18 October 2011

Matera

By Haleigh In Non classé

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Two weeks back at home now and I am still reminiscing of my adventures in Basilicata. Matera is a city where the old meets the older. The Sassi is the ancient city with its strange and beautiful architecture  (as seen below!) eventually merging into the “new” part of town with its charming more traditional Italian look. On either side, day or night, Matera is a beautiful place…

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Matera has so much to offer. The evening shots I took from the caves covering the cliffs on the other side of a valley that borders the Sassi side of the city. We went there to do some timelapses for our films. People lived in these caves for hundreds if not thousands of years of history. Some of them were actually turned into incredible churches within the caves, with religious frescos decorating the stone walls. One called The Cave of Original Sin was supposed to be one of the most beautiful of all. It was lost for hundreds of years though until a group of young men rediscovered it several decades ago after  a shepard mentioned having once taken a nap in a place that he described to be much like it. There are so many strange and beautiful places and stories like this surrounding Matera, and if you go the locals will be sure to share them with you as they did with us. I am already dreaming of going back. The video is to come next! Until then see you on facebook, twitter, and tumblr darlings…

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  2. Elsa @ Styleabaad 18 October 2011

    It’s always so nice to see your beautiful photos from Italy, I like each and every one of them. I sure wish I have the chance to visit Matera one day!

    xo
    Elsa

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  3. eleni 18 October 2011

    wow how amazing are these photos..so inspirational! xx

    dreamingthesea.blogspot.com

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  4. vimari 18 October 2011

    if u want trip again … maybe you ll prefer a cold poland ?
    i really want meet u wanna day in my live 🙂

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  5. Eleanor 18 October 2011

    So dreamy and ethereal….how did you bear leaving such a place??

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  6. Joy 18 October 2011

    Really beautiful photos here!

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  7. CessOviedo 18 October 2011

    What a beautiful place! Love the romantic vibe that seems to be everywhere, the view at night is incredible!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  8. Anacristina 18 October 2011

    I live vicariously through your travels girl!
    Happy monday!

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  9. Ariell Etienne 18 October 2011

    It’s the “county of the Cats”!!! I love this atmosphere…Amazing travel my dear!
    Enjoy each seconds…

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  10. Caroline 18 October 2011

    So many kittens!

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  11. Anaivilo 18 October 2011

    Oh it just looks amazing! I love the last photo, it is simply magical! There is something so mysterious about old cities that I simply adore!..

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  12. French Kissed 18 October 2011

    please take me with you when you return…your photography has an almost mystical quality about it…so captivating… hearing all of the wonderful stories that go along with the images makes me want to get off the path beaten by tourists and finally really discover Italy…

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  13. Lena 18 October 2011

    These photos are just magnificent-I can practically feel the air and hear the quiet!

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  14. CLOTHES AND CUPCAKES 18 October 2011

    I love your photos! They have this special atmosphere that makes my dreams fly away. And by the way, Babu is adorable

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  15. Petit-Maître 19 October 2011

    Lovely…as always! 🙂

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  16. Valerie 19 October 2011

    GORGEOUS pictures 🙂 you certainly have talent.

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  17. classiq 19 October 2011

    These are so beautiful, it’s lovely to discover new places and put them on your wish list. 🙂
    Ada

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  18. OOOhhh wooow, love your blog!! It´s a great inspiration for my illustrations!!

    Follow you!!!

    🙂

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  20. Clemy 30 March 2012

    Hi!

    Your pics are beautiful…!
    Can I ask you where did you stay when you were in Matera? (hostel, hotel,…) I’m actually planning to go there in June!

    Thx a lot

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    • Haleigh 30 March 2012

      Hotel Basiliani I believe it was called!

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  21. Mayflower 19 April 2013

    Amazing pics! ♥

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