Coal or Chocolate? [5-6 gennaio]

You may think that stockings and being naughty or nice were over with on December 25, but not if you’re in Italy. Today they celebrate the epiphany with the Befana (a witch-like figure) who leaves stockings for the kids with coal if they’ve been naughty (black-colored sugary liquorice things which sound pretty awful, to be honest) or chocolates, oranges, and little toys/games. We did stockings … Continue reading Coal or Chocolate? [5-6 gennaio]

4 gennaio 2019

In my continuing attempt to photograph bits of my daily life here in Bologna (at least stuff I come across on my walks with Charlie or while running errands, I present these latest photos. There was some pretty light on this morning’s walk, even if it was quite chilly. Still, with the colors of Bologna, you start to feel a little warmer and cheerier. At … Continue reading 4 gennaio 2019

2 gennaio 2019

I had an errand or two I wanted to run today and figured I’d do it while the spirit and flesh were both willing. I may be an atheist, but there’s something about the freedom of the lines of this quick sketch and the emotion conveyed that really spoke to me, whether the cross is a part of it or separate. This one I call, … Continue reading 2 gennaio 2019

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Variations on a (Street Art) Theme

The Weekly Photo Challenge theme this week is “variations on a theme”. As I thought about more of the street art images I have that I’d like to post, these three images popped into my mind first. All variations of depictions of women in street art. I’ll leave it up to you how you choose to interpret them. What I do love is how different … Continue reading Variations on a (Street Art) Theme

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Guasto Village Street Art

Along Via del Guasto, an unassuming and potentially unappealing street between Via delle Belle Arti and Piazza Verdi, there are some unexpected surprises. What had a reputation as a drug-infested back alley in the past is trying to reclaim a safer yet still modern and edgy vibe. Guasto Village, which took place in the surrounding streets during the summer, was a way to give new … Continue reading Guasto Village Street Art

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Weathered but Wonderful Art

I’ve been thinking about doing a theme this week of some of the Bologna street art. As I’ve said before, there’s plenty of your standard graffiti, but there’s also a lot of really amazing street art. I’ve seen some in recent weeks that takes my breath away and really makes me think — and want to create. However, this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “weathered” … Continue reading Weathered but Wonderful Art

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My Favorite Italian Cities #DolceVitaBloggers

Ok, so technically the #DolceVitaBloggers theme for January is your favorite Italian city. Singular. But how do you choose? Even if you’ve only been to a handful? Before living here, I would have probably said Florence. As someone who studied art history and fell in love with the Italian Renaissance, it’s kind of hard not to love Florence. It was such an important city during … Continue reading My Favorite Italian Cities #DolceVitaBloggers

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Street Artists at Work

There’s a lot of random graffiti in Bologna, but there’s also some street art. In addition, the shutters that are used over the entrances to shops and restaurants when they’re closed are the perfect canvas. In the case of the shutters, the business usually invites an artist to create an eye-catching image. There are some fantastic works of art, some of which I’ve posted about … Continue reading Street Artists at Work