Monthly Archives: May 2015

Venice & Verona

I said to John, Venice is about romance and that was enough for him to run and remove himself from editing this video.

I then decided to look up the definition of romance in the dictionary:

a. A love affair:
b. Ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people.
c. A strong, sometimes short-lived attachment, fascination d. A mysterious or fascinating quality or appeal, as of something adventurous, heroic, orstrangely beautiful:

We´ve now been together for 23 years and none of those definitions of romance fit us!
So yes, Venice has a unique effect on you , but whether you are alone , with a partner or with a good friend , if you have a chance go ahead and experience it, because it will awake feelings, and for the best or worse , they will stay with you.

While googling I found this quote :
“Memory’s images, once they are fixed in words, are erased,”
“Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it,”

We hope the images on our video are enough to take you there and hopefully evoque that romantic energy that one cannot help but act upon which ever way you can ……

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Well, .. Fado and Portuguese culture are one and the same. 

The sound of the fado music at night time,  played in a context of an entire city shaped on moasaic-style sidewalks , narrow streets, women hanging their washing on balconies, the aboundance smell of seafood, are the memories we take with us from Portugal.

Fado is currently a world wide known symbol of Portugal, being represented for many years in foreign countries by Amália Rodrigues, the Singer we have chosen for this video.

She’s been credited with defining the style of the music, and when she died in 1999, the government declared three days of national mourning and awarded her a state funeral.

Fado, which means “destiny” or “fate” in Portuguese, is an oral tradition, recognized by UNESCO as part of the intangible heritage of humanity , a genre of music born in Lisbon that can be traced to the early 1800s. With its earlier roots, having emerged, according to many researchers, as a fusion between the music of African slaves and the traditional music of Portuguese sailors, enriched with some Arabic elements, Fado is sometimes called Portugal’s soul music, for it is often characterized as mournful, and lyrics often tell the stories of pain and poverty.

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While millions of tourists like ourselves visit Morocco every year because of the stunning landscapes, bustling markets and its unique desert , very few are aware or choose  to acknowledge the poverty and hidden human rights abuse that occurs behind closed doors.

In Morocco, (a country with a French colonial history),  thousands of children—predominantly girls and some as young as eight—work in private homes as domestic workers. Known as petites bonnes, (little maids)  they typically come from poor, rural areas hoping for a better life in the city and the opportunity to help their family financially. Instead, they often encounter physical and verbal violence, isolation, and seven-days-a-week labor that begins at dawn and continues until late at night. They are poorly paid and almost none attend school.

There is some indication that things are starting to change in Morocco.  The government and international human rights organizations report that the number of girls working as petites bonnes is declining.  This is due in part to the fact that public awareness about the problems faced by petites bonnes has been raised due to an increase in media attention and public education campaigns undertaken by the Moroccan government, NGOs, and United Nations agencies.   The Moroccan government has also taken steps to increase school enrollment and this has helped reduce the number of children engaged in child labor.

Rather than just focus on the “exotic” side of Morocco, we have also chosen to mention the dark side, in hope that the message keeps circulating and eventually child labor, not just in Morocco but in the world, is eliminated.

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