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B is for Barbiere in Pitigliano, Tuscany - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I love traveling in Italy.  Most of this amazing country has somehow resisted the influence of industrialization (and hence the outcome of "homogenization") and stayed adamant about its culture in food, social relationship and habits, in a way that I only remember in the country that I grew up in before it was bulldozed by capitalism.

This image was made when I was roaming the streets of Pitigliano in Tuscany (remember the town that grew out of rock?) at the best time of day (in my opinion) - after siesta time.  The whole town came out and the piazzas were filled with chatty men.  I poked my head into every door and window when my eyes were suddenly met with a scene that, in my mind, only exists in an old movie these days.  Time stayed still, no one was in a rush.  The present moment was all they cared about - be it the barber meticulously working on his client or the ones waiting...

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You know you will hear more about Italy's old charm from me in the future. :-)

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I Met a Bird in the Sky in Val d'Orcia, Tuscany - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

The landscape of the UNESCO world heritage site of Val d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy is one of the most expressive in my opinion.  

I love the movement of the curves, the changes of highlights and shadows,  and the postures of the trees, especially those of the famous cypress trees that line the properties.  And then, one day, I looked up the sky and saw a bird.  I whispered in her ears and let her bring my happy weekend wishes to you. :-)

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Pitigliano in Tuscany Grew Out of Tufa Rock - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Yes, you read it right.  Pitigliano is a town that dates back to the Etruscan times in Tuscany and the ancestors of the people there had the intelligence of cutting into the soft volcanic tufa rock to establish their dwellings.  They even created channels by cutting into the tufa rock in depths that vary between 3.3 and 33 feet, apparently for water.

In such an amazing historic town, I learnt that it has something in common with Venice.

Do you want to take a wild guess at it?

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