After my wife Rebecca and I went to Provence, France in spring to celebrate our wedding anniversary, we were very lucky to be able to travel again in late summer this year. The last months have been busy and we were both grateful for a longer break.
We took the ferry from Ireland to France, drove a scenic route through the Alps and then stopped at Lake Como for a few days on the way down. Words and pictures don’t do this part of the world justice. It almost felt as if we were driving into a movie scene from the 1950’s and were able to spend the day in it. My favorite town was Varenna, but the whole area still radiates the elegance and class from past times.
We spent three weeks in Tuscany afterwards, first in Poppi and then in the beautiful Val d’Orcia valley near Siena. During our stay we visited many places, one of my favorite ones being Montepulciano. Since we went to Poppi for the first time, we go to the same little cafe to enjoy a Latte Macchiato almost every morning. We were both very excited to go back. Not only for the best coffee in town but also for the time spent there.
While we enjoyed breakfast we often saw the most interesting and storytelling characters and situations. Old men meeting there presumably for their entire lifetime, cracking jokes and picking on each other. Young children being lost in thoughts while enjoying a treat and a beautiful and endearing temperament of a culture so different from our own and yet so sincere and easy to relate to. I like it so much when life is simple and good.
I brought my Fuji X-Pro1, Leica MP and Hasselblad on this trip, but I shot a lot more film this time with the Hasselblad and the Leica. I had my X-Pro1 with me everywhere when I didn’t bring any of the other cameras and therefore I can already share a few digital images while I am waiting on the film scans. It was interesting to see how different the flavor of these photographs turned out, especially compared to the pictures from France.
All images below were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fujinon 35mm 1.4 lens: