Travel Notes

Memories of Miami

Three years ago , the last travel benefits kindly offered by American Airlines ensured a low cost travel in a city that evokes different meanings depending on an individual’s condition and status. The magical conception of Miami idealized by tourists and by the average American man becomes the immigrant’s dream, the promised land for the "exiled" Cuban refugees who reconstruct their native land in the narrow streets of Calle Ocho [...]

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An exaggerated 2014

Hundreds of quotations encourage us to live each day as if it was the last one and constantly these sentences remain temporarily etched in our memory before our daily routine sweeps them away. This year I’ve tried to put this philosophy into practice in order to seize the day and make every moment valuable. 2014 has been an exaggerated year in terms of travels, experiences and unforgettable moments [...]

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Nostalgic Istanbul

Visiting Istanbul in two days is like dipping a piece of bread in a succulent tomato sauce to taste its unique flavor without eating a delightful meal never tasted before. The ancient Constantinople is a banquet full of spices and legends that fascinates every diner with its old charm and accompanies them along the banks of the Bosphorus and in the holy mystery of its streets [...]

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A treehouse village in the heart of Ardèche

The hustle and bustle of city life never forgets to conceal the natural rhythm of time that only wild places preserve. The treehouse village of St Julien de Labrousse a couple of hours away from Lyon, in the heart of Ardeche, is the right place to rediscover the genuineness of life and to live an adventurous experience without any kind of comfort [...]

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Andalusia on the Road

f you are involved in a conversation about Spain, you might end up discussing about the dichotomy Barcelona - Madrid, but if you drive Southbound, a harsh, magic land whisks you away, wraps you in its variegated colors and gets you drunk on life and sangria. Covered by its historic blue sky, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Andalusia unifies tradition and movida and attracts every kind of traveler [...]

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Tirana, a strip between past and future

There are names of unknown places that occupy the last pages of a traveler’s Bucket List but that for bizarre crossroads of life find themselves unexpectedly printed on a plane ticket. Tirana is one of these.  Albania for an Apulian means many things. There are several historical and social references that make us think of our neighbors and of their land [...]

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A Krakow minute

Silent as the passage of time, the golden cloth of a late afternoon’s sky alters the shades of Rynek Główny. The roofs turn amber, the facades of the few gray buildings get rid of their pale armor and from Saint Mary’s Basilica, the Hejnał bugler suddenly stops playing, pierced by the memory of a Tartar archer [...]

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The Metic's philosophy

Metic in this world. The union of two words belonging to different semantic fields enshrines a meaning that unifies feelings and reality. In ancient Greece the metic was the resident alien who didn’t have citizen rights in his state. In the tripartite division of classes he was between the citizen and the slave [...]

 

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Travel theories

The trip is about to begin, the charm of the last hours prior to departure is troubled by a huge dilemma, a flaw that has mobbed every traveler, or I’d better say every tourist: "Is the amount of clothes/ underwear/ products/ that need to be packed directly proportional to the length of the travel?"  I found the answer to this archaic doubt years ago, during a hot day spent at the Pireus [...]

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Travel to Inis Mor

A light Atlantic breeze welcomes the ferry just docked at the port of Inis Mór, where an ancient quiet silences the roar of the waves that shatter on the sides of the boats. The swarm of tourists, visitors and travelers moves away on bicycles, buses, buggies and it gets lost in the veins of cement and clay that tacitly penetrate the island [...]

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Magic Ireland

Pints full of life, fiddle tunes, history, memories, poems, time passing by, the silent glance of nature, the rhythmic buzz on the streets. The magic of a rough, wild, modern land, captured in random snapshots that enhance its contradictory aspects [...]

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Bru (X) elles

The Dream: a road trip from Malaga to Morocco to discover new flavors and moments to frame in the album of our adventures. The Reality: Brussels, the most convenient meeting point for two friends separated only by a different path of life. During the flight from Dublin to the capital of Europe I imagined Brussels as the classic North-European city, well kept and romanticized by its Flemish colors. However, Brussels, at first glance, shatters part of these conceptions [...]

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