Travel

Photographing a Festival in Naples

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Waiting for a vial of blood to liquefy was the last thing I expected to be doing on holiday but there I was in the Duomo in Naples camera in hand doing just that.  Festivals - as it turns out - are great to photograph. They show a city or village on one of its most important days and this was no exception. This time last year, I was photographing the Ceremony of the Liquefaction of the Blood of San Gennaro.  San Gennaro’s blood liquifies every September 19th and predicts how the year ahead will be.  If the blood liquifies, it ushers in a year of good fortune for Neapolitans.   Thousands of people gather in the Cathedral to witness the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of their protector and Patron Saint, San Gennaro. Shrouded in myth and superstition, the liquefaction is a religious ceremony that dates back to the late 1300s. I...

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Naples: why she’s more than a one night stop over

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It's that time of year when my Australian friends start packing their bags enmasse to escape our winter and head straight into summer in Europe (after a short 24 hour plane ride).  One of my friends and her boyfriend are doing just that and heading off to Italy and Greece.  I love to hear about people's travel plans and so when my friend told me they were planning to stay only one night in Naples before heading to the Almafi Coast, I was aghast.  Her boyfriend was quoted as saying 'you wouldn't want to stay more than one night in Naples, not really much to see'.  Having spent a week in Naples last September, I pretty much jumped up and down saying 'oh yes there is, there is sooooo much to see and do, you really must stay longer'.  So I convinced my friend and she in turn convinced her boyfriend and they...

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