Marrakesh (Morocco). The Jardin Majorelle (Majorelle Garden) is characterized by its famous tone of blue, as well as its cactus and other plants, which give to visitors a sense of peace and relax.
AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Essaouira (Morocco). Blue is one of the typical colours of Morocco… Not only for its sky.
Bagnone (Italy). Let me start this post with a disclaimer: I’m always pretty skeptic when I read posts or articles titled with a ranking, such as “the 10 best places to go…” or “the top 5 destinations for…“. I know these titles are useful just for SEO rankings. However, an Italian on-line travel magazine has recently published a post with (translated to English) the “list of small towns that that seem to come from a fairy-tale“.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the lovely Bagnone (in Lunigiana, the northern part of Tuscany) mentioned in this list together with Bibury in England, Hallstat in Austria, Rothenburg in Germany and Gasadalur in Denmark. Of course, these kind of lists cannot be complete and thorough enough; furthermore, the decision to include or to exclude a location is normally left to the opinion of the writer (there isn’t an absolute criteria to compile these rankings). For this reason, I perfectly know that it’s a nonsense talking about Bagnone (and the others) only and simply referring to this list.
However, reading the article made me remember that I had somewhere in my archive a photograph of Bagnone, and I took the opportunity to write this post and to publish this photo because – as I always say – Italy is like a necklace. There are big gems such as its main cities (Florence, Venice, Rome etc.); but there are equally important “small stones” represented by towns like Bagnone, rich of history, culture and traditions.
Baku (Azerbaijan). People are enjoying their lunch on the Caspian Sea seaside. Behind them, the modern skyline of Baku.
London (United Kingdom). A warm autumnal sunset is colouring London, with its landmarks as Canary Wharf, the Thames and the Tower Bridge. The photograph has been taken from the Shard – the tallest building in the European Union – which offers a great point of view to capture stunning landscapes, despite its protection glasses. Highly recommended to all photographers and to London lovers – of course!
SIngapore. Night landscape of Marina Bay with the “Sands Hotel” in Singapore, characterised by a typical shape resembling a ship.
Shanghai (China). Walking along the Bund by night and counting the million lights of Pudong.
Cinque Terre (Italy). A typical postcard-view of Manarola, one of the “Cinque Terre” (literally “Five Lands) in the Liguria region of Italy.
Istanbul (Turkey). I’m perfectly aware of the fact that terraces like this one are everywhere in the world. But for some reasons, those ones I see in Istanbul have something of magic, at least for me. And I like thinking that behind that set of jackets, coats and suits there could be a story – one of the many incredible ones – of millions of people living in this amazing (and suffering) city.
Istanbul. So benissimo che terrazze come queste sono ovunque nel mondo. Ma per qualche motivo, quelle che vedo a Istanbul hanno un qualcosa per me di magico. E mi piace pensare che dietro a quella serie di giacche, di cappotti e di abiti possa esserci una storia – una delle tante incredibili – delle milioni di persone che affollano questa meravigliosa (e sofferente) città.
Istanbul (Turkey). When dozens of ships wait for their turn to pass the Bosphorus strait, the Marmara Sea in front of Istanbul becomes a sort of outer harbour. The stunning sunset – typical of autumn’s days – completes the picture.