Sunday, July 31, 2011

Effetto Venezia, Again

Effetto Venezia 2011, LivornoIt is that time of the year again, “Effetto Venezia” has begun. They said that this time there wes no money for it, but sadly they found it somehow.
This year's theme is “France” and this could be enough to diminish my unremitted love for that country. By the way, the colors of the French flag are upside down, and we'll see this quite often...Effetto Venezia 2011, LivornoSo last year's Torquemada stage, the staircase of our town hall, is now dedicated to Nostradamus, strange guys feel at home there...

See also: Effetto Venezia - Venezia Makes Effect - White Night - Caballeria Rusticana - No Regrets - Kindred Spirit

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Parking Lot

Parking lot, viale Marconi, LivornoA couple of years ago I posted some pictures of this derelict gas station. The pumps are finally gone now, but so is the tree.Abandoned gas station, viale Marconi, Livorno
Already closed, June 2009

Gas station, viale Marconi, Livorno
Still working, January 2009

See also: Green Gas Station

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Latin America

El Gringo, cocina Mexicana, Livorno
“Via Bosi”

Caffé Haiti, Livorno
“Via Grande”

Floridita Caffè, Livorno
“Via Gramsci”

Ernest Hemingway used to say “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita”. He would have been happy in Livorno, because, like in Havana, we also have “La bodeguita”.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Flying Rats

Dutch Church, Scali degli Olandesi, LivornoThis is a short walk at the “Chiesa degli Olandesi” (Dutch Church).Dutch Church, Scali degli Olandesi, LivornoI don't like pigeons, and this is an euphemism.Dutch Church, Scali degli Olandesi, LivornoThrough broken windows the birds have invaded the old church.Dutch Church, Scali degli Olandesi, LivornoThe derelict temple is now a huge pigeon house.Dutch Church, Scali degli Olandesi, LivornoBird droppings are almost everywhere.

Search labels: Dutch church
See also: Abandoned Church - Scali degli Olandesi - Chiesa degli Olandesi - Sad Preview - A lecture - Finale - A Ray of Hope - Falling to Pieces - Another Collapse - Fenced Off - Piazza Poerio - The Places I Love - A Few More Votes - Rose Window - Second Place?
External links: Temple of the Dutch German Congregation (Wikipedia)
Facebook Group: “Salviamo la chiesa degli Olandesi a Livorno” (Save the Dutch church in Livorno)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Modigliani in Paris

Rue Modigliani, 15e arrondissement, ParisIn the 15th arrondissement, not far from the Parc André Citroën, rue Modigliani is not an impressive street for Parisian standards.Fontaine des Polypores, rue Modigliani, 15e arrondissement, ParisIt has a nice fountain called “fontaine des Polypores” (Polypores fountain), also commonly known as Modigliani fountain. It is a 1983 work by the sculptor Jean-Yves Le Chevalier.

Search labels: Modigliani
External links: Amedeo Modigliani (Wikipedia)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Majesty of the Law

Piazza Guerrazzi, Livorno“Piazza Guerrazzi” without the “The Majesty of the Law”. Looking at the uniform in the old picture, the man was probably a soldier and not a policeman. We are again comparing a 1900 picture from the book “In Tuscany” with the same place today.The Majesty of the Law, In Tuscany by Montgomery Carmichael, Livorno
“The Majesty of the Law” by Pietro Rossini (circa 1900)

See also: In Tuscany - Leghorn “la Cara” - A Levantine Trader - What Delays the Letters - Coral Girls

Friday, July 22, 2011


Spearhead wrought iron, Livorno
Spearhead fence of “Villa Fabbricotti”

Spearhead wrought iron, tridents, Livorno
Tridents at the “Scoglio della Regina” (Queen's Rock)

Spearhead wrought iron, Livorno
Palazzo della Galleria”, “Via Sant'Omobono”

Today we are coming home from our holiday, if you are curious about some pictures taken in Paris just click here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Baby Girls

Newborn, baby ribbon, cockade, Livorno

Newborn, baby ribbon, cockade, Livorno
“Here I am also here, my name is Caterina”

Newborn, baby ribbon, cockade, Livorno
“Asia is born”

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Anchors of Venice

Red and white anchors, cantina Venezia, LivornoDuring the demolition of the old “cantina” of the Venezia quarter, one of its symbols, a pair of red and white crossed anchors, was left in the rubble for a while.Red and white anchors, cantina Venezia, LivornoThe two anchors have now been restored on the facade of the new “cantina”.

See also: Red & White - The Old “Cantina” - Venezia

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Very good cookies not far from Versailles, FranceThis picture was taken far from Livorno, in the Île-de-France, but I can assure you that two Livornesi ate almost everything that was on that plate.
The second informal meeting between our blogs went far beyond the delicious cakes and Trillian and I were also treated with a personalized tour of Versailles with our friend cieldequimper of Versailles Daily Photo. Thank you ciel, again!

See also: LDP meets VDP - Attendre 23 h le 13 juillet (VDP)

Saturday, July 16, 2011


Boat in the sea, Antignano, LivornoNon far from the place that inspired “Закат на море в Ливорно” (Sunset on the Sea at Livorno) by Nikolai Ge.

See also: Sunset on the Sea at Livorno

Friday, July 15, 2011

On a Bench

Little bird on a bench, LivornoLast Sunday it was so hot that I wasn't even trying to go for a walk.Little bird on a bench, LivornoThis little guy in “Piazza della Vittoria” wasn't very happy either,Little bird on a bench, Livornobut I am not sure if it was about the weather or something else.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Scali Cialdini

Canale dei Francesi, Frenchmen's Canal, Scali Cialdini, LivornoThe street called “Scali Cialdini” follows the “Canale dei Francesi” to which you get easy access through a sloping cobbled pavement with brick walls reaching the canal almost at water level.Scali Cialdini, LivornoNot far, you can see the compass rose described in another post.

See also: Canale dei Francesi - Landmarks

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Lifeboats, MSC Sinfonia, LivornoTesting the lowering of a lifeboat on the “MSC Sinfonia”.Lifeboats, MSC Sinfonia, LivornoWe are not sailing away, but we will be in Paris for a few days.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Canale dei Francesi

Ponte dei Sospiri, Bridge of Sighs, LivornoThe “Ponte dei Sospiri” (Bridge of Sighs), the old Custom House on the left, and the barracks of the “Guardia di Finanza”.Canale dei Francesi, Frenchmen's Canal, LivornoThe “Canale dei Francesi” (Frenchmen's Canal) was dug in 1799 by the French troops to link the Old Harbor with the New Harbor.

See also: Scali Cialdini - Pamiglione - Old Harbor

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Levantine Trader

Piazza Cavour, Livorno“Piazza Cavour” seen from about the same angle of “A Levantine Trader”, a picture taken around 1900, which we have already seen in a post on the book “In Tuscany” by Montgomery Carmichael.A Levantine Trader, In Tuscany by Montgomery Carmichael, Livorno
“A Levantine Trader” by Pietro Rossini (circa 1900)

See also: In Tuscany - Leghorn “la Cara” - The Majesty of the Law - What Delays the Letters - Coral Girls

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Street Lights

New street lights, scali Saffi, LivornoA couple of months ago there were signs that something was going to happen to our temporary lamp posts on the “Scali Saffi”.New street lights, scali Saffi, LivornoIt happened only a few days ago, but we have real lamp posts now ... and they work!

See also: Works - Temporary Forever - Low-Cost Lamp Post

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Via delle Vele

Newly-cobbled street, via delle Navi, Livorno“Via delle Vele” (Street of the Sails) has just been repaved with cobblestones.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Vanished Balcony

Bicycles on a balcony, via Strozzi, LivornoSome people keep their bicycles on the balcony to avoid theft,Vanished balcony, via Strozzi, Livornobut sometimes the whole balcony is taken away!