Happy 4T, sista!

Today celebrates my sister and she celebrates big. We are going to party as if it were 1999. You were 22, perfect. You heard it on the radio, you seen it on the TV show. A to the K? 4 to the mother****ing T. Before we crash your party in a few hours with 100 songs,…

Thursday Doors, July 6 2017

This is how Siena, The Door Queen, feels like from the inside. I might have posted some of these doors before, but not these photos. These were taken in this order in a couple of hours the last time I was there, with my sister in April. And now it’s July and as I passed dried…

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…

WPC: Buddies and friends

In the last few months these were my friends. Thank you all, bloggers and other onliners, for adding humanity to my daily existence. As you can see, I sorely need it. Even though Bestia performs a variety of roles, as you will see. Photo: © signature mmm (except the one of me and my friend)…

Na zdravje, Alenka!

Bullfight continues into the month of May. Today celebrates my friend Alenka, the proof that internet brings closer. (Not that I need another proof, given where I am.) First let me salute all my other Taurus (girl)friends who will not be getting their own post for their birthdays (waaaah!) because there are just too many….

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…