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Second walk (the Tuscany you don't see in workshops)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Alf, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    <p> A curious combination of lack of walkways, dangerous drivers, lack of time, vicinity of ancient towns and abundance of laziness means we almost never take a walk just near to home, ensuring we know our steps in Silom Road or Chodni Chowk much better than here. </p>

    <p>But this is going to change, as for the second time in only six years we go for a walk.</p>

    <p> </p>

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    <p>We enter a secure zone. A patrol is dispatched to intercept us, eventually find us harmless.</p>

    <p> </p>

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    <p> Just nearby, kinder people greet us with much curiosity.</p>

    <p> </p>

    <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfrjw/6916069762" target="_blank" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" title="">[img]https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5338/6916069762_f0e9f033ea_b.jpg" id="blogsy-1334007373360.105" class="aligncenter" alt="Little ones" width="640" height="640"></a></div>

    <p> Besides, the beautiful people commenting on the passing strangers.</p>

    <p> </p>

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    <p>The classic look westwards. It's almost full!</p>

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    <p> Meanwhile, we follow north entering heavy industry area. Probably the grass is the only thing in this picture not going to be exported in a short time.</p>

    <p> </p>

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    <p> A moment, before entering town to look for ice cream too early, all closed. I like the scene, though.</p>

    <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/alfrjw/6916082094" target="_blank" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;">[img]https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5316/6916082094_328af82206_b.jpg" id="blogsy-1334007373441.117" class="aligncenter" width="640" height="360" alt="Eastwards"></a></div>

    <p> So, south we go and back home, ready to get our ice cream when the time comes.</p>

    <p> </p>

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    <p> All with E-PL3 and Olympus 14-42mkII, snap seed edit</p>

    <p> </p>
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  2. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran

    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Beautiful reportage of a beautiful place! Thanks!
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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    I love going for walks! You should do it more often, you're getting some great photos from it :smile: love the view of the town, and the donkey is very cute:flowers_2:
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  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Alf, wow!!! I'd always thought you lived in the town, because most of the photos you've posed (if I remember correctly) are all in-town photos. Thanks for great photos and writeups --- again! I hope you get to walk around the house a little bit more! :)
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    I can't believe you hardly ever go for walks there! I'd be visiting those goats and that burro regularly! As for the goose patrols, I don't blame you for steering clear of them!:biggrin:

    I always enjoy your walks, wherever they are, Alf.
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  6. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Alf, wonderful series! Loved the narration and the images.
    Walking is good for you, you know ;)
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  7. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Thanks for posting these, Alf! Great to see a more rural view of Tuscany. :thumbup:
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  8. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

    Oct 11, 2010
    Northeastern Tuscany
    Thank you all! Technically speaking, we line in-town, it's just that the planning of this neighborhood is still in the 60s, when across the road some of the iconic Sottsass designs for PN were entering production and it was 60% fields, 40% workshops.
    Growth in narrow places brings people to live where there are roads, but no walkways and little to walk to apart from the garbage cans and the bus stop.. And the only straight road without speed bumps and lasers makes also the garbage visit a little adventure (though it also keeps away the people dealing in unapproved substances and services, as they need quiet corners to do their business).
    So we usually enjoy the ngorongoro scenery just out of our kitchen, and take our walks in town - ten minutes away.
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  9. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Love the rural setting. Great work as always.
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  10. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice indeed Alf. You should DEFINITELY go for walks more often, among the "folks". Great photos and told with the humor you always display!

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