I live in the Italian region of Puglia, the high heel of the boot. But within Puglia there seems to be a very limited number of bowling alleys. I say this because to find one from where I live in Grottaglie you just have to follow these signs.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Jupiter is a brand of rangefinder camera lenses made in Russian by a company called KOMZ and later by another company called LZOS, production started around 1942. In the past when I was visiting used camera shops in Japan I would always keep my eyes open for these Russian made lenses but had very limited luck finding them. A few months ago when I the visited Prague, I stopped in the camera store called Centrum FotoŠkoda and found a small collection of Russian made lenses including the 35mm Jupiter-12 lens. Of course you can find this stuff on eBay, but that's no fun.
I tried and it worked without an issue on my M8. There is actually a lot of information about these lenses on the internet. This particular copy was made at the LOZS factory just southeast of Moscow in the city of Lytkarino.
It's amazing, but this lens is very capable of taking good photos, here are a few random shots from old town Grottaglie.
A light outside the main church.
Some random street signs... Parking in the direction of private property?... This lens is the most antique shopping that I have done in years!
Sunday, January 5, 2014
The South-West side of Grottaglie, about 1/3 of the city is built on a face of a hill. My apartment is actually in the middle of the hill, so except for the pizzeria across the street, I need to go up or down whenever I go somewhere. This weekend I noticed a flyer for Drift-Trike, and I guess the hill that runs through Grottaglie makes this a perfect location for drifting.
Most events in Grottaglie are easy to find, just follow the arrows.
First things first, the trikes need to get from the bottom of the hill to the top of the hill, I assume they would just walkup. But nope, they were pulled by a Fiat Multipla.... Worlds most ugly car.
And this is drift-trike'ing.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Pompeii is the ruins of an old ancient Roman city that was re-discoved about 250 years ago. It was lost for a while after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried the city in 25 meters of ash in 79 AD.
... 8:30am... That last time I arrived at a popular tourist spot this early in the morning is when I reached the summit of Mt. Fuji, 30 minutes after sunrise. :)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Amalfi is a town centered on the Amalfi coast of Italy.
Looking north from the entrance of Piazza del Duomo
The Godfather movies were based in Corleone but that's not where they were filmed, one of the smaller cities the series was filmed at was Savoca. Savoca is on the east side of Sicily, not far from the ferry crossing from mainland Italy.