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

 

 

And… it’s gone

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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa

And when you are saying bad words trying to put your life into two suitcases, you realize that the end of what you know is there, right in front of you. How can years, hours and seconds fly so quickly? How can it already be over? How can I already start my adult life? I mean… I sleep with a huge stuffed elephant in my bed, I am afraid of the dark and I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. But time doesn’t wait. Time hurries and pushes you around forcing you to be someone you are not ready to be – yet. So there it goes. Bye bye and oppalà: let’s get ready for the adult-like life. (My stuffed elephant comes with me anyway)

(not so much) guilty pleasure

Do you ever feel like skipping a boring lunch for a sweet combination of sugar, cream and caffeine? No? You should try, o yes, you should! I mean, for me it’s kind of a regular thought and craving for sugar, but there is nothing better than this combination in a grey and cloudy day in Turin to keep the engine running: bon appétit!

Farewell, again.

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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa

I moved into my room when I was 4 years old. Yesterday I sat on by bed staring at all those dusty objects and memories I am going to leave and it felt so incredibly – and horribly – real: I actually found a job and, this time, I might not come back. Farewell to you. Farewell to a little light-haired me living in a parallel universe and dreaming about Harry Potter, magic and fairy dust. It’s been a pleasure, for real.

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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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa
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Piacenza, Italy 2016 @pandaonavespa

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