group of expats who are happiest when climbing a mountain in Sri Lanka or trekking through a jungle in Borneo. It’s as if they were born to step out of their comfort zone and so they are either partaking in said adventure or planning what adventure will be their next. This group is also extremely happy with what they have managed to achieve, learn and get out of life. Their stories of camp fires on Mongolia’s Gobi Desert or going barefoot on Salar de Atacama (the salt flats in Chile).

Get some inspiration, you never know where it might take you!

This guest blog post was written by Expat Explorer, brought to you by HSBC Expat.