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    Sara Luna e Claudine
  • me and my girl :-)
  • Mi sento unicamente una "Cittadina del Mondo"
    figlia, madre, amica, compagna, donna...
    Ho viaggiato lungo rotte conosciute ed altre ignote, per lavoro ma anche per curiosità o solo per il desiderio di scoprire nuovi luoghi!
    L'esperienza a contatto con altri popoli, religioni e culture, mi ha insegnato a venerare Madre Natura ed ogni forma di vita che ci conduce a valutare precetti inconfutabili, ma che purtroppo troppi ignorano nel più assoluto egoismo.
    Vi apro le porte del mio mondo virtuale... seguitemi lungo l'itinerante scorrer d'acqua lasciando traccia di vissuto.

  • What to say about Claudine? She is passionate about living a present, balanced and authentic life, with a healthy dose of humor! She loves to travel the world, explore new places, people and food, but equally loves to retreat into silent solitude. She is a writer who follows a hidden path, into an unfamiliar world. If you just surrender and go with her on her eerie journey, you will find that you have surrendered to enchantment, as if in a voluptuous and fantastic dream. She makes you believe everything she sees in her fantasy and dreams. But as well you take a journey to the frozen mountain peaks of the north of Europe, to the crowded sweating streets of Mexico or Africa. Her characters are wonderfully real and wholly believable perfectly situated in her richly textured prose. She’s a lovely person and she writes with exquisite powers of description! She’s simply great! R. McKelley

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    Chi è Claudine? Lei è appassionata nel vivere al presente una vita equilibrata e autentica, con una sana dose di humour! Ama viaggiare per il mondo, esplorare nuovi luoghi, persone e cibo, ma ugualmente ama ritirarsi in solitudine, nel silenzio. E' una scrittrice che segue un sentiero nascosto, verso un mondo sconosciuto. Se solo vi arrendete e andate con lei in questa spettacolare avventura, realizzerete che vi siete confidati all’incantevole, come in un sogno fantastico ed avvolgente. Vi farà credere ad ogni cosa che lei vede nei suoi stessi sogni e fantasie. Ma inizierete anche un viaggio verso le cime ghiacciate del nord Europa, verso le strade affollate del Messico o Africa. I protagonisti sono magnificamente reali e totalmente credibili stupendamente inseriti nella ricca trama di prosa. E’ una “grande” persona e scrive con uno squisito potere descrittivo. E’ semplicemente magnifica.

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What about some USA vacations?

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My girl and I were planning this trip since a couple years! Actually, I wanted to go back to these places but as well I desired to share the emotions with my daughter and Sara Luna wanted to share this with her school mate Melissa.
We flew with Swiss from Milano to Zurich and then took the direct flight to Los Angeles.
For the first 5 days, we stayed at Dave and Dede’s House in Burbank. I first met David 38 years ago… the emotion to see him after so long was quite great, but he didn’t change much apart from the color of the hair… They did took good care of us and David showed us around L.A.


We had as well the chance to go to the Hollywood Bowl where the group Pentatonix had a fabulous concert on Sunday, July 2nd. We also had the opportunity to meet people who, unfortunately, because of the short time available, we could not stay with them longer.

The next day, we spend Sara Luna’s 15th birthday at Disneyland… and that was really something special!
We left Anaheim and started our great tour around California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
There is so much to say about the different places we visited, most of all I found California completely changed from what I remember the last time I was in L.A. on Swissair rotations or with my husband.
Driving around with a GPA and a really comfortable car isn’t a big deal. Sara Luna was my co-navigator and we managed to get through (quite) many inconveniences along the way… I guess you have to be open-minded!

Traveling around mainly on highways or country roads, we could find stalls with fresh fruits just collected… fantastic and yummy flavors! But well, when you’re on an adventurous trip, you all time may expect some sort of “strange” things happens. And when you’re terribly tired, you may stumble in your own feets… fortunately without serious consequences, but generate a lot of laughs.

After Santa Barbara and Monterey, where we did our first laundry, we spent one day and a half in San Francisco with the usual sightseeing and shopping (for the girls). The wheater, even if with a warm sun shining, didn’t allow us to bath in the Pacific Ocean. Actually, as far as I recall, even when I used to live in California I never did totally immerse myself into the ocean’s water: for my taste, it’s too cold!

We left Frisco, and we started our “National Parks Adventure”. Well, I admit that if you really are interested in doing something awesome, only for the Kings Canyon and Sequoia you need at least two weeks. It’s such a great place to stay, spend the nights in a cottage in the forest, for example, or taking a camping tent. Unfortunately not having made a previous reservation, there was no place available directly in the park, and we booked for the night outside, in a small town. We went through the Giant Sequoia Nat. Forest on the US180 to Hume Lake and then on US198 South… a breathtaking beauty! These plants are millenary… (fortunately now protected in this park area), impressive is the well-known Mark Twain Tree stump, a 1’350 year (some says is 1’700) old sequoia that was felled in 1891 after a team of two men spent 13 days sawing it. And so lovely, few times, despite the presence of too many humans, we had the joy to see some little animals.

All the way South on US65, we entered US178 and US395. We went all the way through Death Valley on US190 allowing us a couple stops in Furnace Creek (temperature of ~55° Celsius / ~130° Fahrenheit and 18% humidity) and Zabriskie Point. Definitely, this is not a place to camp. Before dipping ourselves into the frantic and chaotic life of Las Vegas, we visited the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area which is situated west of L.V.

After getting a singular example of the Las Vegas’ nightlife, which didn’t convince either one of us… the trip continued South in direction of Arizona and Route 66 with a lovely stop in Peach Springs where the girls had their most delicious hamburger (I had to be happy with the homemade french fries). Next stop: Flagstaff.

You can say and write a lot about the Grand Canyon, but each time you’re there you remain silent. Considering the great force of water, the strong winds which are modeling the earth… man can only consider the great gift we have been given! Our marvelous Planet Earth…

But the highlight of this trip was Monument Valley (the Navajo people say in their language: Yá’át’tééh – the spirit of Good). The 3 other times I visited this place in the past, I never could go down on the earth trail… this time, even if the car wasn’t a 4×4, I did it! And it was fabulous… and as well special was the night at the Kayenta Monument Valley Inn.

Next stop, and I regret having paid the entrance fees since I didn’t want to stay in a queue waiting to take a picture of Four Corners, the place where the states Arizona, Utah, New Messico and Colorado meets.
We followed the street US160 and US491 to Dove Creek for the night; next day we visited Mesa Verde but I was disappointed since the Spruce Tree Terrace was closed to visitors and now you have to be accompanied by a ranger to visit the other “pits” of the Puebloan People… and we didn’t have a half day time to do it.
The following afternoon we reached Chinle, inside the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, where we spent one night at the Thunderbird Lodge.
The guided tour inside the canyon was lovely and tiresome, but we enjoyed (there wouldn’t be possible to do it without 4X4).

The Petrified Forest in the Navajo and Apache counties, isn’t exactly what the name says. In effect there isn’t any forest to be seen but in reality, only a few fossils, especially of fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic period of the Mesozoic era.
Actually, here as well it could be much more to explore, time permitting, since I saw some lovely spots full with colors and little creatures like the collared lizard (which is the largest lizard in the park) seem to look at you with interest.
On road US40 towards the Coconino National Forest and after South through the Tonto National Forest, we arrived in the peripheric of Phonix where I brought the girls for the “last” shopping experience.
After the lovely early afternoon’s drive through the parks, driving the night in direction of the frontier with California, was a nightmare. And a horror was the poor hotel we slept in Blythe… but for 40.- U$ for two rooms (included wi-fi) you can’t say anything.

We had planned the last night at Twentynine Palms, where next morning at 11:00 we should have met my good friends Yvonne and Danilo.
The surprise was great when I saw my son Emanuele Giosuè smiling at me from the door frame. Danilo did it again: he wanted to surprise me taking him in his rotation. Yvonne gave as well a “date-wish”, to be on the Swiss Crew for our flight back home! We enjoyed strolling around Joshua Tree Park and Danilo offered us a night in a luxury hotel in Palm Springs… decorated by the best meal we had during our tour (after the delicacy cooked by Dede and Dave in Burbank)!
Few hours at the Hermosa Beach, and then the drive back to the airport… but the trip in Swiss Business Class was really amazing, giving to the four of us the possibility to rest and get well pampered along the 11 hours flight.
This is one experience to be absolutely repeated!

 

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  1. tito bassi

     /  July 30, 2017

    BELLO, non hai perso tempo. complimenti a tutti

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    • 🙂 e la prossima estate sarà il Guatemala con le sue meraviglie del Tical, Amatitlán, Péten… con una guida d’eccezzione! Questa volta è una promessa, caro Tito :-)claudine

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  2. caterina

     /  July 30, 2017

    Le immagini r54acontano bene,anche le cose che il mio misero inglese non mi permette di leggere.Bel reportage di un viaggio che dev’essere stato impegnativo ma ..fantastico.Un abbraccio ed un pensiero particolare per Sara Luna.

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    • Carissima, provvederò certamente a mettere la traduzione… perdona la mia arroganza, ma mi riesce sempre meglio scrivere direttamente in inglese, se faccio una traduzione dall’italiano… è sempre un po’ claudicante! Abbraccio :-)c

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  3. You covered an impressive amount of territory!

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    • Time elapsed in a blink of eyelashes… You never get enough when traveling abroad, and this was my fourth voyage in this area of the U.S. :-)c

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  4. How on earth did you get so much done? How marvelous for you. Isn’t the world a beautiful place? I used to live in Colorado and go through all those places regularly and never tire to see them. I live in Southern California now, about an hour from Disneyland, but have not been in over 25 years. It looks like so much fun. How long were you here? You got so much done.

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  5. Un racconto bellissimo che mi fa venir voglia di partire…belle le foto che avrò cura di guardare una per una con calma, raccontano tanto anche loro!
    robert

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  6. Francesco

     /  July 31, 2017

    Come sempre bellissime foto, soprattutto alcune molto espressive e bel viaggio

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    • L’anima errante è rimasta ancorata ai ricordi… anche se non lavoro più per una compagnia aerea, non mi stanco mai di sognare luoghi lontani… :-)c

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  7. amazingly written on vacation, pictures are headlines of this post!

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  8. una splendida esperienza corredata da parole suggestive e immagini accattivanti. Ben tornata, Cluadine

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  9. Goodness me!!! What an amazing adventure! I don’t know where to start! You certainly will have many memories of so many breathtaking, beautiful places….I just loved the pictures of the Grand Canyon, hopefully I will get to visit there one day. There are always ups and downs during a real adventure, funnily enough the downs make for the funny stories, afterwards!
    Piano is now tuned here and my surgery isn’t until 14th September, looking forward to seeing your boy. Will email before he comes. He is more than welcome to bring a friend is he so wishes, we can accommodate two.xxxxxx

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