Postcards from Bruxelles

I really wanted to vent about Bruxelles, city I didn’t like and could not wait to leave, but in the end I found out I had few nice shots of the capital.

So here’s a selection of the snaps taken by my trusted LX100, dedicated to Fabio.

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I went for Bruges, I found Ghent.

I was reading a novel on the plane, there was a love story involved. I knew it would have ended well, so I was keeping reading it to soak in the energy, and get the best of the trip, planned during – I would dare to say – the most uncertain time of my life, my trip to Belgium.

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Bruges when the sun decides to come out

 

Talking about uncertainty, the Belgium weather was the worst frenemy ever. It was like that adorable friend of yours who is also a total jerk. The result is a constant change of light, fear of water getting into my precious camera and a never-ending struggle adjusting the lens for pictures. Yet, there is an adorable part, and it’s called Ghent.

Bruges is a gem, but Ghent is the real deal. Especially at night, the all those beautiful white and brick houses reflects on the canals. So dreamy.

So, in the end, what matters if it rained all day? Those 30 minutes of sun and the evenings were just perfect. A perfect travel love story.

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København. Snippets.

During the last cold weekend of winter I spent 48h in Copenhagen. It was delightful. And freezing.

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I had a great time testing a Fuji X100. I wasn’t enough experienced to always calibrate the right light, but in the end I preferred not to modify the pictures in post production, to keep the genuine state (or mistake) of art.

Here some snippets of the trip, enjoy.

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Salzburg

Salzburg smells like chocolate. And music. And mountains. Yes, Salzburg smells good.

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The beginning and end of my weekend in Salzkammergut was this lovely city, lying on the Alps; It’s pretty spectacular to land there and see exactly how the white city is perfectly stuck in between the valley. Another striking fact is how brilliant clear are the colours chosen for the city centre: the facades are white, pink, light green: a crisp, pearl, elegant colour.

You can feel history knocking at your door from the first step you take.

Schloss Mirabell is a great example to get you in the mood of Austrian grandeur. The baroque palace and its exquisite “giardino all’italiana” are a delightful place to visit, just to stroll around while getting to the city centre from the train station…don’t miss it!

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Old Town- not by chance in the World Cultural Heritage- gathers a very intimate atmosphere based in the history: fortresses, palaces, residences, restaurants, don’t you fancy a bit of ‘700-‘800s glamorous baroque life you too? Everything inspires to the good old days: in front of Mozart’s birthplace you can tell the power of the past.

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What a fabulous  place to visit!

Walk across the streets, relive the best through the symbols, like the markets, or the musicians and artists in the main square, Salzburg impressed and amaze me.

  •  Downvote: the cathedral was packed like a Christo artwork (sadly just works going on the facade)
  •  Upvote for: the view from Hohensalzburg Fortress
  •  Bonus point: great angles to take pictures, as you can see here below…
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At one side of the cathedral.

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The Fortress over Old Town

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Interesting corners to take pictures at

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Quirky spots

Hooked? Check more pictures from my getaway weekend in Salzburg here: www.flickr.com

Even more hooked? Here’s the official website to get more info and start planning your trip: www.salzburg.info/en

And don’t forget a proper background music!

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Salzkammergut: Gmunden, Altmünster, Pinsdorf

Bish Bash Bosh.

I really wanted to start with a meaningful intro: Take it as a mantra, as a healing message, as a childish refrain.

Yes, I had a bit of a children regression, back last month in Austria. The reason why I visited Salzkammergut was not properly the photography sessions I was blessed to do, but for a last-minute competition among twin towns. We had a battled weekend visiting places and lakes and people, eating meat in every way (no pun intended, maybe), not seeing vegetables for 3 days (except Pommes Frites, of course), and losing frantically in every competition against an Austrian and a German delegation. Camp of the battle: world-renewed Sportzentrum Pinsdorf.

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I teamed up with my Italian former town delegation, and at the same time felt pretty German and pumped for the World Cup happening that same weekend, the pleasure of not being a tree, but a moving human (I can choose new roots). During the games we lost with no dignity, like at all. But Germany crashed France that same day, so I was pretty satisfied.

Two Highlights I’ll keep on my heart: the first one, to play darts while sipping a fresh beer that my dad bought me (very lady-like, very me)> Hey, holding a beer while throwing the dart gave me indeed balance; the second one, to try, fail and love Eisstockschießen on asphalt. It’s curling, but way germanistically cooler.

After the sweat and tears and other meat, we got to visit also a little bit – too briefly – the Traunsee area, including a mid-altitude wander in the woods. Here some story-telling in pictures for you.

From the cable car

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Traunstein Forest

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MORE PICTURES OF THE TRIP AVAILABLE HERE: www.flickr.com/photos/60353299@N08/

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Salzkammergut: Hallstatt

“The alpine region of Hallstatt – Dachstein / Salzkammergut is an unusual example of a natural landscape with unique beauty and exceptional scientific significance. [ . . .] This cultural landscape combines aspects of nature and culture in a manner which is both harmonious and mutually complimentary.”

– UNESCO World Heritage Committee –

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I don’t really think I have to add a text about Hallstatt, because this time pictures can speak better by themselves.

Despite the stormy weather this little town is a gem for photographers and tourists.

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Now…

….WANT TO SEE MORE PICTURES? I HAVE A BIGGER COLLECTION IN Flickr: LINK

Enjoy.

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