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Category: Vision

4 Oct

Russia, Suzdal,Enchanting & Spiritual

Suzdal is UNESCO World Heritage and when we visited it in a cold and snowy day, we did understand why. We did travel from Moscow with a LADA, a 70s old stylish car en vogue in Russia until 2012 with an amazingly efficient heating system! Our driver was a silent chap wearing the typical fur hat. It takes around 4hrs to reach Suzdal, quite a trip, but we were so pleased once we got there. The place is enchanting. The people are lovely and the snow does the rest. Before visiting the convents and the kremlin, we did walk around. Some people had a stall on the street and we did buy some hand-crafted boxes. We received as gift...
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6 Aug

Spain, Bilbao, Richard Serra & The Matter of Time

She first time I've got in contact with the impressive sculptures of Richard Serra, was at The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. I have to say that I still don't know if I was most fascinated by the O'Gehry creature or by the weathering steel ones from Serra. A true dilemma! American, born in the late 30s, Richard Serra  is one of the most significant artists of his generation. He has produced large-scale, site-specific sculptures that are visible all over the globe. For the Guggenheim in Bilbao, he has created a site-specific installation called The Matter of Time. The installation comprises a huge snake and  torqued ellipses all made of weathering steel. These sculptures create a dizzying, unforgettable sensation of space in motion....
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26 Jul

Uluru The Sacred Mountain World Heritage

Uluru is the Aborigenal name for Ayers Rock, the amazing sandstone rock formation dated back millions and millions years ago in Central Australia, in the middle of nothing. To reach Uluru, it took us around 4hrs by car from Alice Springs, the nearest town. And when you get there, still from far away, you  understand why you have to go there. No photo or video can deliver the emotion you feel when you stand in front of the rock. I took this picture, because it shows how lively and spiritual Uluru is. It does not have a flat, sandy surface, as you may think looking at the images usually published in books and on the web. The...
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6 Jul

Spain, Lanzarote,A Tribute to César Manrique

Visiting Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, two icons clearly identify the landscape: the natural signs of its volcanic origins and the architectural elements designed by the island's most popular artist, César Manrique.  He was not an architect nor an artist; he was both. Manrique was born in the 20s, but his fame was established only between the 70s and 1992, the year he died in a car accident. Manrique had a major influence on the planning regulations in Lanzarote, when he recognised its tourist potential. He did encourage sympathetic architectural developments, respectfully of the island's nature. Lanzarote and Manrique lived in symbiosis; the island did greatly benefit from the artist creativity and Manrique's artworks were inspired by Lanzarote's unique landscape. I was so fascinated by his...
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1 Jul

Italy, Walking on the Floating Piers by Christo

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, his partner who did pass away in 2009, have created some of the most audacious and breathtaking installations in the last 50 years. They cover bridges, monuments and even islands with bright colored fabric. All their works are temporary and usable by the public.   The Floating Piers is their latest work. It was conceived in 1970, but only 44 years later Christo found in Northern Italian Lake Iseo the inspiring spot for realising it. Lake Iseo is being reimagined with these floating docks covered with a shimmering yellow fabric, just above the surface of water. Visitors are given the opportunity to experience walking on water, surrounded by the marvellous scenario of the lake. The piers connect Sulzano...
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21 Jun

Krabi, Rayavadee & The Bay of the Princess

Phra Nang means 'Bay of the Princess' and Rayavadee 'Land of the Princess', respectively name of the peninsula of Krabi and of the resort we visited few years ago. The names come from a Thai legend about two princesses that did sank with a ship during a storm at the Phra Nang Peninsula. Their spirits came to reside in the cave right on one of the three beaches where the Rayavadee resort lies. It took us 24 tiring hours, two planes, one bus and one boat to get there, but I did never find such a spectacular sea resort anywhere in my life. I don't refer to the Rayavadee Resort, that is luxurious and terrific, and still is, but...
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14 Jun

Australia, Outback Devils Marbles

Australia is THE experience. Australia is about flavour-sound-feeling-scent-vision-memories and more. When I did decide to share this exciting adventure with you, I spent an hour or so in order to choose from where to start. Finally, I opted for the Devils Marbles, a very special reserve located in the Northern Territory, in the middle of nowhere. We were driving from Darwin to Uluru, the Aborigenal name of Ayers Rock, in the Outback. There is only one road to follow, miles of sand and small bushes, dingos and kangaroos near and far; sometimes you cross a road train, one of those long trucks travelling from one end to the other of Australia. No soul for 2-300 miles. Suddenly, we see enormous stones...
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2 Jun

Nepal, Phewa Lake Views of Annapurna from Fish Tail Lodge

Some years ago, we were invited to Nepal for a mission organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Milan. The scope of the mission was to promote business relations with Italian companies and Nepalese Fair Trade Associations. Our company, SoFarSoNear, was actively promoting high end design developed according to fair trade principles and during our trip we did found some of the most charming and skilfull people, that could suit our needs.   Artisans dying and weaving fabrics and others mastering the ancient techniques of felt making, that deserve a dedicated post. The whole Nepalese experience was extraordinary. We were lucky enough to get access to everyday life in areas that were not touched by tourists, learning about Nepalese culture, habits...
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31 May

Italy, Asolo,Delight for the Senses

Asolo is a small village up the hills in Veneto. It is called ‘The City of 100 Horizons’, because of the spectacular views . Contained within the ancient walls that branch off from the 12th century fortress, in every corner it preserves testimonies of its thousand-year old history. What did strike my senses is the elegance of the village and its inhabitants. No cars are allowed in the old town. We did walk up and down visiting the fortress, the old palaces and a typical food boutique.

All types of fresh ravioli and pasta, cakes and delicatessen were displayed in old counters. We took some special cheese and the ‘pinza’, a typical cake from Asolo.

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7 May

Spain, Lanzarote The Force of Nature

Lanzarote is part of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. What makes Lanzarote so unique is its volcanic origin, that is part of its charme still today. Infact, the island was born about 15 million years ago through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. Lanzarote emerged after the break-up of the African and the American continental plates. The Timanfaya National Park eyewitnesses the greatest recorded eruptions between 1730 and 1736. We did visit the park and it was such a strong experience. Just imagine more than 100 volcanoes, covering an area of 50 km², that rise up and erupt for almost 100 years, the last eruptions being in 1824. You still smell the scent of cinder...
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