My music invites me upwards, I am already on top of the roofs…

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I have already wrote about Cetona here. It is a very beautiful, bright city on a hill. When you reach the top of it you can observe such great suburbs. In both groups of autumn Toscana tours we were not lucky to see sun above Cetona. But even in nasty and rainy weather such a view can’t stop amazing me. But now we go to Cetona not only to capture landscapes, but also to catch city scenes… A story how an incident acquaintance can become a real event of the year is under cut!

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Crosses marked their paths, fog buried their tracks…

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Beauty San Biaggio meets us at the entrance to Montepulciano. Sun rises behind Montepulciano hill and starts enlighting San Biagio at about 9 in the morning. Though these are not the first precious beams, the light is still very soft. If you get lucky with fogs which are not rare in this place, you can have very nice pictures. I have been here so many times, but I never stop admiring the masterpiece by Antonio da Sangallo Sr. who is rightfully considered the master of Renaissance architecture.

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Sun dabbled to all sides…

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My family and my friends spent the whole day today in the mountains, in a majestic forest. We were riding snowmobiles, quads, wallowing in virgin-clear snow and got so frozen that we wanted something sunny and warm upon return. This is my beloved Toscana! My most captured house on the hills near Pienza. Just agree that it is splendid even without all those fogs! I envy Pienza citizens who can adore such a great landscape every single morning!

Oh, I certainly will go and live in Toscana when I am old!


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Ice and fog, snowstorm and snow…

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On one of many nasty days we decide to explore Lago Grey lake and namesake glacier, one of the biggest ones in Patagonia. We reached Lodge, bought out previously booked tickets (you won’t get a chance to get onboard offhandedly). Tourist bus took us to the pier. We actually could walk to it within 5 minutes. Then we walked again along the lake, about 30 meters along terrible pontoon and we got to the boat which could welcome about 50 people. An hour of dusting but I didn’t even notice it being an old-timer skipper. We made a stop by camping in north-western part of the lake. I even could see the glacier, but it was so faded… I went up to the boy who sold us the tickets. I wanted to give some beans to him. But he went bug-eyed and swore everything would be awesome. Well, I believed him, changed my mood, and here we were! We saw such a beauty around the corner. I even decided to post 2 pictures before cut.

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Who saw fire floating in the sky, what a joy of gold there is in blue colour…

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Many-many years ago, since my childhood, since “The Children of Captain Grant” I imagined Patagonia as the most beautiful, most mysterious, most luring part of the world. And my dream has come true! After wearisome two-week trip across South Georgia to sweet penguins I stayed for a night in Santiago and together with Tanka and two Dimas Arkhipov and Moiseenko I flew to Punta Arenas.
There we rented previously booked jeeps and rushed to pearl of Patagonia, national park Torres del Paine, to get there before dark. We had planned to stay there for 3-4 days and move further to north Argentina to admire Fitz Roy. But as they say, person believes but god has. We stayed 8 days in the park. And if we hardly fulfilled our first task to walk to a beautiful view point to Torres, we could not fulfill our second task for a long time – we wanted to catch beautiful light over Kournas. And on our last day there when we decided to leave the place the following day anyway, nature gave us beautiful sunset, night and sunrise which you can see below…

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