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ROBERT CAMPIN (1378/1444), FLEMISH PAINTER: The intensity of the realism of the master of the Flemish school

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LOCHINVER, A VILLAGE WITHOUT TIME: At North of Scotland, to get carried by the wild colors of its rocks and its waters

Hello, welcome to Thurso, a small town on the northern coast of Scotland. In this wide bay you can watch ferries for two island groups that are certainly worth a visit you. Today, however, I would like to talk to you some opportunities to hike, starting from Tongue – a lovely village – dominated by the ruins of the castle …

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WHEN THE MUSIC BECOMES POETRY: The song of lost love, by Fabrizio de André

THE SONG OF LOVE LOST   You remember blooming violets, with our words “we will not let us never, never and never.” I would tell you the same thing now, but as soon as they do, love, roses to wither. So for us, the love that pulls the hair is lost now, it just has a few listless caress and …

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ETERNITY: Poetry, by Arthur Rimbaud

ETERNITY       You found. What? Eternity. And the sea gone with the sun. Sentinel soul, murmur the confession of the night so nothing and the day of the fire. By human suffrage, municipalities leaps, there you will free flights and second. Because only you, embers of satin, the duty exhales no say finally. There is no hope, no …

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THE POETS DAMNED: If I were fire, poetry of Cecco Angiolieri

IF I WERE FIRE If I were fire, I would burn the world; if I were fire, I would storm. If I were water I would drown. If I were God, I would send it to the core. If I were pope, then I would be joyful, so that all Christians would like intrigue. If I were emperor, I would …

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HUGO VAN DER GOES (1430/1482), FLEMISH PAINTER: Landscapes and observational acuity, with the swirl of feelings, in a tormented soul

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THE TIMELESS BOOKS: Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

So begins Pride and Prejudice: it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. That it is what you can read inside a novel by Jane Austen’s, witty comedy of manners – one of the most popular novels of all time – that splendidly civilized sparring …

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CAGE FOR DEER: Poetry, by Wang Wei

CAGE FOR DEER       Empty mountains, I do not see anything human, but I sense the echo a secret language Bouncing shadows, deep in the woods: the turning lights green blue the moss at the top. (Wang Wei) http://www.amazon.it/muschio-rugiada-Antologia-poesia-giapponese/dp/8817171107 http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Chinese-Poetry-An-Anthology/dp/0374531900

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TRIP TO SCANDINAVIA: The tenth section, by Mo i Rana to Narvik

Ready for our tenth day in Scandinavia? Well, today a path undemanding – just 350 km – that will lead up to Narvik, the port (or rather, “the door”) to the islands of Lofoten and Vesteralen. Released from Mo i Rana, Rana travel along the great valley of meadows and forests of birch, but we will have to make a …

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LUIS DE MORALES (1509/1586), SPANISH PAINTER: Shades of Leonardo in religious themes

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