WPC: Atop of the morning to ya

The title goes well with yesterday’s Fiesta, whereas the photos are two apiece from different tops I have climbed in my two countries. But first the last week on my blog lest I forget. There were quite a few topics: Last week’s subject of “wish” had me running for a pretty little church; I told you…

WPC: Top ten roads taken

I love this week’s Photo Challenge theme: The Road Taken. So that it’s not always just her wicked stepsister. We can moan all we want, imagine what could have happened to the moon and back, and yet there is nothing more useless than wondering about the road not taken. As if we could ever go back and…

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 15

Here is the second part of Caldana doors, comune of Gavorrano, province of Grosseto. This town must hold the record for the highest percentage of doors posted per capita. They might not be glamorous but they are well lived. And ultimately that’s what you want to be, as a door, opened and closed, kicked and slammed,…

WPC: New old (un)level horizon

The quote below is not to say that I think my photos are perfect or even centred. They merely strive to be as close to nature as possible, and will continue to do so. Somehow I believe she got it right the first time. One does not walk into the forest and accuse the trees of being…

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 –…

Thursday Doors, December 1

Today I intended to show you doors from our October four-town autumn fest trip, but I counted 34 door photos from the first town alone. Here is the first half of Caldana doors then. The town of Caldana in the province of Gavorrano in southern Tuscany has its annual “Festa d’Autunno” in October and we…

Window Monday

Some Tuscan windows and Mom modelling for this Monday. When I posted photos from my “Laundry” folder with laundry hanging off windows, Vicky, who travels in Middle East and beyond, commented that I should post this for Monday Window challenge. Alas, it was not Monday. Also, I cannot save all windows for Mondays, I’m doing that…

Thursday Doors, November 24

We conclude the Vetulonia trilogy with the obligatory Thursday door post. First we had a look inside the Etruscan museum, then we went outside, and now it’s door time. Plus a window, plus a cat. Plus cemetery. Some sky. Parents. It was a good day. Photo: a © signature mmm production For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors…

WPC: MMMagic

Magic, just like chaos a couple of weeks ago, is where you find it. And if you don’t see the little one, you’re not worthy of the big. But first, the past week on my blog, seeing that this has become a regular weekend feature: I showed you my birthtown Ljubljana in Slovenia; I found a…

Thursday Doors, November 17

Whereas my first Volterra door post was all about one street opposite the prison, today I wish to show you some other doors in this scenic town, of various churches and of the library. On top of one of them we even discovered uncle. And instead of my uncle you can picture Alan Rickman here. I’ve just…

Dear Niki

I visited you ten times already. Tomorrow may be 11th. Il giardino dei tarocchi, the Tarot Garden, is where French artist Niki de Saint Phalle was living for a while, creating the world around her. Her accommodation most resembled living in a disco ball, that’s why I’m not surprised to learn that she only lasted…

Etruscan mysteries

A visit to Vetulonia, an Etruscan metropolis, and its museum happened since father found a family discount online for that day. I’m sure they didn’t mean bestia by it but welcomed him anyway. And the kid was a bit grown. I’m really bad at history. Really really bad. So bad that when I had to…

Pinocchio in waiting

On Sunday we were hopping from one autumnal sagra, rural feast, to the next, four in all. These images are from Montorsaio. Whereas vistas one can expect, certain things you must look for, or at least have your mother point them out. Such as this Pinocchio in waiting. Photo: a © signature mmm production

Promised Volterra

I have many eclectic lists, dear to my heart – of books to read, of films to watch, of articles to study, of places to go – and I’ll have to live much over 100 to do it all. But one thing is certain: I’ve got Volterra down, and I’m grateful I’d caught the whiff on the net…

My life

My life today in five images: two from the very beginning of the 200+ photos and three from the very end taken in Pomarance, a town we visited exclusively for its name: in my language it means “Oranges”. In between there were two firsts: Castiglioncello on the coast just under Livorno and impressive Volterra inland. More…