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30 giugno 2017

Kopi Luwak Coffee Bali | Our world trip

Do you ever try Kopi Luwak coffee?

Last year we were in Bali. We knew that Bali is The home of Luwak coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world. For our first breakfast in Kuta we found a small coffee shop near our hotel and we tried this special drink.

I don't know...maybe we prefer Italian Coffee made in a classic moka 🙂

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After coffee tasting and a balinese breakfast with chicken fried, rice and potatoes we decided to booking a visit to a coffee farm.

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This is a particular coffee. The main factor of it’s high price is the uncommon method of producing such a coffee. It has been produced from the coffee beans which have been digested by a certain Indonesian cat-like animal called then palm civet or also civet cat.

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This is the reason this coffee is also called cat poop coffee 😮 or civet cat coffee. The feces of this cat will be collected, finished and sold as kopi luwak. The short supply, in comparison with the high demand, the different taste and the uncommon production methods define the value of kopi luwak.

 

This coffee is produced mainly on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago. It is also widely gathered in the forest or produced in the farms in the islands of the Philippines. 

 

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Our Kopi Luwak Coffee tasting

Maybe I prefer Tea tasting!

26 giugno 2017

Bali Tour | Our world trip | Part One

Bali has stolen our hearts!

Two years ago we decided to become destination wedding photographers. We had this special desire to discover the whole world. So we went to Australia and we lived there for a year. While we were in Melbourne we thought that we want to visit an other country. After few job searches in Asia we found a little job for an engagement session in Bali for the first week of March.

So 1th March we were in Kuta for this session and we decided to stay here for one month before came back to Italy.

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Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.

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Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is located just over 2 kilometres (almost 1.5 miles) from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island of Lombok (we we stayed for two weeks). The island, home to about 4 million people and more motorcycles!!!, is approximately 144 kilometres (90 mi.) from east to west and 80 kilometres (50 mi.) north to south.

The word "paradise" is used a lot in Bali and not without reason. The combination of friendly, hospitable people, a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality and spectacular beaches with great surfing and diving have made Bali Indonesia's unrivaled number one tourist attraction. 

Life here is slow and spiritual.

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Unlike any other island in largely Muslim Indonesia (Gili Meno, where we stayed for two weeks is Muslim), Bali is a pocket of Hindu religion and culture.

 

Every aspect of Balinese life is suffused with religion, but the most visible signs are the tiny offerings (canang sari, or sesajen) found in every Balinese house, work place, restaurant, souvenir stall and airport check-in desk.

First day in Bali was for understand what all this rice on the street was!

These leaf trays are made daily and can contain an enormous range of offering items: flowers, glutinous rice, cookies, salt, and even cigarettes and coffee! They are set out with burning incense sticks and sprinkled with holy water no less than three times a day, before every meal.

Our nice guide, Solo, explicated all this things to us

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The culture of Bali is one of slow pace.

People are very nice, tolerant and welcoming to visitors, however, they are also very modest and polite people so dress modestly and behave modestly. Their smiles are really big and warm!

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We visited few temples but we felt in love with Tanah Lot Temple.

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Legend of Tanah Lot - Bali

Dang Hyang Nirartha, a high priest from the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java who travelled to Bali in 1489 to spread Hinduism, arrived at the beautiful area and established a site honouring the sea god, Baruna. Here, he shared his teachings to Beraban villagers, only to face opposition from the village chief who soon gathered his loyal followers to dispel Nirartha. The priest resisted, incredibly shifting a large rock he meditated upon out to sea while transforming his sashes into sea snakes to guard at its base. The rock’s original name, Tengah Lod, means ‘in the sea’.

Acknowledging Nirartha’s powers, the humbled chief vowed allegiance. Before setting off, Nirartha gifted him a holy kris dagger, which is now among the sanctified heirlooms of the Kediri royal palace. Pilgrims bring these relics each Kuningan day by foot on an 11km pilgrimage to the Luhur Pakendungan temple, the priest’s former meditational site.

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Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. Unfortunately when we were here it was raining.

An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves; Tanah Lot Temple is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.

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There were monkeys everywhere! This animals are very nice and curious.

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24 giugno 2017

FEDERICA + FRANCESCO | SWEETHEART SESSION

We think sweetheart session always end up becoming some of our favorite shoots.There is just something about capturing the love between two people that just make our hearts melt and we adore couples that choose to have photos done outside of their engagement or their wedding day!

Capturing memories throughout your entire relationship, whether you are dating or married or it’s your anniversary, is SO important and so much fun!!!

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Federica and Francesco are the epitome of a dream couple. They are so selfless, patient, kind, giving and so much fun to be around. When Federica contacted us about photographing their love we were SO honored. She live near us but Francesco live in an other region so he travel a lot to see her every weekend.
They celebrate almost two years of love!

Daniel and I traveled up to Perugia from Rome and spent a few hours with them capturing the memories of their last evening before they left Perugia.
We loved working with these two and love the memories we were able to document!

She choose two outfit for this session. An elegant black lace dress with beautiful black sandals. I love the back of the dress!

A sweet bouquet with white anemoni from Un fiore in Tasca. I love black dress even if in this moment blush is the color for everything!

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He is so funny!

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The second outfit is more romantic. A pink long dress....so dreamy!

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I love this pink and white bouquet from Un fiore in Tasca. Peonies, roses and eucalipto.

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This is the sweetest couple!

If you would like a sweetheart session feel free to contact us!

20 giugno 2017

Preserving your legacy through PHOTOGRAPHS

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1. Book a quality wedding photographer for a timeless result

We love photographs so much that this is our job! We always looking for family photographs because they tell a family's story.

Choosing the right photographer that fit our desire is not simple! Even more if this is our Wedding Photographer!

Take adequate time when it comes to choosing your wedding photographer. Choose someone that you can form a relationship with, someone you can trust, someone that has a thorough understanding of what is most important to you, and someone who takes the kind of pictures that you can imagine yourself in.

 

Remember, this person will be capturing one of the most special days of your life, the beginning of your legacy.

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2. Schedule family photographs once a year

 Gretchen Rubin once said, “The days are long and the years are short.” There are no truer words for a parent! Because the years pass all too quickly, it’s so important to plan time to capture your growing family once a year.

Having professional photos taken of your family year after year will soon turn into one of your most prized possessions. Those images will fill the walls of your home, reminding you of sweet seasons and hard seasons and all the things you never want to forget as a family.

They will tell your story. And most of all, they will be a gift to your children and grandchildren one day.

We offer special prices for new family and we love grow with you!

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3. Have a wedding album made

We believe that every couple should have a wedding album, and that it should be your first heirloom. An album that will hold the most precious pictures of when it all began.

An album that will be pulled out each anniversary as a remembrance of your day, the day that you thought, “I couldn’t love you more than I do now.” An album that will be looked over when you’ve had a fight and you need a reminder of the reason that you committed your lives to each other. An album that will stand the time of your marriage, and will passed down to your children and grandchildren, as a reminder of the strong marriages that they have to look up to.

All our album are Hand Made in Italy. Contact us for more informations.

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4. Fill your home's walls with memories

Grab a blank sheet of paper, your favorite pen, and take 15 minutes to walk through your

home. This is our advice to you. The purpose is to look at your photos hanging in your frames, and ask yourself these questions:

Do I want to keep this frame?

Do I want to keep this photo in the frame?

What replacements do I need to make?

 

Write down all of your notes regarding your frames, photos in your frames, and sizes of prints needed. The purpose is to refresh your home and fill it with images that bring you JOY and remind you of precious moments!

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5. Put a system in place for organizing your photos

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to preserve your family’s memories well. It doesn’t matter whether you use your iPhone or a professtional camera.

What does matter is focusing on your family and your legacy.

From physical prints to digital files, it’s importatnt to have a system in place so you can enjoy your photos instead of feeling cluttered and overwhelmed!

We share our work with our clients through Pass.Us so you can share, download and see your photographs every time you want for ten years!

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14 giugno 2017

Our quick trip to Rome – Part two

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We started our second day in Rome with our breakfast taken in the Roman Ghetto with Jewish pastry (I don't remember the name of this delicious pastry made with dry fruits) and a strong coffee.

The Roman Ghetto was a Jewish ghetto established in 1555 in the Rione Sant'Angelo, in the area surrounded by present-day Via del Portico d'Ottavia, Lungotevere dei Cenci, Via del Progresso and Via di Santa Maria del Pianto, close to the River Tiber and the Theatre of Marcellus.

With the exception of little periods under Napoleon from 1808 to 1815 and under the Roman Republics of 1798-99 and 1849, the ghetto of Rome was controlled by the papacy until the capture of Rome in 1870.

Roman Ghetto is a tiny district of Rome but it's so beautiful and with lot of things to see.

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After breakfast we had a trip across the Tiber river to Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament.

A stroll around Trastevere, a formerly working-class district with a heady nightlife, will take you away from the crowds to the hidden corners of Rome.

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After that we went to Gianicolo. I don't like climb the hills but we needed to visit this part of the city!!

The Gianicolo is a hill in western Rome, Italy. Although the second-tallest hill (the tallest being Monte Mario) in the contemporary city of Rome, the Janiculum does not figure among the proverbial Seven Hills of Rome, being west of the Tevere and outside the boundaries of the ancient city.

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Our last stop for the day was Vaticano city.

The day before we went there for a wedding but we love walking in front of San Pietro and eat a big gelato (we always eat something! Sorry I ALWAYS EAT!!!).

Vatican city (Citta del Vaticano), the papal residence, was built over the tomb of Saint Peter. The Vatican's position as a sovereign state within a state was quaranteed by the Lateran Treaty of 1929, marked by the building of a new road, the Via della Conciliazione. This leads from huge St Peter's basilica to Castel Sant' Angelo, a monument to a far past.

Vatican is the smallest state in the world, based in Rome in Italy.

I discovered that someone live here! I mean someone that don't work for the Catholic Church. I didn't know it!

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Good bye Rome!