This statue to the great French playwright Moliėre is to be found in the town of Pézenas in the Langudoc-Rousillon area of France, where he lived for many years and where his acting troupe came under the patronage of the king's brother, Philippe Duc de Orleans. He is regarded as one of the great comic-writers of all time.
The Oldest Byzantine Church in Crete It definitely was a silent Sunday when we came across this deserted Byzantine church which we later found to be the oldest in Crete. Overgrown with grasses and weeds, it still has charm and I remember well the smell of the herbs underfoot as we explored the near-ruined building.
Once upon a time when the world was a different place, when travel meant discovering new people and places and life was more carefree, we took time off from a hectic round of sight-seeing in Ravenna, Faenza and Bologna and booked ourselves into a gorgeous hotel in one of Italy's smart resorts. Grand Hotel Gallia, … Continue reading MILANO-MARITTIMA Weekend
Linked to Debbie's quotation-inspired image here. "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. Steven Wright Two images from Sicily. Mountain Tracks seen from Castledemola Mountain Trails in Sicily
A couple of years ago I attended the Artusian Food and Wine Festival in Forlimpopuli in Italy, a festival that runs for ten days (I was only there for two) and which is run in honour of the father of modern Italian cookery Pelegrino Artusi (1820-1911)
Posted in connection with Debbie's One Word Sunday - Arches Arches are hard to avoid anywhere with ancient Roman or Greek architecture but I managed to find a 'natural' arch to supplement the two historic ones from Sicily/ Cave of the Nymphaen at Syracuse, Sicily Arch in the rocks off the coast of Lipari, Aeolian … Continue reading One Word Sunday – Arches
Sculpture Saturday is hosted by Mind Over Memory This unusual pairing of bronzes is Gli Equilibristi by sculptor Leonardo Lucchi. I took the photograph with a cheap throwaway instant camera in Cesena, Emilio Romagno in Italy, two years ago but unfortunately, my notes did not survive the trip (not a good one from the point of … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: in Cesena
On top of the rock at Guadalest, Spain where it couldn't be any more silent.
This group of bronze statues shows the release of Greek Cypriot prisoners, peasants and clergy, from British colonial rule during the fight for independence on the island of Cyprus. The statue is in Nicosia but I was unable to find a date for it. I photographed it sometime in the 1970's and I think it was … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: Cyprus
It is always sad to see deserted villages and town and even though they are being given status by UNESCO, they still harbour a feeling of meloncholy. Fikardou Village - a Unesco Heritage Site in Cyprus There is no escaping the fact that young people will no longer work at back-breaking, low-paying jobs on farms, … Continue reading SILENT SUNDAY