Photography: Cafè Al Porto – Riva del Garda (TN) Italy

Yesterday after a stressing afternoon, my husband and I went to the outdoor cafè located at the new port of Riva del Garda for an aperativo.

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We parked our car and walked toward the cafè and then I turned around and took these photos:

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I really liked that bike!

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I sat down, looked around and waited for our drinks to arrive:

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It was a calming experience…just to sit back, sip an aperol spritz, eat a couple of crisps…as the sun started to fade.

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Wonderful reflections in the glass…thanks for the visit!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture – Artist Luciano Neri – A Photografic Exhibition

I’d planned this post last week for Sunday, so I thought I’d publish under the Weekly Photo Challenge this week dedicated to Culture.

One of most interesting techniques that I’ve ever seen was created by a Tuscan artist, Luciano Neri who’s lived for many years in Arco.  He began using this technique back in the 80s while living in Trento where he has had a well followed art exhibition.  They are compositions of objects and recycled material on glass. Unlike many other similar techniques, on wood and such these are elegant and ethereal.

The photographer (Adriano Frisanco) had the challenging task of rendering the ethereal quality of these compositions, while relaying the three dimensionality of the pictures themselves.Pda0014

Here was one of the more interesting tricks that Adrian used to render both the dimension of the piece and it’s transparency.  The second photograph features the shadow of the artist on his own creation.Pda0021Pda0022

Some of these pictures are really rather large.  This piece which the artist named “La Nutrice” (The Wet Nurse) is a 1 meter in diameter.

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The following are two the artist’s favorite creations: the airplane

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and the equilibrist.

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I hope to post some of the artist’s fascinating works on mirrors…an even harder medium to photograph!

Have a great week!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture – Green Culture and Cars!

This weeks photo challenge is dedicate to culture  so I thought I’d give you a view of two aspects of culture!

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The birth and growth of green culture began in Italy  during early 70s:   many towns and cities began creating areas called Zone Verde (Green Areas) which have now become known as ZTL in these areas it is severely prohibited for cars or in fact any motorized vehicles to enter (except for the motorized vehicles used by the handicapped and residents of the zone).  In a country where almost every city or town is over a thousand years old, the streets just weren’t made for automobiles!

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Now people can sit around in sidewalk cafès and walk along the streets without having to dodge cars and mopeds…the monuments and architecture have profited too, due to the reduction of chemicals from exhaust fumes!

Vecchio Porto This is the medieval port of Riva del Garda…

apponale tower and the tower which looks out over Lake Garda and was once part of the medieval walls that protected the city.

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Bicycles had become quite a nuisance, now when in the medieval center of the town, one walks their bike and handy park stands are provided by the city.

It took quite while and a lot of persuasion to create a green culture in the minds of Italians, who are ‘par excellance’ a people dedicated to “independent” thinking, to use an Italian proverb: If you make a law, we’ll find the loophole! But the idea caught on and everyone is usually very enthusiastic…So!

…this weekend…just an hour after these pictures had been taken of the old port, what was this all about!?

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Here is the explanation: 500 Miglia Touring!

This was my favorite:

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ancient car from behind

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But I couldn’t resist this!

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Have a nice week!

Weekly Photo Challenge: UP – Sun over the ramparts

For the Weekly Photo Challenge today, I thought I’d share a couple of shots of Riva del Garda (Trentino), Italy.  These are two shots of the medieval “gates” at the entrance of what’s known as the historical center.  I took these pictures while taking a walk on the afternoon of Easter Monday with my husband.  I liked the sun that peeped over of the ramparts.

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These are two shots of the gate tower.

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A Sunday Walk: Pregasine (Trentino, Italy)

Yesterday, we decided to take a short trip to Pregasine a small village about 7 kms  into the Ledro Valley just above Riva del Garda in Trentino (Italy).

First Views from the Parking Area:

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A Regatta on the Lake

A Regatta on the Lake

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We set off from here and began our walk towards the wooded hill above:

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We returned to the village:

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Then on our way home:

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This is the road used by cyclists (often German tourists but not only) to reach Pregasine from Riva del Garda.

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Ciao and have a nice day!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Looking down from the Castle

A view from the Castel

A view from the Castel

I came upon Weekly Photo Challenge and thought I’d participate with a photo reflection on change.

Looking down from the ruins of Castel Beseno reminds me of the distant past and how much life has changed over the centuries.  Walking among these walls, I can imagine what life might have been, with armored knights and veiled ladies, not to speak about the “common” people, who served as cooks, servants, blacksmiths, millers or one of the other many trades that were needed to keep a castle running efficiently.

Below we would have seen the mud hovels of the serfs and maybe a few stone buildings of artisans or minor noblemen.  Now we see the sleepy but modern village of Besenello, which lies at the beginning of the Vallagarina 15 km south of Trento.

If you like photos, you might want to take a look at the link above, where you will be able to see the various entrys…Have a wonderful time! Ciao.

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