Travel writing – visiting the tiny island of Giglio, a wrecked cruise ship in the harbor and old-time Tuscany in the villages

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GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy — My ferry was full of school groups, delivery trucks and tourists when we left the Tuscan port of Santo Stefano and headed toward the island of Giglio, 12 miles away 다운로드. I sat on deck with the other foreigners, enjoying the spring sunshine: It was too cold for the Italians, who huddled downstairs drinking espressos.

And then, Giglio’s white cliffs appeared in the distance and gradually grew closer 다운로드.

Except that there are no white cliffs on this granite island. I was looking at the wreck of the Costa Concordia, which ran aground Jan. 13 just outside Giglio’s harbor 다운로드.

As the ferry whipped past, my eyes were drawn to the great wreck, which lay on its side with a long, rusty gash in its hull. It name was inscribed on a white bow towering above the water 스크린 헌터 다운로드. The ship was so close to the tiny harbor, massive and modern and incongruous.

Giglio is known around the world because of the Concordia, but I was hoping to see a Giglio that was not defined by the disaster in which 32 passengers and crew died 다운로드. Thirty-five years ago, my husband, Mike, lived on Giglio for several months, shortly after its inhabitants gave up mining granite and pyrite and abandoned self-sufficient agriculture in favor of tourism 다운로드. He remembers an unspoiled family vacation island, little known outside Italy, where affluent Romans (plus a handful of foreigners such as Los Angeles political power broker Stanley Sheinbaum) spent their summers in apartments or second homes 다운로드.

 

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Rick Steves episode diary – filming in Venice – an enchanting behind-the-scenes

We’re nearly finished filming two new TV shows on Venice. Thinking back over a very productive day, I realize how much I love this work 다운로드. Our scripts are about 3,400 words per half-hour show. They are split between “on-cameras,” with me talking directly to the camera, and “B-roll,” where we “cover the script” with footage that illustrates what we’re describing 이클립스 color theme 다운로드. While it’s been called “shooting the nouns,” we think of B-roll as more than that.

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We started early, on St. Mark’s Square. While it’s littered with kitschy souvenir carts and jammed with tour groups most of the day, at 7:30, there is no tourism 다운로드. The square is clean, with just a few well-dressed businesspeople walking to work, the random jogger, and very focused photographers like us marveling at how the history pops with the architecture and without the modern tourism 다운로드. The Gothic is so lacy, and the Renaissance so capable. We got a few “walk-bys” to establish me in what looks like a pure, computer-generated Venetian cityscape asmr 무료.

 

Venice’s St. Mark’s Square before the crowds hit.

 

At 8:30, we met our local guide, Michael, who has been instrumental in setting things up in advance for us 헤드사커 돈버그 다운로드. He is brilliantly navigating the Byzantine bureaucracy of the city and helping us open all the right doors — some of them literally pillaged from Byzantium.

We climbed the Torre dell’Orologio, or Clock Tower. This was built 500 years ago, providing the city with…

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Japan launches its own private space company – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

The space wars are heating up. As it stands right now, the Russians have the biggest for-hire space program, but their fleet is aging. The new players on the market, like Space X, are competing for the future of that market 다운로드.

Which will look something like this. Every country rich enough to afford it, and big companies, will be sending probes, satellites, and people into space 다운로드. They will pay a private company to do so and eventually the market will be the opposite of what it is now, where governments dominate and private industry supports stay with me 악보.

Here is an example of that:

A Japanese rocket has lifted off with a South Korean satellite in Japan’s first commercial launch of a foreign probe into space 다운로드.

The HII-A rocket lifted off from a remote southwestern Japan island carrying the South Korean probe and three Japanese satellites.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a private company in charge of HII-A rocket production since 2007, is hoping to compete with the U.S., Russia and Europe as a launch-vehicle provider 가면라이더 카부토. This was its first contract to launch a foreign probe.

The Korean satellite, KOMPSAT-3, was developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to monitor the environment 다운로드. The rocket also carried Japan’s Shizuku satellite to monitor climate change and two smaller Japanese probes.

via UT San Diego

HII-A Launch Vehicle

Video of Sicily’s Mount Etna erupting with lava flows and steam sprays

April 13, 2012 – Europe’s highest active volcano, Italy’s Mount Etna, erupted again this week 테라리아 pc 다운로드. The eruption, which spewed blood-red molten lava and grey and white ash into the air, is the 24th in a series that started in January 2011.

 

A decade ago the volcano was at it again, this time more serious 포토샵 cc 무료 다운로드. Several thousands residents were forced to evacuate. Tom Pfeiffer was there, 800 meters away in February 2000, during one of the eruptions and described it for us 슈가맨3 다운로드.

From Scientific American:

After a few minutes, the first red spots began dancing above the crater, rising and falling back into it 다운로드. The explosions grew stronger, first slowly, then with breathtaking speed, throwing bombs more than 1,000 meters above the rim. Soon the volcanic cone surrounding the crater was covered with glowing rocks 다운로드. At the same time, a fountain of lava started to rise from a fracture on the flank of the cone. Several other fountains rose from the crater and formed a roaring, golden curtain that illuminated the scene like daylight 비단체. Some larger lava bombs crashed into the snow not far from us, but we felt secure in our viewing position. The fountain was nearly vertical, and a strong wind carried the mass of glowing lapilli and ash gently away from us 웹쉐어 다운로드.

 

// Thx to Seth Goldstein

Tickets available for the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival

This will be my second year attending the Newport Beach Film Festival 다운로드. Last year I watched a film about sharks and listened to Aaron Sorkin speak about writing. I loved it.

This year is looking to be just as good and I’m excited to see movies about the ocean, surfing, design, and drama 다운로드.

One things that makes this film festival special is its focus on specialized topics, like:

  • Action Sports (surfing, skiing, extreme)
  • Art, Architecture, & Design (documentaries, profiles)
  • Music (profiles of great musicians and genres)

The festival runs from April 26 – May 3 and this year highlights the Island Cinema, a remodeled luxury theater at Fashion Island 님아즐 다운로드.

The full schedule is available online at Festival Genius, and you can follow the festival on Twitter – @nbff 모모랜드 뿜뿜.

Robot Visits the Dominican Republic!

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I love being creative. Here is a slideshow built using the basic settings in iPhoto – Ken Burns theme with default sound.

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