Weekly Photo Challenge: PATTERN

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CBBH Challenge: Framed

For this month’s CBBH challenge I give you a framed view of the island of Capri. I hope you will enjoy the selected music too. (More information can be found in the tags)



Since CBBH challenge stipulates that we should provide links to two bloggers we have recently commented on I would like to single out Mekala of bitsandpiecesonphoto.com and Tom of thepalladiantraveler.com, two bloggers that love Italy as much as I do.

To see more entries to Marianne’s challenge, click here.

SUNDAY POST: Unforgettable


Check out the other entries for Jake’s challenge here.


Something keeps calling me to Italian lakes over and over again, and it shall be one of my goals for this summer. Hopeful to discover more places like Orta San Giulio I am enclosing a photo I took two summers ago.


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Thank you Jake for making us think of our goals or in my case dreams ;). I’ve just realised this is my 100th post 🙂 I hope it is milestone-worthy.


For the latest Jake’s challenge I decided to post a photo of what was Michelangelo’s concept for a piazza in Rome.

It is better that you read a Wikipedia article to get a clearer idea about what you are going to see.

The existing design of the Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding palazzi was created by Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536–1546. At the height of his fame, he was commissioned by the Farnese Pope Paul III, who wanted a symbol of the new Rome to impress Charles V, who was expected in 1538. This offered him the opportunity to build a monumental civic plaza for a major city as well as to reestablish the grandeur of Rome. Michelangelo’s first designs for the piazza and remodeling of the surrounding palazzi date from 1536. His plan was formidably extensive. He accentuated the reversal of the classical orientation of the Capitoline, in a symbolic gesture turning Rome’s civic center to face away from the Roman Forum and instead in the direction of Papal Rome and the Christian church in the form of St. Peter’s Basilica. This full half circle turn can also be seen as Michelangelo’s desire to address the new, developing section of the city rather than the ancient ruins of the past. An equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius was to stand in the middle of the piazza set in a paved oval field. Michelangelo was required to provide a setting for the statue and to bring order to an irregular hilltop already encumbered by two crumbling medieval buildings set at an acute angle to one another. The Palazzo del Senatore was to be restored with a double outer stairway, and the campanile moved to the center axis of the palace. The Palazzo dei Conservatori was also to be restored, and a new building, the so-called Palazzo Nuovo, built at the same angle on the north side of the piazza to offset the Conservatori, creating a trapezoidal piazza. A wall and balustrade were to be built at the front of the square, giving it a firm delineation on the side facing the city. Finally, a flight of steps was to lead up to the enclosed piazza from below, further accentuating the central axis.

The sequence, Cordonata piazza and the central palazzo are the first urban introduction of the “cult of the axis” that was to occupy Italian garden plans and reach fruition in France.

Executing the design was slow: Little was actually completed in Michelangelo’s lifetime (the ‘’Cordonata’’ was not in place when Emperor Charles arrived, and the imperial party had to scramble up the slope from the Forum to view the works in progress), but work continued faithfully to his designs and the Campidoglio was completed in the 17th century, except for the paving design, which was to be finished three centuries later. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitoline_Hill

For this challenge I went with three different concepts I have of the piazza. The more natural one, the funky one, and the one I like best as it is closest to how I had pictured it.

I wonder which one of my photos Michelangelo would hate least 😉

Listen to some music while you are here …  





Rome does not need an introduction. Everything has been said about Rome.

I will just post a few pics I took some days ago to show you the great time I had there 😉

Be happy for me and listen to Felicita with me… 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry …. in the Ancient World

Almost 2,000 years ago the ancient seaside city of Pompeii, nestled at the bottom of the deadly Vesuvius got buried beneath a mountain of volcanic ash following a fierce volcano eruption. Nearly three thousand people lost their lives, and the city remained hidden for 1,700 years.

Today one of the largest and best preserved archaeological sites in the world, Pompeii will take you back into the past showing you the remnants of Roman civilization by providing a fascinating picture of “daily” life.

The following photo shows Palestra Grande, an athletics field where gladiators and athletes practiced before competing in the adjacent amphitheatre.

I think you will see why I picked this precise shot for geometry theme. The geometry of columns and trees in the frame is what had caught my eye.

As usual I am enclosing a musical treat: Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie  …… 

***Gymnopédie is the French form of “gymnopaidiai”, an annual festival in Ancient Sparta where naked youths (athletes in Ancient Greece were always naked) performed athletic dances.

CBBH Photo Challenge: BLUE

There is no better time to remember the blue skies than on the first day of November with the rain pouring heavily outside. Later this month I am going to Rome with a hope of getting some more of Italian sunshine… till then let’s enjoy some snaps of Pompeii, Vesuvius, Amalfi and Capri.

I give you the best of Italy, with a song interpreted by grande Pavarotti.


This is my response to CBBH challenge. While we are in Italy, let me introduce you to two outstanding Italian photographers I have discovered on WP:  Alessandro Ciapanna and  Andrea Danani. Wishing you all more sunny days.

Weekly Photo Challenge: HAPPY

The surest way to reach happiness is to accept the things you can’t do anything about, and to change the things you can, and want to. I can’t do anything about harsh winters or scorching hot summer temperatures here, but I can choose to spend my summer holidays in a colder climate, and I can travel southward in winter.

The following series of photos can vouch for that.



Black (& White) Wednesday

The good thing about today is that it is Wednesday, and not Tuesday or Monday… and therefore can’t be all black …  Wishing to be somewhere far away now, away from this scorching hot town, up in the mountains where the air may be thinner, and I may feel dizzier, but my spirits would be free.

When you recall scenes from the past, do you see them in colour or black and white?



Weekly Photo Challenge: PURPLE

Being the combination of the warmest and coolest colours in the spectrum, purple is believed to be the ideal colour. The colour of balance, meditation, of spiritual fulfillment – between mind and heart …

Listen to this track by Enigma Enigma_-_11_-_Between_Mind_And_Heart[mp3lemon.net]

Are the following purple enough for you? 😉

I give you a purple haze

 And a purple heart