Albisano del Garda

100_3220 “What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?” Michelangelo  ” I live and love in God’s peculiar light.” Michelangelo

“Every beauty which is seen here by persons of perception resembles more than anything else that celestial source from which we all are come.” Michelangelo

“It is necessary to keep one’s compass in one’s eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.” Michelangelo

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”
Michelangelo

Desenzano del Garda

100_3586This is the second post regarding Desenzano, a beautiful town from Lombardy (Italy), one of many interesting places which borders Garda Lake (Lago di Garda). Here is the link for the first post: https://atlastracer.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/masion-of-desenzano-veneto-italy/

If you ever have time to visit Italy make it to the North, you have plenty to do ( Florence, Venice, Verona, Milano, Padova). These are the big cities but there are many outstanding places to be visited like ( Sirmione, Desenzano, Mantua, Peschiera, Albisano etc.)

I said time, because for visiting visit Italy we need more than one opportunity. Yes, we can visit Venice in one day, second day make Florence so on… but it isn’t right. We all will be dizzy, too much to cover, enough for what we have seen and at the end too tired to remember the details. The moral of the story is: if you get retired or fired make it to Italy, but don’t wait too long, life is short. 🙂

Preserving autumn’s beauty

100_5979First of all, I promise you, this will be my last blog regarding to fall, I’ll take care of  the winter. 🙂

Then here I go with my „photo session” from today (it looks like someone has a lot of time).

100_5974In order to avoid breaking one of my last fall leaves, I had a look in my Big E travel’s bag and I’ve found some tips how to preserve the autumn’s colors.

“To preserve branches for use in bouquets, split the stems at the base. Cover branches with a solution of two parts water and one part glycerine to a depth of 2-4”. Keep in a cool, well-ventilated place until there is a very slight change in the leaf color. Then remove and hang upside-down until dry.

To preserve leaves, gather them while they are supple. Press between thick layers of blotter paper or absorbent cardboard (do not overlap leaves). Place a stack of these layers between two heavy, flat boards or books and bind tightly with cords or straps. Store the leaves in a warm, dry place for about ten days, checking them often and tightening the straps as necessary. Display your leaves under plastic un a photo album, or seal them between layers of clear contact paper or wax paper.”

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Of course I shall also have my annual ride through a State Forest to take some „fresh” pictures and pick some autumnal colors conserving them or make a new arrangement.

“Life begins at 40’s”

Roots Calling

Roots Calling

Tell us an American saying. I never heard it in my country. So I asked what do you mean by that? They say at your 40’s you have got enough money and brain to enjoy life. Well, so many countries, so many customs. The average American people are robots, never free, always busy. Two-three part-time jobs, many kids and of course more bills to be paid. I’m not criticize nor appreciate. I’m just a stranger. A French friend told me, „you must adapt if you want to live there”. I’m gonna choose to skip it, isn’t all about adaptation or changing some beliefs, it’s about how you live your life even we aren’t in charge. Live it with fullness and verve but always aware that anything can happen in a second.

Here I am on my new fresh 38’s having two more years to make some money and gain some gray material. Now I’m just being sarcastic, I live my years at the most. Another saying goes like that: the more we study, the more we know. The more we know, the more we forget. The more we forget, the less we know. The less we know, the less we forget. The less we forget, the more we know. So why study? (Happy face!) Or as Cato tell us: „Wise men learn from fools than fools from wise men.”

Each every country looks more appetizing than ours because we are just the watchers, the quizzers or the tourists. Take my word on that. I was in London as a tourist for two weeks on Christmas time and New Year’s Eve (2009-2010). I had the great time of my life, it was a feria, a celebration for me being in Hugh Grant’s country. I simply loved that time. Back again in London for a job, on December 31st, 2012, I locked myself in the house, first time when I urged to be alone on a New Year’s Eve. Just and not only, the ride going back and forth for my job stole me two precious hours from my day. Yeah, you may say : Why you didn’t use that time to read something? Seriously? That isn’t what I call reading. Anyway, being a tourist rocks, being an alien in the same city, stinks. I’d rather have less money and a 10 minutes ride to my office than being a Londoner.

Back to America story, being here in 2011 as tourist, first time visiting my brother’s family. Yes, it rocked again. Trying out to make a living here, well…not easy at all. Someone would say: you aren’t motivated enough. Really? Easier said than done. I’ve been spending the last three years between two continents where in each every one I have a home, an opened door, a family. What other reason do I need to be plenty motivated? My niece who is 7 years old asks me: „When you come back?’’ She also says „ Doesn’t matter when you come, just come.” I was speechless.

Among this vast and various ocean of busy people I managed to find the nicest couple in the world. They have been together for the last 63 years. Huh! I can’t imagine me in the same situation, neither I shall live 101 years or hanging on so much… To make the story short, they are my closest friends here, she is the kindest person I know and he is the funniest man alive. Mr. Len always knows to make our day. I said once, I’m done, it’s time to choose, I’m going back in Romania, make a selection and hocus-pocus, a new baby is born. He replied: „ Well, I can’t promise you but I can try, you bring the instructions, I don’t remember how to cuddle.” LOL and OMG! Thank you, Betty and Len! I simply love you.

Forgetting about the future, I’m going back…

Native colors

Autumn on Oituz Autumn in Romania is very dissimilar from Carpathian Mountains to Romanian plain to Transylvanian Plateau to Danube Delta. These picture are taken on different trips. I would love to have my CDs here but I haven’t and I hope to give you the idea how fall looks in my country. So let’s be birds for few seconds and follow Miss Eliot who never thought we can travel by technical waves. “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Albert Camus

Autumnal Veneto

Inspiring by a wordpress mate, who says “the colours of autumn are really magnificent in Germany as well” I’m sharing some old pictures (2011) of an Italian autumn. They are taken in Prada, a town situated on the slopes of Monte Baldo (Veneto, Italy). Autumn here looks different, less red more gray and reddish blue. The colors aren’t so vivid as New England’s Fall, they are just different but some how brilliant.

Foliaged

100_5967This is a time of change, when each day is colored anew. I can’t wait! The changing colors of autumn is the signal that trees are getting ready for winter. In fall, because the daylight is shorter and the temperatures are cooler, the green leaves which we used to see during spring and summer, stop making food and the green disappears, a new mixed of tones come along. The degree of color varies from tree to tree and sometimes we can see a „flag” of colors.
They say only two places in the world have this brilliant foliage – New England and a part of Japan. I must say, indeed for New England, I have never been in Japan.

„My” fall from 2012 in New England.

Lenox of Berkshire County

A small, dearest town. I simply love this place. Few square miles but very well-organized. It’s not all about architecture, as we can see in Italy or Europe, Lenox has a particular aroma. Almost each every house has something going on… a store, a library, a restaurant, a coffee shop, an inn or an art gallery. Not to mention Tanglewood, which every single summer is the host of a million tourists, or Shakespeare Company.

What happens at Tanglewood? You simply take your blanket or the outdoor chairs, the picnic basket, the wine glasses and for a couple of hours, you can really enjoy a quality time under the stars accompanied by the Boston Symphony Orchestra by itself or with one of its guests. Believe me, that feeling cannot be compared with the atmosphere of a regular concert (be it Depeche Mode or Madonna) and you don’t have to be a fan of Boston Orchestra, to be amazed and to enjoy classical, pisular and jazz performance.

Shakespeare & Company offers a fun-filled year-round schedule with fresh, exciting takes on Shakespeare, trilling contemporary plays and new works. King Lear, The Tempest, etc, plus special events, beautiful meadows and picnic area.
Jack’s Pillow Dance Festival is not far from Lenox. You can learn some steps from an african dance, tango or other style. You can watch a great performance, you can visit some galleries of art, exercise along with kids or simply can make the tour of the historic ground.

In fact, all the area of has a lot to offer, be it spring, summer or winter. Most of all, autumn in the Berkshires, as in all New London, is unique.