Boccadasse, Liguria

The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human; the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown …

Theroux Sourced from Steve McCurry’s photography blog.

Sometimes, the photographs I take here in Genova, are a simple celebration of being back in this city I love. It’s not always easy living here, without language, without anything resembling huge amounts of money, without family … but I keep coming back. My camera loves me for it. My photographer’s eye appreciates it too.

I find something of New Zealand in the sea and the hills. I enjoy the quiet kindness of the Genovese met along the way. And these days I am reading my way into their history. Steven Epstein’s book covers the period between 958-1528. Titled … Genoa and the Genoese, it captures something of the complicated and rich history of this Italian city that so few people I know seem to know.

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