The Cinque Terre Experience – part two

Cinque Terre scenery

A few weeks ago we visited the first of the five little towns called the Cinque Terre (five lands), and returned with happy smiles and a full camera. Last saturday we went there again, with the whole family (minus one busy teenager, unfortunately) to share this experience with them. We decided to start in the other end this time, and took the train to the last of the five, Monterosso … Continue reading

The San Gimignano 1300 Exhibition

San Gimignano 1300 Exhibition

The SG Centro per Le Arti is located in the heart of San Gimignano, this pearl of Tuscany that I posted about earlier. The main attraction of the museum is the ceramic reproduction of the city anno 1300, which is located in the basement of what used to be one of the City Towers. The skyline of San Gimignano as we know it today is characterized by its 14 towers, … Continue reading

The Cinque Terre Experience – part one

Riomaggiore Townscape

Up in the Liguria region of Italy, lies the Cinque Terre, like a string of beautiful pearls, sprinkled along the ragged shoreline. These five small villages, tied together with a winding path, remain untouched by cars (for the most). The area has been a popular tourist destination since the beginning of tourism. Since 1997 it has been part of Unesco´s World Heritage Site. Before tourism the Cinque Terre were simple … Continue reading

My One-Day-Of-Teleportation Wish List

taj mahal

Imagine. Early one morning, while the rest of the house is still sound asleep, I awaken with a start – there is someone in my bedroom! And out of the blue twiligh steps a beautiful fairy in a white dress, who whispers for me to follow her… Dumbstruck, I put on my slippers and follow her to the kitchen, where she tells me two things, both of which shock me … Continue reading

Signs of Religion

sign of religion in the forest

After nine months in Italy I am struck by how religious symbols keep showing up on thinkable and unthinkable places. For example: … on a workshop wall. … closeup. … in the abandoned cave of an eremite. … on the street. … on a brick wall. … in the middle of the forest. … on a mountain top. … Continue reading

Modern Architecture – The Imperfect Argument

The Garden Wall

“No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.” John Ruskin From the moment a building is inaugurated and put into use it begins to age. Therefore it is decisive for its success how it bears its flaws – because the flaws will indeed come! The flawless ideal A brand new flawless building is beautiful and fascinating for sure, with the freshness that looks good on cover pages. However, … Continue reading

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