Palermo days

Palermo days

It’s with a sheer pleasure that I recall our last-minute trip to Sicily two weeks ago. Currently based in Paris, where the sky is always grey and the summer’s slow to come, I love to think about Palermo where simply wandering along Via Maqueda from Teatro Massimo in the evening was a pleasure in itself.

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With friends in Paris and Brussels

With friends in Paris and Brussels

Endless talks with my dear friends, pleasant strolls, local treats, delicious dinners washed down with lovely French wines or Belgian beer, long evenings vs short nights and a bit of sunshine blended with the rain…I think this pretty much sums up my last moments in Paris and Brussels. I do not possess many photos with my friends though, we’re always so busy talking but I managed to gather a tiny part of our time together and I am happy to share it here.

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Rome in springtime

Rome in springtime

Spring has arrived to Rome very quickly this year. The trees turned purple and white so abundantly, the temperatures rose before you know it and we enjoyed the glorious sunshine. I love the chilly mornings at this time of the year when our local market’s sellers proudly display their early vegetables, invite me to assaggiare and share their favorite recipes. I love bunches of spring flowers and especially yellow tulips on my table. I love reading newspapers laying on a carpet of daisies in Doria Pamphili and the wild world behind the window of our living room that overlooks a courtyard and a bushy garden inhabited by so many different singing birds. Am I really in the heart of Rome?

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Walking the Amalfi Coast;   Amalfi- Positano

Walking the Amalfi Coast; Amalfi- Positano

I am wondering if the pictures below really need my comments. What else can I tell you about the Path of the Gods, the most popular hiking trail of the Amalfi coast? Take your time, sunglasses, provisions, good lenses and make the most of it! It’s been so far one of the most beautiful hikes we went on ;)

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Walking the Amalfi Coast; Salerno – Amalfi

Walking the Amalfi Coast; Salerno – Amalfi

I am back in Rome, totally smitten. I did not expect too much from the Amalfi Coast since it’s a very touristy region, its famous Path of the Gods was supposed to be crowded and the prices exorbitant, id est, all we do not enjoy even if the landscapes are stunning. However, traveling there in mid-April, on Wednesday appeared to be the bull’s eye. The coast was ours.

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Abruzzo road trip

Abruzzo road trip

Flocks of sheep guided by ten or so impressive sheepdogs, incredible & diverse mountain scenery, abandoned medieval towns and hilltop castles exuding a sinister charm. All this can be found within a two hour drive from Rome, in Abruzzo.

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Easter

Easter

I bet you’ve already forgotten Easter time, I am a bit late but keen on sharing these last pictures taken in Berlin and Poland. We had a good time with family and friends from my childhood in Poland, some of them live in different parts of the world now, it was a great opportunity to catch up on our life experiences. We participated in Easter preparations and eggs decorations with my family (I was happy to introduce Polish Easter traditions to Sébastien), also swallowed tons of delicious Polish specialities and drunk a lot of tea.

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In the world of centaurs

In the world of centaurs

As I mentioned in the previous article from Greece, we were supposed to head to Corfu but the weather was playing tricks on us so we decided to visit Pelion. To be honest, we knew very little about the peninsula and did not have great expectations.

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Greece road trip: Meteora

Greece road trip: Meteora

We’ve been missing Greece so much since our holidays in Athens and Milos island two years ago. As much as I am in love with archeology and Greek mythology, visiting the land of Achilles, Aristotle, Alexander the Great and centaurs, places carrying thousands years of history, has a special meaning for me.

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Hi Florence!

Hi Florence!

Finally! These are the last moments of our trip to Tuscany in January. We spent a weekend in freezing Florence, visiting its museums and having several breaks for cups of coffee or hot tea in my case. It was my third time in the capital of Tuscany, yet different from all the previous ones.

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Welcome to Lucca

Welcome to Lucca

Lucca, I fell under your spell! An impressive architectural homogeneity, vivid orange or red façades with green shutters, old archways, columns, original shop fronts, charming little squares and perfectly oval Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, that’s how I’ll remember this splendid Tuscan city.

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An early morning in Pisa

An early morning in Pisa

Even though I may be a heavy sleeper I love early mornings and wandering around Italian cities shrouded in a thick blanket of the winter fog. It’s so charming when a pale sunlight filters through the mist on colored Tuscan façades but it’s a brief moment. You need to be at the right place and quick if you want to capture it with your camera. 

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