That sunset on top of everything

You see the pictures of it everywhere, Instagram is full of shots of this view, Google has an incredible number of those pictures and everyone has been there, but you don’t know stunning it actually is, until you go there.

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New York, USA 2016 @pandaonavespa

And then I finally went there as well: Top of the Rocks! Stunning. Just stunning. The view, the air, the colors and the happy faces of all the people around you staring at the same stunning view.

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New York, USA 2016 @pandaonavespa

We were lucky enough to go there right before sunset and we had the most stunning view. The colors were changing so quickly that it felt like being a movie. NYC is so big, so majestic and intimidating, but from up there it was just a huge jungle full of stories and humans. And yes, we were on the top of the World.

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New York, USA 2016 @pandaonavespa

 

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.

 

Ice ice baby: 3 months later from Sahara to Greenland

Have you ever seen ice? I mean, real ice? Not the ice you put inside a drink when it’s summer or a small lake covered in ice.. I am talking about what’s around Greenland: that ice. 

I never thought I would get the chance to witness such a spectacular and breathtaking phenomenon. I was sitting there during a long and boring flight from Germany to NY being unable to sleep like I wanted to and with the guy sitting next to me snoring, when suddenly I looked down and I couldn’t believe it: Greenland was on my right and under me just ice. Pure ice. 

Don’t believe me? Zoom zoom zoom: you’ll see that those white things under the clouds are huge ice blocks drifting here and there. O, happy day!

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Greenland, March 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Greenland, March 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Greenland, March 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Greenland, March 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Greenland, March 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Greenland, March 2016 @pandaonavespa

 

 

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.

Stolen thoughts and modern art

I am one of those people who run across museums.

I don’t know why, but I visit museums very quickly and, when I am with my friend Alice, it’s ok: we both are very speedy and we even check if we actually can break our records, but when I am with Nico it’s a veeeery different story. 

He observes, he reads, he looks, he stares at, he goes back and thinks about what he saw. You can actually read in his eyes every little thought popping into his mind about the exposition we are visiting.

All this thoughts and reflexions going through his mind slow down my olympic visits to museums and expositions, giving me a lot of spare time and allowing me to take some pictures. I love observing people in museums: everyone is so absorbed and captured by what’s in front of them. Everything is so silent and still. So silent and still that you can actually hear your own heart beating and your eyelashes blinking. 

This was at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Strasbourg. It was a cold and rainy day and I absolutely didn’t understand the art that I saw. On my bucket list for this new year: learn about modern art (and wear uncomfortable shoes in a museum, so that I can slow down during my visit and keep up with N.).

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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Strasbourg, France 2016 @pandaonavespa

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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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Offenburg, Germany 2016 @pandaonavespa

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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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2015 @pandaonavespa

Dear Royal Air Maroc, you most definitely SUCK: my last few days in Morocco

So, here is the story: on the 21st December I had my two flights back to good old Europe. The first one from Errachidia to Casablanca and the second one from Casablanca to Milan. I arrived at the first airport early in the morning just to find an extremely rude man telling me that I didn’t have a place on the plane. Imagine how thrilled I was.

He wrote  down a number that I had to call (Royal Air Maroc customer service) and then he told me to get away from the line. I was even more thrilled. The first person answering decided that hanging up in the middle of the conversation was a good thing to do. The second one was nicer, but completely asleep. He told me that my ticket wasn’t confirmed. 

Why all this shit? Because in October, when I arrived in Morocco, I had a few problems at the first airport, meaning that I didn’t manage to take my second flight to Errachidia. Royal Air Maroc has this extremely stupid and mean policy saying that if you lose a flight, all the other ones you bought are going to be deleted. Idiot thing. Very idiot and bastard thing. Anyway, the morning after my misadventure I went to the RAM office at the airport and a lady told me that it was ok and that she could confirm again my flights to come back home in December “Voilà mademoiselle, votre retour est confirmé“.

Voilà: I had a flight to go back home! Well, no. I didn’t. I don’t know if she was kidding, if she was making fun of me, if she was mean or if it was a simple and honest mistake, but WTF PEOPLE!

So, there I was, stuck at the airport wanting to go back home, but NOPE!

I finally managed to find a flight back for the 24th, but I am so extremely mad at the company and at the people working at the airport of Errachidia.

Let me tell you about how it works at the airport: Errachidia is a small city with a very very small airport. You can actually count the people working there on the fingers of one hand. And guess what: when finally it’s your turn for the checkin, the guy is so stressed and mean, that he pressures you like crazy and that he checks other 5 people at the same time. Very professional, BRAVO!

And… here is another funny thing. When you have to pass through the metal detector, it doens’t matter if the machine goes crazy screaming BEEEP BEEEP BEEP: the guy says that it’s ok and he just asks you if you have a lighter in your bag. Very safe, BRAVO to you too!

Now I am back and I will never take another Royal Air Maroc flight. They are very unprofessional, quite rude, with a shameful costumer service and the planes are so extremely dirty. They managed to lose a costumer, but I am not the only one: reading online I found a lot of horrible reviews. Congratulations RAM, if you continue like this you are going to lose a lot of costumers. BRAVO!

 

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Rabat, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

 

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
Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
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Aoufous, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa