Laura Plantation is a restored historic Louisiana Creole plantation on the west bank of the Mississippi River near Vacherie, Louisiana, (U.S.). Formerly known as Duparc Plantation, it is significant for its early 19th-century Créole-style raised big house and several surviving outbuildings, including six slave cabins. It is one of only 15 plantation complexes in Louisiana with this many complete structures. Because of its historical importance, the plantation is on the National Register of Historic Places. The site, in St. James Parish, Louisiana, is also included on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. (source: Wikipedia)

Vacherie, LA August 2014
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August 2014
London April 2014
London
April 2014

Bbike people

Friday night event for bike lovers c/0 BBike Tomorrow, via Ettore Giovenale 16, Roma

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Italians and Notting Hill: what’s wrong with us?

(yes, same place of the toilet)

Portobello London, April 2014
Portobello road
London, April 2014
London, April 2014
London, April 2014

Picture you upon my knee
Just tea for two
And two for tea
Just me for you
And you for me… alone

I’m discontented with homes that I’ve rented
So I have invented my own.
Darling, this place is lovely oasis
Where life’s weary taste is unknown
Far from the crowded city
Where flowers pretty caress the stream
Cozy to hide in, to live side by side in,
Don’t let it apart in my dream

Picture you upon my knee
Just tea for two
And two for tea
Just me for you
And you for me alone
Nobody near us to see us or hear us
No friends or relations
On weekend vacations
We won’t have it known, dear,
That we own a telephone, dear…

Day will break and I’ll wake
And start to bake a sugar cake
For you to take for all the boys to see
We’ll raise a family
A boy for you
And a girl for me

Can’t you see how happy we would be…

Corsica, July 2013
Corsica, July 2013

Sometimes I can’t help but thinking about a person I used to know. It was the time I had a very ordinary digital camera and I was a thousand miles far from thinking that, one day, I could have ever had a reflex. This person used to tell me it was not me being good in taking pictures: I just happened to be in beautiful places, thus I could not take any credit for pushing the camera button. Somehow, it was convincing enough that I only managed to shoot average pictures.

5 years later, I found out we do not ALL see the same thing when we are looking at something. Speaking about me, I always search for something different, unexpected and unusual to shoot at. So when I happened to be in my dream swimming-pool, it was actually just a big, bright, beautiful but quite empty room. Until I noticed the reflection on the floor.

Sometimes the best comes when you turn something upside down.

I would now tell to all that kind of people:

Who’s to say
what’s impossible?

as the surface breaks reflections fade

As my mind begins to spread its wings
there’s no stopping curiosity

I’ll find the things they say just can’t be found

Who’s to say
I can’t do everything?
Well I can try
and as I roll along I begin to find
things aren’t always just what they seem…

(“Upside Down”, Jack Johnson)

Linz, Austria, July 2011
Linz, Austria, July 2011

 

Two years ago I was in Linz, Austria, and during my staying I happened to visit a very interesting exhibition held in the city centre. The theme was wind, water and everything related to it (fog, rain, ice, etc.). It took place in a pretty big building, so visitors had to go through many rooms, floors, terraces.

I believe I was not the only one, as a child, who daydreamed about having a swimming-pool in the dream apartment. By this, I don’t mean a proper swimming pool, but a room filled with water, where to jump in just opening the door.
What I found in one of the rooms of the exhibition, was terribly close to my childhood dream…

Let’s say it was a dream coming true!

Linz, Austria, July 2011
Linz, Austria, July 2011