NIGEL'S RAMBLES

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NIGEL'S RAMBLES
A blog mostly featuring lots of photographs and some words describing my explorations of the high Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia and the Po Valley in Emilia. The articles about the Apennines are spit up into single day walks and cover the whole range from Corno della Scala, Bologna to Passo Cisa, Parma From time to time I stray from the main theme to talk about photography or anything else that interests me.
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  • Ancient Paths. Strada dei Lombardi 1 month ago Many times, places described in the books and on the sites, I use to plan my walks turn out to be a bit of a disappointment.  Sometimes however they exceed my expectations.Sassalbo,MCStrada dei Lombardi, Sassalbo,MCStrada dei Lombardi, Sassalbo,MC The “Strada dei Lombardi” turned out to be far...
  • A Million Little Stones. Mosaics in Ravenna 1 month ago I was in Ravenna to see the jazz guitarist Pat Metheny in concert, repeating a trip I made to see the same artist in 1991. So, I decided to make a day of it and see the famous early Christian mosaics that adorn several buildings in the city.Mausoleum of Theodoric ,RavennaMausoleum of Theodoric...
  • Human sacrifice on Monte Lulseto 2 months ago A recent article in the local paper about the discovery of a Celtic ritual site in the mountains above Reggio Emilia in the Tassaro Valley ignited my curiosity. A series of strange channels and bowls were carved into the face of a huge slab of rock along with other strange incisions. The problem...
  • A House on a Lake. Vasca di Corbelli 3 months ago Every year the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) open places that are not usually possible to visit. This year in Reggio Emilia, it was possible to visit the “Vasca di Corbelli” a curious country house built on an island in the middle of a huge artificial lake. I have passed this house many times...
  • Carnival again 3 months ago A visit to the Castelnovo di Sotto Carnival which takes place in the three weeks before Lent is always good fun and is also interesting to photograph. This is a typical Italian carnival, far more typical than the Venice carnival. Huge carnival floats are towed around the centre of this small...

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