Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Graves of the Glossatori

Graves of the Glossatori, Piazza Malpighi, Bologna
Graves of the Glossatori
Piazza Malpighi
Bologna, April 2015

“Although these are essentially glorified gravestones, the Glossatori Tombs are nevertheless really very special, with a unique charm quite unexpected. Adorning the graves of important Italian lawyers, teachers and scholars, the tombs are spread around no less than five different mausoleums in the city. Dating back to the latter part of the 13th century, these monuments generally comprise a grandiose shrine with graceful marble columns, topped by a tiled roof in the shape of a pyramid.” (Bologna Landmarks and Monuments, Wold Guides)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cat on a Barge

Cat on a barge, Little Venice Lagoon, Regent's Canal, London
Cat on a barge, Little Venice Lagoon
Regent's Canal
London, September 2016

“Little Venice is a scenic and affluent part of London, known for its canals and moored boats. Much of the property in the area consists of Regency-style white painted stucco terraced town houses and mansions. Little Venice surrounds the convergence of three waterways: the Grand Union Canal and the Regent's Canal, and Paddington Basin which meet in a large, picturesque pool, Browning's Pool (usually called by residents ‘Little Venice Lagoon’ or ‘the Lagoon’), which forms the focus of the area. Little Venice is also a ward of the City of Westminster. The population at the 2011 Census was 10,633.” (Little Venice, London, Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 28, 2017


Ninotchka graffiti shop, tattoo supplies, Via de' Pandolfini, Florence
Ninotchka graffiti shop, tattoo supplies
Via de' Pandolfini
Florence, January 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017


Cascada (Waterfall) by Josep Fontserè i Mestre, Parc de la Ciutadella (Citadel Park), Barcelona
Cascada (Waterfall) by Josep Fontserè i Mestre, 1888
Parc de la Ciutadella (Citadel Park)
Barcelona, March 2017

“The Cascada (waterfall or cascade in Spanish) is located at the northern corner of the park opposite to the lake. It was first inaugurated in 1881 without sculptures or any meticulous details, and was thereby criticized by the press, after which this triumphal arch was thoroughly amended by the addition of a fountain and some minor attributes, which required six years of construction from 1882 to 1888, and was thenceforth put on display at the Universal Exhibition, and hitherto not been redesigned. It was erected by Josep Fontsére and to a small extent by Antoni Gaudí, who at that time was still an unknown student of architecture. Fontsére aimed to loosely make it bear resemblance to the Trevi Fountain of Rome. Two enormous pincers of gigantic crabs serve as stairs to access a small podium located in the centre of the monument. In front of it a sculpture (designed by Venanci Vallmitjana) of Venus standing on an open clam was placed. The whole cascade is divided in two levels. From the podium on a path leads to the Feminine Sculpture and to the northeastern corner of the park, and upon following the route down the stairs the fountain's pond is rounded and the southern tip of the artifact is reached.” (Parc de la Ciutadella, Wikipedia)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Campo dei Frari, San Polo, Venice
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Campo dei Frari, San Polo
Venice, September 2013

“The Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, usually just called the Frari, is a church in Venice, northern Italy. One of the greatest churches in the city, it has the status of a minor basilica. It stands on the Campo dei Frari at the heart of the San Polo district. The church is dedicated to the Assumption. The Franciscans were granted land to build a church in 1250, but the building was not completed until 1338. Work almost immediately began on its much larger replacement, the current church, which took over a century to build. The campanile, the second tallest in the city after that of San Marco, was completed in 1396. The imposing edifice is built of brick, and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. As with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice. The Frari is a parish church of the Vicariate of San Polo-Santa Croce-Dorsoduro. The other churches of the parish are San Barnaba, San Ludovico Vescovo, Santa Maria del Soccorso and Santa Margherita.” (Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Wikipedia)

Thursday, May 25, 2017


The 242 ft yacht “Ilona”, built by Amels, West India Dock, Isle of Dogs, London
The 242 ft yacht “Ilona”, built by Amels in 2004
West India Dock, Isle of Dogs
London, September 2016

“The 73.81 metres (or 242 ft) long custom built yacht was launched by Amels in the Netherlands in 2004 and she has also refitted in 2006, and 2012. She is classed as one of the world’s top 100 largest private yachts and has the unusual feature of a helipad, when she was built the helicopter could be stowed in a hangar below deck. In the latest refit, the helicopter garage was replaced by a large 10m by 3m swimming pool. Estimated to have cost 100 million dollars, the Super Yacht Ilona is owned by one of Australia’s richest men, businessman Frank Lowy who made much of his fortune developing shopping centres with the Westfield Group. Lowy has also been one of the main individuals responsible for developing professional football in Australia in the last decade. Unusually for a Super Yacht owner, Lowy and his family have used the yacht to travel extensively around the world and the boat is the fourth yacht called Ilona which has been built and launched for the owner.” (Super Yacht Ilona arrives in West India Dock, Isle of Dogs Life)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Copy of “Eve” by Lot Torelli, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower, Piazza del Duomo, Florence
Copy of “Eve” by Lot Torelli, 1886
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower
Piazza del Duomo
Florence, May 2017