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My lady of Guadeloupe

Constantly rocked by Atlantic gusts onboard my 777 flight, I understood why Cristoforo Colombo named Guadalupe the shores he reached with his second voyage. “Jesus Christ“, “Holy Mary“, “My God” would have been good alternatives to me. Of course, nothing against Colombo’s choice: he invoked “Our Lady of Guadalupe” for his fleet, endangered by tropical storms exactly 526 years ago.

Pelican with rusty neck, harbor of Saint-François

The flight from Paris-Orly to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe took me only eight hours. Colombo needed six week-long sailing from Cadiz, Spain. Colombo looked for new commercial routes through the West, slaves, gold and spices. I got to Guadeloupe to meet my friend Josè, cultural mediator at Île du Monde, a Paris-based organization that documents the cultural diversity present in France and Europe. Recently crowned with UNESCO, Josè and his crew were sent to Guadeloupe by the French State, thus to compile an official report on the intangible cultural heritage of this Caribbean island.

Coconut palm trees on the town beach of Sainte-Anne

“What do you know about Guadeloupe?”, he asked me and I was asking myself while flying over the blue vacuity of the Atlantic. Caribbean seas, never-ending summer, winter holidays for métropolitains (meaning French citizens of the European territories)… zika virus, dengue fever, maybe… diving? What do I expect to picture there? Wild pelicans, white beaches and tall coconut trees… what’s more?

Back from school at Mare Gailard

What is the cultural heritage my friend is documenting in Guadeloupe? More than 15 million Africans were traded as slaves to central/south America along four centuries. Do their ancestors still honor their roots or did they get Frenchisized? What happened to Guadeloupe natives? Are there still any? Why was Josè so excited for the opportunity to document a Ramayana event during the Indian (from India?) cultural week of Guadeloupe?

Indian dancers (from India) in Schoelcher square, Sainte-Anne

Despite that Josè invitation sounded as indecipherable as Lisbon story postcard to Winter, I set sails to reach my friend. Follow me in the next weeks and add much more than pelicans and tropical beaches to your own postcard of Guadeloupe. Pictures shot by Lorenzo Borghi, editing by Maria Francesca. All pictures ­© artborghi. Click each picture to zoom in.

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2. Sea life of Gwada (Guadeloupe)

3. La Métropole

Something does not fit

Casa Zapata museum: the historical palace of the Spanish Zapata family above, a Nuraghe village from 1,500 BC beneath

Faithful paparazzi at Santa Maria procession, Villasimius

Historical graffiti sprayed on the Church Of The Holy Sepulcher, Cagliari

Global warming consequences at Punta Molentis Beach

The night fell on the 6 km long Santa Maria procession in Campolongu

All pictures shot with Nikon D800 plus Nikon 50 mm 1.4G / 16-35 mm 2.8 / 70-200 mm 2.8.  Click each picture to zoom in.

This is the final post of this picture series “Sardinia welcomes” about Villasimius and surrounding areas, Sardegna, Italy. Edited by Maria Francesca and pictured by Lorenzo Borghi. Click below for previous episodes:

1 Sardinia welcomes
2 Blues alla Carbonara
3 Summer greens
4 Barriers
5 Row, row, row your boat
6 Bend it
7 Walk on ancient rocks
8 Under landscapes
9 Team Players
10 Big fishes
11 A dream of you and me
12 Sardinia Zen

Sardinia welcomes

Either because of its sandy beaches, deep blue seas, religious traditions, unique food choices, ancient history and rich cities, Sardegna will always call your memories back there. Just after you enjoyed it, and every time you will choose your next summer holiday location.

After rocky North-Western shores of S’Archittu du Cuglieri, jewels bays and industrial archeology of Nebida in the South-West and Chia sandy beaches in the South, this year came the time of Villasimius and the South East. Follow us in the next weeks and discover shores and trails in the area bordered by the Natural Marine Area of Capo Carbonara in the South and the rich archeological site of Su Nuraxi in the North, the multi-faced city of Cagliary towards West and Peppino’s sea rock East. Each time a different location, each time a different welcome: warm or shy, rich or poor.. but never disappointing. Editing by Maria Francesca, photography by Lorenzo Borghi.

Rusty gates in Porto sa Ruxi

Entrance to Giunco beach

Parrish stairs in Villasimius

The rich sea bottom of Cala Pira

On his front yard in Campolungu

All above water pictures shot with Nikon D800 plus Nikon 50 mm 1.4G / 16-35 mm 2.8 / 70-200 mm 2.8. Underwater pictures shot either with Huawei p30 pro or Olympus Though-1. Click each picture to zoom in.

 

Mystic parade

Pictures shot at Street Parade 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland. Click each picture to zoom in.

 

 

Remember street parade

Pictures shot at Street Parade 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland. Click each picture to zoom in.

The Vignerons

A peculiar mix of actors and tourists at Fête des Vignerons 2019

Click each picture to zoom in and give a close look to the vignerons (winemakers) of Fête des Vignerons 2019.

À la Fête des Vignerons 2019

Every 25 years (!) the Fête des Vignerons takes place in the arena of Vevey. In addition to the wonderful evening show (no pictures allowed…), actors and musicians flood the town at every show break. An experience not to miss.

Click each picture to zoom in and feel the Fête des Vignerons 2019.

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