Pitigliano

Thursday Doors, May 26

And so I thought to myself: I’ve got two blogs now, I get to have two entries. šŸ˜‰

Another reason for this second entry is that today celebrates my friend who took these photos in Sovana (first two photos) and Pitigliano duringĀ his last visit.

I invite you to view two posts on my new blog:

What is certain is that there will be no more new Thursday Doors on this blog, but theĀ treasure-chest of past entries is here to stayĀ and itĀ can be viewed here.

Photo: Svemir Zeko

ForĀ Norm Framptonā€™s Thursday Doors challenge.

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SL-WEEK 43: Italian wetthings

Sylvain says “wedding” and I say together with the groom on his wedding day above: “I completely lost my focus”.

Here is first oneĀ image apiece from two weddings viewed from afar.

In Pitigliano

In Pitigliano

By the Tiber in Roma.

By the Tiber in Roma.

And now several from my only Italian wedding so far (as a guest!), held in Roma and in Ostia on the sandy beach. Mind the captions. I already posted photos from this wedding for the second week of Sylvain’s SL-WEEK challenge on the topic of Red.

But if you want to see really great stuff, check out Slovenian wedding photographer Samo Rovan who just won the title Photographer of the Year, awarded by the Wedding Photojournalist Association.

Photo: a Ā© signature mmm production

For Sylvain Landryā€™s SL-WEEK 43: Wedding

Na zdravje, Alenka!

My friend, it feels like you were just here. Maybe because you were. Let’s see what all weĀ did. (Story in the captions.)

Photo: a Ā© signature mmm production

And a special thank you to Jože for this photo from Roma. We just had to sit down a little again. šŸ˜€

Dear Alenka, thank you so much for your visit and good times. Today is your birthday and no matter what have a cin cin in my name too. I hope to see you back here soon.

Thursday Doors, April 28

OneĀ CANĀ get overdoored. It happened to me in the last four days.

Doors were attacking me left and right. When sorting the photos I got so overwhelmed that I almost missed the deadline for this week’s Norm’s Thursday Doors. Here is just a teaser: one door from every place that we visited.

We started out with a day in Rome: here the Embassy of Slovenia in Vatican.

The next day it was Pitigliano first.

Then it was a hike to (the wrong) one of the Via Cave where a door was the last thing I expected.

And we ended in Sovana not on foot as intended.

Day three, the monastery at Monte Argentario

Porto Santo Stefano

Porto Ercole

Orbetello

The WWF Oasis Lake Burano headquarters

Capalbio

The last day started with Civitella Maritima.

It continued with Siena with its magnificent cathedral. Wonderful visitors minded bestia for me throughout. Thank you!

And to finish off the door odyssey: Abbey of St. Antimo.

Photo: a Ā© signature mmm production

ForĀ Norm Framptonā€™s Thursday Doors challenge.

What really happened on April 6

Well, there was thatĀ chicken attack on Yugoslavia 75 years ago.Ā But what I mean occurred 50 years ago and concerns these two. And something tells me we will never know.

In Talamone. Photo: a Ā© signature mmm production

It’s lovely to feel the truth of this:

Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.
ā€”Linda Hogan, Native American writer

I mean, look at them allĀ –Ā first mom’s parents, then dad’s parents, and then mine:

Top featured photo: In Pitigliano, with mom’s cousin. Photo: LS

Thursday Doors, March 24 – anniversary edition

Norm’s Thursday Doors photo challenge isĀ one year old. My blog will be two in under a week. Celebrations are in order.

I thought it would be good for the occasion to have a look at what kind of doors IĀ published in the first year of my blog before landing the perfect challenge for me.

The first time I participated was on May 1 with theĀ typical title Thursday Doors on a Friday, wondering if this was allowed, but it took me a month to grow into aĀ regular. Since then I think I only missed one Thursday, early on,Ā it just flew by too fast. Door-spotting has become a family sport and a source of joy. Thank you for that, Norm, and to every contributor forĀ making it fun.

The following photos have all already been published before I found Thursday Doors. I am too lazy to edit them up a bit and upload them once again with the watermark. They will have to do as they are.

And this is a recent revisit to my favourite local door used for theĀ New Year’s Day editionĀ of Thursday Doors. I had to take some new photos because they are in bloom. Let ourĀ Thursday Doors bloom on too!

Photo: a Ā© signature mmm production

For the anniversary edition ofĀ Norm Framptonā€™s Thursday Doors challenge.

States of mind and trust

That state of mind and trust when you realise:

that you are in Prague, it’s 40 degrees C before the rain, and you will hear Pearl Jam in a few hours

that zen is real and it is breathing down your neck (Lake Bolsena)

that you might win this game (I came second, Lake Zbilje, Slovenia)

that mom is scared and wishes to go but nothing bad will happen, again (in Vulci)

that you are about to leave Piran and Slovenia and sleep in another country tonight and every other night (taken almost three years ago on the day of the move)

that you are in the land of carciofi and Settimana enigmistica now (the scene I witnessed uponĀ entering my new home)

that Pearl Jam were on to something with Yield (just around the corner)

that a house has indeed grown where there was none, as has the first dog, and sister (in Piran)

THAT WE HAVE JUST GOT A BESTIA! (Taken his first momentĀ inĀ our garden.)

that father WILL impersonate ancient architecture (in Pitigliano)

that the coming year will hopefullyĀ be just as sunny and chatty (taken on the last day of last year in Lucija).

Photo: a Ā© signature mmm production (except cardsĀ by a kind donator)

In response to The Daily Postā€™s weekly photo challenge:Ā State of Mind

It is hard for me to discuss pride, especially of having done well. I had a kind of Stendhal syndrome, or what Wiki tells me is calledĀ hyperkulturemia visiting the places below. And what I feel viewing the images I captured there is as close to pride as I’ve ever come. No matter how littleĀ I had to do with it. Other than come and click. That’s why the title of this post is Pridem. In my language it means Coming.
Pisa
Vatican museum
Colosseum, Roma
Pantheon, Roma
Ponte Vecchio, Firenze
Piazza Anfiteatro, Lucca
Lucca Cathedral
Pitigliano
Orvieto Cathedral
Photo: MM

For Sylvain Landryā€™s SL-WEEK 27: Pride

WPC: Happy trios

Five happy trios of trios: an outdoors one, an animal one (here one trio is dead, sorry about that), a waterways one, a pack mentality one and a b&w throwback one. More information in the captions (plus click to view in full).

Photo: MM (+ BM – ‘uuuing’ + a friend – ‘one generation’)

In response to The Daily Postā€™s weekly photo challenge:Ā Trio

Ceeā€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Graffiti & Murals

To mirror the opening imageĀ from two posts ago, here is another poster from Slovene Academy of Sciences and Artsā€™ Research Centre (ZRC SAZU)Ā inĀ Ljubljana, to go with the themeĀ of public murals and graffiti. Sometimes the birds leave a spot clean. And the sofa (especially the one on the left) is cool too.

I love this, the idea of improving environment by adding to it. Improvement is relative, of course, but I like the idea of “democracy” behind an unmolested graffiti. I have yet to take photos of any significant murals, especially in Roma, but here is what I’ve got so far. Translation from Slovenian and location given in the captions. More images of Pisa street art and impressive Metelkova City in Ljubljana have been posted here and here.

And here is a special house in Å kofije on the border between Italy and Slovenia that was obviously given to children from different countries as a plaything. Give kids a chance indeed!

To all public artists and writers with stuff to say and show: please, carry on. The world needs your expression and colours and wit. And authorities better let it be. It’s the stuff of life.

Photo: MM

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CFFC

Ceeā€™s Fun Foto Challenge: Cars

Since motion and mobilisation is the predominant theme these days,Ā I hopped on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge which is all about cars this week. Here areĀ five examples of what you can see in Italy. Captions as follows:

1. Above: From one cat laughing to another, regards fromĀ Pitigliano.
Down, from top:
2. In Pisa all things are a bit askew. Red Alfa.
3. What are you doing here, handsome? A Morgan in Capalbio Scalo.
4. Passing by a Fiat 500 wedding, in Pitigliano.
5. For a week, life imitated blog.

Photo: MM

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