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…

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…

Roma, Firenze, Siena

I’m putting together a post of top ten Italian towns for The Road Taken challenge, and I’ve realised that these three are out of bounds, in their own ball park, and I’m sure there is another sports metaphor that I can butcher. If you don’t enjoy these three, there is another land for you somewhere else. No…

April

According to my calendar, it’s time for April. But first the last week on my blog lest we forget: For last week’s solitude challenge I describe five times when I felt most alone in the past and give you present photo evidence of how pretty solitude can be; I show you Piran on the Slovenian…

Thursday Doors, February 9 2017

We are back to Siena for another doorfest. Which reminds me: my sister, who did the guest Asian Thursday Doors post on here last week, said, reading all your encouraging comments: “You all are so cute! Such enthusiasm! As if they were puppies and not doors.” Here they are then, almost twenty Siena door puppies. Included…

Thursday Doors, December 8

One thinks that one has seen them all, the doors of Tuscany. And then one comes to Siena. This is the first part of Siena doors. And here it is again, the day when my friend D. and Jim Morrison were born and when John Lennon died and when it’s the surprising holiday in Italy –…

CFFC: Laundry from my windows

For a while now I’ve been threatening with my laundry folder. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge on the theme of windows lets it all hang out. First come Italian windows, followed by Slovenian from Piran – so that you can be the judge of whether Italians truly do it better. I’d say it’s a tie. Photo: a ©…

WPC: Cha-cha-chaos

Another one of those challenges where I had to smack my fingers in order not to exceed my self-imposed limit of twenty images per post. Chaos is all around us, but is it really? Since it’s Sunday, I’ll give you a quick run-down through my last week’s posts first. This week I: gave you an example…

Siena statues

I was in Siena twice so far, but never for the Palio race. Here is a collection of statues and sculptures and monuments (hm, how exactly are these three different?) and right at the end a proof that in Italy not all is love. I shall not give much information on the statues but rather…

Ti amo

You see them everywhere, declarations of love. Where somewhere else you’d see expressions of hatred, bigotry, intolerance, Italians scream their devotion. Reason number 213849 to love Italy. It’s true, the fans of city rivals, “Roma” and “Lazio” calcio clubs, don’t like each other very much. They call the opponent “rabbit”. Auch! Other than this they love…

Oh Siena

In a crowded place like Siena, one cannot not capture strangers in photographs. I wonder, together with The Snow Melts Somewhere (else, luckily), if they had all put make-up on, knowing they would end up in my photo. As we were sitting on the steps of Siena Cathedral yesterday, right in the middle, in front…

Intimate Sant’Antimo

I have a draft post on my gmail where I save travel ideas all over my relatively immediate neighbourhood from friends, blogs and the Internet in general. The Abbey of Sant’Antimo was one such. You never know when I might be looking, saving and following your footsteps. As we were returning home from Siena this April, we…

WPC: Details make the world go round

Those who are doing nothing but waiting for the big thing are missing out. It’s details that make our lives worth living. Blessed be all those who know what they want, who have desires and ideas. Just like every day they will fill today with something, no matter how little, modest, barely visible. —Duško Radović I’ve always been taking…

WPC: Up there in my tree

What all I would have missed if I didn’t look up right then? Photo: a © signature mmm production In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Look Up

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Found-ains

I admit, I like fountains a lot. Must be the dog in me. And collecting some of my favourite fountain photos I realised that they are not so very different. That is, until small Slovenian town Žalec builds the first beer fountain in Europe. Plans are made and it’s a go. Just keep the dogs away….

WPC: Curve, fattorie and other false friends

This post has so many images that it doesn’t need many words. You can find some in the captions, though. Photo: a © signature mmm production In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Curve