PARIS without its Tour Eiffel. Impossible even to imagine, today. But if some French intellectuals would have won their battle, the Iron Lady (Dame de Fer) might have survived for maybe just twenty years or maybe less. The French originally hated it. If not all, certainly an important group of high-profile artists, thinkers and creatives who signed a petition to protest against the tower during its construction. They expressed all their hate towards this “useless” and “monstrous” monument with a love letter to their City of Lights (Ville Lumière) and finesse, published on Valentine’s Day 1887.

PISTOIA “The noise of the wheels on the still-warm tile of the patio woke my companions up; it was past 2 AM when I reached the plant nursery and the flat surrounded by yuccas, exhausted from a long car drive and wandering around in the middle of nowhere. Pistoia and its asleep villas seemed to be a lookout checking for strangers like me; I rushed in with no other expectation than a good night of sleep and here they were, waiting for me.” Continue reading this (true) story by Marie Beckrich | illustration: Tom Treadway | #CCTravellers2017

PALERMO è la sua città e lei è la sua Battaglia, Letizia Battaglia. La fotografa (non solo) della mafia, oggi 82enne, continua a lottare e a cambiare le cose. Con coraggio, libertà e passione. Ancora un gesto d’amore, il Centro Internazionale di Fotografia nei Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa. Che non vediamo l’ora di visitare! Intanto, abbiamo visto la sua mostra al Museo MAXXI (Roma) e qui proviamo a raccontarvi questa grande donna, questa grande persona.