In a recent post Random Thoughts on Our First Year Living in Abruzzo I listed several highlights of our first year living in Abruzzo. This post is similar, but different. It’s a personal photo review of 2014 in Abruzzo.
I’ve selected 20 photos that represent memorable events. They’re not necessarily the best 20 photographs I created in 2014, but they depict moments that mattered in some emotional way during the last year. They were taken with either a Canon EOS Rebel T3i, a Canon Digital IXUS 970 IS os a Samsung Galaxy S3. As always the best camera was the one I had with me at the time.
They might be of a new journey, a special moment with friends or returning to a familiar much loved place. Some you may have seen before but there are definitely a few new images for you to enjoy.
I hope you like them. If you have time please take a moment to let me know what you think of the photographs and which one is your favourite.
You can click on each image to enlarge it.
Ok, let’s begin in January 2014…
This was the first time I’d seen the festival of Sant’Antonio Abate in Loreto Aprutino. It’s a relatively small intimate festival that pulls the local community together. The eyes in the crowd are fixed on the actors telling the story of Sant’Antonio’s struggle with the devil.
Loreto Aprutino on a night in February. Light matters so much taking photographs and in this case the absence of sunlight with the street lights shining like stars made the town look as though it was from a fairy tale. I have so many photos of this special town it was hard to pick the right one for this post.
Penne, at most 7km from LA (Loreto Aprutino), beautiful but different. If you follow the path the couple are walking and turn left at the photos of the group of women, you exit the old town at the Porta San Francesco. The wall where the group of women are displayed is Largo S. Nicola and is an outdoor art space http://www.wowogallery.com/ that is updated throughout the year. The last time I passed I saw this collection by my fiend Paul Critchley
Paul has a way of seeing the world differently. I love his work.
May brought me to Bucchianico in Chieti with my good friend Bruno to see the Festa dei Banderesi. This was another first for me. I’d heard about this festival but I hadn’t had an opportunity to see it before. It was a wonderful spectacle and it was great spending time with a good friend.
In a moment of quasi-madness we decided to have a few days away by the Adriatic. We didn’t go far, just down to Montesilvano. The weather was mixed but the break was perfect.
The very familiar Festa di San Zopito in Loreto Aprutino. A boy dressed as a girl depicting an angel travelling though the narrow streets on a white ox, the procession of the martyr’s bones, Valentini opens their doors and for those who need it refreshment is never too far away.
This image is less to do with the beer and more to do with where I’m drinking it. I like Leffe, I like it’s flavour but I’d probably be happy sipping any beverage on a warm day sitting outside a bar in some local piazza watching the world go by.
Pescara bus station taken from a platform at Pescara Centrale train station. I spent a lot of time travelling by bus in 2014. Not everyone’s preferred mode of transport I admit, but it can certainly teach you patience.
A quiet piece of public beach away from all the lidos and the regimented sun chairs. Sometimes it’s necessary to have your own space.
The day the lambrettas came to town. Hidden among them is an interloper , an intruder, can you spot it?
This is for my dog loving readers. This very friendly fellow followed us around the old village of Vicoli. Alistair and I went for a spin in the car on a dullish day and ended up there.
The next day was brighter with clear blue skies so we went to Pacentro near Sulmona. Alistair, who is Scottish and absolutely impossible to decipher, was visiting us for week. He’d been to Abruzzo before so this was an opportunity to see somewhere new. Walking around Pacentro was a lovely experience. I bet it’s spectacular in the snow.
A native of Pacentro. This photo is also for my dog loving readers.
From Pacentro we went back to Sulmona. Tried in vain to find the perfect bar – one with good coffee (easy) and a clean toilet (difficut), but we enjoyed the relative quiet of an almost empty Piazza Garibaldi and some damn fine ice cream.
I really like Sulmona. It has a lot to offer and with Pacentro so close it should be on everyone’s list of places to visit in Abruzzo.
Speaking of places you must visit in Abruzzo, in my “humble” opinion not to visit Rocca Calasio and Campo Imperatore on a trip here would be complete madness. I love seeing the new, and I think Abruzzo appears to have an endless supply of new places to see, but prospect and possibility of visiting and re-visiting Rocca Calasio and Campo Imperatore fills me with joy. There really is no other word for it, joy! Once I get there I don’t have to do anything other than breathe and let the Abruzzo scenery work its restorative magic.