Happy Father’s Birthday – a photo tribute to my dad

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I want to wish happy father’s birthday today to my dad. Not only he’s a great runner and passionate about astronomy, but he’s also an awesome photographer.

This is a pic he took when we were together in Rome at Christmas. He hasn’t retouched it, so I’m publishing it the way he took it. Isn’t it an amazing pic?

Rome was as beautiful as always, but my father managed to get the best out of it with this photo picturing Castel Sant’Angelo at sunset.

Well, what was I saying? Happy Father’s Birthday*, daddy!

Taken at Castel Sant’Angelo, Roma

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*I rarely call my parents ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’, but instead I call them ‘mother’ and ‘father’. They’re not quite happy about it, but to me it’s the highest sign of respect I can show to them, so they still live with it :)


Oggi voglio fare gli auguri a mio padre per il suo compleanno in maniera particolare. Non solo mio padre è un ottimo runner e un appassionato di astronomia, ma è anche un bravissimo fotografo. Se lo chiedete e a lui, vi dirà che è scarso in tutte le cose che ho elencato qui sopra, ma credetemi, lui è solo estremamente umile (e non si rende conto delle piste che dà ai giovani correndo, tra l’altro) .

Questa è una fotografia che ha scattato quando eravamo tutti insieme a Roma per Natale. La foto non è ritoccata, è esattamente come l’ha scattata, nuda e cruda. Bellissima, eh?

Roma era fantastica come sempre, per cui non è stato difficile per l’occhio (e la mano) di mio padre trovare l’angolo giusto e scattare questa straordinaria immagine di Castel Sant’Angelo al tramonto.

E insomma, cosa stavo dicendo? Tanti auguri e a cento di questi giorni, padre!

Scattata a Castel Sant’Angelo, Roma

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*Raramente mi capita di chiamare i miei genitori ‘mamma’ o ‘babbo’. Non mi piace, e preferisco chiamarli ‘madre’ e ‘padre’. Dopo tutti questi anni, ancora a loro non va giù, ma io continuo per la mia strada, perché questo modo di chiamarli per me mostra il massimo rispetto possibile :)

Happy birthday, soulmate

Happy birthday to my soulmate Franz.
Happy birthday soulmate Franz Vitulli
They say “I love you to the Moon and back” – Well, I don’t need to go to the Moon and back as he’s my everything on this Earth and beyond ❤️

I can’t think of my life without him, and everyday I feel so blessed and lucky to have stumbled upon him at some point in 2006!

Taken at Roma, Italia / Rome, Italy

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Another dog’s birthday

Another dog’s birthday. Giuliano turns eight.

Giuliano, dog's birthday

Happy birthday to the most affectionate, lovely, awesome, and sweet best friend in the world.
Happy birthday Giuliano, I miss you every single second of my life I spend without you on my couch asking for food 😜

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My grandmother’s birthday is an example of freedom

Today is my grandmother’s birthday, and this is a story about valuing the freedom of expression.
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The lady in the pic is my grandmother (my mother’s mum). Her name is Ida, and she turns 91 today.
This pic was shot this morning in Nuoro, Sardinia, where my grandmother lives. She stands in front of her polling station (the closest school from her home), as today in Italy people are called to express their vote for a referendum.

Despite her age and the fact that it’s her birthday, she wanted to go and vote. She’s never missed one single election or referendum since she had the right to vote. This lady has lived dark times–during the Fascism and during WWII, when people and women can’t express themselves– se she know what it means to have something to say and can’t say it… because if you speak, you’re dead.

In Italy women granted their right to vote in 1945. Since the very first election day open to women, my grandmother expressed her vote every single time she was asked. She didn’t matter if for many years, due to the endless Italian redtape, she had to go from Nuoro to Cagliari to vote. She had to, she had to go and vote, because she was happy and grateful she could do it.

Mrs Ida values a lot the freedom of expression we sometimes take as granted. My grandmother is an example for us, and I wish her to keep inspiring me for many many other years ahead.
Love you grandma ❤️

Taken at Nuoro City
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Happy Birthday to my dog Giuliano! ❤️

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Happy Birthday to the most beautiful, naughty, sweet, clever and loving dog ever lived on this planet.

Today this tiny little fella turns 7. I can’t believe nearly 7 years have passed since the first time I met his big big eyes.

I really can’t wait to be with him again.
There is no day I don’t miss him badly.
There is no dog I cross my glance with that doesn’t remind me of him.

Love you Giuliano! ❤️

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