From the Boat Crossing the Bosphorus

Istanbul (Turkey). Crossing the Bosphorus – for hundreds of thousands of commuters every day – is just moving from home to office and back: it’s quite normal in a city with 15+ millions of inhabitants, and which extends itself along two continents… But if you are in Istanbul and you want to feel the spirit of the city, do not miss the opportunity to catch a boat (from Eminonu to Uskudar or Kadikoy, or vice-versa) and breath the sea-breeze. By crossing the Bosphorus you will be impressed by how the city can be different from that perspective point. No traffic (except maybe some seagulls), no noise, no pollution: it’s a sort of refuge, an escape way from the daily noise. And a wonderful point for capturing photos of Istanbul’s landscape.

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Crossing the Euphrates River

Erzincan (Turkey). I’m just back from a business trip in the central-east part of Turkey. I had the privilege of driving for several kilometers along an off-road track adjacent the Euphrates river. During an adventurous cross I took the photo of this interesting bridge, but I’m not sure it is able to transmit the same emotions I had.

At lunch time, with the whole team I had a break; we ate lamb, rice and some vegetables very close to the river, and I must admit that I was hypnotized by the Euphrates. When I was watching its water flowing fast and fierce in front of me, I was thinking about how legendary can be a river. The Euphrates – together with the Tigris – was shaping the Fertile Crescent and it gave the input to the development of some of the earliest human civilizations. For many centuries, the history was gravitating around this region and along the Euphrates, and its role was much beyond the one of a common river. Even the Holy Bible mentions the Euphrates as one of the four rivers coming from the Eden garden.

Today, the Euphrates flows from Turkey to some important cities in Syria and Iraq: unfortunately, most of them are not safe places to be visited for the well known recent events related to ISIS (or ISIL or DAESH) but one of my thoughts, before proceeding with my business trip after lunch, was that I dream – one day – to extend my tour along the Euphrates and discover those places where – we can imagine – all of us have their origins.

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Postcard from Italy: At The Foot of the Capri’s Faraglioni

Capri (Italy). I guess this image has been taken so many times by so many people! More or less, everyone descending the steep staircase that goes from the narrow streets of Capri to the sea – at the foot of the Faraglioni – must have captured this scene… Especially in summer, when the platform is covered by open sun umbrellas and people are lying down for a hard session of sunbathing.

Anyway, now it’s my turn!

This place photographed here is a very popular beach resort: it’s name is “da Luigi ai Faraglioni” and – indeed – its position is exactly at the foot of Faraglioni, the famous rocks characterizing this small but very popular Italian island, less-than-an-hour by boat far from Naples. Experts say that this is “the place to be” in Summer, when it’s very hot, because it’s oriented toward East, therefore in the afternoon there’s shadow and it’s a bit less scorching (after all, we are in the South of Italy). The neighbor opposite resort (named “Fontellina“) is much better in Spring and Autumn because it’s oriented toward West and captures every sun ray till sunset (again, this is what Capri’s habitue say).

Diego Della Valle, a popular Italian entrepreneur (he’s President and CEO of the Italian leather goods company, Tod’s) well known for his love for Capri, once said this sentence:

“Put a compass to paper and trace a circle. Then tell me which other country [in the world] has such a concentration of places like Amalfi, Naples, Ischia, Procida, Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, and Capri”

Although he uses to enjoy Capri from his very large motor-yacht Altair III (google it and you will understand what I mean), to be honest I think he’s absolutely right (and not because I’m Italian, of course!).

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Poplar Trees Fall Foliage (Autunno in Friuli-Venezia Giulia)

Codroipo (Udine / Italy). This year I learned the word “foliage”; better, I realized it’s incredibly popular. If I make a search on Google using foliage, I get a lot of results from several different languages, including Italian (although there’s the Italian translation for foliage, but it does not sound so romantic). Anyway, the foliage is becoming an opportunity for travel lovers, like the sakura – the famous cherry blossom in Japan.

Autumn is a wonderful season for photography – no doubt about this: and this is my interpretation of the foliage, captured in a fantastic poplar wood close to Codroipo, in the amazing Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

Codroipo (Udine). Quest’anno ho scoperto la parola “foliage”; o meglio, ho scoperto che è incredibilmente di moda. Se faccio una ricerca su google sono con la parola foliage vengono fuori tantissimi siti in italiano che la utilizzano. Letteralmente vuol dire fogliame, ma evidentemente suona molto peggio e penso sia per questo che la versione inglese è decisamente più utilizzata. Ad ogni modo, un po’ come la sakura – la fioritura dei ciliegi in Giappone – il foliage sembra stia diventando un fenomeno attorno al quale si organizzano varie attività turistiche.

Che l’autunno sia una bellissima stagione dal punto di vista fotografico, è comunque fuori discussione – foliage o fogliame che sia. E questa è la mia idea di foliage, catturata in un bellissimo pioppeto di Codroipo, nello splendido Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

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