Monday, October 31, 2011

Don Quixote and Others

Bar Serenità, via de Larderel, Livorno“Bar Serenità” (Serenity Bar) in “Via de Larderel”.In vernice restaurant, via Sproni, Livorno“In vernice” (In Paint) is a renowned restaurant in “Via Sproni”.Don Chisciotte bar, via de Larderel, Livorno“Don Chisciotte” (Don Quixote) is another bar in “Via de Larderel”.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Natural Time

Clock, church of Sant'Andrea, LivornoNever been a great fan of the “ora legale” (daylight saving time) and I am glad that tomorrow we will be back to our natural time.

See also: Sant'Andrea - Clocks

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ladybugs and More

Toy ladybugs, food fair, LivornoDo you remember last year's food fair? This time the stalls were arranged on the “lungomare”, our sea front. This wasn't food but it is really a world of ladybugs.Licorice sticks and panes, food fair, LivornoLicorice sticks, the root of the plant, with some of the finished product in background.Olive wood chessboard, food fair, LivornoA gorgeous chessboard made of olive wood.

See also: Food Fair - Salami & Cheese - Sweets - Other Stuff - Owls & Huskies

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Secret Dreams

Sogni segreti, Secret Dreams, serigraph on paper by Andrea Agostini, corso Mazzini, LivornoOn display in a shop window in “Corso Mazzini”: “Sogni segreti” (Secret Dreams), a serigraph on paper by Andrea Agostini.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Planters out of control in piazza Grande, LivornoVegetation slightly out of control in “Piazza Grande”.Fishing boat, Canale dei Francesi, LivornoDetail of a fishing boat moored in the “Canale dei Francesi”.Grattachecca sign, viale Italia, LivornoGrattachecca” is a typically Roman version of granita.Cardboard bomb on a wall, LivornoIn “Corso Amedeo”: “Ops, we accidentally dropped a bomb!”Access gate Central Market basement, LivornoThe underground entrance to the “Mercato Centrale” basement.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

CP 867 & Nataly

Search and Rescue boat CP 867, Porto Mediceo, LivornoSearch and Rescue boat CP 867 inside the “Porto Mediceo”.Search and Rescue boat CP 867, Nataly, Porto Mediceo, LivornoIn background the 65-meter superyacht “Nataly”.

See also: CP 867 - Calm Waters - Coast Guard - Piaggio P166

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Bicycle Art

Bicycle missing a wheel, can of Coke, LivornoEmpty can of Coke, with a straw, abandoned on the seat, covered by a plastic bag, of a leopardskin bicycle with a missing wheel.

Search labels: bicycle art
External links: Bicycle Art

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Lionhead, automatic door sign, via Grande, Livorno“Via Grande”: “Automatic door, do not push”.Via dell'Oriolino (Small Clock Street) plaque, Livorno“Oriolino” is an archaic Tuscan form for small clock.Banner announcing a student demonstration, via Galilei, LivornoAnother demonstration for the students of the Technical Institue.De Larderel coat of arms, via de Larderel, LivornoThe family coat of arms on the facade of “Palazzo de Larderel”.Blue Piaggio Ape, Leonardo shop sign, via dell'Origine, LivornoA shop with a suggestive name and a bright blue Ape.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dry Dock

Small dry dock, LivornoThis is the gate, practically a caisson, of the small dry dock, built alongside the “Canale dei Francesi” (Frenchmen's Canal). You can easily see the level of the water on the outer side and the dry part on the right.Superyacht Sunday, small dry dock, LivornoThe boats enters the dock when it is level with the water outside.Superyacht Sunday, small dry dock, LivornoAfter closing the gate, the water inside is pumped out, leaving the boat, properly supported, on the bottom of the dry dock.

See also: White Sea - Nero - I Dynasty, in Norway - Giorgio Armani's Yacht

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Body Language

The number of law enforcement agencies in Italy is slightly less than 54, traffic wardens carry guns (in Livorno a Beretta 9mm) and the body language is correct, if a bit exaggerated.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thank God

Thank God I'm an Atheist, Santa Maria del Soccorso church, Livorno“Grazie a Dio sono ateo” (Thank God I'm an Atheist): I wonder if the writer knows he is quoting Luis Buñuel.
This is the side wall of the church of “Santa Maria del Soccorso”.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Via degli Archi

Via degli Archi, Livorno“Via degli Archi” (Archways Street) links “Borgo dei Cappuccini” with “Borgo Sant'Jacopo”. The name comes from the archways at both ends of the street.Via degli Archi, LivornoA narrow street which runs mostly between fields, it is more like a misplaced suburban road, not far from the city center.Via degli Archi, LivornoAt the other end one more archway reasserts the peculiar name.

See also: Narrow Streets, Long Names

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Colorful leavres on a rusty support, via Ginori, LivornoColorful “leaves” on a rusty support in “Via Ginori”.Graffiti or advertising, via Michon, Livorno“Via Michon”, graffiti or advertising?Captive forest, window sill, Borgo dei Cappuccini, LivornoA captive forest on a window sill, in “Borgo dei Cappuccini”.Face above a front door, Borgo dei Cappuccini, LivornoSame street, but this wasn't there the last time I passed by.Greek helmets on a front door, Borgo dei Cappuccini, LivornoThe front door of a gym, with some curious decorations.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Boat out of Water

Benetti Mistral yacht, Carmelo Noli tugboat, LivornoThe unusual shape of the “Mistral”, a former tugboat built in 1962 and converted in yacht at the Benetti shipyard in 2006. The boat, born as “Carmelo Noli”, was active in the port of Savona until 1998.

See also: Mistral
Search labels: tug

Monday, October 10, 2011

Energy Days

Original living room, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoSome interesting stands popped up in “Piazza XX Settembre” for something called Energy Days. I liked this original living room.Segway on display, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoThere were Segways on display and avalaible to try.Electric Smart car, piazza XX Settembre, LivornoAn electric Smart car: it runs two hours on four AA batteries!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Via Strozzi

Lion head, door, LivornoA lion head is a strange ornament for a door...Corner, via della Voltina, via Strozzi, LivornoThe corner of “Via della Voltina” with “Via Strozzi”.Fancy doorbell, LivornoIs this a doorbell or something else?Covered balcony, flowers, LivornoSame street, a covered balcony with flowers.Sign, fish market, LivornoA sign on the fish market building: “Tyrrhenian fish consortium”.
(Pictures taken on August 13)

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