WPC: Dinnertime, children

There was the subject of cook for another challenge not so long ago, so today let me concentrate on the places where we also eat when we don’t eat at home, even though there are some photos from there as well. More info in the captions. Buon appetito!

Photo: a © signature mmm production

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Dinnertime

Thursday Doors, December 17, and CFFC – Windoors

Even though I don’t like to combine challenges, today calls for an exception. There is only so much doors one can post in a week, and we know it’s on Thursday for Norm. Cee is asking for windows too, so this is for both.

Photo: MM




and for Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees&Houses

Frankly, there must be trees and houses everywhere I look, seeing that I’ve got this combo on most of my photos. Some of these images have been waiting for some time to be posted, and now I’ve got an excuse. Thanks, Cee.

The trees have come to mean Italia to me. The Guinigi tower in Lucca, with seven oak trees on top, was built for this challenge.

Four trees in Roma:

An Italian and a Croatian church:

A few views from Slovenia – Ljubljana, Maribor with the oldest vine in the world, and Piran:

To finish, trees around the corner with the oleander to point the way home.

Photo: MM



Thursday Doors, September 17

Today a little ditty to go with the doors. And no need to repeat CBIT (Can’t Believe It’s Thursday).

Add-it: The ditty in the captions is not visible to all, it appears, that’s why I repeat it here:

Some come with Uncle, don’t mind the mismatch,
others with beer umbrellas and latch.
Some with graffiti,
and some with leaves,
some sporting flowers come with a beast.
Despite saying ‘Doggie’ some come with a cat
and if one is really lucky
some come with Dad.

1, 2: Motovun, Croatia
3: Ljubljana, Slovenia
4-8: Grožnjan, Croatia

Photo: MM

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

WPC: Monopoly

Mono and poly – if colours are concerned, I’m definitely a poly person. In fact, I barely do mono, so the first four photos I took today after learning about this week’s challenge. The rest of them are here as a proof that I don’t think of monochromatic as drab.

Photo: MM

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”

Thursday Doors, August 28

This week I invite you to click on the first door, which is no. 1, and keep clicking until the last which is no. 60. You’ll pass a cat, my uncle and the answer which is no. 42. Have a lovely stroll.

Photo: MM

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

WPC: Un giorno buono

This Thursday was indeed un giorno buono, a good day. We spent it discovering the part of Croatian peninsula Istria along the Mirna river which is such a good and quiet river that in Italian it is called Quieto. I love it when Weekly Photo Challenge imitates life.

Most of the time was spent in arty Grožnjan (Italian: Grisignana) and cinematic Motovun (It. Montona). I could make two separate posts for them but… the hack, life is short. Završje (It. Piemonte) I covered in this week’s Thursday Doors, while Oprtalj (It. Portole) provided lunch.

It was hard not to shoot every door (coming up in future Thursdays) and sit behind every table we encountered which you can see for yourself, just follow the story in captions.


Završje & Oprtalj


Photo: MM & BM (of Završje and me)

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

Thursday Doors, August 21

Yesterday I took 350 photo. I bet almost 200 of them were of doors, because my uncle kept yelling DOOORS at noticing any candidate. It was Thursday after all.

The trip was to the Croatian Istria peninsula, just across the border with Slovenia. The route was Grožnjan (Italian: Grisignana), Završje (Italian: Piemonte), Oprtalj (it. Portole) and Motovun (it. Montona) with an international film festival. To say that it reminded me of home, sounds a bit cocky, but I am a Tuscan now after all.

The rest of the towns will get their share of fame in the future, but today’s doors are all from Završje which is called Piemonte in Italian (just like Slovenian coast, this Croatian territory is bilingual as well). Unlike other towns it is practically abandoned.

First there is the church.

From it leads the old Romanesque road. And the doors that line it are in their last breaths.

As you reach the top, the doors must stop calling themselves that.

But there are also more familiar scenes: another church, a rare inhabited house with beautiful entrance, and your tired but happy traveller.

Photo: MM & BM (last)

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

Captain Krk

Welcome to the Adriatic, the sea where, relatively speaking, nothing ever happens. And yet everything is here.

Correction: you might step on a sea-urchin.

The island Krk (Italian: Veglia) is the largest Croatian island (or about equal in measure to Cres) and the most northern one. I used to hop around the two quite often in the past. Last week I visited Krk again with amore and without bestia to visit a friend. It’s been about 20 years. It is even more beautiful than I remember.

Here we are.

On a windy day. The bora wind blows either 1, 3 or 5 days.

The camp has four beaches: the main umbrella-covered one, the dog+boat beach, the tiny sandy one and the less crowded nude beach (hidden from view on the photos). Guess where we were.

All in all, a top-notch experience. Thank you, Nika!

Photo: MM