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Italian Vacation. Pavia, Cremona, Cinque Terre, Portofino and Genoa   Leave a comment

My wife, Natalie, wanted to see small Italian region, Cinque Terre. We love to travel and I believe that it is always pleasure being in Italy. Other places we chose to fill the rest of our vacation are Pavia, Cremona and Genoa.

The first stop we made in Pegli. Just to rest after our flight. Pegli is “former” great resort that had seen better days.  We had surprisingly great dinner in small restaurant Il Porticciuolo. I am sucker for good fish soup and I had it. The dinner was so good that we were afraid that raising our expectations so high on the first evening we could spoil dinners for the rest of our trip. This concern had merit.

Certosa di Pavia

Our next stop was in Pavia. Pavia is very nice town. Unfortunately, I had not made many pictures. Probably, you need to have time to get in the mood to see something interesting. Great lunch (even romantic) at Certosa di Pavia (Locanda Vecchia Pavia “Al Mulino”) and nice dinner at Locanda del Carmine are my highlights.

Cremona

In Cremona  hiking to the top of tower gave some opportunity for shooting but not much more.

Monterosso Al Mare

The next day we gave up our car in Genoa and by train moved to our main attraction – Cinque Terre. Our first two nights are in Monterosso Al Mare. Don’t try to escape crowd or avoid touristy restaurant.  You are already in the tourist trap. I have discovered tourist trap rule. To find restaurant in the tourist trap you should search for the touristiest place. You can be pleasantly surprised. If food is bad then “what did you expect”.  I actually had, probably, the best fish soup of all time (I had many of them) in very touristy Trattoria Ciak La Lampara. The next day we found smaller restaurant and had the worst dinner of our trip.

Vernazza

We hiked to Cinque Terre showgirl – Vernazza. For our next 2 nights we stayed in Manarola.

Manarola

Visit to Corniglia and Riomaggiore did not help much to relieve us from boredom being inside of the crowd and rely on the train to move from one town to another.

Corniglia

Well … We had unexpectedly magic  drink in Cantina dello Zio Bramante. They had absolutely great live music. We were back next evening but they had different musicians and magic was gone.

Portofino

Our next two nights are in Portofino. On our arrival day we decided to walk to the less hush-push town – Santa Margherita Ligure.  Drink and nice dinner was good start for the next vacation chapter.

Santa Margherita Ligure

Before heading to our hotel we had after-dinner drink in Portofino. You don’t need to have a lot of Campari to think that Portofino is not real place but just movie setting. It is easy to understand why rich and famous are attracted to this place. Portofino is where your dreams became reality (or reality became your dreams).

Portofino

Portofino

Are restaurants overpriced there? NO!! You have to pay premium for your dreams. Do you really need great food when you sit near sea bay full of boats?  You leisurely look at beautiful small buildings and castle on the high hill. Add to this church clock tower. Waiter is very personal. It costs a lot of money. For our dinner we ended up in, strangely named for Italian restaurant, Strainer. We did not have the best food but, probably, the best dinner.

Genoa

Out last stop is Genoa. After Portofino going to Genoa is to get back to reality. And reality is surprisingly very good and interesting. We discovered Genoa for ourselves and I hope to be back there.

Genoa

For many more photos go to Italy, 2013

Life, Love and Photoshot   Leave a comment

St. Abraham Lincoln   Leave a comment

Most conservatives and all progressives-liberals hail new movie “Lincoln” and in religious fever pay tribute to our great Emancipator. There is no doubt that Lincoln is the greatest American Saint and his example provides inspiration to our Middle Class warrior – President Barack Obama.  It is pity that even freedom minded conservatives are afraid of being excommunicated from American Civil Religion.

Government sponsored schools and colleges are brainwashing our children.  Obviously, adults should be continuously managed by official propaganda. I’ve seen it in Soviet Union and now I see it in America. American Bible is the project in progress. The last century gave us The Great American Saver Franklin D. Roosevelt and Romantic Knight John F. Kennedy. There is no doubt that Barack Obama is going to have a chapter in American mythology and future generations will learn that Lincoln made Obama free to win American Presidency.

Baby Got Barack   Leave a comment

Why would Baby vote for Barack Obama? I wonder whether Baby will learn what his/her Parents gave up for Utopia of Obama’s socialism.

Occupy Chicago Protest   4 comments


It is easy to notice Occupy Protest when you work in financial district. Even if  you don’t agree with different signs or speeches you can have fun to take pictures in really unusual situation. My goal was to avoid politics and to try taking images in the timeless street photography style.

Political signs are important part of the story and I can not ignore them.

I  became interested in a way how kids are involved in these protests. I can not get over from the feeling that this is not the place for children to play games with often offensive and aggressive proclamations. But … I can be wrong.

Just one block from protests I’ve noticed woman with the sign that she is looking for a job. This was striking contrast from protest’s demands for entitlements.   If I had any power to hire her I would do it.

I did not take so many pictures as many other photographers that covered Occupy Protests. But considering my general low productivity this was great opportunity for shooting.

For more images, please go to Occupy Chicago

Project based candid photography   Leave a comment

Photographers often discuss about merits to have project or just do random walk during street shooting. I am a random walker. I constantly move from one place to another being alert to any opportunity for my shot.

Recently I had interesting experience in project based photography. My boss asked me to make some images for our company website. My professional responsibility has no relation to the photography or any fine art for that matter. My hobby is well known in our office and I’ve got my project.

Besides shooting in the office, I took some pictures about building.  This is the famous Chicago CBOT building that has a lot of action and interesting architecture.  To have project is unusual for me experience. I was constrained by the place and I had to explore every situation.  It is hard to say whether good shot is the product of the pure luck or having project really helps.

Why do Jews fight against their own interests?   Leave a comment

Once you cross gray area between candid street and documentary photography it is easy to get political. I could not restrain myself to avoid rhetorical question – “Why do Jews fight against their own interests?”

For more food for though use links:
Why Are Jews Liberals?
Orthodox Jews are Opposed To A Zionist State