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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)

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Bouquet de Lavaux

Click each picture to zoom in and walk through the terraces of Lavaux on Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

 

 

 

Land of frozen giants

A romantic stroll in magic winter wonderland of Zuriberg, Zurich, Switzerland. Click each picture to zoom in.

Green flesh

Succulent plants, orchids and tropical plants display fleshy surfaces, sometimes. Pictures shot at the Stadtgärtnerei Zürich

Click each picture to zoom in. Pictures shot with D800 plus Nikon 80 mm f/1.8 plus Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash

 

Off season

Surprisingly no queues at Mythenquai lido!

Quickly through the changing rooms …

… lockers locked …

The lake is just ahead!

For food and refreshments …

… showers …

… and playgrounds …

… we will come back next year.

Pictures shot at the Strandbad Myhtenquai, Zurich, off season, still open for a pleasurable morning stroll. Click to zoom in each picture.

 

Nel blu dipinto di blu

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From the blue sky of Pilatus Kulm …

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… down towards the Vierwaldstättersee.

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Then by gondola above the woods,

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back to the flatland …

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… back to Lucerne and the blue of its Roiss river.

This is the end of the Golden Round Trip started with a cruise and a cogwheel train.

Click each picture to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

Camouflages

Buildings and woods, walls and plants, stones and leaves. An unintentional camouflage in the gardens of Quinta de Regaleira and Sintra. Without the colorful help, do you spy the camouflage in the last picture?

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Click each picture to enlarge and tell rocks from stems. The last picture depicts Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of Moors), up on the peaks of Sintra. Click it to enlarge.

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