Étretat – Normandie

Étretat is on the Alabaster Coast in Normandy, and is known for its cliffs, including three natural arches and the pointed “needle”.

The beach is composed of stones that have been smoothed by the waves of the English Channel and the town is set just beyond the beach.

These cliffs and the associated resort beach attracted artists including Eugène Boudin, Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet, and were featured prominently in the 1909 Arsène Lupin novel The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 1000D, Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

In Bruges (Brugge)

Bruges is the capital of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium, also known as The Venice of the North, due it’s a canal-based city.

It’s nice to walk in this city, or take a boat to ride through the channels.

Most of its medieval architecture is intac, so the historic centre of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I did not know Bruges before seeing the film “In Bruges”. If you have never seen the city of Bruges , then watch the movie, but… the city live is more beautiful!

Gear:  Canon EOS 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

 

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Travel reportage in Mostar

By entering Mostar from a cross street, ruins of building riddled by bullets gives you a warm welcome.

Walking through the small historical centre, just before the famous Neretva bridge, you will meet tens of shop for tourists but also many stones where appears the inscription “DO NOT FORGET”.

The beauty of the historical centre makes you forget the tragic history of the city.

Climbing the topmost minaret of the city, you can enjoy he beauty of the centre: completely destroyed in 1994, it was reconstructed and declared Hunesco world heritage site.

In the summertime the divers (boys of Monstar jumping from the 24 meters high bridge into the river) are the real attraction for the tourists.

Outside the historical centre, the cemetery pervading both sides of the street.

Leaving the centre, you will come across many houses not restored: they look like skeletons surrounding the city crowded by the tourists.

One of the most impressive conflicts of the city: a house partially reconstructed (only the roof and the window fixtures) and another one reconstructed for a bed-and-breakfast use-

The signs of two religions, the copious minarets that stand out against the only christian cross, consigned on the top of the mountain.
this cross is the only chistian symbol in the city.

Mosques and minarets are everywhere in city and, as a contrast the houses still damaged, are always restored.

Walking through the streets of the centre, raising the eyes toward the buildings, what makes you astonish is that only the lower floors of the buildings are restored. On most of them, is still visible the mark of the war.

It is clear the attempt of the city to return to normality, but the signs of the past war are clear too. Most say that the destroyed buildings are intentionally not restore, as a warning to the people.

As to point up this theory, the usual stone with the inscription “DO NOT FORGET”.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

 

 

 

Windmills in Kinderdijk – Part #2

Last shots of windmills in Kinderdijk.

Kinderdijk is a village in the Alblasserwaard polder of the Netherlands at 16 kilometers of Rotterdam, and a UNESCO World Heritage in Holland .

The most important aspect of Kinderdijk  is undoubtedly the collection of 19 windmills dating from the 1500s, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM with an Hoya HD polarizer filter

Windmills in Kinderdijk – Part #1

Kinderdijk is a village in the Alblasserwaard polder of the Netherlands at 16 kilometers of Rotterdam, and a UNESCO World Heritage in Holland .

The most important aspect of Kinderdijk  is undoubtedly the collection of 19 windmills dating from the 1500s, which are considered a Dutch icon throughout the entire world.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM with an Hoya HD polarizer filter

 

Brussels, the capital city of comic strip – Part#1

 The main attraction is located in the heart of Brussels: the Comics Art Museum. An exceptional Art Nouveau home designed by Victor Horta has been honouring the creators and heroes of the 9th Art for more than 25 years.

But, you can know that you’re in the city of comics … just walking through the Brussels’ streets: comic strip is everywhere, and in various forms: murals , sculptures, installations.

Photos in this #1 part of gallery was taken wandering around the streets of the center of Brussels.

I’ve used only a Canon Eos 6D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.

 

Afterhours live @La Fenice theater – Senigallia – Part #1

First 16 shots taken at Afterhours live concert at La Fenice theater in Senigallia (stay tuned for other shots).

Afterhours theater tour 2015 “Hai paura del buio” is an impressive exibithion that merges best hits of the band, and some monologues of leader Manuel Agnelli.

 

Gear: Canon 6D and 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lens “locked” ad f/2.8 with autoiso feat. on.

One of monologues “Odio gli indifferenti” was written in 1917 by the italian politician Antonio Gramsci.

Here the text in italian (At the bottom Google translate for english).