Hi everyone! It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted any pictures on my website. I’ve actually been fairly busy with work and family business and therefore have lately opted for the faster more convenient way of sharing photos: Flickr (My portfolio on Flickr) ! Nevertheless, I’ve been telling myself that with all of these accumulated photos I now have a lot of material to share and I should spend more time posting on this website!
During the winter time in Montreal, I actually took lots of pictures of the Plateau Mont-Royal area and I was thinking I would start by posting these photos, but being in the summer time, who wants to see winter pictures! I’ll probably end up posting them next winter…
Therefore, I will be posting photos which I took during my trip to Anguillara and Rome in Italy. I actually had a wonderful opportunity to spend one week in Italy; more specifically in the context of a collaboration with a group at ENEA (National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development) just North of Rome. I spent five days in the small village of Anguillara, one of three cities around lake Bracciano, about 50 km North-West of Rome (Province of Rome, Lazio, central Italy). This very picturesque village, which according to Wikipedia was the filming location of two episodes of the American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, is partly built on a hillside, contains a beach as well as a medieval section. I actually stayed in the medieval section at the Domus Angularia B&B. The hosts Daniela and Antonio were extremely hospitable and waking up to the sound of swallows in the morning and eating focaccia bread with Nutella on a terrasse overlooking the lake was just a perfect means of starting the day on the right foot! Obviously, once my day of work was completed, I would walk around the old-parts of the city to explore and take as many pictures as I could. Here are just a few of them which I hope you enjoy!
Camera configuration: My trusted Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 Nikon lens or 50 mm f/1.8 Nikon lens.
First things first, I needed to get to Anguillara from Fiumicino airport by taking the train (1h30); here’s a shot taken at Roma Trastevere where I needed to transfer to take the train to Anguillara.
Once at the Anguillara train station, a colleague from ENEA picked me up by car to take me to the B&B. It was extremely windy and cloudy and I had flown overnight from Montreal, but I could not resist going out to shoot some photos. Here’s a nice one of Anguillara and Bracciano lake.
I was really lucky to be staying in the medieval section as this was most probably the most interesting place to shoot!
I was alone on this trip and seeing this couple going up the slopes in such a beautiful place made me wish my wife was with me to share these moments…
Many houses are clearly in need of repairs, but can you imagine a more picture friendly setting; the textures and the feeling of time is just priceless.
Textures of time
The whole area was obviously very quiet and serene; I just love this shot with clothes hanging in the wind…
Anyone whose into wooden doors, old walls, iron work, etc. would also have been in heaven…
Stuck in the past
Once on top of the hill, there is a church (Church dell’Assunta) which from the outside looked fairly ordinary, but once inside, and this is the case for most of the churches I saw in Italy (stay tuned for my pictures from Rome where churches are simply over the top), I could not help but be impressed! Notice how this Jesus has lost an arm…
One armed Jesus
Once back down at lake-level, I took this photo of the hillside; one can see the church dell’Assunta on top.
Faith and Fiat are only an H apart.
As I previously mentioned the weather was windy and you can see just how much on this picture; remember this is a lake and not the sea!
That’s all for now, I’ll try to keep my posts at a maximum of 15 photos. I’ll have many more of Anguillara to come as well as Rome in a few days; till next time!