Bastet’s Monday Haiga Challenge – And a Little Italian History – April 26, 2016



I’m a day late with this challenge … here the weather is beautiful; the skies intensely clear, therefore the colours of the hills, mountains, fields and woods are particularly vibrant, in some cases they seem like they’ve been “apped” before I’ve even had a chance to do something with the photo editor!   So today’s challenge (based on the haiga I published yesterday on my main blog) is

vibrant spring colours

and here’s my haiga:



Finch Haiga


as morning dawns
enchanted light and colour
a finch calls his mate

© G.s.k. ‘16


Yes, today isn’t Monday, although to me it feels that way, so what happened?

Risultati immagini per Piazza LoretoPiazzale Loreto


Yesterday here in Italy we had a national holiday … it was Liberation Day or Resistance Day – but here it’s usually called just 25th of April.   It is the day when  Italians celebrate the end of Italian Civil War,  born upon the landing of the Allied Troops in Sicily in 1943 after the surrender of the then Prime Minister  Pietro Badoglio which officially ended  Mussolini’s Fascist regime (who’d been arrested but who escaped, joining the Nazi German forces heading for  Salò on Lake Garda signalling the occupation of Northern Italy by the Nazi-Fascists).

The date was chosen arbitrarily in 1946 … on that day (April 25 1945),  Mussolini was captured by resistance forces in the North – and shot three days later, then hung in Piazzale Loreto in Milan, where earlier 15 Partisans had been shot.  The rest of  Northern Italy capitulated after that in a domino effect.  It should be noted that the Italian Civil War was a very bloody event in Italian history which left many scars and divisions in the Italians as a Nation.  Even after 70 years there’s still an off-key eco.

April 25th officially became a permanent national holiday in 1949 – though for years  it was ignored and fell into obscurity and except for the placing of a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldiers by officials (or on the sight of a Nazi-Fascist retaliation etc) went by unmarked and uncelebrated.  President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi during his administration (1999-2006) did much to revived and redirect it (and June 2  or Constitution Day or The Day of the Republic)  stating that the holiday was important,  since it reminds all Italians of the constant need for renovation through the understanding of the origin of the  Italian Nation  as a Republic.


If any of you would like to add their haiga to my challenge … please feel free to do so .. you can link directly in the comments below of add your name to the Mr. Linky app below.  In order to help other’s find you easily in the reader and Google, you might want to tag this post as well …. Bastet’s Monday Haiga Challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

For this week’s Photo Challenge, dedicated to inside, I’m going to interpret this as inside the past, but not only …

When you live in Italy, you live in the past a lot.  Old architecture from the Colosseum to a whole city like Venice…but even in small historically insignificant towns, which is the norm for Trentino, we have our relics.  From castles to … train stations.


The first project to add Riva del Garda to Rovereto was created in 1870, but it was only in 1889 that the Vienese government decided to give the ok for the building of 24.2 kilometers of railway.  The original 1889 plan created by engineer Rudolf Stummer Ritter von Traunfels was to include Arco, Dro and go all the way to Sarca, but was never completed.  Railway service between Riva del Garda and Mori opened for business on 28 January 1891. By that time Stummer had sold his project rights  to a banking project in Bolzano under the name of Lokalbahn Mori-Arco-Riva, the head of the bank was Sigismund Schwarz, who also participated and financed other similar projects throughout Trentino.

During the first World War, the tracks were damaged.  The railway in 1918 passed under the control of the Italian Railway company, since Trentino- Alto Adige was ceded to Italy by the Austrians at the end of the conflict.  An extension was projected to Rovereto in 1922.  In 1924 the extension was added and so, Riva del Garda was connected to the National railway route.  The municipality of Rovereto bought out the shares for the railway and in 1925 officially opened for service.  Unfortunately, the railway service never earned much money.  There was a project to pass from steam engines to electric engines, but the project never got off the ground.  In 1933, due to the growing car industry, a bus service was added to the train service and on the 21st of October, 1936 the station was closed…the tracks eventually being pulled up.

Inside the Station

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The station is open today for tourists … but there’s also a travel agency and a caffè restaurant open in the evenings.

Here’s what the station looks like from the back:

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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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