Iron Lacework [9|365]

One of the reasons I like walking down Via Irnerio is the section where the portici disappear, replaced by low walls and iron fences. They remind me a bit of my time in New Orleans where the French Quarter and some of the Uptown homes have lovely ironwork. On Via Irnerio, some are boring old spikey types, but some are quite lovely, particularly at the … Continue reading Iron Lacework [9|365]

Pets and Ports [7|365]

Today was pet store day. Charlie’s favorite day! He’s always trying to get me to go in that direction and when we actually did this morning, he started pulling and practically running to get there. Having to wait for the light to change to cross the street had him almost whimpering in frustration! Poor puppy! Then, as the light changed, an actual puppy came up … Continue reading Pets and Ports [7|365]

Urban Nature in Bologna

While there are parks and green spaces in and certainly surrounding Bologna — we can see the green hills outside the city center from our terrace — there’s not that much greenery among most of the streets and some of the piazzas. In Utrecht, we had the canal that ringed the old city center, which provided lots of green areas around the city. Plus, the … Continue reading Urban Nature in Bologna

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Montagnola in the Morning

I took Charlie over to the Parco della Montagnola this morning, and while we skipped the dog run area, we did head to my favorite section of the park. Even a quick stop has me waxing poetic. On the far left of the park are the Scalinata del Pincio, grand and ornate stairs rising up on multiple levels. Dotted along the ledges and stairs are … Continue reading Montagnola in the Morning

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The Gates of Bologna: Porta San Donato

In the Middle Ages, much like many other cities, Bologna was protected by high walls with large gates built in at certain points for passage in and out. The walls of Bologna are largely gone now, though there are fragments that remain in various spots around the city, and you can still see the mark they left on the map of Bologna in the form … Continue reading The Gates of Bologna: Porta San Donato