Monthly Archives: January 2013

CARS & CHAMPAGNE

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Hills filled with concrete architecture that is far from "now". Narrow streets with steep inclines. I never travelled a complete country in one afternoon, …by feet that is. The silence, the wealth. Somehow so passe that it starts be cool again, like the tiles in your grandparents bathrooms many decades ago. Monaco, you can repaint it, but it will never be as fresh again. On the other hand, the mellow breeze and the warm champagne light that bounces of the facades feel really good this time of year. Magic hour at the Mediterranean Sea.

-Matt.


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ORGOSOLO

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A first stroke of paint on a brick wall in the middle of the night. An abstract image, a few words. What started with a silent political protest has run out of control. Decades later this little village that could have been named after a kind of pasta is filled with expressive murals.

After seeing most of the more than 170 paintings with different themes ranging between local government, Silvio, global issues and Obama. Zeitgeist. we get the impression that Picasso might still be alive. Cubism. On out way into the village we stopped at an abandoned monastery. Buzzing bee hives and a rather sinister atmosphere. Sardinia is not Italy. Orgosolo, a heavy local place with its own inspiring story. A must visit if you are around in the area!

-Matt.


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SARDINIA

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A hot summer on Sardinia. The right place to slow down for a couple of weeks. After the first kilometers I am convinced, this is a landscape to drive! Curved mountain roads, flowing hills and a lot of flowers. Go visit! First impressions, with a lot of endangered species, the Panda and an icon without a spoiler.

-Matt.

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