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From solitude to NASA

From solitude to NASA

Santa Cruz, Argentina

Patagonia. That strip of ice and prairies, sweet-and-wild-spirited like every Argentinian heart. A land of frontier and legends, watching it from the sky you’d think it was created to separate two oceans…

Tenuta Borgia

Tenuta Borgia

Pantelleria, Italy

In May 2016, a meeting between souls alike took place in Tenuta Borgia, on the…

Elsewhere

Elsewhere

Playa Grande, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo is somewhere else. Much further away than the few hours it takes to reach it. Here, the jungle borders the asphalt and the young meet at the villages’ crossroads on their imported mopeds…

Himalayan Asphalt

Himalayan Asphalt

Ladakh, India

Almost a lunar landscape endlessly filling the eye: this is Ladakh. An unpredictably varying surface which is an open book of geology and one of the highest natural border with the sky in the whole world…

Athens

Athens

Athens, Greece

Athens’s flags wave endlessly in the hot wind. It is as if meltemi came here expressly to make these white and blue stripes dance above main doors and beside tourist restaurants’ signs. You will find them also in the shops that sell the last film rolls left, miniature Greek statues, and slippers with pompons. You will find them everywhere, and each time wonder: have they always been here…

Sifnos

Sifnos

Sifnos, Greece

Sea Jets Line’s ferryboat ‘Champion One’ moves cautiously out of the port after leaving a small crowd of tourists to Kamares sunset. Here are the first white houses with coloured windows and doors: blue, dull azure, pastel, turquoise, petroleum blue, aquamarine, and seldom yellow, olive green, or forest green. Bare hills streaked with low dry-stone walls, rusty and ochre shrubs, rare greens clinging to brown rocks, mopeds feebly winding uphill bends, vivid azure domes, spotless crosses, and pairs of bells protected by pairs of arches in the monasteries built on the edges of lands that end in the Aegean sea. From the windows of the car that takes us to Apollonia, Sifnos appears to be a merciful and illogical place. Definitely more powerful, more intriguing, more spartan and genuine than we had ever hoped to find…

FOREST FLAIR

FOREST FLAIR

Alaska, USA

You are in Girwood, a village surrounded by woods. During the winter months, this is a well-known skiing destination very popular with Anchorage young crowd. The wooden houses are empty, the trees are skinny, a deer wanders in the unfenced garden of a chalet and the ski lift is closed. It’s summer and no one seems to be around in this cool August evening outside the city, that in Alaska means in the woods…

JAPAN BLUES

JAPAN BLUES

Honshū - Shikoku - Kyūshū, Japan

«We Orientals tend to seek our satisfactions in whatever surroundings we happen to find ourselves, to content ourselves with things as they are; and so darkness causes us no discontent, we resign ourselves to it as inevitable. If light is scarce then light is scarce; we will immerse ourselves in the darkness and there discover its own particular beauty.» (Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, In praise of shadows, 1933)

IN ONE BREATH

IN ONE BREATH

MINI Adventure Trip 2015, Argentina

The crackling sound of the wheels on the dirt road to Antofagasta de la Sierra. The earth on our bonnet, onto which we wrote like kids, in the Valle de la luna. The wind whistling against our half-closed window on our way to Tolar Grande. The black volcano crust crumbling against ochre sand dunes. The colour shades of Andean rocks. Cactus flowers, wind-ruffled bushes, and every grazing llama. The pure white of Salar de Antofalla, and the pure blue over 4800 metres, which take your breath away. Gauchos riding on the edge of landscapes wider than one can imagine. Nature’s absolute beauty makes you reconsider the concept of beauty itself…

If you’re a hippie, come to Seldovia

If you’re a hippie, come to Seldovia

Alaska, USA

Seldovia is a wilder version of Halibut Cove. It sits on deep green and mysterious sparkling waters. You have to check the tide before you start walking toward Outside Beach. The old boardwalk is melancholic and peaceful. You’re surrounded by colourful wooden cabins (red, turquoise, blue) built on pilings over the slough and flowers, and can spot eagles and seagulls. Even on a rainy day, Seldovia is magical. In the morning, the paths in the forest are muddy with plenty of wild berries to pick. As you’re surrounded by deep green giant leaves and orange spotty mushrooms, you feel like Alice in Wonderland. Suzie and Jerry own the most beautiful cottage on the old boardwalk and rent it out to visitors…

HALIBUT COVE

HALIBUT COVE

Alaska, USA

Since 1966 this green varnished wooden fishing boat has been sailing on the sheltered icy light-blue water of the bay serving as passenger ferry to Halibut Cove. The captain pokes her head out of the small square window to make an announcement. She’s a young looking woman: blond, big eyes, wearing summer boat shoes. She has the smile and the look of someone who was born for these adventures at sea, like one of Wes Anderson’s characters. Welcome aboard the Danny J! Rain ponchos are available on board to protect you from water and rain. Here’s the Gull Island’s sea bird sanctuary, the dream of keen birdwatchers…

WELCOME TO HOMER, THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE

WELCOME TO HOMER, THE CITY WHERE PEOPLE LIKE TO LIVE

Alaska, USA

It’s summer in Homer, Alaska. You’re in your favourite American indie movie with people in jeans, flannel check shirts and rubber boots, holding cups of piping hot coffee. There’s nothing you would change, included that authentic hippie spirit that is in all Alaskan generations and that deeply inside you wished it run in your veins as well. At 5pm, ’90s car and pick-up trucks arrive on the Old Town’s beach and stop one next to the other to look at the sunset over the bay, like in a natural drive in. As Homer Split is illuminated by the last ray of light, it turns into a golden tongue jutting out into the bay, right to the very tip. It’s a campground perfectly integrated in the surrounding nature and deeply connected to water, sailing and fishing (The Fishing Lagoon is crowded with men and women with fishing rods and bags). You warm up around the campfire where they’re grilling fresh filleted fish, and enjoy the owner’s family and their friends company. Together, you wait for another day to end in the Kenai Peninsula…

2143 NAUTICAL MILES

2143 NAUTICAL MILES

Nome to Nome, AK, aboard Silver Discoverer

Another day starts in the Russian Far East. Lars is lying among tundra flowers, James collects pebbles from the beach, Sergey is fishing salmons, Chris points the telescope at a bear, Rapa clambers up the highest rock, Richard follows us with his 600 mm lens, Brad collects the leg of an arctic hare, Daniil swallows wild blueberries, Conrad keeps time, the Zodiacs are still on the shore, and the beautiful Silver Discoverer observes us all at a distance. 14th August, fourteenth day of navigation aboard Silver Discoverer. This is not a cruise…

Lisbon Story

Lisbon Story

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is: white churches, steep steps, chipped colourful tiles, tropical gardens and fruit, the smell of cream and cinnamon, terraces over the Tago, generous portions of bacalhau with onions and potatoes, delicate people, sunlight, small yellow trams, daring taxi drivers, the sound of bells, homemade lemonade and the smell of fresh laundry…

A special summer

A special summer

Gotland, Sweden

We were told we would have loved it. We were told of a simple stretch of coast behind the pine trees, gravel cycling paths, a happy hippy atmosphere and two restaurants, one sophisticated and one more relaxed. Now that we’ve been to Bungenäs, we can guarantee that you will be up for a special summer. An inspiring and eccentric place, a promontory where to eat with new friends, a beach with metal sun loungers to fall asleep under the trees, a name you will want to reveal only to those people you know will be able to appreciate its magic. To get here you walk through the woods, open a gate and carefully close it behind you, then keep walking along a path surrounded by oak trees, pine trees, hedges and bushes. The air smells of mountains and the light filters through the branches…

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