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Europe » Italy » Tuscany February 11th 2021

I believe very strongly that good weather plays a major role in achieving good health, and as the winter roars on here in Italy, and the nights get shorter and the days get longer I feel healthier and healthier. The pandemic is still a concern for me but as I enjoy the nice climate accompanied by high quality food, somehow it forces the pandemic far back into the background of my mind and thrusts the many opportunities of outdoor life (such as cycling, outdoor gyms, photography, looking out to sea) into sharp focus. Like this, the pandemic then becomes one of the many things to be aware of, whilst I fit in preventative measures against it, around my outdoor life and exercise, as opposed to seeing the pandemic as an out of control evil which imprisons ... read more
Bocadasse on a non-rainy, non-windy and sunny day in January 2021
Roman bath and ampitheatre ruins in March
Me in Viareggio in September enjoying Granita in 30 degrees of heat

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

Water clocks were used to mark a limited time interval. They above all marked the time of studying and of teaching, and were used by sailors to calculate the speed of a ship and by priests to limit the length of homilies. Well I have to say, an enormous water clock would have been an ideal ornament for the church wall where I used to go to church as a child because I don't remember any priest ever finishing a homily ON TIME. There was no respecting of a water clock, a salt timer or sand glasses, or even just respecting the plain old clock on the wall, certainly not when the homily was read anyway. At the dawn of civilization man learned to mark the passage of time by using natural clocks, like the Sun, ... read more
Water Clock

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

This morning I took the Funicolare Zecca-Righi. This is a funicular railway in Genoa connecting the Largo della Zecca, on the edge of Genoa's historic centre to several stations on the slope of the Righi hill. After reaching Righi I walked up a hill and found a Planetarium which in plain English is a theatre devoted to education and entertainment in astronomy and space science. I found some very interesting information and pictures of sightings which have taken place in the Planetarium. My favourite was one taken during the equinox. I also found some information on a board about the use of water clocks to measure time. I've always been very interested in how different civilizations have measured time. I remember back in primary school when we were doing a really interesting project on the Egyptians ... read more
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Planet Jupiter taken from the Observatory

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 9th 2021

Salvatori and Michelangelo in Genoa. Michelangelo Buonarrotti is considered to be one of the greatest Renaissance artists. He is particularly famous for his painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling in 1508. He is also famous for sculptures of heads of the biblical hero David, of which there are many copies around Florence especially. Just inside of Palazzo Ducale, located in Piazza De Ferrari in Genoa, there is part of Andrea Salvatori's exhibition which shows the head of David. Andrea Salvatori is a modern sculptor. In 2018 during a stay in Montelupo Fiorentino, which is a town famous for ceramics and located very near to Empoli, Salvatori made a few big heads of the David by Michelangelo, out of terracotta. The head in this exhibition is one of those heads, which are turned upside down, carved inside ... read more

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa February 3rd 2021

I judge from this period of travelling after having endured both short and long stays in hostels that in a hostel you can come across any type of person. However, in my experience most people who stay in them are generally open-minded. However, every now and again I meet people with very cynical views. Such people can be in their early twenties or late sixties. Age does not seem to be a factor. These views are pre-set and this illness within the person's thinking causes the person to hold that fixed belief across a spectrum of situations. For example, a person can get repeatedly annoyed, about being kept awake after 11pm because people are talking loudly in the common areas. The very same person wouldn't ever consider the possibility that the people who are chatting in ... read more
Famous quote found on Victoria Hostel wall in Genoa
Print found on Victoria hostel wall in Genoa

Europe » Italy » Liguria » Genoa January 29th 2021

Since returning to Italy, I've tried to fit in small moments of enjoyment and joy daily even though I've felt quite overwhelmed by the problems I've been trying to solve, which are constantly being made more uncertain by the pandemic. When I did these small but enjoyable things, I tried to use all of my senses to really enjoy them fully. Of course, with having to wear the mask all day long my sense of smell has often been severely compromised, but I used my other 4 senses, as far as I was able. Everyday I'm so grateful for being alive and I'm very happy about the fact that even though we are living through a pandemic with its many restrictions and consequences, I'm still free to live daily moments of happiness, as we all are ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

There is a shaded children's play area with a carousel with springs, a slide, swings and a trampoline. There is also a fountain with drinking water. In summer there are organized events and on summer evenings the largest garden becomes the site of an outdoor cinema. There is also a theatre and concerts. There are also nice archaeological descriptions and some sculptures. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

C'e un'area giochi per bambini all'ombra con giostra alle molle scivolo altalene e un tappeto elastico. Anche c'è una fontanella con acqua potabile e un gran prato. Estivo ci sono gli eventi organizzati e nelle sere d'estate il giardino più grande diventa sede di un cinema all'aperto. Anche c'e teatro e concerti. Anche ci sono belle descrizioni archeologiche e alcune sculture. NUOVE PAROLE ■area giochi = play area ■fontanella =fountain ■prato = lawn ■giostra alle molle = carousel with springs ■scivolo = slide ■altalene = swings ■un tappeto elastico = a trampoline ■sere d'estate = Summer evenings ■diventa sede di = becomes the seat of ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

The old fortress was built in 1468, presumably on plans to which Filippo Brunelleschi also collaborated. On the banks of the Arno in the sixteenth century the Florentines built a defensive stronghold, the New Fortress. The construction commissioned by Florence and entrusted to Antonio and then Giuliano da San Gallo developed as an extension of the first fortified nucleus built in 1468. The fortress ended its use for military purposes from the seventeenth century. It was finally sold by the Lorena family to a Livorno shipowner, Domenico Scotto at the end of 1700. The Livorno family Scottò built a covered corridor for walks, starting its transformation into gardens. The public garden was built in the nineteenth century inside the New Citadel. Today it is a big park. REFERENCES ■Scotto family, Domenico Scotto, Livorno ■Wars between Pisa ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Pisa January 19th 2021

La vecchia fortezza fu costruita nel 1468, presumibilmente su piani a cui collaborò anche Filippo Brunelleschi. In riva all’Arno nel XVI sec i fiorentini edificarono una roccaforte difensiva, la Fortezza Nuova. La costruzione voluta da Firenze e affidata ad Antonio e poi Giuliano da San Gallo si sviluppò come estensione del primo nucleo fortificato realizzato nel 1468. Ordinarono il ripristino e il potenziamento della piazza forte che fu dotata di una cinta di bastioni. La fortezza terminò il suo utilizzo per scopi militari dal XViii sec. Fu infine venduto dai Lorena a un armatore livornese, Domenico Scotto alla fine del 1700. La famiglia livornese Scottò construirono un corridoio coperto per passeggiate, iniziando la trasformazione in giardini. Il giardino pubblico fu realizzato nel XIX secolo all' interno della Cittadella Nuova. Oggi è un gran bel parco. NUOVE ... read more
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