Hiking the border path between Toscane and Modena in the Orecchiella mountains, above the Garfagnana.
Al mio cantuccio, donde non sento
se non le reste brusir del grano....
This is my corner, from where I can hear even the brushing of the wheat...
Canti di Castelvecchio no 41
Giovanni Pascoli (1855-1912)
Chair in Barga beneath the cathedral campanile (bell tower) with a grand view of the Alpi Apuae, painted with lines from the one of the poet’s Songs of Castelvecchio, the town nearby in the Serchio valley below where he spent many happy years. I’ve quoted just the first line of the poem “L’ora di Barga”.
Col de Manse (1268 m.)
Forte Albertino - Forte di Vinadio
Crossing the Alps by a route from Corps on the Route Napoléon to Cuneo in Piemonte and on to Toscana is now a journey without frontiers but it wasn’t always so.
Melt water time hike to see the glaciers and waterfalls in the Valgaudemar valley in the Écrins.
Snow on the peaks of the Écrins and Dévoluy, view from Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de la Salette (1769 m.)
Breakfast in the Écrins, lunch with the Alps, tea in the Vercors and dinner in Marseille.
First light on the Obiou (2790 m.) in the Dévoluy massif.
Two fine Austrian white wines: Zierfandler 2015 trocken, Winzergenossenschaft Gumpoldskirchen with Grüner Veltliner 2017, Domaine Huber, Traisental. Comparing a forward-thinking bottle of Zierfandler from Gumpoldskirchen with a classic Grüner Veltliner from Traisental.
Photos from the location shoot for the London Weekend Television drama “Wish Me Luck” in September and October 1988.
The medium of abstract dance communicates emotions and ideas but without words, along with the grace and power of the human body working to its maximum. There’s a parallel with idea-based art: as a non-verbal language, dance has the capacity to communicate with us directly at a lower level than our verbal skills. It sometimes takes time for the full realisation to sink in, and the language of dance is the more powerful and direct because of this.