Tuesday’s A to Z challenge: “A” – tagged “A”

Ok I know, is not Tuesday… I’m late, again! But still… I couldn’t resist to respond to this photo challenge: Tuesday’s A to Z challenge!

Here’s my “A” tagged…

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“Assisi – Abbazia di San Francesco” picture taken by me in Assisi (Italy) – May 2012

Assisi is a very small town in Umbria region, very close to Tuscany. Assisi was also the birthplace both of Saint Francis, who founded the religious order of Franciscan in the town in early 1200 and Saint Clare who is the founder of the Order of Poor Clare. Assisi is a really beautiful example of small ancient town in Italy…  the ones where you breath as the time has almost stopped to medieval times or Renaissance!

 

 

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Travel theme: Possibility

This post is in response to Travel theme: Possibility  on Where’s my backpack? blog. I suggest you to check it out, it’s really interesting! 

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“Possibility of a new begin” picture taken by me during my flight to New Zealand – April 2013 – see also this post.

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“Possibility of a new route” picture accidentally taken by me during one of my many walk – here I was in New Zealand – April 2013 

One step ahead the other and you can walk through miles… every new route has to begin with just one step and every new happening is a new possibility! Who knows what’s next?!

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“Possibility of a new beginning” picture taken by me just arrived in Fox Glacier (Te Moeka)  Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of South Island – New Zealand – April 2013

Every end is a new beginning and in every beginning, there tons of possibility inside!

And now the funny part…

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“Longer life possibility sign” picture taken by me in the Spa Thermal Park – bike track – Taupo (New Zealand) – April 29th, 2013

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“bike through for that possibility!” that’s the tunnel I have to bike through… picture taken by me in the Spa Thermal Park – bike track – Taupo – New Zealand  April 29th, 2013 

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“possibility catched!” that’s me after the tunnel 🙂 selfpicture in the Spa Thermal Park – bike track – Taupo – New Zealand  April 29th, 2013 

 

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”  ― Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

Chapter one

“Beginning a new life” picture taken by me during my flight to New Zealand – April 2013

 

I took this picture during my flight to New Zealand. I bought “Shantaram” few weeks before the flight, some friends spoken me about this book and I was so curios to read it that I almost couldn’t resist. But I was determined to read it during my journey, so I finally started the book during my flight from Rome to Auckland…. I did had time ahead! But truth is… I’ve never read that much about it, and not because I didn’t like it, but just because I was so excited and focused on the present moment that I didn’t wanted to be taken away from it. So I leave the book in my backpack and I lived the moment, every moment, just focusing on what I felt, perceived and experienced.
Finally doing this trip, has been the achievement of bigger dream of my life. I did it after a very hard period of my life, full of changes, difficulties and a questioning deeply myself. This was my first solo travel and definitely a milestone in my personal growth and new life beginning.
So finally… that journey was the exact moment when my real life began!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Metallic

This post is in response to the A Word A Week Photo Challenge: METALLIC post by the blog A WORD IN YOUR EAR

Here is my share…

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“Petronas Twin Towers” Picture taken by me in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) – September  2007

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Sphere Within Sphere” bronze sculpture by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro picture taken by me in Rome – Italy – March 2013 

Travel theme: The Four Elements

This post is in response to Travel theme: The Four Elements on Where’s my backpack? blog. Really interesting post and challenge, I suggest you to check it out!

During ages scientists, philosophers and so on, have settled theories and believes on the four classical elements, some are really close to each other some really out from the pack. Let’s take the classical concept for the four elements, which may be originate from the Babylonian mythology “the Enûma Eliš, a text written between the 18th and 16th centuries BC, describes five personified cosmic elements: the sea, earth, sky, fire, and wind.” (cit. font: Classical element Wikipedia)

So here are my shots… Enjoy 😉

Earth:

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“Orange earth” picture taken by me in Koh Phangan (Thailand) – June 2009

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“Earth and its habitants” picture taken by me in Palenque Archaeological Ruins – Palenque – (Chiapas – Mexico) in June 2006

DSCN0628 “Autum’s Earth” picture taken by me near by Whangarei – North Island – New Zealand – April 2013

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“Sweet and hilly Earth” picture taken by me near by Hobbiton – Matamata  North Island – New Zealand – April 2013

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“Paradise on Earth” picture taken by me of Aoraki-Mount Cook seen from Hooker Valley   South Island – New Zealand – April 2013

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“Paradise on Earth” picture taken by me in the Aoraki-Mount Cook Alpine National Park – Hooker Valley   South Island – New Zealand – April 2013 

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“tough Earth” picture taken by me in the Tongariro National Park – Tongariro Alpine Crossing  North Island – New Zealand – April 2013

Air:

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“Dancing in the wind” picture taken by me on the ferry to Elba Island (Italy) in August 2006

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“In the air” picture taken by me flying to Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in June 2009

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“Flags in the wind” picture taken by me in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) in June 2009

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“Hot air” picture taken by me of the Lady Knox Geyser in Waiotapu area of the Taupo Volcanic Zone  North Island – New Zealand – April 2013

Fire:

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“Holy fire” picture taken by me in some church (cannot remember the name!) in Barcelona (Spain) – October 2005

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“Romantic fire” Picture taken by me in some restaurant in Florence (Italy) during a romantic dinner – summer 2005

And finally my favourite… 

Water:

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“rich Water” picture taken by me in the Tongariro National Park – Tongariro Alpine Crossing  North Island – New Zealand – April 2013

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“boiling Water” picture taken by me in Waiotapu area of the Taupo Volcanic Zone  North Island – New Zealand – April 2013

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“Falling water” picture taken by me in The Cataratas de Agua Azul (Spanish for “Blue-water Falls”) – Chiapas (Mexico) – June 2006 

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“beautiful Thailand water” picture taken by me in Koh Tao – Thailand – June 2009

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“My personal water paradise” picture taken by me in Taupo (New Zealand) – April 29th, 2013

And this additional one is one of my personal favourite picture, which I have already uploaded on this challenge’s post. Enjoy 😉

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 “The unbelievable color of the water in Isla Mujeres” (Yucatan – Mexico) picture taken by me – June 2006  

Travel theme: Beaches

This post is in response to Ailsa’s Travel theme: Beaches on Where’s my backpack? blog. Enjoy… 😉

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“huge blinding white beach” Playa Paraiso – Tulum – Mexico – Picture taken by me June 2006 

10-06-2006-15-21-24 031“sunset on the beach” Isla Holbox- Mexico – Picture taken by me June 2006 

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“fishermans on the beach” Majahual – Mexico – Picture taken by me June 2006 

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“ancient stones beach” nearby Mayan ruins – Tulum – Mexico – Picture taken by me June 2006

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“Artistic tiny cold beach” London (UK) – Picture taken by me in January 2007

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“playground beach” Langkawi Island (Malaysia) – Picture taken by me September 2007

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“soccer field beach” Langkawi Island (Malaysia) – Picture taken by me September 2007

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 “silver light beach” Maremma – Tuscany (Italy) – Picture taken by me during summer 2005

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“enjoy the beach!” picture taken by me Barcelona (Spain) – during a nice warm October 2005

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“bicycle path beach” picture of me in Isla Holbox- Mexico June 2006 

DSCN3366“the blinding white tiny perfect beach” Picture taken by me in Rawa Island – Malaysia – September 2007

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“my paradise beach” Picture taken by me – Malaysia – September 2007

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“perfection’s view beach” picture taken by me in Koh Phi Phi Don – Thailand – June 2009

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 “The beach: inside the perfection” picture taken by me in Koh Phi Phi Leh – Ao Maya (Maya Bay) – Thailand – June 2009

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“treasures on the beach” picture taken by me somewhere in Koh Phangan – Thailand – June 2009

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“low tide beach” picture taken by me somewhere in Koh Tao – Thailand – June 2009
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“beautiful Thailand beaches” picture taken by me in Koh Tao – Thailand – June 2009

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“caraibian beaches” picture taken by me in Santo Domingo – June 2010

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 “Indonesian beaches” picture taken by me in Togean’s and Gili’s Islands – Indonesia – September 2011

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“hot water beach” picture taken by me in Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand – April 2013DSCN1172“Cathedral Cove’s beach” picture taken by me in Coromandel Peninsula – New Zealand – April 2013