Between two weddings, I find nothing better than to retreat to the mountains and benefit from the altitude fresh air in order to finish the season safe and sound. So far it worked for me as like a charm.
A good time to hike a few trails high in the summits.
Sometime ago, let me check the exif of my pictures… yes it was the 20th of June 2009, exactly 10 years apart from my yesterday’s visit again, I was at the castle of Stameriena, Latvia, making a photo report about the son of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lapedusa (the writer), Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi visiting this castle where his father and wife once lived. Just 10 years, I can’t say why it took me like an urge to go there again without realizing it was such an anniversary.
I had this great opportunity to meet the Prince, thanks to Gabriele Bonafede I met in my early days of my life in Latvia. He was working there as well, but above all he was moved by a dream project to realize a movie about the life of Lampedusa. Luckily he was the current prince’s acquaintance. This is how I found myself following them into a journey in the great story of a legendary writer.
Walking in the park I came across those two binding trees, I vaguely remembered something was told about them related to Love. I took a picture. Editing the picture my idea was to asked Gabriele to tell me more. He promptly replied to me saying that there is indeed a Legend of Love that he is revealing in a very special way into the book he wrote last year about the story of Lampedusa. Here follows the text he kindly wrote for me :
This trip to Iceland was on my bucket list for a while. It is wedding photographs of elopement to this country that made me dream to go there, which I finally succeeded to organize. But the reality surpassed my expectations by far. For this first trip, we stayed in the south part of the island, 2000 km done going here and there. Yes mainly car as we were the three of us meaning including our little girl which made it hard to trek. Then we somehow took the tourist road but escaping from it as soon as we could to discover magnificent landscapes.(more…)
I do not remember since how long I go to this place, but I do remember I spent 1 week to review my baccalaurÃ©at exams when I was 18 years old… That’s a while. The feeling remains the same, beautiful nature, fresh air, you can relax, go hiking and feel the energy of being in the mountains. I love to hike and travel, different places or the same years after years, there is always something to photograph, even if it is the same scenery, the pictures are always different.(more…)
Old colored walls, cracks, paint pealing off, small streets going up and down the hills. Clothes drying at every windows along with graffitis on many walls or more traditionally the ceramics tiles. As if the walls always have to be covered by something.
Cars everywhere, how not becoming crazy to find a place where to park there ?
Then a must see place, Factory LX with all their handy craft shops, restaurants.
But the best souvenir will be the taste of it, have you ever eaten their Pasteis de nata ? By itself it would make you go back !(more…)