The first time I visited the park of Villa Regina was in the summer of 2009 and I wrote my impressions in this post. I didn't feel the urgency of coming back to the place for the best part of seven years, but a few days ago, passing by, I managed to take this shot of the entrance boulevard. Maybe one day I will summon the courage to re-visit the rest...
Maurizio is our usual reporter from the sea, but his daughter Veronica keeps stealing the show with this underwater photo of a barrel jellyfish. We have already seen her at work last Sunday with this photo.
The new building and the rest of the complex at the “Scoglio della Regina” (Queen's Rock) are almost finished: the piazza has already a few benches, but the mysterious statue is still completely wrapped.
The pattern of the paving is eye-catching and almost hypnotic. On a side there is also a small jetty.
Sadly, the nearby Big Blue Shed is getting bluer and more conspicuous by the day...
O legado “A floresta nos une diante do perigo comum, nos faz mais fraternos. É por isso que meu trabalho em defesa da Amazônia não pode parar”, Chico Mendes. (The legacy: “The forest unites us in front of the common threat, makes us more fraternal. That is why my work in defense of the Amazon can not stop”, Chico Mendes).
This portrait and this quote of Chico Mendes are on a shutter in Via Oberdan. On the next shutter I saw the coat of arms of the Republic of Acre with its motto: “Nec luceo pluribus impar” (I am not shining less than many).
On July 19th 1944 the Allied troops, with the help of local partisans, freed the city of Livorno. Every year a ceremony takes place at the “Bassorilievo al Partigiano” (Bas-relief to the Partisan) commemorating the event and the many Livornesi fallen in the Resistance.
With the “Amerigo Vespucci” still in the Navy yard of La Spezia for extraordinary maintenance, it will be the school ship “Palinuro” to carry the first-year cadets of the Naval Academy in their summer training cruise.
Palinurus, a figure from the Roman mythology, was the helmsman of one of the ships of Aeneas.
We see around many things called sculptures, some good, others funny, but many of them have nothing to do with Bernini o Rodin. In the spirit that (almost) everybody can do it, I am publishing a photo of my first ‘sculpture’. This work is obviously titled in French: “Assemblage Magnétique” (Magnetic Assemblage).
There is a special ‘bravo’ for who is going to identify the kind of recycled stuff used for this ‘artwork’. (It was made with hard disk magnets and their holders)
The “Bruno Gregoretti” (CP 312) has been a Coast Guard cutter for almost thirty years. Dismissed in 2008, the boat was recently restored and it is now moored at the Andana degli Anelli, inside the Porto Mediceo, as a museum ship.
She was originally built in Germany as a 23-meter ‘Seenotrettungskreuzer’ (rescue boat), and the refurbished cruiser bears her original and quite unusual livery.