The lute

Some years ago I asked my parents to by me a guitar. The other girls at school were learning to play it and I wanted to join them. Well, for my birthday I had a present whose package looked like a guitar. It wasn’t. My parents thought that a lute would be much better….as it had many more strings! I still can’t understand how they came to that conclusion! Of course I never learnt to play the lute, and it has been a decorative item at my parents’ since then.

 

Lately I rescued it, because I thought it would be an interesting subject to photograph.

 

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And also my kids love playing with it (although not really playing the instrument!)

 

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It is interesting to see how something that had been gathering dust for years is having now a revival! 🙂

 

A visit to Toledo

Toledo is a city quite close to Madrid, less than one hour by car, but perhaps that short distance is what has prevented us to visit it until now. Why do we use to think that the coolest places are far away, and look down on the closest ones? Our mistake, as you can see here:

The city council

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The cathedral

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Inside the Army Museum

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And the streets…

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There are many things still in my bucket list to photograph in Toledo, so a new visit soon is mandatory!

Those teen days

I still remember when I was a teenager. I could have a wide variety of feelings just in a few hours. Going from melancholy to joy was pretty easy!

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I wish I will be able to help and guide her now that she is fully entering this stage. New for her and new for me (even though I feel like a teenager most of the time!)

January holidays

My husband and I have been lucky enough to spend some days in Lanzarote last week. Lanzarote is a volcanic island in Canary Islands, with the nicest weather and the most unusual landscape. It was changed forever when the last volcano eruptions took place, between 1730 and 1736. Many villages were buried under the lava and the rocks that now cover the majority of the island surface. And that is a feast for the photographers!

 

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Not just the surface is incredible. Beneath there are many caves and holes, and where those caves meet the sea….

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From Lanzarote we can see also other close islands, really tiny islands. This one reminded me of the Atlantis.

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And in the National Park of Timanfaya you can enjoy a ride on a camel. That is me just after the ride. Hi!!

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Details

Nowadays we all are living a busy life. My everyday is made up of races: preparing the kids to go to school, driving into the traffic jam to get to my office, working eight hours (Eight? Yes, sure…. 🙂 ), picking the kids up, another traffic jam to go back home, homework, evening baths, dinners, the subsequent battle to put my children into bed at a reasonable hour, studying a little bit of English…

In that whirlwind, I often overlook the beauty in the details. That’s why some macro therapy is fabulous to slow down and refocus. This month I’ve done a bit of this rewarding therapy, that I highly recommend.

Some flowers:

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Sugar crystals from the Christmas eve dessert:

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The frost on a leaf:

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Just a branch, with beautiful light:

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SIBLINGS

I don’t have any brothers or sisters, so I missed that feeling of having another person close to you from the very beginning. I guess it has lights and shadows: moments of laughter and moments of big quarrels. Now, I’m living at least this part with my kids. Fights and quarrels. Lots of them.

…And from time to time, rare moments of complicity that I truly love.

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