Imaginary Travels to Tuscany from home

Let’s practise some alternative ways of travelling while staying at home. San Gimignano Go through your archive, look at pictures of places you’ve been and remember the stories, the air, the tastes, the light. I remember our drive from Monte A Pescia to San Gimignano after lunch through a hilly, cypress-framed countryside. We walked along…

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First and last days in Montaretto and Cinque Terre

Sind es nicht oft die ersten und letzten Tage, an denen man am intensivsten sieht, an denen man in aller Dringlichkeit fotografiert? Das Neue, Schöne und Unbekannte fällt bei der Ankunft auf – ich sehe die Spiegelungen in Fenstern, die Lichtstreifen im neuen Schlafzimmer, die Wandmuster, die Farben aller möglichen Fotos. Isn’t it often the…

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Splash of Venice

  While travelling back and forth on three different night trains to and from Italy in June and July, I read the “The slow train to Milan” by Lisa St Aubin de Terán and although I couldn’t always quite grasp the young British girl’s mind who followed her husband from Venezuela she married without understanding…

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Behind the beach

There aren’t only canals in Venice; there is a beach you reach by ferry. It looks like a little lego-land from another time. White beach houses next to white beach houses, each has a little lighthouse logo on the front. All the people were either inside or at the very front of the beach near…

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Here art grows in trees

La Biennale di Venezia Art is art is art – we thought while walking through the heat from one building to another. “We are in Germany, close to Australia”, we said, looking at the map of the Biennale. The countries were just buildings, all so close. It felt a bit like a roman city, each…

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writing until the city’s awake

It is the morning that offers the most true encounter between you as a traveller and the foreign city. Everybody is still occupied with themselves: they wake up and start the day with rushed steps, lost in to-do lists for the day, it is their everyday and nothing more. No other tourists in sight. It…

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