Category Archives: Europe

Patterning

Some pictures from our 2009 trip to France. Claude shivers in a surprise snowstorm. We had to rush to get all the nets up because if the olives freeze then their oil is ruinedish. Philippe examines a rifle, one of … Continue reading

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An Olive’s Pace

Harvesting olives in the sun by Azure It was January, the end of the olive season and we had decided to work an olive cycle – from tree to oil – on a family farm in the hills above Nice. … Continue reading

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A hike

by Mike After four glasses of wine, five courses of food and a limoncello, Az and I walked down from the restaurant and slept on the hillside, on the dirt, under a pine tree because you can’t sleep under olive … Continue reading

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If he’s Jesus he’ll do this anyway

by Mike Ok, it only took me about 24 hours, but I got it – he looked at me and said, “I’m looking at the sinner.” Before I put all the pieces together I was planning on handing a piece … Continue reading

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Riguardo al Peccato

by Mike There I was, minding my own business being judgmental about all the other tourists, and I walked past a guy I’d seen a number of times before on the street – he was a street performer, one of … Continue reading

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Scooter time

by Mike It was so fucking great to get back on a scooter today – I went high into the hills at the base of Etna and then coasted back down all the way to the sea. Higher on the … Continue reading

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Sambuccino

by Mike At 9:30 on Christmas morning I sat in a piazza with bells ringing. Octogenarians wearing black trickled down the narrow side streets toward me – toward the cathedral – for mass. It was sunny this morning, warm in … Continue reading

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Taormina Town

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Orange Trees Abound

by Mike Azure says I need to write more about where I actually am, so here we go: I’m in Taormina, which is a very touristy-for-a-darn-good-reason town that rides a mountain ridge – as if it were on a saddle. … Continue reading

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Italia Uno!

Messing around with video. The song is “Rill Rill” by the Sleigh Bells. A special message for my friends: WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE SLEIGH BELLS? YOU LET ME DOWN.

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Fisherpeople!

by Mike I like this photo a lot. It’s taken from a platform of rock from which you can look back at the town. Treatment definitely inspired by this guy.

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Apparently I only take pictures of the Virgin Mary now

From that big cathedral in the middle of Siracusa. And another

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Everybody shut up, the artist is about to say something:

“This dog was voted the most beautiful dog in all of Siracusa! Isn’t he beautiful? Bellissimo!” Here’s a closerup of his work. Clicky

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If I could just leave my body for a night

Siracusa, Italy by Mike Congrats to the dude ascending in the middle of this picture. PS – Title is from the Animal Collective song, “In the Flowers.”

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Concept art for the Obama logo*

I peed here. by Mike At the wwoof house I self-medicated by going outside and peeing in that beautiful spot overlooking that valley and those hills. I have peed in so many gorgeous places over the years, and for that … Continue reading

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Worldly Endeavors

This looks a lot better large. Click it to see. by Mike “There you were, you and your mother, blowing bubbles at the cat, such a barrage of them that the poor beast was beside herself at the glut of … Continue reading

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Tonight

by Mike The day is over and the dusk is grey, almost blue, and it shows in the haze that turns the hills into shadows. There’s a warm wind that pulls small clouds across the moon, then over the hills, … Continue reading

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Sicily Farm #1

I heard gunshots this morning while walking from my room in a separate house to the farm. Because the shots were coming from right behind the restaurant my mind raced. A series of shots went off and I stopped in … Continue reading

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Problem solving to Tudia

by Mike I stepped off the train from Caltanisseta and realized I’d have to act fast: the train station was shuttered and there were no payphones and all the other passengers were getting in their cars to go. The bus … Continue reading

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Secure in Caltanissetta

Caltanissetta’s duomo. by Mike I was delirious from jet lag as I thought it, but I definitely thought it: “I wonder if these people are my guardian angels.” Imagine: Sitting on a bus in a place you’ve never been. It’s … Continue reading

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