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Visiting Meteora in Greece, orthodox monasteries and incredible rock formations: our experience and advice

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Sunset in Kasongan, Indonesia: red explosion

Sunset in KasonganSunset in Kasongan

After the previous photo of the day, picturing the sunset in Paragritis beach, this is the show that the Indonesian sky reserved us today from the terrace of our house in Kasongan. It looks like the Indonesian sky is specialized in sunsets: we were just amazed at how red the sky was. The image is not artificially altered, the sky was seriously looking so red. I've seen many beautiful sunsets in my life but this was so immersive and colorful that it was unbelievable. Kasongan village is known for being the artistic center of Java with its ceramics workshops everywhere, but this time it was the sky to showcase the best piece of art possible.

Sunset in Parangritis beach

Sunset in Parangritis beach, taken from the garden of the "Queen of the South" HotelSunset in Parangritis beach, taken from the garden of the "Queen of the South" Hotel
Parangritis Beach is just 30 km south of Yogyakarta, a favourite escape for people from the city and Indonesian visitors alike. That's why during the weekends it gets really crowded with people covering every strip of sand. Getting to Parangritis beach is an experience itslef, even if you can't swim because of the tremendous currents, and you can't relax because of so many people and noise. It's like going to the farmer's market to have an overview of the local society and their habits, and enjoy watching at people and their interactions. In the photo the sunset taken from the garden of the "Queen of the South" Hotel.

Danube Delta in Romania

Danube Delta, RomaniaDanube Delta, Romania

This shot was taken in the Danube Delta in Romania three years ago. The Danube Delta is world famous for its ecosystem and it's a not to be missed place when visiting Romania. The villages of Sulina and Sfantu Gheorghe (Saint George), are the main destinations, reachable only by boat.

Peanut processing in Indonesia

Peanut processing in IndonesiaPeanut processing in Indonesia

Local workers in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) separating the peanuts from the plants, and directly selling to the public. Most of the people in the western world don't even know how a raw peanut is looking and tasting like, used to buy from the scaffodils of the supermarket. While it is a normal job here at this latitude, the scene looked unusual and interesting to our western eyes.

Progress vs Tradition in Indonesia

Traditional way of carrying things in IndonesiaTraditional way of carrying things in Indonesia

Indonesia is literally invaded by scooters and motorbikes, moving around in a dangeorus vortex of chaos and following no rule whatsoever. But it is still common to see on the side of the roads, farmers and local people trying to escape this dubious "progress" and using to carry goods, old bicycle loaded with big bamboo baskets filled to capacity.

Roof of the Golden Hall, Kraton, Yogyakarta

Roof of the Golden Hall inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton)Roof of the Golden Hall inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton)

As in many other countries in the world, Indonesia is no difference, and extremes of poverty and richness can be found one next to the other. The Travel photo of yesterday, picturing becak drivers resting, is contrasting with the luxurious details visible inside the Sultan Palace (Kraton) in Yogyakarta. The Golden hall, a traditional javanese wooden pavillon, reachly decorated, is standing out from the rest of the structures inside the Kraton.

Siesta time in Indonesia, becak drivers sleeping

Becak drivers sleeping next to Kraton palaceBecak drivers sleeping next to Kraton palace

In Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, it's still really common to spot bicycle rickshaws, locally known ad Becak. The drivers are usually very poor, some of them don't even have shoes, and they pass most of their day on the Becak itself. Clients are scarce and competition is high, so it's not unusual to see them resting under the hot indonesian sun, while waiting for the next client. Photo taken next to the Sultan Palace (Kraton) in Yogyakarta.

View of the ghost town of Mystras after a rainy day

View of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of MystrasView of the ghost town of Mystras

The ghost town of Mystras, abandoned almost 2 centuries ago, was an unexpected surprise during our trip in Greece. It's the main attraction of the city of Sparti, situated a few kilometers away. Mystras brings the scars of the Ottoman invasion it suffered in the past, and of time taking back this abandoned jewel.

Browsing photos in internet we were not sure if we wanted to visit it it or not, but after doing so, we can say that in reality it's much nicer and more interesting than it can be described by any image. It's much bigger than it looks, so it deserves several hours for a full visit!

Camping in a cave in Mani region, Greece

Davide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a caveDavide in front of the fire in a cave

We have been in Peloponnesos in Greece for the last for weeks, mostly camping since there aren't many residents in the area to look for hospitality. Many houses in the villages were actually abandoned. This picture of me taken by Oti, is well representing our last weeks on the road, with no electricity and internet to update our website. We were brought to this cave in Mani Region by a driver that picked us up while hitchhiking and was taking his dog to walk in the area in the morning. A very peaceful place directly on the beach and with sea view from the tent.

Parthenon at night, Athens

The Parthenon at night seen from Lycabettus HillThe Parthenon at night seen from Lycabettus Hill

One of the characteristics that stroke me the most in Athens, was its structure, being built over a valley that looks like an amphitheater looking at the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis hill, simulating a stage. So basically the possible point of views of the Parthenon are endless. But one of the best viewpoint to appreciate the panorama is definitely Lycabettus Hill. We went there right before sunset, so that we could enjoy the view with daylight, at sunset and at night. After the darkness covered Athens, and the Parthenon dressed his best dress of light, the view was quite dramatic. The Parthenon was standing colorful over the Acropolis, the only note of color, contrasting with the gray-blue tint of the city. To finish this metaphysics painting, the ships in front of Piraeus port, were standing still in the water, like fireflies in a summer night, but without movement.

Digital Nomads in the Greek island of Evia

The view from our Cottage in Evia IslandThe view from our Cottage in Evia Island

It has been almost 2 weeks now that we are housesitting in the Greek Island of Evia experimenting with our Digital Nomads lifestyle. While it is very close to Athens (45 km by bus and 45 min by ferry) it is a very remote location: we are on the south east of Evia Island (Also called Euboea) 30 min driving from the closest village. We are having a nice time here, even if we had some secondary problems, in particular with satellite internet that didn't work for 10 days, and only yesterday I was able to fix it after a long effort. During the day there is an amazing view of the surroundings, and at night the clear sky is welcoming us full of stars. At the same time it's sometimes a little bit spooky. Yesterday night the sky was eventually clear after a storm, but you could still see the frequent flashes lighting up the clear sky, probably lightnings far away; at the same time in the direction of the sea it was visible a strange light, what for me was a fisherman boat but for Oti an Ufo. Then at three at night some strange noise, something scratching our door and pushing trying to enter inside: it was just "Public" one of the dog we are taking care of here, but Oti got so scared, that my sleep was ruined for all the night. Now we are enjoying satellite internet that is eventually working and some rays of light passing through the sky, despite the air is still cold (We were expecting to swim on the sea being in the south of Greece in April, but we actually need to light the fire to warm up!). In a few hours we will go to play a little bit tennis in our "private" court. After all not a bad retreat for a digital nomad, isn't it?

Beautiful view of Kardzhali Reservoir, Bulgaria

 View over an oxbow in Kardzhali Reservoir - DamView over an oxbow in Kardzhali Reservoir - Dam

Four days ago we went hiking in the area of Kardzhali, in the south of Bulgaria, and we were really impressed with the views. We were looking in particular for a specific viewpoint of the Kardzhali Reservoir, an artificial lake constricted by two dams. About three years ago when I was in Sofia, I visited an open air photo exhibition of places to visit in Bulgaria. The captions were in Cyrillic, so I couldn't understand anything, but I took a photo of a picture showing an amazing oxbow, not knowing where was it. Three years later I found out it was in the area of Kardhzali, and then analyzing the satellite images I was able to find the exact spot. Despite the weather wasn't the best, it was a beautiful hike to reach the viewpoint, not only the oxbow was impressive, but we enjoyed many other views over the Kardzhali reservoir, strange rock formations, local villages and a suspended bridge over the water. In the end we succeeded with our treasure hunting and we sat on a rock for a couple of hours having lunch and enjoying the view.

Rainy day in Barcelona

Rainy day in BarcelonaRainy day in Barcelona

After visiting the Museum "La Virreina - Centre de la Imatge" in Barcelona, just a few steps from La Rambla, we had to wait under the portico for the rain to stop. The contrast between the darkness of the interior and the light outside diffused by the rain, while the people were waiting still, was quite sugestive and intense.

Night view from Piazzale Michelangelo of Florence Cathedral

Night view of Florence CathedralNight view of Florence Cathedral

Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore) is one of the main attraction of the Tuscan Capital. One of the best places to admire it is Piazzale Michelangelo, an open square sligthly elevated compared to the city center, from where to have an amazing view over Florence Cathedral and Brunelleschi dome. It's also the perfect place to enjoy the best sunset with the view of "Ponte Vecchio" and the water of Arno river turning red.

View of the Danube Delta in Romania

A view of the Danube Delta in RomaniaA view of the Danube Delta in Romania

This "idyllic" view was shot in the Danube Delta in Romania, exactly at the confluence between the second biggest european river and the Black Sea, in the surrounding of the village "Sfantu Gheorghe", one of the most popular destination in Danube Delta togheter with "Sulina".
The village was previously a fisherman hamlet, today reconverted to touristic destination. It gets very busy in particular in August, because of an indipendent movie festival called "Anonimul". Danube Delta is considered to be the third place in the world with the biggest biodiversity.

Magic house in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

House in Saintes-Maries-de-la-MerHouse in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

This is one of the private houses, probably an old fisherman house that we saw while hiking in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. It was just in front of the beach at the outskirt of the town, on a row of similar buildings. It looks like it's coming out of a magical movie or a fairy tale, a place where I would expect to meet Ernest Hemingway.

Reflections in Piazza San Marco, Venice

Reflections in Piazza San Marco, VeniceReflections in Piazza San Marco, Venice

Venice is beautiful and interesting in every weather condition. With sun you can enjoy the warmth from a cafe. When it' s rainy there are plenty of beautiful reflections in the ground. And even even when it's flooded it's a unique experience! And if you combine a wet weather with the sunset and lights starting to turn on, then it's just magic.

Colourful bazaar in Sarajevo

Bazaar in SarajevoBazaar in Sarajevo

In all the Muslim countries, the "Bazaar" is an institution and the center of commerce and social relations. The same is in Sarajevo, the most European of the Islamic capitals, where the local bazaar is filled with the traditional fabrics, souvenirs and colours.

Bicycles in the central square of Lucca, built in a Roman amphitheater

Bycicles in the central square of LuccaBycicles in the central square of Lucca

Lucca is a small city not far from Pisa and Florence, with a nice architectural inheritance from Renaissance and ancient time. The main square is result of the construction over the centuries on top of the original Roman Amphitheater. The three bicycles at the entrance of the square, stand to witness the cycling vocation of this Tuscan gem.

View of the village of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre

The village of Riomaggiore in Cinque TerreThe village of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is probably the area that we covered the most in our website. And Riomaggiore is one of the villages that we liked the most, because of the contrast between the rocks, its colorful houses and the water. In this photo the village is seen from another point of view, than my other "famous" shot of Riomaggiore. And it's also the first time I'm using a new software to create the High Dynamic Range Image: it's called SNS-HDR, it's not really known, but I'm really happy I stubled upon it!

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Where are we now: Indonesia

Sunset in Kasongan, Indonesia: red explosion

After the previous photo of the day, picturing the sunset in Paragritis beach, this is the sh ...

Sunset in Parangritis beach

Parangritis Beach is just 30 km south of Yogyakarta, a favourite escape for people from the cit ...

Danube Delta in Romania

This shot was taken in the Danube Delta in Romania three years ago. The Danube Delta is world ...

Peanut processing in Indonesia

Local workers in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) separating the peanuts from the plants, and directly ...

Progress vs Tradition in Indonesia

Indonesia is literally invaded by scooters and motorbikes, moving around in a dangeorus vorte ...

Roof of the Golden Hall, Kraton, Yogyakarta

As in many other countries in the world, Indonesia is no difference, and extremes of poverty ...

Siesta time in Indonesia, becak drivers sleeping

In Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, it's still really common to spot bicycle ricksha ...

View of the ghost town of Mystras after a rainy day

The ghost town of Mystras, abandoned almost 2 centuries ago, was an unexpected surprise durin ...

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