Flipping in Montalcino08.20.08

I really love my Flip as an additional way of documenting where I’ve been. Putting together a DVD with photos after the travel seems more fun when the DVD may be given some extra life through some short video-stunts. And all that easy.

And I just love my flip so much that I do all the amateur errors and no-nos of video-shooting. For instance, I know I should not be doing all these pannings. There are several reasons for that (as my pal Aske keeps pointing out to me every now and then).

One reason is that that moving the camera about instead of just documenting things moving might making the viewers a bit seasick. I know. I’ve suffered from this seasickness watching amateur videos.

Another reason for not moving a camera such as the Flip (or anything going digital encoding) is that as soon as you move the camera you make the camera work harder, and the result will definitely be more fuzzy video.

But then I come to these beautiful places, like Montalcino, and what I would like to give you is a panroamic view. And being lazy I do not care to shoot all the still photos and Photoshop them together. So here goes four short panning flips from Montalcino. The first one is from the lower piazza where the famous winebar is found. This is the place to go if you are looking for the good wines.

And in the second panning we have moved up past that winebar and to the enoteca where we bought some wine :-)

In the next Flip we have moved about 10 meters from the enoteca. The reason for the short distance is not a heavy load of wine. Anyone who knows the Norwegian taxation system for alcohol knows that such a move would be real silly. Anyway, here goes:

And then, at last, back at the parking at the very top of Montalcino. Sorry for the shake-out at the end. Hope you all didn’t get too seasick.

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A coffeebreak in Montalcino08.20.08

Let me first of all express how sorry I am for the delay in the publishing of the “Italian videos” of 2008. And to everybody who said “yes, of course” when I asked to tape them: your videos will be here, but it might still take a few days. You could say that you should never trust what a blogger says, only what he blogs.

The same goes for the stories and recommendations on where to go when in Italy, where to eat, where to stay etc. It will all be here, but it may still take some days. Keep returning here for more.

After Arezzo we went to visit a fattoria near Montalcino (this will be described later). We have visited Montalcino a number of times before. And always returned from Montalcino with a bigger smile on our faces due to either good food, good wine and/or good coffee. So we drove the 20 minutes from the fattoria to Montalcino. Since we had just had a nice lunch, coffee seemed the number one object. And what nicer place to enjoy that than in Belvedere?

How to get there? Well, we always park at the very top of Montalcino, close to the castle. Then it’s just downhill past the church and to your right. Anyway, here is what you might see from the veranda:

And once you get there, you will always be most welcome:

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  • the tuscan cat
    I for one believe that Leonardo (da Vinci) was really smart. And I also believe cats are smart creatures. So when I spotted a nice cat sleeping on a scooter carrying "the signature" Leonardo somewhere in beautiful Italy I just had to "shoot".

    For all you non-norwegian readers: older entries are in Norwegian only. Sorry.