New York streets (throwback time)

New York city is incredible. It’s so alive, so big, so happy and moving. You can breath tension, happiness, love and magnificence. You can wander those streets and meet so many different people, so many faces, so many colors, so many different buildings.

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New York, USA 2016 ©pandaonavespa

The streets are alive. They are the meeting point of everything and everyone. They are so full of life, stories and thoughts: how many people with different stories have walked your steps? How many people have seen what you are now seeing? How many? So many!

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New York, USA 2016 ©pandaonavespa

I loved the streets in New York. I loved their stories and their force. I loved being part of this amazing anthill.

 

Eternal corners: secret Rome

But, when in Rome, I also manages to take some walks, to wander around those beautiful streets.

Do you know what I LOVE about Rome? Well, I adore how tiny some streets can be and how majestic some others are. I love how you can stumble upon History sipping a coffee and eating an ice cream. I love  how suddenly, without you expecting it, some very old building pops up behind a corner.

I love how romantic and elegant it feels being there, how shiny and bright the light is and how funny it is with all those Vespas around!

I walked around and I could see those streets where I had already been. Where I was smiling and happy. And so I walked over the clouds living my memory in the present.

And that’s what happened: I got lost the city, I saw corners and pavements that I had already met and I introduced them to new ones.

I observed the tourists and the locals.

I got lost in little streets and big squares.

I walked with my nose up in the air, and stumbled upon some adorable Ape Car. 

And I thought that, after all, it was much better last year, when my source of inspiration was with me in those street.

But, dear Rome, you most definitely are beautiful, breathtaking and mysterious. I love how unpredictable, historical and magical you can be. 

So, here are some corners, some angles, some surprises I found. Yes, surprises! Walking around in this city is like a treasure hunt: you look for the buildings and you find happiness. 

Ciao.

Rome sightseeing: the eternal city through the taxi window

I went to Rome. It was beautiful.

It wasn’t a voyage de plaisir, but a voyage de travail, meaning that my boss and I went there to get some work done: there was a wine convention to go to.

We didn’t have much time to visit the city and to relax, so I decided to take some pictures while I was sitting in all the taxis we had to take.

I stole moments here and there from locals and tourists wandering in the eternal city and realized that it really is a marvelous place.

All those orange-red houses, those romantic corners and the light! O gosh, there is so much light in that city! I know that Paris is called ville-lumiere, but Rome should be called ville du soleil.

Light capturing: a “thank you” to an adorable stranger

The other day an adorable girl from Melbourne (I think she is from Melbourne: all I know is that right now she is there) commented on an Instagram photos telling me one of the sweetest and most moving things someone ever told me about the pictures I take:

“The way you capture the light is so moving”

I was so moved and Jen’s comment made me smile so incredibly much. Thank you Jen! Thank you very much!

Please, stop by and look at her pictures: for me looking at them feels like a garden tea party with pastel colours: Jen’s Instagram.

So, here is some more light from that very same cold morning

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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Fairytale gone wild

It was cold, but not very cold. It was cold enough to cuddle on the sofa and to put on long socks and to wrap our necks with a soft scarf. 

It was winter in Germany. And I loved it.

I spent the last two weeks with beautiful people, in a stunning place recovering from Morocco, being lazy and admiring how incredibly beautiful nature can be.

We were at the door of the Black Forest and it was pure magic. It was a fairytale. I could imagine Snow White and the dwarfs saying hi from a tree, Hansel and Gretel looking for candies and Bambi running around (Bambi for me still has his mommy and the hunter is in jail).

I captured some of those moments to share them with you: enjoy the magic! And Happy New Year.

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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Getting lost in Winter Wonderland

After so many weeks in Morocco, I finally was back to Italy and I got immediately lost.

But this time I got lost in my garden: Fall was finally there and it felt like I was walking in Fairy-Tale-Land.

I don’t know if it was the light, the colors, the frost on the leaves or the fact that I was home, but it felt like I was walking in a winter wonderland dream.

I took my new camera out for her first walk and run out with my father to take some pictures and here are the results!

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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Last random-postcards-Tuesday from Morocco (I hope!)

Well, I guess that last week wasn´t my last one in Morocco. I´ll explain a little bit more once I´ll get back to Italy, now I have black smoke coming out of my ears, my skin is green and my paws are ready to kill: dragon-Arianna is writing, not panda-Arianna. 

Anyway, it´s random-postcards-Tuesday, so let´s cheer with some random postcards! I really really hope that this actually will be my last week here in Morocco, and these are some of the things I am going to miss the most, apart from the stunning landscapes!

  • I am going to miss finding dates everywhere I look, even if I had waaaay too much of them!
  • I am going to miss seeing adorable donkey here and there!
  • I am going to miss this lovely turtle always sun bathing on the same stone in the middle of the river!

Bye bye Morocco! I´ll see you soon, but not that soon: now I really need to go back home for a while.

Aoufous, Morocco 2015
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Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

 

Moroccan random encounters: the day I chased a flock of camels

From Erfoud we were heading to Jorf to visit a school. The road was dusty, dry, with a few palm-trees and some shrubberies here and there. And nothing more. It was beautiful, don´t get me wrong: I absolutely love it and I really think that this is the most beautiful place I have ever seen.

Jorf, Morocco 2015
Jorf, Morocco 2015

My eyes were staring outside the window and seeing all this dust and loneliness, when suddenly I shouted “JAAAAMAAAAAL!”, and Jamal means camel. There were camels everywhere all along the road!

I finally met a camel!!! #wanderlustpostcards #camel #Jamal #morocco #desert #lifegoals

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I rushed outside the car and started running towards them but, of course, I scared them out, so they started running as well. Picture the scene: me chasing something like 50 camels in the middle of the dust holding my camera.

A nomad pastor, the owner of these weird animals, managed to calm them down enough to stop them from running away from me and to allow me to touch one of them.

The weirdest feeling ever: their neck is so huge! And the mouth: they are such posers with their duck-faces! They smell quite badly, but they are so cute! And so elegant at the same time: it always looks like the think they are superior to everything and everyone and, come on, they are!