I arose early this morning.
I learned from Ken Kaminesky, a travel photographer friend, that the quiet of a city in the morning light is one of the best times to take photos.
I learned from Tino Soriano , a national geographic photographer, that patience is one of the best traits of a photographer.
While I will never be a photographer at their level, I can certainly apply some of what they taught me. And my opportunity to do so is here in Bologna where I'm traveling slow.
Three Weeks in One Place: Slow Travel
It's day three of my three-week stay in Bologna and the luxury of time allows me to explore and discover at a different pace.
I arrived on Monday and did little more than walk up the Via dell'Indipendenza to the Piazza Maggiore. I was tired after an overnight flight and a connecting flight – yes, little sleep. Normally, if I only had a few days in the city, I would push myself but I have the time to take my time on this trip.
Yesterday, I was better rested and explored a little further. I wandered the small streets around the Piazza, expanding my understanding of the city. I also went to the Museum of the History of Bologna. Getting the history of the city and the region has provided more context for understanding.
But today, I feel that I am really ready to jump in.
Living with Time
So this morning… I arose early to catch the morning light. Most of the day the light is flat, without shadows, and results in photos without depth. In the early morning and before dusk, the light is better. Being patient, I watched the sun rise over the buildings and waited for it to catch the fountain, details on the buildings and the porticos in interesting ways.
This ability to wait is unusual for me. I stood, watched and waited. There is peace in this.
And now I head out to do what they call the Water Tour of Bologna. Starting in the former Jewish Ghetto and ending in the Industrial Heritage Museum, it explores what's left of the canals and waterways of the city.
I'll have much more about Bologna and Emilia-Romagna to share with you soon.
My thanks to the tourism board here for supporting Blogville – a place for bloggers to stay while exploring the region. You can read what other bloggers have written about their stay here.