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Photo Gallery: Under the Toscana Sun (English)


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1) Showy, red Opium poppy in front of the Arena
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3) The 1st meal in Europe
Stuff in Europe is really expensive!
A set of Mcdonald costs around $8 ~ $10 US dollars!
However, Mcdonald became my best friend during my stay in europe
That's because finally I found:
Foods of Mcdonald are much cheaper than those in most restaaurants in Italy!!

4) Streets in Roma
Would you trail your luggage on the street of Roma?
If so, You must choose a trunk with VERY STRONG wheels!!

5) A Sister/downtown in Roma
Since Roma is geographically very close to Vatican, 
In the downtown of Roam, Sisters are just as common as high-school girls.

 

6) Alley of Love/ Five villages
It's a alley built along edge of the mountains which located along the sea.
There are two kissing statues on the alley, so it is named as "Alley of Love"



7) Alley of Love/ Five villages
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8) Lock of love, Alley of Love/ Five villages

9) Lock of love, Alley of Love/ Five villages
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10) Couples on the Alley of Love/ Five villages
The plants of the alley are badly carved by people...
The Italians really behaves very much  like the Taiwanese....  

11) Alley of Love/ Five villages
I saw this sentense among the graffiti in the Alley of Love, and I got touched:
"What is to give light, must endure burning..."

12) Alley of Love/ Five villages
The glory of sunset at nightfall.

13) Alley of Love/ Five villages
The entrance of the Alley of Love. 
Of course, the design of the entrance is surely to be that romantic!
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14) Alley of Love/ Five villages
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15) Fisherboat/ Five villages
A cool cat was sleeping on the fisherboat.

16) A Lane/ Five villages

17) A sundial/ Five villages
The sundial (gnomon) still works very well!
The photo was shot at around 10:00AM.

1) Church in the morning/ Five villages

19) Sparrow on the church/ Five villages
Sunshine in the afternoon.
Shadow of the sparrow became much longer...


20) An elgant butterfly/Lucca



21) A young man who is reading/battlement of Lucca



22) A young man who is reading/battlement of Lucca

23) Countryside/Pienza

24) Countryside/Pienza
 

25) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

26) Cypresses in wheat fields/riding on the way to Montepulciano

27) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

28) Countryside/on the way to Arezzo

29) Countryside of Pienza

30) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

31) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza
 

32) A small village with surroundwheat field/Countryside of Pienza

33) The hills of Toscana/Countryside of Pienza
Surrounding atmosphere were peaceful and mild when sunlight at nightfall were
 sprinkled onto the hills.

34) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

35) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

31) Cypresses/Countryside of Pienza
Shooting myself: 
Insist on the style of being low-key: Never shoot the actual figure of the photographer!

37) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

38) Scenery of countryside of Pienza

39) The hills of Toscana/Countryside of Pienza
Hills at sunset are always with elegant and peaceful light & shadow.

40) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

42) Wheat field/Countryside of Pienza

43) A cottage on the top of hill/Countryside of Pienza


43) Wheat field and the valley/Countryside of Pienza


44) Wheat field at noontide/Countryside of Pienza
I didn't post-process much for the photos taken during this trip.
Toscana are just so saturate and colorful!

45) Wheat field/on the way to Montepulciano
Wheat fields in Toscana are not that easy (as what we thought) to get close to, 
Most of the fields are with trenches surrounding them.

I carried my carema set on my back(including the stupid & heavy tripod), running and jumping over the trench, fell into the wheat field, and then I could take this photo...

p.s. Two small & innocent snails fell into my shoes and died unfortunately during my running & jumping...



46) Cottage on the top of hill/Countryside of Pienza

47) Cottage on the top of hill/Countryside of Pienza

48) Blossoming coleseed field at noontide/Countryside of Pienza


49) A cartoon-style cottage and a small church/Countryside of Pienza

50) A cartoon-style cottage and a small church/Countryside of Pienza
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51) A cartoon-style cottage and a small church/Countryside of Pienza


52) Wheat field at nightfall/on the way to San Gimignaono

53) Olive tree/on the way to Montepulciano
You must know how to recgonize olive trees since you have been to Toscana!
Frankly speaking, the figure of olive trees are somehow weird from my point of view:
An olive tree doesn't have a major trunk. Most of the olive trees branch into 3 or 4 smaller branches from the root of the trees. 

54) Wine cellar/S. Quirico d' Orcia

55) Blossoming Season/S. Quirico d' Orcia
All flowers are lively blossoming in May - the flower season of Toscana!

57) Streetscape/Pienza
The street has a very cute name: Kissing Alley (Italian: via Bacio)


58) Streetscape/A small villaige in Chanti

59) Streetscape/Five villages
Italians DO LOVE Pizza!
We can easily find lots of pizza cafes on streets or small alleys.
To draw people's attention, the cafes always do their best to prepare noticable  shop sign.


60) Grape Fields/Countryside of Pienza
The grapes are to be matured and harvested in Autumn.

61) Met a lake/On the way to Chianciano
 

62) Met a lake/On the way to Chianciano

63) Scenery of Toscana Countryside/On the way to Arezzo


64) Grape Fields/Chianti
We were driving pass through a grape field.
The blue sky, the clean clouds... It's really so beautiful!
I do hope I could capture the beauty of Toscana by my camera!

65) Cypresses, blossoming coleseed, opium poppies
On the way to Chianciano

66) A country house/on the way to S. Quirico d' Orcia
I was riding pass though a farmstead, the cypress are very well cultivated.
There were wolfdogs in front of the farmstead, so I just took this photo in the distance.

67) Purple flowers/on the way to Chianciano
The background of this photos is downtown of Pienza, which is on hill-top.

68) A cottage on the top of hill/Countryside of Pienza

69) Friendly farmers in Toscana
Farmers in Toscana ar very kind and friendly to foreign visitors.
I saw the agricultural vehicle passing by, and the farmers soon realized that I would like to take photos for them.
They just stoped on the road for quite a while, thus allowed me to take as many photos as I wanted.

70) Sure, there were soon a small traffic jam...

71) Church in Pienza

72) Street in Pienza
Having been exposed to boiling sunshine for days, finally I got sunstroke. 
I stayed in the town in the 1st day I had a fever, instead of riding in the fields...

73) Street in Pienza
The lively girls caught my eyes...

74) Ironware store/ Pienza

75) Old town-gate/ Pienza
Pienza is a small, ancient town. It's also the favorite place of an ancient pope.

76) An sister taking a walk/ Pienza
Having lived in the small town for days, the shy sister knew who I am finally.
She smiled gently to my camera as she was taking a walk.

77) A house with loads of colorful flowers/ Pienza
People in Toscana love to decorate their house with flowers.
We can easily have such sights as what the photo illustrates in Toscana.

78) Streets/ Pienza

79) High noon/ Pienza

80) High noon/ Pienza

81) The shadow of the trees in Fields/ Afternoon/ Pienza
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82) The pasture land, Opnium poppy flowers/ Outskirts of Pienza
An agricultural vehiclewas just riding through the pasture land.

83) Purple bristlegrass

84) Purple bristlegrass/ Outskirts of Pienza

85) A kingdom of roses
I almost believe that rose is the nation flower in Italy!
(In fact, the nation flower of Italy is pansy)
Toscana roses are in full blossom in May! The whole rose tree are blossoming!
During the last days in the trip, I lived in a house which was just like to be built-up from a big rose garden! I could easily smell the rich fragrance of roses by just pushing away window.
It's really like a dream!!

86) A kingdom of roses/ S.Quirico d' Oricia
The enclosingwall of a house were with roses in full blossom.

In the french novel, "Le Petit Prince", a rose garden is mentioned:

"The Little Prince continues exploring Earth and finds a rose garden. And he was overcome with sadness. His Rose had told him that she was the only one of her kind in all the universe.
And here were five thousand of them, all alike, thousands of blossoming roses in one single garden!"
~ by St-Exupery.

In Toscana, almost all houses are with garden growing roses in full blossom!

How amazing it is when thousands of flowers are blossoming at the same time!  

After seeing the rose gardens in Toscana, I finally realized that such a garden doesn't not just exists in the Exupery's imagination. It is blossoming is the world of reality!!


87) A kingdom of roses/ Pienza
Common mortals could hardly resist the charm of roses!
Even the sister ran into the flowering shrub and picked away a blossoming rose!

88) A kingdom of roses/ Pienza

89) Roses on the battlements/ Pienza

90) Pasture land with the trajectories of agricultural vehicle

91) Pasture land

92) "Watch for the deers!" / Countryside of Pienza
I cannot help being very excited each time I saw the signpost. 
"A deer might run out of the shrub in the next second!" I thought, and of course I was always  disappointed.

I finally "heard a deer" in the last day of the trip! 
Soon I was seeing it, with a big pair of antlers, running into the shrubs!

'Where is the photo of the deer?' You might ask.

Surely I didn't have enought time to shoot it by my camera, because it ran too fast!

93) Country Road/ Countryside of Pienza
The sky is so blue and so clean 

94) Country Road/ Countryside of Pienza
In Toscana, we can easily see signposts which direct us to hostels located in Toscana countryside.

Most of the countryside hostels are with wonderful field of vision and amazing scenery. It would be the other choice (comparing to the hotels in the town) for us to experience Toscana. 

Of course, if you have a car, it would be much more convenient for you to find them!

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95) Pasture land which was just plowed/ On the way to Montepulciano

96) Pasture land which was just plowed/ On the way to Montepulciano

97) Biking in Toscana/ Countryside of Pienza
People in Italy love biking!

We can easily see lines of biking people, fully equiped with biking things, riding on Toscana country roads.

So cool!

Comparing to the cool and speedy biking people, I was really rustic wearing a big straw hat,  with sweat dripping from my face, and was always breathless when I was biking!

98) Old man/ On the way to S. Quirico d'Orcia
The olg guy pinched my cheek ... 
 

99) Countryside of Pienza
It is a grape field on the gentle slope of the hill

100) "Small lanterns in the wheat field" / Countryside of Pienza
We were all charmed by the lovely weeds!
We named her as "Small lanterns in the wheat field"

100) Cottage on the hill/ Countryside of Pienza
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103) Countryside of Pienza

104) Countryside of Pienza


105) Dandelion/ On the way to Chianciano
The dandelion is really amazing in size!
The Cotton ball of the dandelion is just as large as a grapefruit!

106) Sandwitch bar/Pienza downtown
Cheese & Meat of Wild Boar are speciality goods of Toscana.
The storekeeper sandwitched the bread with meat of wild boar, each for $3.5 Euro.

107) Speciality Store/Pienza downtown
Stores with various kinds of Cheese & Meat of Wild Boar

108) Cheese Store/Pienza downtown
The cheese with herbs are with strong and special smell & taste.
It's one of the most popular cheese in the store.

109) A street vendor's stall for sunglasses/Downtown of Florence
Can you tell that I am shooting myself?

110) Blue sky, country road, and the firs
On the way to Chianciano

111) A cool fir! / On the way to Chianciano
Firs are part of Toscana.

Each time I saw a cartoon-style fir: the trunk as straight as an arrow, the funny tree-crown like a wig - I almost cannot stop myself to uncover the 'wig' from the top of a fir!

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112) Sheeps! / Countryside of Montepulciano
I was so excited to meet sheeps unexpectedly! I baaed loudly, tried to draw sheeps' attention.

Obviously, I didn't sound like another sheep. All the sheeps were pasturing without giving me a glance.

113) Sheeps! / Countryside of Montepulciano
Soon, the owner of the farm showed up. I think she really understands the sheeps.
She said something like "Yen-Ni~~", and the sheeps raised their heads and smiled to us!

114) The baby turkey/ Countryside of Montepulciano
The naughty, baby turkeys jumped into my camera bag when I was playing around with the sheeps!

When I found the tragic case, I rescued my cameras from the bags and the baby turkeys ran away soon!

I shot them by my camera at that time.

115) A wheat heap on the lakeshore
Surprisingly, I found a small lake, and a wheat heap on the lakeshore.

116) Pienza at ightfall

117) People/ San Gimignano


118) We are buddies/ Pienza

119) Sunset in the glasses/ Pienza
It's sunset in Pienza. I got a glass of white wine from a small bar.
In the glasses were the inverted relfection of castles, clouds, and trees.

Wonderful Toscana!

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120) Biking in Toscana/ Countryside of Pienza

121) Biking in Toscana/ Countryside of Pienza
The bike accompanying with me during my days in Toscana


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The article was recommended by Chinatimes as "Article of a day" on 2006/11/29.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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