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Po river /2

Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017

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The middle of the summer

It is summer. Night time. The air is humid. It is warm. I cycle downtown. I try not to hurry too much, but I am a bit nervous. I turn left in Via Mercatello. I see the lights on at the bar at the cornet. I recognise some of the people who stand on the sidewalk in front with a glass in their hands. I reach the end of the road, turn tight and see the back of the cathedral. I get to the main square and slow down but do not stop. I make large loop on the cobblestones of the piazza. Then another one. I stop in front of the Bertazzola. One feet on the ground. the other on the pedal. I see people standing outside the bar under the arches of the municipality. Young couples sit on the steps of the Cathedral not far from me. They whisper to each other. I feel the heat of the day which was trapped in the stones of the piazza and is now freeing itself. This is the middle of the summer.

Portal early 12th century, Cremona 2018

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Piazza del Duomo, Cremona

Originally built in Romanesque style, the cathedral has been restored and extended several times, with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. Construction began in 1107, but the works were damaged and halted after an earthquake in 1117. Construction resumed in 1129, and the building was probably finished in 1160-1170. The main altar, dedicated to the city’s patron saints Archelaus and Himerius, was consecrated in 1196.Façade

The current façade was probably built in the 13th and the early 14th century. In the same period the arms of the transept were also added: the northern in 1288 and the southern in 1348 (Wikipedia)

Piazza del Duomo, Cremona 2018

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Bertazzola

I am catching up with posting at-least-one-photo-a-day. I stopped on 21/3, the first day of spring. I worked long days and if you add that to the turbulence of the unprecedented I did not have the headspace to keep going with posting the photos I wanted to post. I am catching up this weekend. Some more photos from Cremona. The one you see if of the Bertazzola, the short loggia that connect the Torrazzo bell tower with the main body of the cathedral. It was built at the beginning of XVI century. The architect is Lorenzo de Trotti.

Bertazzola ca. 1500, Cremoan 2018

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Evening market /2

I wander in these busy streets and ask myself where do the shop owners will put all the things they have hanging outside their shops. Is there enough space inside to put everything they display outside? I enjoy these buzzing streets. I watch people negotiating prices. Shop owners counting their revenue for the day on calculators. People stopping to chat or arguing about the quality of some fabric. It’s all very lively.

Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019

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Man in white

It is getting late. The sun has set and the sky is turning quickly to dark blue. Soon it will be night. The street lights are not yet on. The shops are small. One next to each other. Few steps up from the road where cars, motorbikes, bicycles go to and from. The man in white was going to pick up his wrist watch. He had left it for repair a day or two before. During those couple of days he was constantly checking with his right hand the left wrist as if all of a sudden realised he had lost the watch his father gave me many years before. So, he was in a hurry to pick it up and feel again the familiar reassurance that old watch gave him.

Man in white, Tikapur 2019

Street corners

It was a very hot day in the southern Terai. We were few kilometres from the Indian border. We had left the hills behind us and reached the flat area and the temperature had gone up considerably. It was dry season and the main color my eyes could see was the light, dry, brown of the barren fields. The weather has become more erratic over the last few years, they told up at the meeting in Tikapur. Dry and wet seasons have changed in their intensity and duration. This makes life very difficult for farmers.

Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019

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Seeds and legumes shop in the Terai

Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019
Tikapur, Nepal 2019

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Classic cross-country in Lapland

 I have grouped the photos from Lapland in a gallery which you can find also here

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Candle lights

“The street looks really nice with all these candle lights”, I said.
“The atmosphere suddenly changed as soon as the sun set”, she said. “Just before sunset there were all these people walking quickly towards Boudhanath, to start walking around it and recite their prayers. They all see a bit in a rush. Now that is dark, they are quietly walking in the narrow streets near the pagoda where they stop to light these candles.”

Kathmandu 2019
Kathmandu 2019
Kathmandu 2019
Kathmandu 2019

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Boudhanath /2

“By prostrating before a stupa, we turn our face away from our egos and toward our enlightened nature. By circumambulating—walking around the stupa in a clockwise fashion and reciting prayers—we keep the image of enlightenment at the center of our attention.”

Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019

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Boudhanath /1

Boudhanath is a stupa in Kathmandu. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal.

The Boudha Stupa dominates the skyline; it is one of the largest stupas in the world. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner, passes by Boudha Stupa to the ancient and smaller stupa of  Charumati Stupa (often called “Little Boudhanath”). It then turns directly south, heading over the Bagmati River to Lalitpur – thus bypassing the main city of Kathmandu (which was a later foundation). Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Boudhanath. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha (Wikipedia).

Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019
Boudhanath, Kathmandu 2019

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And now Kathmandu

I was back in Kathmandu last April. I had not been back for many years. I lived there of a year in 1999-2000 when I started working in international development in food-for-work project funded by the German agency for international cooperation (GTZ at that time). This is why Nepal and Kathmandu are special places for me. The first night I was back, I went for a walk to Thamel to take some street photos. I stayed in Nepal for three weeks for work and will post over the next week or so some of the images I took.

Street vendor, Kathmandu 2019
Corner shop, Kathmandu 2019
Street life, Kathmandu 2019
Thank you, Kathmandu 2019
Shop, Kathmandu 2019

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