Ithaca, a Mediterranean Getaway

by Massimiliano Cremascoli Ithaki or Ithaca, as it’s known for most of us in Italy, is Odysseus’ mythical homeland, a Greek island rooted in history which, so far, has not succumbed to the worst of mass tourism. There’s a special kind of presence in this land, in this light; it seems that the ancient world is still there, at your …

Photographing the Wild Horses of Cappadocia

by Nuri Çorbacıoğlu Cappadocia, a region in the center of Turkey, has a stunning spiritual beauty that is due to its unique nature and history: tufa hills, deep ravines, fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches, underground cities, hot-air balloons dotting the sky in the early morning hours. You won’t find the atmosphere of Cappadocia in any other place in the world. Many …

Trainee monks at Punakha school

Bhutan East to West

by Peter Sheppard Bhutan is a country secluded in the Himalayas north of India. The small population is deeply traditional, and it keeps its distinct identity based on Buddhism and a popular constitutional monarchy. The society is notable for its sense of values, such as the concept of gross national happiness. And most people live in rural self-sufficiency with a …

Photographing Fireworks in Japan

by Magdalene Teo Yong I have been wanting to visit Japan for a long time but never got around to doing it until about 2 years ago, starting with a brief visit to Tokyo. It was love at first sight for me in Japan, although it was burning a hole through my pocket with every visit. A lot of the …

The Making of the Gondola

Did you know that gondolas used to be painted with the colors of the families that owned them, before 1630? I was only after the plague that ravaged Venice in that year, that they started being painted black as a sign of mourning. Did you know that a gondola is built using six different types of wood? Oak, elm, cherry, …

Passport of Seborga

Seborga, a village that is its own country

by Pia Parolin On the occasion of a 50 year anniversary of a friend, we wanted to organise something really special with a group of ladies. And in the year 2019, is there something more romantic than being received by a prince? And furthermore, receiving a passport of one of the smallest micro nations in the world? All of this …

A view of Assos from the kastro above

Kefalonia, a Hidden Greek Treasure

by Massimiliano Cremascoli In my mind the Ionian Islands have been, so far, a somewhat neglected part of Greece, lying as they are in the shadow of the more aesthetically beautiful archipelagoes of the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Sporades and the Argo-Saronic. I have to admit that my first foray to the Ionians, the island of Lefkhada, strengthened my conviction …

Patmos, a Glimpse of the Dodecanese

by Massimiliano Cremascoli Greece is an outstanding array of more than three thousands islands. There are six major archipelagos: the Ionian Islands, the Argo-Saronic Islands, the Sporades, the North-East Aegean Islands, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese. Having travelled throughout most of them, I consider the latter two as the most appealing thanks to the harmony between landscape and architecture and …

A Foggy Morning at Kilchurn Castle

On my latest trip to the Scottish Highlands, I had made a long list of locations I wanted to photograph. Amongst the unmissable ones I had placed Kilchurn Castle, an ancient ruined keep that lies on a peninsula jutting into Loch Awe. The location is spectacular in itself, but even more at the golden hour, when the castle can be …