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LUCCA, ITALY: Walking around two thousand years of history

Every year, on the evening of 12 July, the “Palio della Balestra” dispute between competitors within the “terzieri” citizens, according to a regulation that dates back to 1443. During the month of September, under the walls of the city, there is the “Medieval Fair of Holy Cross “where you can see schools of artisans, musicians and jugglers. Every year, between …

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LEAVE BEHIND YOUR FEARS: How? I’ll wait in Bergen, Norway, on the 9th of May.

Hello. Although for me this is a third Norwegian experience, I do not deny being excited, once again, at the thought of touching the sky, the sea and the earth, on board a ferry postal Norwegian. You ask me how is this possible, and my answer is in the casket of my memories and of my photographs. You and I …

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ITALY, SANSEPOLCRO: Start an experience, moving away from one another

Come back to life after death. Waking after sleep. Start an experience, away from another. This is the reason why you’re with me today within the walls of an ancient small town in Central Italy. We are in Sansepolcro, a magical place where a painter has succeeded in his aim, to make come back to life for all human beings …

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TASTES OF ANDALUCIA: Tour de tapas in Seville, but always after eight in the evening

This afternoon, we saw along the Bullfight in Seville, and I hope you have enjoyed the warmth of the sun and that of the crowd, but I would leave to you the flavors of Seville. My idea is to meet this evening at 1 Calle Mateos Gago. At what time? I suggest thoroughly after eight in the evening, according to …

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ITALY, TUSCANY HILLS: Gregorian Chants, including legendary places and timeless emotions

Welcome to our “Travel Bench.” For this weekend, I would like to accompany you in the rolling hills of Central Tuscany, but not to make you drink good wine of Montepulciano, and even to see the Palio of Siena. My desire – but it is independent of any religious belief – is to help you along an ancient path, that …

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GRANADA, THE ALHAMBRA: THE WONDER IN YOUR EYES

No, waiting for us in this city there will be no Federico Garcia Lorca, and even Eugenia de Montijo, although the memory of the Spanish poet and the one of the last empress of France, still lives inside the Alhambra and the Generalife, in Albacin and in the cathedral church of this city so mysterious and fascinating. It’s true, we …

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SEVILLE: THE HONOR OF THE TAIL, A SQUARE OF BULLS

Our meeting in Seville on April 20. We will meet in the Plaza de Toros, a few minutes before 18:30, the time at which the bullfight begins, one that I will see for the third time in my life. In the other two occasions (in Mexico City and Seville), I was with some friends, watching along with them a magic …

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JAREZ, BAR ARCO DE SANTIAGO: WHERE THE FLAMENCO VIBRA IN YOUR SKIN

Hello, thank you for having accepted my invitation. The history of flamenco is Andalusia. To know this dance, today I have shown you Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, but in this magical evening, you’re my guest at the “Bar Arc de Santiago”, where we expect a show from the atmosphere full of intensity. Remember, we are at number 3 Calle …

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JEREZ, THE INVISIBLE FRONTIER

Jerez de la Frontera, one spring morning, two glass of wine on our table, the taste of the Atlantic Ocean and the scent of Andalusia. Thank you for being with me in this region of Spain. The winter, as always happens was humid and temperate, but we can expect a hot and dry summer, and that is why I have …

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WATERLOO: A DREAM, LIGHT STILL NOT DISSOLVED

Welcome to Waterloo. As you see, it is a Belgian city of Wallonia. His fame is linked to an ancient battle between Napoleon Bonaparte and the seventh European coalition, which met once more against him. That bloody event took place June 18, 1815, and marked the final defeat of the imperial dream of the French general that the British called …

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