For one of my first posts, I chose to introduce you to one of my favorite spots in Italy (and maybe in Europe – although I still have so many places to go, things to explore). Not to mention it is only one hour and a half away from Turin (80 km that is), by car, taking the highway towards Pinerolo and then following directions for Villar Perosa, Perosa Argentina, Villaretto, Mentoulles and finally Chambons. There, turn right towards Pra Catinat for a 10 minutes ride between the clouds.
So, without further ado, I introduce all hiking lovers and wild-at-heart nature fans among you to Puy and Pequerel, two wonderful and picturesque mountain villages (i.e. borgate) situated in Val Chisone, Piedmont, right at the center of Orsiera Rocciavrè Regional Park. Continue Reading
Everyone who knows me also knows about my undying love for Pearl Jam and their music, not to mention Eddie Vedder’s lyrics and voice. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that my first post of this section – and, why not?, the motto of my work here – is one of their most uplifting creations.
Taken from their 1998 Yieldalbum, and quite resembling Led Zeppelin’s Going to California (but hey! if there were no inspiration and influences in music there would be no music at all), Given to Fly remains a timeless work of art (of the rocking kind) and will put its stamp on generations to come, no doubt about it.
‘… he still gives his love, he just gives it away
The love he receives is the love that is saved
And sometimes is seen a strange spot in the sky
A human being that was given to fly’
“Those who wonder discover that this in itself is a wonder.” (M.C. Escher)
I know, I know, Milan is not Turin. Still, it is only one hour and a half away, either by car or by train. And it’s worth it.
One of Milan’s finest, also close to the Dome and to the Scala Theatre, Palazzo Reale houses these days an event dedicated to M.C. Escher and to his impossible realities, featuring more than 200 pieces of his woodart, lithographs, and mezzotints. Continue Reading