Archive for January, 2012

Australia – 2011 12 27-30 – Melbourne

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

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Finally in Melbourne, the most European of OZ’s cities, in visit as ambassador to a branch of the Calderone Family. Not an easy job, a big honour.

Entering the airport from the arrivals gates, there were my uncles waiting for me like two bodyguards.

For four days then, they escorted me around the Melbourne’s places that welcomed them sixty years ago when they migrated.

Piazza Italia, North Carlton, Victoria Market are just dome of these places, and everywhere they took me they new people, it seemed to me to be back in an Italy 30 years in the past. Everyday I’ve been drinking about four to six expressos of the best kind, strong and creamy.

Although Christmas and all the celebrations where already over, every single day of my stay in Melbourne I did enjoy reach breakfasts, long lunches and banquets for dinner, up to fifteen different dishes for a single meal in some cases.
The main job of my aunties has been to feed me al the time, not for a single minute I missed Italy in those days!!

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They did also ‘allowed’ me some free time and some rest by time to time, and in such moments I did have he chance to meet again with Candy my friend met previously in Fraser Island. It’s amazing how quick you create connections when you are traveling, you usually don’t have such openness when live your everyday life.

Twelve hours of bus drive are keeping me away from alpha and omega of this great adventure

With the bitter taste of sadness on my mouth and my heart richer and more stories about my grandpa and my family, the time has come to head again to Sydney…

According to my auntie I couldn’t leave without the last food gift…
Three enormous sandwiches in the best Italian style and no less than four bananas.


“Visit to family in Melbourne”

From Australia – 20111227-30 – Melbourne, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 1/06/2012 (8 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 23-26 – ULURU Safari and Kings Canyon

Friday, January 6th, 2012

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THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!!

Although diving in the Great Reef Barrier has been the most amazing experience of this travel ( and together with the Dolomites view from Renon in Bozen, this has been one of the most amazing experience in my life), the ULURU safari has been the most complete, entertaining and fulfilling piece of my journey.

We had a great, involving, caring, knowledgeable guide who wanted us to call him BEAR while his name is Nathan.

Spent three days drinking 1 litter of water per hour, driving almost 500 km per day sleeping 3 hours per night and waking up at 3:30am to go for early morning walks under the sun with 45°C…

We learned a lot, we heard magical stories about aborigines that we are not allowed to tell other people unless take them to the sacred spots of the ULURU, we learnt about the creators.

Now we know that the ULURU is not sacred, but it is like a building hosting sacred areas where there are signs and knowledge that ‘White people’ eyes would not beagle to see but aboriginals do.

We heard the legend of the Aboriginal Woman’s ghost living the camp by the Kings Canyon.

We learnt how the ULURU and the OLGAS geologically formed, and then you think how insignificant the life of human beings is respect the lire of planet Earth.
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We where 24 souls crossing the lands of the aboriginals. We where from 8 different countries.
Te magic of Christmas just bound us together like we were at and old friends reunion after a long period away. We danced YMCA, and some Aussy dance with Kangaroos and laces.

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We draw camels, koalas, kangaroos..and penguins. We drunk a Fucking Good Port with some serious cigars while checking out Orion and the Milky Way.

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We have seen shooting stars… and shitting stars as well (isn’t it Cleo?)

We fought with Red-back spires, wolf-spiders, won against the scorpions, eaten grasshoppers and kangaroo, rode camels, and met meter long lizards, pictured cacatuas and visited the Gardens of Eden.

Did I mention that our bus was driven by Santa?

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“Christmas at theULURU and Kings Canyon”

From Australia – 20111223-26 – ULURU & Kings Canyon Safari, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 1/04/2012 (131 items)

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Australia – 2011 12 20-22 – Great Reef Barrier

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

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Impressive and magical. Can you describe the Great Reef Barrier with more appropriate words?

I never dived before and during this short cruise on board of the Sea Quest and the Ocean Quest ships I did have the chance to go underwater for five times plus other enchanting snorkelling sessions.

Also in this case the shots I took with my Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS will explain the majesty of the underwater world better than any written or spoken word.

I’ve see sharks, clown fishes, ball fishes, parrot fishes, petting fishes, jelly fishes, turtles, fishes I didn’t even know they could exists, gardens of corals… All of this will probably take me to a PADI course as soon as I’ll be back to London ^_-

It is not difficult to catch the breath with the regulator when you’re 10 mt down, but believe me it’s difficult to catch the breath when you literally fly together with the creatures of that unknown world. There is no fear, there is no time or rush nor tiredness, there’s only peace and beauty.

In addition to all of that, I can even say that I DID find Nemo….

Please enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed to take them…

“3 days diving cruise on the outer reef barrier in Cairns”

From Australia – 20111220-22 – Outer Reef Barrier, posted by Marco Massari Calderone on 12/30/2011 (82 items)

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