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Raw Series by Cristian Girotto

Digital art is about imaging the reality as you want. It is perpetual, interpretive and  reflects the outlook of different cultures. It allows the artist to connect the dots between creativity, perceptions, desires, popular and high cultures. An art that communicates the unsaid and allows you to experience visually other senses.

Once more,  talented digital artist, Cristian Girotto has patiently rendered culinary art in a liberal & eye-catching series dubbed “Raw”. Cristian Girotto is a digital artist based in Paris, you can view his portfolio on Behance or his website.

Raw by Critian Girotto
Raw by Critian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto
Raw by Cristian Girotto

Dolceacqua – A medieval village in Italian Riviera

Following the trail of Claude Monet, the picturesque village of Dolceacqua, at the bottom of Nervia Valley, in the Italian region of Liguria is an expressive sight.

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Dolceacqua’s iconic stone footbridge that arches over the Nervia river, dubbed by the master of impressionist, Claude Monet ” jewel of lightness” and the Doria Castle depicted in 1884 is the birth place of powerful Doria Clan who were lord of Genoa in 16th and 17th century. The castle is in ruins however at the top, the restoration has allowed an area for festivals and plays with a panoramic view of the spontaneous nature of Liguria.

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The cobblestone walkways and alleys with twists and loops, the artist shops and the adorable restaurants all air medieval romance and characterize the gentility of the knights of the round table. Among the eateries, “Casa e Bottega”, accentuates the essence of Dolceacqua charm and marvellous cuisine.

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The primary economic activities of the region are olives, production of roses, mimosas, brooms and local speciality wine called “Rossesse”. The wine grape is aromatic and garrigue flavoured, suggesting bushy, wild and fragrant plants.

With every old town and city, there is a story and the legend of Dolceacqua is about women’s emancipation. The tragic love story of Lucrezia and Basso, two lovers who fought against the “Jus Primae Noctis”, which means the newlywed bride should spend her wedding night with the lord of the region.  The story recounts that while Lucrezia and Basso were celebrating their secret marriage, the Marquise’s guards kidnaped her to perform her duty. However, she refused and was imprisoned and left to die in the dungeons of the castle. Basso broke in the castle and forced the Marquis to abolish the law with a knife at his throat. The residents of Dolceacqua celebrate this victory with a sweet pastry called “Michetta” accompanied by “Rossesse di Dolceacqua” wine.

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Wine Theme Park À La Française

La Cité du Vin (City of Wine) located on the banks of the Garonne river in Bordeaux, France,  is opening on June 1, 2016. A new wine-themed park celebrating the culture of wine and its history, welcoming close to 450,000 visitors every year.

The architectural design of the actual museum is a powerful expression of curves, symbolizing motion of wine in a glass, coiled grapevine and swirls of Garonne river. The creation takes you to the height of emotional and visionary experience of wine tasting, designed by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières from XTU architects.

The sensational venue offers interactive knowledge, tours and temporary exhibitions. You will have access to technological tool during your visit, offered in 8 languages, which it can be tailored to your profile.

Things to do during your visit:

There will be two temporary exhibitions each year on variety of cultural and artistic themes, from leading museums and private collections. Each year, a “guest wine region” of the world will showcase its cultural wealth and its history. The Thomas Jefferson auditorium (250 places) and the conference areas will host shows, concerts, cinema screenings, meetings and seminars.

Spent time in The reading room, where you can immerse in the magical realm of multilingual books, and multi-media publications related to world of wine or visit the concept store, La Cité du Vin boutique for a treat.

Enjoy a selection of tapas from around the world and more than 50 different wines by the glass  at Latitude20 or explore Le 7 panoramic restaurant with a serene and striking view over Bordeaux  while tasting more than 500 wines from around the world and a selection of seasonal regional produce.

Stroll around La Cité du Vin gardens and enjoy the scent of fresh air.

The admission fee of 20 euros for adults (8 euros for kids, who are welcome), includes: the permanent tour, a ‘travel companion’, an innovative tool in 8 languages, access to La Cité du Vin’s Belvedere, where you will discover a 360° view of Bordeaux whilst tasting a glass of world wine (50 ml).

Happy Wine Tasting.