Thursday Doors, June 22 2017

Amore’s coworker said: “You must go to Castagneto Carducci. There are some doors there waiting for you.” And so we went. As we were going in that direction as it was, in search of the castle that didn’t want us from yesterday’s post, I rooted for this hilltop town. My friend obliged. Then we went…

A trip example that wasn’t

A few days ago we went to see the castle. What we found was something completely different. Here is an example of how sometimes you don’t get exactly what you expected. Here is a photo of the lovely Castello del Boccale just before Livorno, seen on Facebook (the first photo in a large folder with…

Rotating suns

“Girasoli” in Italian. The suns that rotate. Amore tells me that this is only true when they are young. Once old they become too stiff to turn with the sun. I think these are quite new, the season is starting. This is the first field I find this year. And my friend decided to become…

Thursday Doors, June 15 2017

Without further ado, I give you the Duomo on the hill. On the right, do you see it? The Cathedral of Orvieto in Umbria, from all angles, mostly with doors, including the neighbour’s. No wonder Orvieto is one of my top ten smaller middle Italian towns. It was a pleasure and privilege to visit it…

Nothing a T-word won’t fix

Whine-and-wine Wednesday coming up. And I can even leave out the wine. For now. The idea goes to Joanne who is “Following a Bold Plan” and her slightly more severe reason to get upset. Imagine: you (no, not you, she and her friend) decide to cross the entire length of your country – which happens…

Cincincincilla, mom!

A year has passed since your big party, which is still the talk of the town, and now you’re deep into the 80’s, as your friend friendlily noted. Not an easy thing to believe, right? No wonder the waiter at your party last year thought we were all joking. Just look at you! Below are…

Apocalyptically yellow

Never one to count ill omens or signs of the beast or whatever, but this yellow and that Qatar bode no well. And now those bees in Rome too. To explain and depict what I meant yesterday by our landscape having gone apocalyptically yellow, here is my environment and what is happening to it after…

Eyes of a church

Monday windows from three churches I’ve visited recently – one in Siena and two in Rome. Here are two windows from each church: the first two from the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, the middle two from the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, both in Rome, and the last colourful two from…

What a happy day!

Even though Fonzie was left in good care, we spent a particularly happy day in Rome with three new friends, with both East and West Coast represented. Just as I was complaining about lack of human company. But first, as usually on the weekend, a recap of the past week on my blog. There were:…

CFFC: Garden party

I’m not a regular contributor to Cee’s challenges, but sometimes she says just the right word. So when I saw her beautiful gardens for her Fun Foto Challenge, I knew I wished to link photos from this particular Roman garden to her challenge. Photos are from today, lunch too. Buon appetito! Same goes for my new writer’s…

Happy Space Bunny day!

Today celebrates my friend who, as we learned last year, I call Space Bunny. After you saw last year’s post and this photo, you complained that “Bacila je svemir zeku” does not mean only “She threw the Space Bunny” but can also be translated as “She threw the space to the bunny.” 😀 This is you the first…

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…