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

1 Gennaio 2019

I’ve done a photo a day project in the past and thought about doing it again. Today was easy, as Charlie and I went for a long walk around town. As it was a bit chilly, I thought he should at least wear a scarf. And of course a Dutch dog wears an orange scarf, especially while posing on some of the pretty portico flooring. … Continue reading 1 Gennaio 2019

Highs and lows, ups and downs, su e giù

What a year. Mainly lousy, but we did get married. That was nice. But yeah, not a lot of blogging. I really am a bit burnt out right now. I manage to post to Instagram, but that’s about it. But I’ve got this blog and might as well do something with it on the last day of the year. So here are a handful of … Continue reading Highs and lows, ups and downs, su e giù

Halloween: Art History Style

There are a number of great exhibits going on right now in Bologna, some of which are lasting just a few more weeks, while others last through early next year, or are simply permanent. I visited a few museums last week and while I’m trying to find the time to actually post about them (and narrow down all of the photos I took), I thought … Continue reading Halloween: Art History Style

A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Niccolò dell’Arca is the perfect example of the joys of trying to nail down even the most basic of details of early Renaissance artists. As in, no joy, because no one can decide on anything, from where he’s from to where he worked to when he completed certain works. Is he from Apuglia or Bari? Did he spend time in Dalmatia or were some of … Continue reading A Terracotta Masterpiece: Niccolò dell’Arca

Bologna canal things to see in Bologna weekly photo challenge

Bologna’s Window to the Canal

I know I’ve written about Bologna’s canals before, although maybe not as much as I thought I had. But we do have them, even if not in the same quantity as in the Netherlands. Or at least not visible. There are still plenty of them beneath the city; they used to be much more visible but have been built over through the years. While some … Continue reading Bologna’s Window to the Canal

The Gilded Portico

Via Farini and the neighboring streets and palazzi are where you head when you want to do some seriously high-end shopping in Bologna. Even if you can’t afford to do more than sniff some of the perfumes or carefully caress some of the clothing, you can always window shop. Best of all, you can feel a bit like royalty without even going inside the stores. … Continue reading The Gilded Portico

An Unexpected Outdoor Concert

Charlie and I went on another nearly three-hour walk this morning. We started off with a stop at Piazza di Nettuno, where someone was encouraging him to jump over a chain barrier. I had to explain that Charlie speaks Dutch and then gave him the command, at which point he did jump. Brave hondje! Then there was a leisurely walk to Piazza Minghetti where a … Continue reading An Unexpected Outdoor Concert