For those who don't know, I have a love for Italy, specifically the Tuscan region. I've been to other parts but have not enjoyed them as much. This year we took a holiday to Modena which is located in the Emilia-Romagna region, North of Tuscany.
The primary influence to us deciding to go here came after watching Master of None on Netflix. In Season 2, Aziz Ansari's character spends some time in Modena delving into the culture and the food. My wife and I wanted to do the same... needless to say, we were not disappointed.
I'm going to try and split the photos from this trip into a few parts, mainly because there's a lot of photos and I don't want to saturate a single post with lots of pics.
Without further ado, let's begin:
We found an excellent AirBnB apartment right in the centre of town. It had an elevator (which was great as we were on the top floor with a LOT of luggage), and was literally minutes away from everything. The centre of Modena is like that though, it's very small and any place you want to get to is a maximum of a 10 minute walk away.
Boutique del Tortellino Pasta Fresca is featured in Master of None. Aziz Ansari really did go to Modena and live there for some time, and even learned to make pasta. This is the shop in which his character worked. It's deliberately in black and white to pay homage to the episode (which is also in black in white, paying homage to the 1948 Italian film, "Bicycle Thieves"). There are a couple of other photos in this set I'll post in black and white as well.
On the topic of bicycles, in Modena a lot of people cycle. It's like Cambridge (UK) or Amsterdam in that way. Everyone has really awesome looking old bikes with a basket. There are also some cycle hiring/sharing schemes... like in the pic. I loved the line of yellow bikes, I couldn't help focusing on that.
This pavement was in process of being cobbled. The day before I took this photo, I passed by here and it was just beginning... now it's almost finished. Clearly the workers were taking a well deserved break, but I loved the look of the abandoned equipment and jacket. After taking this shot, I really wanted to play with a kind of tilt-shift effect, so using Photoshop I blurred the top and bottom and straightened the shot. I'm quite pleased with the result.
My last post in this first set: Monumento a Ciro Meotti is a statue outside the Palazzo Ducale in the centre of Piazza Roma. I have a proper photo of the statue coming up in another post, but in the meantime I will leave you with this reflection of the statue in a small running water feature just below it. I don't usually take abstract photos, but I got down on the floor to take this shot to get the light just right.
So that's all from this current set, I hope you enjoy the photos. I'll post up the next set in a week.