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Schloß Neuschwanstein – Schwangau, Bayern, Germany

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The true fairy tales castle that inspired Walt Disney! I advise you to read King Ludwig II’s history too, to understand better the meaning of his castles.

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands – Spain

Sorry for being absent on my blog but I was living an unforgettable experience in Lanzarote, the northernmost island of the seven Canary Islands (El Hierro, Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura) and surely the most transformed by a series of eruptions whose traces are violently visible on the island’s surface.

Its incredible and unique geological and natural landscapes are a treasure to discover, together with its dramatic cliffs, wonderful beaches, caves and grottos and thousands fat plants that grow in the most unusual places, showing that life is stronger than the most disruptive event.

I advise you to rent a car/motorbike and drive on the island’s roads enjoying its landscape changing in a couple of miles and stopping wherever you feel like.

Apart from the main touristic centers (the capital Arrecife and the main touristic destination Puerto del Carmen) are the little towns and villages whose white, flat buildings with blue or green shutters create a nice and romantic contrast to the black/reddish shade of the volcanoes. In these little fishermen’s towns, one can eat delicious fresh fish in one of the tiny restaurants.

El Golfo and this incredible black beach with the Green Lake. 

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The large sand beach of Puerto del Carmen

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The infernal beauty of the Timanfaya National Park

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The delicious little village of Haria

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The stunning view from the Mirador del Rio 

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The volcanic grottos – La Cueva de los Verdes

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Los Jameos del Agua – The white pool is by the most famous artist of the island, César Manrique. 

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White sand and perfect volcanic lagoons 

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The little village of Orzola, the northernmost village of the island, where one can eat delicious food and take a ferry to the near Isla la Graciosa 

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Monumento al Campesino by César Manrique

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The beautiful beach of Famara is a paradise for the surfers. 

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Giant cactus – Jardin de Cactus by César Manrique

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Fondacion César Manrique – Tahiche 

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Winter Wonderland

Here I will post some images of winter and of the Christmas season around the northern hemisphere. There is so much to wonder and to enjoy even during the coldest months! There are wonders everywhere, we just have to be able to spot them!

Just follow the images and you will be able to see how our world can be beautiful and magical. I know it is kinda rhetorical, but if we train ourselves to catch such an enchantment, to deeply enjoy the seconds that we live, I’m sure that our lives can be better, our spirits turn lighter and our experiences, when on travel, can be even more intense. It is not easy to do, I am trying it out too, but I’m starting to see the first results, and it feels amazing.

Brussels_Market_RhineBruxelles (Belgium) and La Grande Place/Grote Markt

1071941 Copenhagen (Denmark). Winter decorations and magic at Tivoli.

roterplatz Moskau (Russia). The incredible Red Square lit up with festive decorations.

Rockefeller Tree Lighting New York (U.S.A.). The classical, enchanting lights of the Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree.

557762-bigthumbnail Japan. A Torii, a traditional Japanese gate commonly found at the entrance of a Shinto temple, covered in snow.

 

Santa_Claus_Village3 Rovaniemi (Finland) – Santa Claus’ Village

 

weihnachtsmaerkte_04_07 Brixen/Bressanone (Italy) – The warm and cozy lights of the Christmas Market, a tradition of the Südtirol region.

821283-niagara-falls-ice-winter Niagara (Canada/U.S.A.) – Frozen river

SONY DSC Goðafoss (Iceland) – The purest magic of the Nature at its best.

hotel-kakslauttanen-igloo-village-leadSaariselkä (Finland) – Warm and comfortable igloo (Kakslauttanen) to wait for the Northern Lights and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of this place.

6415312_800d225fc2_z Stockholm (Sweden) – The city itself is a jewel, and with snow even more.

tromso_dark Tromsø (Norway) – Winter lights in the city.

harbin-ice-festiva_2781691k Harbin (China) – The annual, spectacular ice festival. I think there are no words to describe it. I think I will post something else about this thing! Stay tuned. And enjoy the world.

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Berliner Mauer – Berlin Wall

Today, 09th November 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Germany’s Capital has rememberer the date that changed its shape (and Germany and Europe’s future as well) lighting up hundreds and hundreds of white balloons, set where once the wall was. So a visitor can actually see a stream of light cutting Berlin in two. A mesmerizing and quite scenographic effect.

But the meaning behind this nowadays symbols is enormous: after the fall of the wall the city of Berlin has always tried to make “transparency” and “light” as its own symbols (the Kuppel of the Parliament is the supreme example of this), becoming one of the most important cultural capitals in the world.

After twenty years, the differences between the Western and the Eastern part can still be seen… Berlin is a wounded city, History has been mean to it… but as a phoenix, it has risen up once again.

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Blumentapijt/Flower Carpet – Bruxelles, Belgium

The Grand Place / Grote Markt in Bruxelles is always stunning, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. You don’t believe it’s real till you’re there… it’s like a climax, from the little streets that surround it (full of wonderful shops, chocolate and french fries) to the moment when your eyes literally open themselves widely trying to reach every corner of this incredible artistic jewel.

Every year, in the middle of the square “blooms” a huge flower carpet. Hundreds of incredibly talented flower artisans and artists work to create something that’s absolutely magical and enchanting, day and night.

Here some examples.

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