The most sarcastic mailbox in Barcelona

The most sarcastic mailbox in Barcelona A detail immersed in the frenzy of the Gothic quarter The party mood and the frenetic crowding make its way the famous Christmas markets. Walking through the narrow streets can be a suffocating experience making it difficult to observe the beauty and the details hidden between the faces and the hasty legs of tourists. Everybody is busy for the Christmas shopping or distracted by the magic of the period. Fortunately, the city has its moments of respite from the hectic chaos. The shops don’t open before nine in the morning. The cold of these days has delayed even more the Christmas crowds. I walk… Read More

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Cofete, the border with the end of the world

Cofete, the border with the end of the world Between a raging ocean and austere mountains lies a small village In the previous article, the bay of Albarca left me speechless with its extravagantly shaped rocks. But the world is full of similar places, where nature is sovereign and man can only bow down to it. This time I am in Fuerteventura where an immense beach and a mountain range of volcanic origin leave room just to hold your breath at its sight. Fuerteventura With a history of almost 20 million years and less than 100 km from the African coast lies Fuerteventura, an island in the archipelago of the… Read More

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Trekking to the bay of Albarca

Trekking to the bay of Albarca Lost on the north coast, an ancient path bears witness to the simple life of yesteryear In the previous article I told of the surprise in admiring the bay of Albarca with its extravagant shapes exposed to the force of the elements. There are no beaches here, just rocks and cliffs overlooking the sea. My curiosity, however, does not end in front of the magnificent stone bridge, but pushes me to explore its entire coastline. So I decide to make my way between the rocks and the few shrubs to reach and skirt them where the sea breaks its waves on the rocks. Trekking… Read More

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The immense landscape of Cala d’Albarca

The immense landscape of Cala d’Albarca A corner of the island where the forces of the wind and the sea bring you back to a prehistoric past.   Ibiza In the last article I talked about the Ibizan quarry of Sa pedrera de Cala d’Hort. An area to the west of the island, now converted into a special site for lovers of the sun and posture. Unlike the other areas, the north one turns out to be very different from the stereotypes we are used to. There are no bars, chiriguitos, discos or umbrellas to shelter from the scorching summer sun. This part of the coast is a succession of… Read More

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Atlantis, the wild and fascinating Ibizan quarry

Atlantis, the wild and fascinating Ibizan quarry A unique place rich in history where you can contemplate the magic of the island Ibiza is a relatively small island, which however hides precious corners and many glimpses with views of incredible beauty such as Cala Llentia or the north coast. An ancient story In the sixteenth century, the Ottoman fleet and pirate ships constantly threatened the whole Mediterranean with countless attacks and cannon looting on the Spanish coasts, including those of Ibiza. This made it necessary to redesign the fortification of its historic center. The new military project carried out by the engineer Giovan Battista Calvi, involved the creation of several… Read More

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The public fountain of Portaferrissa

The public fountain of Portaferrissa Life near one of Barcelona’s most famous entrances The city where I live is full of stories and curiosities but it is not always easy to dwell on details. This article focuses on some corners often unnoticed by the distracted eye of passers-by. The public fountain of Portaferrissa is the first of a short series of stories centered on the public fountains present in the center, witnesses of an ancient past. A corner on the sidelines The low turnout of tourists no longer crowds the streets of the center and the space between passersby gives breath to those places in the city that are often… Read More

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Hotel Casino la Rabassada

Hotel Casino la Rabassada The ruins of a majestic Hotel Casino bear witness to a troubled history and macabre legends     To rearrange a bit my ideas of this year that has just begun, I decide to stroll through Barcelona’s Olympic Port. I absentmindedly step in front of the famous Casino Barcelona, ​​located just below the luxurious Hotel Arts. A real temptation for those who love to challenge fate or simply savor the thrill of gambling. A modern structure, which, as I continue the walk, gives me a doubt. Could it be the only casino that ever existed in Barcelona? The following days my investigation over texts and web… Read More

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Mysterious numbers in Barcelona.

Mysterious numbers in Barcelona

Mysterious numbers in Barcelona An artistic work that contains the fundamentals of nature   Walking along the Paseo de Joan Borbò, on the side of the Barceloneta district, the view is difficult to distract from the luxurious moored yachts, the palm trees and the recently reopened restaurants. The smell of the sea leaves no room for other thoughts except to reach the beach and relax in the sun. Few tourists finally give space to enjoy the surrounding environment. Suddenly my eyes are drawn to a strange detail on the ground. A square with a number inside, a large one, 6765. Pausing to look the shape, I notice another a little… Read More

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The effort and tradition of  "La Tratta"

The effort and tradition of  “La Tratta”

The effort and tradition of  “La Tratta” An ancient method of fishing now in disuse continues to survive June 2020, the fight against covid-19, its restrictions and rules, continues. As in the previous article, memories and feelings of when there was no social distance, masks, the diffidence of contagion, and of being infected, come back to mind. This is one of those stories.   A different dawn On a July morning a multitude of people poured out on the shore of the Adriatic Sea, calm and silent, of Marotta. Men and women have come not only to admire the imminent dawn, but to witness a hundreds of years old tradition.… Read More

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The melancholy of the “Camì dels Monjos” and the Mola

The melancholy of the “Camì dels Monjos” and the Mola The curious rock formation carries with it a legend of the monks of Sant Cugat del Valles On May 25, 2020 Barcelona will finally move on to the long-awaited Phase 1. However, we are on the alert for the Covid-19 pandemic. A historical event that has changed and will change the way we live and socialize. Waiting for the next steps necessary to return to normality, if we can say so, past images and sensations of my excursions resurface. This is one of those. The city of Terrassa Beyond the Collserola massif extends a vast plain el Vallès Occidental which… Read More

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THE CYCLIC MEMORY OF CANTAMAGGIO

THE CYCLIC MEMORY OF CANTAMAGGIO

THE CYCLIC MEMORY OF CANTAMAGGIO The tradition of fertility and the warm season in the time of covid-19 The official start of spring between March 21 and 23 is called the equinox. However, May is the month that most of all shows the beauty of nature that is reborn. Since ancient times man has always been impressed by the mysterious force of nature generated by the heat of our sun. Every year is always a beautiful surprise. Everything is reborn. The flora and fauna return to being luxuriant, the days get longer and the nights become milder and shorter. PAGAN TRADITIONS It is no coincidence that throughout Europe between 28… Read More

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The hidden nativity scenes of Castiglioni

The hidden nativity scenes of Castiglioni

The hidden nativity scenes of Castiglioni A small village where you can discover a tradition rich in art and manual skills After flying from Ibiza to Thailand it’s time to stop and relax a bit in Italy. More precisely in the Marche region. I have already written an article about the undiscovered beauties of this region. Like that of the village of Elcito or Cacciano. The region is a treasure chest that contains beautiful villages and castles perched on hills or gentle hills. A fairy-tale landscape that inspired my project Lands. But back to us, this time I want to tell you about the hidden nativity scenes of Castiglioni di… Read More

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Loi Krathong Festival of Sukhothai

LOI KRATONG FESTIVAL OF SUKOTHAI A ritual of gratitude to water following the lunar cycles which has its roots in the past     Loi Krathong, have you heard of it? If any of you went to Asia, yes. This is a special event, which lasts about a week, in which the Thais make small boats that are decorated and leave floating on the rivers of all Thailand. A bit of history The origin of Loi Kratong, once called Chong Pa Rieng, is not well defined. The treaty of Chula Luck tells that the ceremony originated in Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand, about 700 years ago. At that time… Read More

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PAREIDOLIA TO IBIZA

PAREIDOLIA TO IBIZA

PAREIDOLIA TO IBIZA The face of ancient Indian guarding a submerged treasure The adventure of Ibiza continues. In the previous article I spoke of an Ibizan Stonehenge, this time we traveling a little more with the imagination. The north coast Ibiza is a continuous wild landscape. Hidden beaches, very little urbanization and even the mobile phone often doesn’t work thankfully! By kayaking you can enjoy even more the impressive landscape that the island in its silence gives you. At some point, just past an arch of rock you can see the austere face of an Indian. The shape is giant! It almost looks like a guardian of a treasure, which… Read More

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A mysterious monument of Ibiza in Cala Llentia

A mysterious monument of Ibiza in Cala Llentia What do Andrew Rogers, Guy Laliberté and Ibiza have in common? This time more than one place I want to talk about a strange and original combination. Two extravagant, visionary characters, a famous and in part mysterious place united by a monument that attracts lovers of mystery and nature. Ibiza It may seem strange but the Balearic island famous for its sleepless nights based on parties and excesses, however hides a wild and virgin part. Small coves with breathtaking views often create a strong link between mysticism and hippie culture. Andrew Rogers But going step by step. First of all I have… Read More

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IBIZA, SANTA EULARIA DEL RIO

IBIZA, SANTA EULARIA DEL RIO A corner of peace linked to the only river present in all the Balearics Ibiza! The very famous island where parties, nightlife, beach and sun mix in an endless swirl. As you will know the island holds the reputation of a place of perdition and unrestrained holidays. One moment, do you want to know why I am in Ibiza? Well I’ll explain this to you in the next article where I’ll show you some surprises. But back to us. Ibiza has two faces. One wild and the other of total immersion in nature. Obviously I’m here for the second option. Santa Euralia Santa Euralia, the… Read More

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Elcito, a bitter love for nature

Elcito, the bitter love for nature

  Elcito, the bitter love for nature The ancient medieval village witness of the harsh mountain life     If living in the midst of nature seems wonderful or if the arrival of snow is exciting you should ask the inhabitants of Elcito. Too bad no one lives in Elcito anymore. It’s a ghost town, they all left. It’s not a good start for a travel blog article but you’ll understand the reason for this introduction. But let’s go by order. Elcito is a town a few kilometers from San Severino Marche and is located at an altitude of 821 a.s.l. It was born from the need to protect the… Read More

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Atelier de Pilar Güell a space of creation in the Raval

Atelier de Pilar Güell a space of creation in the Raval

Atelier de Pilar Güell a space of creation in the Raval Hidden among the narrow streets of the neighborhood is a center dedicated to art Lose myself walking around the Raval is one of my pastimes. I loosen the pace of my step, stop to look at a shop windows or sneak into one of the many streets. A few weeks ago, absorbed in my thoughts, almost stumbling around against a sign placed on the ground. I look around to see what is written and I read: Art exposiciòn, Zeigeist el espiritu de la epoca. An art exhibition! I am intrigued by the room that houses paintings and various artistic… Read More

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Ossuary of San Bernardino and other Milanese curiosities

Ossuary of San Bernardino and other Milanese curiosities

  Ossuary of San Bernardino and other Milanese curiosities A few steps from Milan Cathedral you can find fascinating places surrounded by a veil of mystery Milan Capital of Lombardy as well as fashion, welcomes more than one million inhabitants and 2500 years of history. It is one of the most important and emblematic cities in Italy, full of places of great interest. Apart from the Duomo and Galleria Vittorio Manuele II a few steps from the square we can find singular corners and not very familiar. San Bernardino ossuary A visiting Milan is a must stop for a selfie with the cathedral behind or walk through the adjacent gallery… Read More

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An incredible panorama from the Turò de les Maleses

An incredible panorama from the Turò de les Maleses

An incredible panorama from the Turò de les Maleses Discovering an ancient Iberian settlement Do you want to admire a good part of Catalonia without getting on a balloon or a helicopter? Here is a really interesting excursion to stay amazed once you reach the Turò de le Maleses. To begin, as usual, a train takes me to the city of Besòs. From here the Tugsal bus leaves me at the Can Ruti hospital. An impressive building at the foot of the Serralada de Marina park. I leave the hospital behind and enter the path called La Font de l’Amigò. The route goes into a vegetation of pines and shrubs,… Read More

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