Here is the door winner of the busy week with our visitors in two countries: (what I thought was) Duomo di Padova from my first time in this city last Friday after passing it for eight years.
For some reason I never saw any Padua church or door before, not even in a photo, and so when we turned the corner after walking along a church wondering if this was the Cathedral or just another church, I saw its door and said “Svašta!”.
While a German might say “Na sowas!” and a Frenchman “oh là là”, this is what a Bosnian would say, or a bit courser: “Svašta žena rodi.” (A woman gives birth to all sorts.)
I have learned to expect all sorts from Italian churches and yet each one takes me by surprise. Here is (what I thought was) the Padua Cathedral from various vantage points as we passed it and continued to the pretty park in the centre (which I will show another time) while amore had an online meeting in the car.
And only now, upon googling for some door info, I see two things:
1. The city houses another magnificent church, the Basilica of San Antonio, which is what I assumed the cathedral was when we kept seeing it on the signs which we followed. How can you miss something as huge? Oh darn. Now we need to go back. (But a quick glance at those other doors shows that these doors would still win.)
2. Hmmmmm. I had it all wrong. This is not the Cathedral after all. The Duomo is a less striking church in another location. This is Basilica of Santa Justina next to the abbey from the 10th Century (Abbazia di Santa Giustina). That must be her on the door. This will happen if a city has so many imposing churches.
And finally, one more thing: Do you see any difference about today’s photos? They were taken with my new old camera, Nikon D5000. Talking about an imposing, no, unprecedented gift. A million thanks, Crystal!
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2014: Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment. —Oscar Wilde