Found Objects: Madrid, Spain

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Madrid, Spain. April 2014.

Why.

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Food: All’Osteria Bottega – Bologna, Italy

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All’Osteria Bottega, Bologna, Italy. April 2015.

A quaint place just outside the crowded areas of Bologna, with homey food that’s traditional Bolognese

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36-month aged parma ham with pear ❤

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Tortellini in brodo (ultimate comfort food)

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The Bolognese don’t call it Bolognese, just tagliatelle con ragù

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Rustic style baby pigeon, cooked to perfection

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A strange but traditional Bolognese pudding dessert

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And another nutty cake thing. Dessert was not the strength of the meal :))

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All’Osteria Bottega is at Via Santa Caterina, 51, 40123 Bologna, Italy

+39 051 585111

Estates: La Rocca di Montemurlo, Prato, Italy

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When I was in Florence, I found out about a series of free tours of Prato, a neighboring area in the region of Florence, which was aimed at promoting the area as an alternative sightseeing destination to the often-overcrowded Firenze. One of the places we went to was a cute hilltop estate called La Rocca di Montemurlo, in Montemurlo, Prato.

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Our bus was too big to go up the steep roads to the estate, so the organizers actually partnered up with the commune’s emergency services (the misericordia) so we were driven up to the estate in ambulances. It was a bit of a slow process just because they had 2 ambulances that could only take a handful of people at a time, and there was a giant bus full of us. But I applauded their creativity and especially the community participation. Talk about team spirit!

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This view ❤

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This is the private villa at the top. We were given access to the garden, which was also really beautiful.

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The stuff of fairytales

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I want a mini private forest too

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The estate was also hosting a wedding reception at the time, so this would also make for a great little wedding location!

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To visit, check out if thatsprato.com is still offering the free tours

Monumental: Buontalenti Grotto – Florence, Italy

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Buontalenti Grotto, Boboli Gardens – Florence, Italy.

Accessible from Giardino di Boboli (a ticket you can purchase separately from the ticket to Palazzo Pitti), the Buontalenti Grotto doesn’t look like much from the outside, especially because it’s near the exit and you can easily miss it if you’re not looking the right way. It’s tucked away down a pebble path amid some trees and bushes, so when you’re walking down the path towards the Boboli Gardens exit, you won’t actually see it unless you know that it’s there, or unless you happen to see the tiny sign that almost blends into the bushes. So remember to look to the right before you exit the gate!

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His cave-inspired style of sculpture might not appeal to a lot of people. Honestly, I wasn’t too sure what to make of it, but they did get more interesting the closer you were and the more you looked at them. Bernardo Buontalenti was one of those renaissance type artists who were good at lots of things–he was a sculptor, architect, engineer, painter, etc. NBD.

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These rough-but-detailed sculptures remind me so much of the stone king/wizard in Return to Oz. The stuff of childhood nightmares, but ever so fascinating.

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Entrance to the grotto is limited to a handful of people at a time, and it’s not always open. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and someone will be there to let you in, and sometimes you’ll just have to poke your head as far as you can through the grills and try to see what’s inside.

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Check out these stone sheep

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Whether or not you think it’s pretty, you can’t deny that it’s definitely interesting, and that’s always better than boring!

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