Other ages

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been. ― Madeleine L’Engle I took these in a matter of two minutes while descending some stairs in Ansedonia, at the end of our 12 km beach. They walked into my frame, so to speak, and my camera wouldn’t look…

No country for dieting

Visitors come here and say they are dieting. At first glance it seems healthy. But actually Italy wishes to seduce you at every step. These are the first things you see. Photo: © signature mmm

Thursday Doors, May 18 2017

What a fly-by week this has been! Before we return back to the basic pack, here is the first part of yesterday’s doors. They were found in the town of Tuscania which is not in Tuscany but in Lazio, to make guessing harder. The last few days have been HOT. Bestia says concrete, or even worse, hot sand,…

Have mercy, Pereta

This was yesterday. We had a go at all-you-can-eat Tuscan-style in beautiful Pereta. Just don’t believe Google Maps. For if you do, mercy on your soul. Via Roma, 10, Pereta, is the official address of Trattoria da Maria Moretti, but do NOT enter this into your satellite dish, or it will lead you into an unnecessary…

WPC: Reflecthings

Here are some recent reflections: of Rome, of Bestia, of me, of me on Bestia, of trees. Most were taken with the help of the car – which reminds me that for photographic reasons I need to wash the roof too – except the last two are reflections in a puddle. We don’t have many…

V-Day for Ljubljana and Maya

Today my birthtown Ljubljana in Slovenia celebrates victory. Every year there is a walk around the city along the Path of Remembrance and Comradeship where the barbed wire used to run. Rome, on the other hand, didn’t even have a wall. Unlike some, the Roman Empire was always too huge and too powerful to need one. When amore…

Here and now

Keep passing the open windows. ― John Irving (Quote reblogged from Logical Quotes) Or take them with you. These photos were taken just earlier on my way from the vet where Bestia got his regular maintenance. I stopped the car, opened the windows and clicked first left and then right. I think there might be…

New baby blog

It’s got so easy: you want a new baby, you start a new blog. In the past there were only real babies or at least real book babies. Not saying that now it’s better, just less hassle with the placenta. After feeling the urge for a new blog and playing around with themes – so…

I do I do I do I do I do

Yesterday was a lovely day in Rome, just right for a stroll in Villa Pamphili. Before I take you to park, here is the past week on my blog. There were: Bestia’s Sunday repose; birthday of my “slon”-loving friend with elephant photos and links to plenty of elephant posts; a view through my bedroom window; a…

Bedroom window

Be me for a moment and have some camera fun. In my bedroom. These were taken some days ago, and today, today it’s a holiday in Italy. Some sort of liberation much have taken place. Sits well with us, we have just watched a hilarious Australian “The Little Death”. Beware every time you die a little….

That’s Sunday for you

Right now he is at it again, just the pose is a little different. While Bestia relaxes on “his” sofa, let’s have a look at the recent activity on my blog. The past week was quite green, as is everything around me in April. There were: A look at surprisingly orderly Italian port city Civitavecchia; three…

WPC: This is Earth calling

I’m going to green you up now. When I started to collect ideas for my Italian trip list (it’s a piece of art, with times required to reach destinations and different colours indicating directions), I found a photographer on Facebook who posted beautiful images marked “Crete Senesi”. Google Maps didn’t recognise it as a place name. Then…

Just a pit stop

Imagine: this is not even Tuscany any longer, just a pre-Easter cappuccino and cornetto (croissant) pit stop just before Civitavecchia, halfway between home and Rome. I love it what Italian highways say to their users to lure them off track: “Sei in un Paese meraviglioso. / You are in a beautiful country.” Sometimes you just…

WPC: Sur+prize

It’s best if you take everything as a surprise. After all, If you think about it – it is. I like to say that I don’t have any sense of direction because it’s good to keep getting surprised about where you are. Similarly, I’d never wish or even pay to know what the future holds. Especially…

Four years in eight minutes

It was on this day four years ago that I landed in Tuscany. For a reason, not just for a season. The best way to round it up is thus: Time moves slowly, but passes quickly. ― Alice Walker (quote reblogged from Logical Quotes) Amore agrees: it doesn’t seem like four years at all. I…

Thursday Doors, April 13 2017

In the ocean of photos that I’ve taken in the past week, let’s begin with yesterday’s. They just happen to include Siena and its Cathedral. We shall return to Siena on several more Thursdays, but today let’s have a look at the Cathedral, first from the outside and then on the inside where I was for the…