Have I mentioned how much I love my slow cooker!!
BROWN SUGAR CHICKEN (credit: food.com)
This is one of my go-to meals as it's so easy and the kids love it.
I'll roast some potatoes and carrots to go with it and voila! Dinner is served!
As for today, this will mark Tanya's 23rd day of her Winter Wonderland Tour and she is currently in the beautiful mountainous microstate of San Marino.
I have never visited San Marino, which is officially the Republic of San Marino or in Italian, Repubblica di San Marino.
Situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains, it is among the world’s oldest republics and retains much of its historic architecture.
More about this tiny republic....
17 Interesting Facts About San Marino
1. The Most Serene Republic of San Marino is one of the world’s smallest and oldest republics.
2. San Marino isn’t, technically, Italy, but it is surrounded by Italy’s Emilia-Romagna and Le Marche regions near the Adriatic Sea, making it an easy day trip from cities like Florence or Bologna.
3. Founded in the 4th century AD, San Marino is tiny, with a total population of around 30,000 people (compared to the city of Rome which has more than 2.6 million).
4. The Capital City, also called San Marino is situated on the slopes of Monte Titano and is known for its medieval walled old town and narrow cobblestone streets.
5. San Marino is home to UNESCO world heritage sites like Mount Titano (San Marino’s highest point), San Marino City and Borgo Maggiore.
6. The Three Towers, castlelike citadels dating to the 11th century, sit atop Titano’s neighboring peaks.
7. “Most Serene Republic of San Marino,” implies, the tiny country is a green oasis— complete with unspoiled land, rolling hills, wineries and fortresses,
8. On a clear day in San Marino it is possible to view the nearby Riviera Romagnola beaches! 9. Traveling from Italy to San Marino is quite easy since there is no border control, so you don’t need your passport to enter. It is possible to get a stamp in the tourist department as a souvenir.
BORGO MAGGIORE, SAN MARINO - UNESCO SITE (credit: natural image)
10. Borgo Maggiore, a former marketplace is one of the 9 communes or "castelli" of San Marino. It lies at the foot of Monte Titano and has a population of 6,631, making it the second largest town of San Marino, after Dogana.
11. The local currency is the Euro and the official language is Italian.
12. San Marino is home to a wide range of museums… from traditional paintings to more quirky collections! Highlights include the State Museum (large collection of paintings, coins and archeological objects), San Francesco Museum (16th century paintings), Museum of Ancient Arms, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Wax Museum, Museum of Curious Objects and the Ferrari and Abarth Museum.
13. As an independent state, San Marino has its own military—one of the smallest in the world!
14. The fascinating tradition of the changing of the guard is kept from April to September, every half hour from 8am to 6pm at the Palazzo Pubblico.
SAN MARINO CHANGING OF THE GUARD CEREMONY (credit: flickr)
15. San Marino is the fifth smallest of the world's 196 independent countries
16. As the world's oldest surviving sovereign state and its oldest republic (since AD 301), San Marino measures 61 sq km and enjoys one of the planet's highest per capita GDPs.
17. The country attracts over 3 million tourists every year and tourism makes up over 50% of the state’s GDP.
As for me, I'll be catching up household chores and some as well as making an exciting visit to Staples to get the girls "tri-folds" for their upcoming Science Fair projects.
Gianna has play practice today, so it will be a long day at school for her.
Off to start my day!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: SAN MARINO, SAN MARINO
Another Micro Country!
Greetings once more from Venice!
This is our last morning here in Venice (until next time that is).
Soon we'll be checking out and heading on our way to 2 stops on our itinerary: Ravenna, Italy - birthplace of Mosaic and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and San Marino - one of the world's smallest countries, micro nation, and you guessed it - another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I don't know about you, but we had an absolutely fantastic Monday... We visited St. Mark's, where NO PHOTOS are permitted. Although many a sneak took a number of stolen shots. Cosette and I were getting furious at this unfair behavior, photobombed and searched out volunteers to report the unruly behavior. Dave had even tapped a guy on the shoulder who was taking a pic of St. Mark's final resting place. The guy shrugged and didn't seem to give a damn. Such absolute disrespect.
We opted to head away from the crowds and instead head over to the island of St. Giorgio, directly across from San Marco Square. Visiting the church and bell tower - which by the way offers amazing views!
When we were good and ready to fight our way through the masses once again, we went back across the canal and by this time had worked up quite an appetite, so luckily it was time for lunch!
After lunch we made a bee-line for the Gondolier that was located outside of the Bauer Hotel and off we went on all of our FIRST Venetian Gondola ride!
What a lovely, relaxing, informative and beautiful ride. We passed the historic home of Marco Polo, where Beethoven had stayed when he came to experience Carnival, a 1,000 year old home, and so much more! Loved it!!
The rest of the evening and night was spent dancing in St. Mark's square, shopping and then donning our masks!
Dinner was at what quickly became a favorite restaurant and we quickly became regulars of. We had to inform the staff that we were leaving Venice today and of course we were invited back for our next visit.
Overall it was an excellent visit to Venice, I had liked the city in the past, but this trip really has made this bustling city of canals and bridges rise onto my list of favorites!
And now it's time to continue with our road trip.
I'm sure that you've noticed a recent lack of pictures on my part - the uploads have been excruciating from over here. So here is just a small sampling until once I get back home and can show you some more proper pictures!
A land of cliff top castles. Of the world's 196 independent countries, San Marino is the fifth smallest. A sole survivor of Italy's once powerful city-state network, this landlocked micronation clung on long after the more powerful kingdoms of Genoa and Venice folded. And still it clings, secure in its status as the world's oldest surviving sovereign state and its oldest republic (since AD 301). Credit: lonely planet
This will be a first time visit for all of us and yet another micro-country to check off of our list! San Marino is a mountainous microstate surrounded by north-central Italy. Among the world’s oldest republics, it retains much of its historic architecture.