10-Day Photo Challenge No. 3

I was nominated by my namesake Marie, at Hops, Skips and Jumps for the 10 Travel Photos in Ten Days challenge, a Challenge that involves posting one favourite travel picture for each day and nominating ten bloggers – that’s 10 travel pictures and 10 nominations in ten days. Lucky there’s no text required so I may make … Continue reading 10-Day Photo Challenge No. 3

Sculpture Saturday: Orlando Furioso in Montpelier

Linked to Mind Over Memory who hosts this challenge. Oblivious to the suffering bronze figure carrying a horse, people sit at tables in the place de l'Europe, awaiting service in the sun. What days those were, what blissful days! Inspired by a sixteenth-century Italian poem depicting the Fenosa, this bronze statue of Orlando Furioso is that of … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: Orlando Furioso in Montpelier

Sculpture Saturday in Pézenas

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.

Silent Sunday in Crete

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.

MILANO-MARITTIMA Weekend

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

Walking Distance

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

PICK A WORD

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)

One Word Sunday – Arches

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