4 days in london

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Yes: London again! I was so happy the few days I spent there and I also got the luck to catch the last incredibly hot and sunny days of the english summer

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I stayed at a wonderfully located friend’s apartment, just above a nice and busy street food market

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finally got to eat a proper english breakfast

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spent a lot of time looking at the legs of the Greylag gooses of St.James Park… they look amazing!!!! Something in between an alien thing and a slice of ham

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wandered around the Victoria Station area, which is quickly changing and now looks like a gigantic construction site

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and strolled down the canal from Little Venice to Notting Hill…

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London_King’s Cross Station / S.Road / Victoria / St.James Park / Paddington Branch Canal / Portobello Road with the illustrations by Fiona Hawthorne

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carnia corners

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A few corners of some small quiet villages between the mountains of Carnia.

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It is not the first time I visit these villages in the summer as I’m in love with their simplicity and vintage feel: you may have already seen a few pictures I posted here and here (actually I just realized I already photographed and posted the picture of the same board here above!)

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What I most love about Carnia is its rustic vibe: almost no hotels around in its tiny villages, but I discovered that you can book your staying in a proper local home through the Albergo Diffuso (Scattered Hotel)

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Comeglians / Maranzanis / Povolaro_Carnia

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five random holidays notes

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  • Incredibly few mushrooms around. People that know something about them say that a prolific year is followed by a poor one: ever heard about that? Anyway you don’t get wrong if you trust the old popular knowledge. I think it is the first time I didn’t spotted even a single Amanita muscaria, but I’m happy to have eaten at least a few chanterelles.

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  • This must be the year of the snail: I saw lots of snails and shells in every place I visited. Apparently they’re not only in the mountains: they’ve been happily eating plants on a few family and friends balconies and I saw the cauliflowers of the urban vegetable gardens in Paris all eaten up :) Some snails expert between you that can bring some explanations?

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  • Curious to see as lactose-free cheeses and vegetal milks are now everywhere, even in places where milk is one of the most common traditional foods as in the mountain regions of Austria. Even gluten-free products and rice cakes are available in even the tiniest village supermarket.

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  • Ants are impossible to photograph! All the close-up pictures I attempted are blurred as they move too fast! Any tips? I also still wonder if they do sleep at night…

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  • It always amazes me to see how many things are going on at the same time on just a few inches of grass.

Padola / Danta

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old mountain souvenirs

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This was the house were I spent so many summers as a child.

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A few things have changed now, but there are so many corners in this village that are becoming ruins of a bygone era…

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And what about snails? I think this must be an incredibly special year for them because on my mountain trip I saw lots of snails everywhere!

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Laggio di Cadore

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hello there

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It is almost a week since I came back from the mountains: as I imagined no wi-fi connections around (and I must admit I didn’t miss it at all: holidays must be holidays after all!)

A few posts with the mountain tag are coming soon: I still have to arrange some pictures as the coming back was a little busy…

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…and me a bit lazy.

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And what about you? Are you back from holidays? …or maybe you have to leave yet?

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lazy and hot

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It is now official: after the longest winter ever, hot summer has arrived even in Paris (temperatures are expected to reach 30° and more throughout this week).

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