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Memories of Burano

The corona virus is spreading throughout the world. My thoughts goes to all the affected countries in these troubled times. The nation being worst hit in Europe at the moment is Italy. It will likely be a no-go zone for a long time, so I think back on the many good times I’ve had there.

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Movie locations around the world part 7

Welcome to part 7 of my quest for finding movie locations around the world! Featured: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Bourne Identity, Inferno, Moonraker, Way of the Dragon, A Room with a View, Talented Mr Ripley, The Tourist, Mission Impossible, Roman Holiday, Parts Unknown, No Reservations, Battleship Potemkin, XXX, Depeche Mode.

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Wonders of the Vatican

The Vatican City State is the smallest state in the world, confined by the bustling metropolis of Rome. We made our way to St. Peter’s Square where a large crowd had gathered surrounded by the imposing pillars. Exactly at noon…

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New Years Eve in Rome

It feels good to be back in the eternal city of Rome. The streets are more noisy and crowded than ever, but there are several Christmas markets still around to ease it up. Even though it’s a bit chilly, the sun is out and the scenery is spectacular.

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Looking for pizza in Naples

The city of Naples is famous for a lot of things, but the thing most people think of is pizza. The first ever Margherita is said to have been served at Brandi, Julia Roberts famously had pizza at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Eat Pray Love and Anthony Bourdain himself visited Pizzeria Pellone in 2011. So I had to check it out.

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Visiting the masters of Florence

In the movie A Room with a View, Helena Bonham-Carter gazes from her window at Hotel degli Orafi towards Ponte Vecchio. But I would say that this is a City with a View, since almost every corner could be featured on a painting.

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Views in Venice

“Aah, Venice”, as old Indiana Jones used to say. Just like places like NYC and Paris, this island is forever destined to appear frequently on the big screen. With 118 islands, 150 canals and 400 bridges there is a lot of scenic locations.

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The lakes of Lombardy

The most beautiful feature of northern Italy is arguably the amazing lakes. Last week I had a roadtrip through the area with some friends.

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What we code in life echoes not in eternity

When I go to old cities such as Rome, I see ancient buildings everywhere. Some were built over two thousand years ago and still stand before my eyes. But when future historians and archaeologists will rediscover the year of 2007, it is unclear if they will find anything.

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A journey through Iran

A journey through Iran

"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."
The streets of Paris

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."
Roaming in Valletta

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."
Road trip across the American Southwest

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."
Alone in Kyoto

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."
Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."

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