Masters at work. Come watch them with us!
Monthly Archives: January 2016
Buon Compleanno Gigi
Venetian Truck Driving Skills
Via our foodie friends at Venice Bites:
That’s pretty cool–navigating a barge around those old, narrow canals and low hanging bridges. Everything you see in Venice’s quiet neighborhood shops and restaurants arrives in this manner; deliveries require these guys and their unique boat maneuvering skill sets.
I’ll bet none of these guys are getting rich, but none of them would give up what they do for a living either. One of the more unique jobs in the world.
You can see why Piemonte is one of our favorite regions, and it’s not just the great hospitality, amazing food, world class wines, bucolic vineyards, and undulating hills populated with quaint towns (need we say more?)…
Lagoon Sunset Views
I was kicking myself for not having lugged the tripod with me to Burano this day; I would have shot these with HDR for a more dramatic contrast with the Venice buildings, campanile, and rooflines that sit under this dramatic sunset. But in retrospect that’s a “happy accident”, as the slight silhouetting I think emphasizes the romantic, mysterious qualities of Venice at night and in the evening.
These were shot at f5.6, 1/800th, between 260mm and 300mm depending. Any time you can watch the sunset on Burano, you know it’s good to be alive.
Click ’em for the full size versions.
We agree with OG Venice: this is mesmerizing to watch. Even more so in person!
Please Buy Legit Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The short version: artisanal olive oil producers are getting squeezed by an unfair, corrupt market. Whenever you have the chance to buy from a specialty olive oil shop or reputable store, please do. We buy from The Olive Tap.
Euro Exchange Rate: No Time Like The Present
Thinking about an Italy excursion? This is as strong as we’ve seen the dollar in the last five years. Your dollars will go far toward that bottle of Barolo, that plate of risotto, that platter of antipasti, that assortment of cicchetti, and that hotel stay. Get there now!