Thursday Doors 20/1/22: Santa Severa 5.

With this post we say goodbye to Santa Severa, that’s why I’m letting several non-door photos take part too, for you to get the feeling of how gloriously this day ended. It was a hot day in September 2020. My uncle was on a visit and we met with Flavia in Tarquinia, from where fourContinue reading “Thursday Doors 20/1/22: Santa Severa 5.”

Monday Window: Santa Severa Castle

Since windows are natural companions to doors, whoever loves ones must love the others too. Here are a bunch from the museum in the Santa Severa Castle on the Italian west coast between Rome and me in southern Tuscany. As I was selecting doors from this castle for my last Thursday Doors post, many windowsContinue reading “Monday Window: Santa Severa Castle”

Pic and a Word #297: Ljubljana spectacle

Lately I can’t make my poems in any other way than by twisting the letters and shuffling the words around until they stick. But then again – is there any other way? Spectre of man, spectator of mankind, spectacle of yourself, receptacle of others. Spectacular. Today, January 16th, is the birthday of my two happyContinue reading “Pic and a Word #297: Ljubljana spectacle”

PPAC: Prekmurje 2. – Hundertwasser and Hasegawa

My apologies for this post, since this art was not really public. The exhibition was available in exchange for a small fee, and it was not visible from the street. Still, the vibrancy hopefully makes up for it. Here, let me show you. This is a card that I bought at this exhibition. I tookContinue reading “PPAC: Prekmurje 2. – Hundertwasser and Hasegawa”

Thursday Doors 13/1/22: Santa Severa 4.

This year looks like a good year for finishing stuff. I try to keep a neat blog but sometimes things are left horribly unfished (and even unfinished). This is the museum inside the Santa Severa castle and its doors. Last summer on my previous blog we finally reached the museum in the third Thursday DoorsContinue reading “Thursday Doors 13/1/22: Santa Severa 4.”

PPAC: Prekmurje 1. – Robert Jurak

When Marsha asked me recently what my next public art series would be, I still had no idea. And yet today starts a new series from Prekmurje, the region in the NE Slovenia that is a part of the vast Pannonian plain. First comes Robert Jurak, a welder artist. Prekmurje means “the land over theContinue reading “PPAC: Prekmurje 1. – Robert Jurak”

Thursday Doors 6/1/22: Maribor

Since today is my grandma’s birthday, I’m taking you on a door tour through Maribor, her city, where my father was born. It is also Slovenia’s city number 2. We visited her often and I spent many happy times with her, but she died two years before I moved to Tuscany almost nine years ago.Continue reading “Thursday Doors 6/1/22: Maribor”

Happy, healthy, hearty 2022!

And let the black cat dream happily instead of crossing any road. For the last day of the year, here are some recent photos from our Christmas trip to Rome, the first after almost two years. I saw some fruit trees in bloom, and yesterday a mosquito bit me. I saw zero Christmas lights inContinue reading “Happy, healthy, hearty 2022!”

On this day two years ago

On this day in 2019 Flavia and I met for the first time in Rome. We had no idea what the future held and that we would have much fun together, see plenty of Italy, eat lots of goodies, but then the pandemic would arrive and she would move to Iraq where she is now.Continue reading “On this day two years ago”

Lens-Artists PC: La Serenissima

This is a trick title. Neither is this post about Venice, nor am I very serene right now. I’m in pain, my back said it had enough of sitting here all the time. I got pills and cream and hope for the best. Still, only five photos. Ha. I also got a package from SloveniaContinue reading “Lens-Artists PC: La Serenissima”

Lens-Artists PC: I choose

I was really happy to see that this week Tina lets us choose what to post. I’ve just had a wonderful Saturday and wish to show it to you. I went Among Humans again, but it started with a bird. I think I understand now why I don’t do it often, go anywhere out ofContinue reading “Lens-Artists PC: I choose”

Pic and a Word #293: From the cradle

A cave must have been the cradle of civilisation, agreed? Here is a short ditty in words and a small cave in pictures. From the griddle to the crave from the cradle to the brave from the bridal to the cave from the tidal to the slave. Fun fact: First I had “gradle” in theContinue reading “Pic and a Word #293: From the cradle”

PPAC: Piran 4. – Safet Zec

I would like to apologize for the sadness of today’s post, but sadness can be beautifully portrayed as well. Especially if you are from Bosnia, a country with its fair share of sadness but also joy. This summer Bosnian painter Safet Zec displayed 50 works from his cycles Exodus and Embraces in eight locations inContinue reading “PPAC: Piran 4. – Safet Zec”

Thursday Doors 2/12/21: Sant’Angelo di Roccalvecce

Many of you will remember this town with fairy-tale murals from my recent public art series. And if you don’t, this is an invitation. There are some doors that I’ve got saved. This is a small but surprisingly vibrant town in Lazio north of Rome between Viterbo and Orvieto. As I was choosing which photosContinue reading “Thursday Doors 2/12/21: Sant’Angelo di Roccalvecce”

Pic and a Word #291: Begging to begin

Today’s poem is so short that it comes with a song. Or is it vice versa? Plus there are pictures, of Rome, of course. It’s where Måneskin are from. Song first. Amore had said that they would win the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy, and they did. This happened in May and he is stillContinue reading “Pic and a Word #291: Begging to begin”

Thursday Doors 25/11/21: Santa Fiora 2.

Last week we came to this pretty town with a fish farm in its middle, today we climb the hill to the old town and find a most excellent meal. And doors are always nearby too, except when they are hidden by flowers so pretty that you don’t mind it at all. Since I willContinue reading “Thursday Doors 25/11/21: Santa Fiora 2.”

Five from Ostia Antica

On the last day of this August I went to the Fiumicino Airport to pick up my visitors from Oregon. After the lunch of fritto misto we went to Ostia Antica, a huge archaeological site of the ancient harbour of Rome. Here are just five glimpses from it. We had to show our Covid-19 vaccinationContinue reading “Five from Ostia Antica”

Lens-Artists PC: Seven times bliss

For today’s post, which answers to two challenges with similar themes, I gather seven times when I felt blissful. I wouldn’t mind revelling in repetition of such times, but most of them were unique. I have a good friend who has just come out of the hospital after almost three weeks of Covid-19 pneumonia andContinue reading “Lens-Artists PC: Seven times bliss”

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