Friday, July 31, 2009

View from Duino castle

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The four continents (4)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The four continents (3)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The four continents (2)

Monday, July 27, 2009

The four continents (1)

As I told you in an old February post, the Four Continents Fountain in Piazza Unità has, in the past, been a victim of acts of vandalism. The four statues depicting the four continents (Australia is missing because it had not yet been discovered when the fountain was built) had had their hands chopped off and one had even been decapitated.

They have since been restored, based on old photographs preserved in the Civic Museum of History and Science.

And so finally the missing pieces are in place. Here we begin with the head of Africa. Over the next few days, I'll be posting the new hands.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Province Headquarters

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Post it

(Piazza Cavana)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bread street

Via del Pane.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Via Piccardi

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pray before you buy

Butcher's in Via Carducci (covered market)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Monday, July 20, 2009

Old and new

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Do you see what I see?!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kaleidoscopic entrance

No, it's not a hotel foyer, nor is it the entrance to a swimming pool, it's the entrance to the hippodrome in Montebello.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

Wedding car.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009


(click on the photo to enlarge)

Mural on the gate to the incinerator. It's very interesting to see the way it works. And of course no one doubts that only flowers come out of the chimney stack...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Palinuro's lifeboats

Palinuro is in town. See this old post of Livorno Daily Photo for more info about the training ship (thanks Trillian and Vagon).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Long live the bride and groom

ST. Ulderich church is one of the most ancient churches of the Triestine Karst and probably dates back to the 15th Century.

It stands just outside Samatorza village, in a quiet and isolated area.
The style of the front is particularly interesting. On top of it, is a stone flat belfry with three bells.

The latest restoration of the building was accomplished in 2005.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


A detail of the fountain in Piazza Vittorio Veneto: a Nereid carrying a shell.

The Nereides (or Nereids) were fifty Haliad Nymphs or goddesses of the sea. They were the patrons of sailors and fishermen, who came to the aid of men in distress, and goddesses who had in their care the sea's rich bounty. Individually they also represented various facets of the sea, from salty brine, to foam, sand, rocky shores, waves and currents, in addition to the various skills possessed by seamen. The Nereides lived with their elderly father Nereus in a silvery cavern at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. The Nereid Thetis was their unofficial leader, and Amphitrite was the queen of the sea. Together with the Tritones they formed the retinue of Poseidon.(source)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lessons in Triestine dialect (2)

In Piaza Granda xe un monumento
de Carlo Sesto, del Mile e Seizento
che sufi vento, che sufi bora
tuti i colombi ghe svola sora.

Nella Piazza Grande (oggi Piazza Unità) c'è un monumento
di Carlo Sesto, del Milleseicento
Che ci sia vento che ci sia bora
tutti i piccioni gli volano sopra.

In Piazza Grande (today Piazza Unità) there's a monument
of Carl the sixth, from the seventeenth century.
Be it gusty, be there the bora wind,
all the pigeons fly all over him.

These are the official lines of an old Triestine song. The verb "svola" ("vola", "fly") was usually replaced by a much more colourful verb.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Where is our summer?

Just a little sun and some hot weather, that's all we ask for....pretty please!

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Toy building

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Three's company

Optimist dinghies in Sistiana.

When there's no wind, the only way to move at all is to stand up and steer the helm back and forth. Sooner or later, a gust of wind will get the fun going.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bagno marino

But in among all the abandoned sites (see two previous posts) there is still one corner that's alive and kicking in this part of the Old Port - the Railway workers' seaside resort. The rusty old bridge that crosses the railway tracks takes you to a bathing resort with a bar, showers, bathrooms, changing rooms and a solarium. All very spartan and decadent, just how the Triestines like it.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

pointless points

A close up of the railway tracks I posted yesterday; they have long been disused and nature has taken over, curling round the tracks in her path.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

no cars

There are cars on the road, but they are well hidden behind the white pillars, so all I needed to do was to change the colour of the photo to sepia for it to take us back to Trieste in olden times.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

Post modern buildings

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

The monolith

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Theme day: empty

The humongous, desolate warehouses in the old port. In the nineteenth century they were heaving with goods for and from the Empire. Now they are empty and awaiting their ever-postponed destiny.