Off-Season

This is my entry to this week’s photo challenge: Off-Season.

 

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Thursday’s Special: Of the night

This night scene is the first photo I took on my trip to Italy this month. The historic centre of Bologna was welcoming and the rain did not spoil the excitement of discovering a new location. Freshly bathed streets were glistening, and the light coming from the old towers gave the whole square a golden reflection.

 

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The church in the photo is San Petronio. I loved the way it looked on that rainy night, so I visited it the following morning, but could not take any inside photos (and not for the lack of trying!!).

If  you are curious to see more pictures from my walk in Bologna, make sure to come back next week 😉

For those who want to take part in my non-challenge Thursday’s Special, please post a photo/s taken at night-time (or any other time of day, since you are not bound by a theme) and link it to this post. More information on this non-challenge can be found in the original post. A click on the bellow widget will take you to the previous TS entries and links.

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Here are the friendly bloggers’s entries to TS:

Jo’s Nordic Walk on the rugged shore 

Cardinal’s Early Morning Workers

Debbie’s going to the Gee Gees

Ese’s night in Marseille 

Drake’s Blue Angel 

Colline’s classroom art 

Patricia’s almost dark 

A Walk Around a Lake for Jo

 

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This Monday I am taking you for a walk around Lago di Piano in northern Italy, close to the border with Switzerland.

It all started the night before when I was standing high above Lugano Lake on mountain Sighignola on a spot called Balcone d’Italia. I did not conform to visiting just Lugano Lake and the town, but was determined to explore some smaller lakes near by. The view lead me to Lago di Piano, a small jewel of a lake that was proclaimed a Nature Reserve. The plan was made to visit it the following day some time before sunset. Here is what I saw:

 

 

 As every Monday Jo is taking us for a walk; today it is a fun and picturesque walk beside River Wisla in Poland. Please visit her blog and see what her readers are offering this Monday.

 

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Black & White Sunday: Furniture

 

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B&W Sunday: Tower

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: INSIDE

 

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Inside is often more interesting than the outside. Let’s have a look here.

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Thursday’s Special: A Snap i.e. Artu

Artu was kept in a cage on a hill overlooking Varenna on lake Como. The sun was coming down  and the bars were blocking the view, so I had to come very close. Unlike Regina who screamed her lungs out at the site of me and other impertinent tourists, Artu just gave me this dumbfounded look.
 

 
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**About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

 

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Black & White Sunday: A Castle

For a small sized country Croatia has its fair share of castles and manors though many of them are in a state of despair. The one in the photo is well preserved and is the most visited castle in the region. Trakošćan dates back to the 13th century, and has changed many owners in the course of its history. It was first built as a fortress within Croatia’s northwestern fortification system to monitor the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley. Today the castle is owned by the Republic of Croatia and hosts a museum with permanent collection of historic artifacts.

 

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Thursday’s Special: Bridge of Light

Walking in the small north Italian town of Vicenza I stepped on a little, quaint footbridge that was shining beautifully in the dark. Different than much older stone bridges across the Bacchiglione this bridge seemed to evoke the music from Keith Jarrett’s 1993 classical album.

I could write about a musical phenomenon that is Keith Jarrett, but it would not be fair as there are many people that are more qualified to speak about him. I could try to give an account of his impressive musical career as a jazz and classical pianist/composer, or of his battle with a chronique debilitating disease that he finally managed to win, or I could tell you about his neurotic perfectionism and his meltdowns on concerts when he lashes out at people for coughing and fidgeting.

None of that would do justice to Keith Jarrett. His work, his music, his ratio vivendi is meant to be evaluated and appreciated with our ears only, preferably with our eyes closed.

I hope you will like the attached tracks from his album Bridge of Light. The pic I took in Vicenza is my tribute to his inimitable musical genius.


 

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**About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.

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Black & White Sunday: Une Nana Très Sexy

Today, I give you the sexiest in my porcelain doll collection, a doll made after the prostitute character in Emile Zola’s novels, famous Nana.

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