Saturday, November 22, 2014

Imperia - A day out at the olive oil festival

 Autumn is the time for harvesting the olives and November is the time to celebrate that harvest and the riches it produces down on the Ligurian Coast in Italy. The streets are full with stalls selling olive oil and other delicious Italian specialities and there are marquees for tasting sessions, as well as restaurants putting on gourmet menus for the day. Mid- November in Imperia is a lovely festive day out at the start of winter......

Don't hesitate to visit if you get the chance - it is only one hour from Nice by car, or 40 minutes on the train from Ventimiglia....Enjoy!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 215 - Vernazza, Cinque Terre

You can always rely on Italy for an endless supply of photogenic washing lines complete with shadows......for more shadow shots this week, click HERE for Shadow Shot Sunday. Enjoy!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 214 - Sant Angelo - Rome

A shadowy corner in the old Jewish Ghetto Quarter in Rome - Sant Angelo - which proved to be a delightful and charming neighbourhood to wander and browse....for more shadow shots this week, click here for Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 213 - London

Late afternoon shadows lengthen across the lawns of Marble Hill House in London - along the river between Richmond and Twickenham. For more shadow shots visit Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Autumnal Afternoon....Breil-Sur-Roya

Last weekend I was still sitting on the beach and swimming in the sea, but this weekend the weather is starting to change, so I decided to head for the hills and look for some Autumnal beauty....

Such beauty was not hard to find up in the Roya valley in a little town called Breil - a centre for hiking, rafting and canyoning in the mountains. As you can see the setting is very pretty and this is matched by some stunning baroque architecture.... well as some pretty coloured houses juxtaposed with some gorgeous weathering and textured walls and doorways...

but the best colours to be found yesterday were the Autumn hues of the foliage - especially that fiery red...

Who can resist photographing Nature's finest in all its Autumn glory??

Breil-Sur-Roya is easily reachable from Nice by taking le Train de Merveilles from Nice-Ville railway station. The journey is one hour plus there are lots of other lovely stops on the line. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Shadow Shot Sunday 212 - Javea, Spain

Is there anything more serene than sitting on a sundrenched beach under a sunshade  looking out to sea?............For more shadow shots click here for Shadow Shot Sunday - Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Browsing around Bussana Vecchia....

First founded in 1050AD by one of the Counts of Ventimiglia, prospering as part of the Republic of Genoa from the 13th century onwards, the development of Bussana Vecchia was halted abruptly by an earthquake on 23rd February 1887. The village was destroyed and abandoned....

The new village of Bussana was resituated at sea level two years later and the old village lay deserted and forgotten up on the top of the hill....until Clizia a potter and painter from Turin came here in 1959. He founded the International Community of Artists together with the poet Giovanni Fronte and a painter Vanni Giuffre. Moving mountains of rubble and restoration of the least damaged buildings began, and soon artists from France, UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Austria joined the growing community of international artists - even though there was no water, electricity, and sewage.....

Although threatened evictions and stand-offs against the Italian government followed in the sixties, studios, workshops, and galleries were established amongst the ruins and are still present today - although the community is in constant flux with artists coming and going......

The most poignant ruin is that of the magnificent church built 1404 - 1652 and dedicated to St Egidio - over the years it changed from a modest structure to a Romanic church and finally to a magnificent Baroque church with columns, frescoes, stucco, and six chapels and altars built into the walls. Gerolamo Comanedi, a young artist from Lugano, worked there his whole life creating these amazing friezes, paintings and stuccoes succeeded by his nephew.....Now it is a magnificent ruin inhabited only by a magnificent rooster and a few chickens. 

As you can see it is a very photogenic place to visit and I did manage to get there by public transport - two trains to Ventimiglia and San Remo, followed by a bus to new Bussana and then a steep uphill climb of about 40 minutes - Well worth the effort - Enjoy!!