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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

 

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It is all a matter of perspective. Let’s see others’ perspectives.

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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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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: FAMILY

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Beautiful Austria: Sankt Wolfgang

Those who visit my blog regularly have noticed that Monday is my virtual travel day. This time I want to show you a small town in Austria known as Sankt Wolfgang in Salzkammergut region. The photos were taken some years back at the time when I still hadn’t discovered my passion for photography.

 

Black & White Sunday: Lying down

 

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Black & White Sunday: Noctis depelle nebulas

 

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2013 – Retrospective

2013 was not an easy year for me, but travels made a difference.

 

Thursday’s Special: Expectations – see you again on 9th January

Recently, I got a nice collection of porcelain dolls made after famous female literary characters (some of you have already met my Madame Bovary) and among them there was Estella from Great Expectations, my favourite novel by Charles Dickens. Who is Estella? Estella is a little heartless bitch that was raised to break men’s hearts – in this case Pip’s. Did she succeed to do so? Most definitely.

Dickens wrote two endings for this novel; the original one in which Pip who remains single, briefly sees Estella in London who has remarried after becoming a widow, and the revised one (Dickens yielded to a friend’s persuasion to make a new, more upbeat ending) in which Pip visits Miss Havisham’s house once more to find Estella walking the grounds, being all single, beautiful, and sad about having thrown Pip’s love away. There is a suggestion that they might finally end up together.

If you have read the novel, you have probably read the one with the revised more promising ending.

I personally think that Dickens should have stuck with his original plot, but I allow that people need to see happy endings.

 

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“The unqualified truth is, that when I loved Estella with the love of a man, I loved her simply because I found her irresistible. Once for all; I knew to my sorrow, often and often, if not always, that I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be. Once for all; I love her none the less because I knew it, and it had no more influence in restraining me, than if I had devoutly believed her to be human perfection.”

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