Friday Lens Affair #58

Christopher Columbus, Genoa, Italy

Today, I’m hosting Cassandra Kramer and Oren Liebermann from 42nd Class Blog with their photograph from Genoa. They are a really great married couple. Who travel around the world! Follow their adventure on Facebook and Twitter.

This picture intrigued me. Not only because it is a perfect contrast between the white statue and blue sky. There was a question in my mind. Why? I take a lot of these kinds of pictures.

Therefore, I was interested to find out what is pushing other people in the same direction in photography as me?

But enough about me. Here comes Cassandra and Oren story :)

Picture Story: Genoa, Christopher Columbus

After spending a few days in Cinque Terre, my husband and I decided that we weren’t yet ready to leave Italy!

The country was our first stop on our ‘around the world travel’ adventure. We knew our next destination was France. We decided to stop in Genoa on the way.

We didn’t really know what to expect because this city isn’t heavily publicized like Rome or Venice. In Rome, it was easy to find private tours to explore the city.

After meeting the wonderful couple who hosted us,  they handed us a map and sent us off to explore the city. We were amazed to learn how historically significant and well-preserved the city centre of Genoa is.

We entered Piazza Acquaverde. And what did we see? A statue of Christopher Columbus. The ultimate explorer! As Americans, we laughed. Because we feel like everywhere we go, we can never escape Christopher Columbus.

There’s always a statue somewhere in his honour. Cristoforo Colombo was born in Genoa. He makes an appearance in many places throughout the city.

We knew we had to try to capture the essence of him in a photo so that we would remember. No matter where we travel, Christopher Columbus isn’t far behind.

24 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #58

  1. This photo brings back great memories. My first trip overseas, when I was 12, was a 3-week tour of Italy with the Atlanta Boy Choir. Genoa was one of several dozen cities, we visited, culminating in a performance for Pope John Paul II in the Vatican. Every time I see a photo like this, it takes me right back. So thanks!
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    • Wow Bret I didn’t know you were in the BOY Choir, and indeed I love those kind of pictures as well, that brings warm memories.
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  2. Catherine

    Such a beautiful photo. It’s so clear, you can make out every detail on the statue!
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  3. Can’t wait to finally explore Italy!
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  4. Excellent photo. Would love to explore Italy some day.

  5. Jenna

    I never knew he was from Genoa! Interesting story to go along with a great photograph!
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  6. Christopher Columbus IS everywhere! haha I can’t wait to make it to Italy though; the culture intrigues me but ultimately it’s the food that’s really leading me to Europe! ;-)
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    • Ha ha ha, so true, I’m in Italy now,spending few days after skiing in Turin and Milan and food is to die for :)
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      • Very cool! How is skiing over there? I’ve been snowboarding for 3 years now out here in Aspen, Colorado and would love to expand my European boundaries too!
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        • Ha ha ha skiing in Europe is superb! What can I say! Although I have never been in Aspen so can’t compare! But last week spend a week in Tignes, France. and last month as well been skiing for a week in France… no matter what people say, and no matter how much I like Italy, Switzerland and AusTRIA, FRANCE IS THE BEST OF THE BEST!
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  7. Merisi in Vienna

    Perfect setting for an extraordinary explorer!

  8. Jay

    Very nice picture!! Never been there, but have heard great stories about this place.
    Have a lovely day!

  9. I know what you mean. Magnetic Island which is only 20 mins off the coast from where we live in North Queensland was named by Columbus – because his compass went crazy and he thought the island must have Magnetic qualities! Lovely photo, I like the composition and colours and definitely feel like I am looking up at it.
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  10. Tourist in Romania

    This statue is awesome and Genoa is a great city. I went there two years ago and it was a beautiful experience

  11. You’re right, Genoa isn’t as widely publicized as other Italian cities, even though the name is so familiar. I actually have no idea what there is to see in that town. Who’s the lady next to Chris?
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    • Michele I think this city is quiet famous for a very picturesque Marina and colourful cliff houses hanging above water. Even though I have been in Italy like hundred times I never visited myself, must be fixed soon! :)
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