2009-08 (Aug09)

Daily Photos

31 August 2009

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Corfu town, Greece

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Whose laundry is it anyway?
Corfu town, Greece

29 August 2009

In Corfu town, Greece

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A red and blue plaque says that the composer of the Greek national anthem lived here (1795-1872)

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“Would you like to light a candle?”

We overheard an American-accented tourist asking her husband when they walk past St Spyridon church and saw this candle offering corner.  Never do they realize that these candles, paid for and lit up by the faithful in honour of their dead loved ones, would be removed and thrown into a sac (to be recycled later) just seconds after they (the faithful) turn their backs.  We were observing this young man who is obviously getting paid to do the clearing up.

28 August 2009

For a 26-hour ferry trip to Corfu, what does one had to do to escape boredom?

Simple,  do people-watching….
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– a father photographing his baby

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– meditating

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– sketching

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– fooling around in the pool

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– sunbathe with clothes on

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– listening to his iPod

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– watching people do people-watching

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– watch the world go by

 27 August 2009

Onwards to Greece

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Two hours to our Greek destination, our ferry passes by the arid mountains of Albania

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Photographing the sunset from the Adriatic sea

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Vehicles lining up for this ferry that would take them to the Port of Patras (near Athens, Greece)

26 August 2009

The Venice stopover

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Fortifying the walls of the Venice canal

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Dredging a portion of the canal is a gargantuan task

 25 August 2009

We stopped by Cremona (Italy) on our way to Venice to have H’s violin repaired.  This city is the birthplace of the violin, and the greatest violin-maker of them all was Stradivari.  But what really stupefied us was the place itself.  How could a medieval town like Cremona looked so perfect…

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Statue of Stradivari at the Piazza Stradivari

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The biking culture is very evident in this town..

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Everyone bikes, of whatever age, that’s why everyone looks fit

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Signs of violin-making/repairing shops

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The cathedral of Cremona houses Giulio Campi’s interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” where a woman is featured among the 12 disciples of Christ.

24 August 2009

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If you want to know what events are going on in your area, check with your local boulangerie (bread shop)
Nice, France

23 August 2009

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The pebbled beach of Nice, France

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Peruvian street musicians

On our way to Nice, we drove past Breil sur Roya, famous for its kayaking activities:

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Experienced kayakers

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First time?

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Hey, where’s your kayak?

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They just came out of the river when we came driving past

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They started posing when they saw me with my camera at them

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More posing

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Doing the wave

22 August 2009

Young Flamenco dancers in Gorbio, France

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Flamenco is alive.  Flamenco is culture.  Flamenco is a way of life.

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A moving artwork

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Ok, stop talking now.  Say “Cheese”!

21 August 2009

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A builder’s store in the mountains
St Dalmas de Tende, France

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Coloured with age
St Dalmas de Tende

20 August 2009

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These kids decided to inflate their boat at home before taking it to the beach.
Menton, France

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La Cure Gourmande (France)
Serving sweets and candies since 1989

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Ladies in summer black
Menton, France

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Purple dining
Menton, France

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Pleasant solitude
Menton, France

20 August 2009

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Shrine
Dolceacqua, Italy

18 August 2009

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Shadows
Cuneo, Italy

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A jungle in the terrace
Cuneo, Italy

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Three grandmothers
Cuneo, Italy

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Done the shopping, going home now
Cuneo, Italy

Tuesday market in Cuneo, Italy

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Italian bread

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hmmm…soooo good!

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fruit gelato

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mushrooms in season

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Freedom of expression

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Working hard for the money

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Little things make him happy

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A sexy tip

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07 August 2009

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Out for lunch
Ventimiglia, Italy

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War souvenir
St Dalmas de Tende, Roya Valley, France

4 thoughts on “2009-08 (Aug09)”

  1. Ciao Ate Maria!
    Mi manchi!
    We’re missing your posts in PEX.
    But we’re very happy for you.
    Good luck and God bless all your endeavors.

    nalini

  2. Hello nalini
    Thanks for visiting!
    Yes, H plays the violin but hasn’t played it for a long time because he gave it to my father as gift. My father played it endlessly during the last ten years of his life so when he passed away last year, we took it back. Sadly, it was in one of our travels that it got damaged. And being a special violin, we thought we should have it repaired in the violin capital of the world.

    Venezia! Even if we had been there so many times – owing to the Port of Venice where we take the ferry to Greece – it still never fails to amaze us! We didn’t go to the touristy spots (like Piazza San Marco or the Rialto) because we want to avoid big crowds. But even in completely isolated areas where the locals live, the place is still mindblowing! Truly, we put Venice on the Top 3 of the most beautiful places we’ve ever visited!

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