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( Jun. 14th, 2012 09:01 pm)
Some offers are just too good to miss. No matter what.
And so it happens that last Monday, my fellow blogging friend Diana made me an offer I could not refuse – and it did not even involve a horse's head at the bottom of my bed – so I just decided to go with the flow and give in.
I did not have any meetings planned on Wednesday afternoon and, while I knew I really had too much work to afford taking the afternoon off, I still went ahead.
Because - REALLY - how often am I going to get invited to a VIP tour of the Vatican Museums?  )

The old entrance
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( Aug. 19th, 2010 08:35 pm)
I am baaack!
(Why yes, I was on holiday these past two weeks, thank you for asking).
Not yet in the office but at least close to a computer.
Which means downloading and uploading pictures, writing of blogs, and all things computery.

Of which some or about of the storm we experienced on day one.
Nothing too drastic when compared to those experienced in the US midwest but still impressive nevertheless, if only for its suddenness (it crept behind us while we were going for a walk and jumped up shouting "Boo!" when we turned to go back home) and its amazing colours.
But let's start with the start.



It was a warm and sunny day in Cupra Marittima... )


A - little - break from food picture.
Today I had to get a haircut and I took the opportunity to visit the church of Santa Maria del Popolo (Piazza del Popolo).
The inside is fairly baroque yet also incredibly ancient.
It was built in the 11th century and flourished with the centuries.

It boast of a couple of Caravaggio, a statue by Bernini (which I could not see as the Chigi chapel it belongs to was closed for works), paintings by Pinturicchio and Annibale Caracci.
But the statues really stole the show for me, in particular this one:



Which is the lower part of a monument to the architect Giovanni Battista Gisleni.

But wait! There is more! )
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( Apr. 18th, 2010 04:53 pm)
Last seen in the mists of autumn.

Not much has changed, but the vegetation.
The leaning house is still leaning but less obviously so:

Bomarzo

But I still love Bomarzo in the spring... )

Next: Amongst the graves of the English graveyard (another return)
To Ostia Antica.
I had scores of visitors in the past week or so and in an attempt at keeping them amused, we took a lot to visit Ostia Antica.

The nice thing about that excavation site is that you can come several times and still end-up seeing different things each time. Since it was my third time there, I had not expected to take many pictures. I came back with 148...

Ostia Antica - Terme di Nettuno

Walk with me through the walls of time... )

Next visit: I love Bomarzo in the spring


Frascati and snow

Of course, for most of you this is just a ridiculous dusting (and it is, really) but it is rare enough to make the news, so...

Let's endulge in a few more remnants )

When the dancing trees
Go through their own carnival.
Ô russet splendours!



I love those trees... )
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( Oct. 8th, 2009 09:33 pm)
I went to Paris this week (for work) and it so happened that the visit coincided with a concert of Jason Webley...

My pictures aren't terribly good (the settings had gone wonky on me - AP, for goodness sake! - and in the dark it took me a while to realize what was wrong with the camera) but they are a nice souvenir of a wonderful time.
The guy is a great performer, so if you get the chance to see him... GO.

Let's indulge in a little bit of before and after effect.
THAT is before the show:



AND
That is towards the end of the show:



Two more pics )

Here's one of the songs he sang:

 


Here sung with Amanda Palmer.
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( Aug. 7th, 2009 09:18 pm)
Let me warn you: This post will be heavy on pictures.
I encountered loads of cats while I was visiting Minnesota in June and I took pictures of nearly all of them...

Let's start with a little Magic:

Magic

Magic is a F1 (early generation) Bengal: His dad was a leopard. The poor mite has been much abused in his early existence and even got totally declawed. Before encountering Lorraine, he did not know love from a human and did not think he could trust one. He's learning slowly but surely and his curiosity is bound to get him out of his shell. Look at him tring to check me out from behind the screened door...

More kitties here  )
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