Sunday Walk: September 22, 2013

Sunday Morn

Sonnet Royal

Sunday Morn

I watch from the shore this Sunday morn
As my true love sails for foreign lands
I cry my tears, my waiting grief borne,
Alone, I walk along lonely sands.
Soon returning to my father’s farmlands,
I will milk our cows and watch the sheep
Walking near my true love whilst I sleep.

 

Sonnet Royal: This stanza form is believed to be of Italian origin, and appears to be formed out of the, stanza called Ottava Rima, and by removing the fifth line. This reduces it to a seven line stanza of three rhymes, arranged with a rhyme scheme of;
a. b. a. b. b. c. c... I’ve added a 9 syllable count.

Have a great Sunday!

Sunday Walk: September 15, 2013

country road

Ottavo Rima
(Sicilian octave)

Country Path

Walking down the lonely country path, dark and drear
Though the flowers hinted that summer was not gone
My heart was heavy for my lost true love, dear
Off to war he’d been sent and was now passed-on
The face that I saw in my mind’s eye so clear
No consolation gave to me thus withdrawn…
I heard blackbird singing, so late in the year
Knew I then, that there would be a future dawn.

A change on Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library…the Sunday Walk will be a literary walk…the photographic walk is over at Through the Eye of Bastet!

The Sicilian octave (Italian: ottava siciliana or ottava napoletana, lit. “Neapolitan octave”) is a verse form consisting of eight lines of eleven syllables each, called a hendecasyllable. The form is common in late medieval Italian poetry. The form has a prescribed rhyme scheme: (A-B-A-B-A-B-A-B) 

Sunday Walk: September 8, 2013

Good Morning World, are you ready for our Sunday walk?  We’re back in Riva del Garda to see the Seamen’s Monument:

To The Lost at Sea

To The Lost at Sea

To arrive there we’ll come down to the old pier from the Mermaid fountain through the Piazza just across from the Fortress, which we saw earlier this week:

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Here are some pylons (well they’re actuall all along the old pier). I just thought I’d add this because I liked the gull!

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Walking towards the old port along the pier where fishermen used to moor their boats, we find the monument to the lost at sea.  Of course we’re very far from the sea, but because of our lake many had gone off to war as sailors.

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Along the old pier we now have some great cafès and restaurants…in case you just want to sit back and look at the lake.

The old pier

Hope you enjoyed the walk.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Sunday Walk: August 25 2013

The other day, I went to the library in Riva del Garda.  I’ve decided to take you there today.  I love libraries, and if anyone has ever lived in Italy, they can tell you, that in most regions, libraries are a poor thing.  Where there are Universities there are some great book collections, but usually only open to students or staff members, though because I’m a member of my regional library circuit, I was permitted to “study”, I actually wrote a short story there, at the library of the history faculty.

The train station that you see at the end of the slide show, no longer has that function.  Many years ago, some brilliant politicians with lovely foresight had the railway lines removed, so our little valley can only be reached by boat or roads, no train.  Recently there has been talk about rebuilding the system.  In the meantime the station now houses a restaurant and a bar.

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Have a great Sunday!

Sunday Walk: La Rocca – Riva del Garda (Italy)

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the Rocca in Riva del Garda.  Once a fortress which protected the city from foreign invaders, like Venetians and Lombards, it’s now a lovely park and museum.

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Oh…and this was where I saw that fantastic photo exhibition by Lois Beer I spoke to you about yesterday in my poem.  We spent most of Friday and Saturday there, a group of artists put up an exhibition upon request by the museum.

Here’s hubby’s contribution, a few of his smaller works loaned for the occasion, if you want to see a better idea of his work go here, I did a post on his work a few month’s back  😉

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Have a great Sunday everyone.

Photography: Sunday Walk Arco (TN) Italy

Today, we’ll just take a stroll from the entrance of Arco (TN) halfway up to the Castle below.

I parked my bike outside of Arco near an old hotel.  When I first arrived it was a beautiful little hotel freshly refurbished with a swimming pool that looked onto the river…alas the proprietor passed away and the heirs never got their act together, now it’s falling to pieces!

Hotel ArcoI went towards the bridge…we used to have traffic lights just before entering the bridge but now we have a roundabout!  I really should take you on a walk around the roundabouts…in Arco we now have about 8 give or take…

roundaboutThe Castle seen from the BridgeThe BridgeFlagsCastle from townWe’re now in the beginning of Via Segatini, the entrance to Medieval Arco…and we start to climb!

20 minutesFirst stepsfollowersFurther upwardsFocusing on BolognanoThe town in the far off background is Bolognano, where I live!

Midway to the CastleMidway to the Castle we see the valley that runs into the lake, hidden from view by Monte Brione…the church is the Center of Medieval Arco.  There’s a nice bench here.  A couple of German’s who were also following asked me if it was always so steep to the top…well,  I told them it leveled out a bit then straight up…the worst part is actually the entrance to the Castle, but that will be another trip when we do the Castle by itself.

The PathdescendingThe RiverRoundabout on highAh…there’s the roundabout!

Back in townHotelThis was a hotel in far worse condition than Hotel Arco…last winter they did a complete restructuring…it’s really very nice now, so, who knows maybe Hotel Arco will be remodelled and put back into service one day!

Let’s have a drink…I had an espresso and a tall glass of mineral water…and you?

The BarThose FlagsOne last look at the flags and the river…I’m going home…on my bike!

Going homeGood-bye until next week!  But before I go off on another walk…be expecting a special Just A Note…I’ve an important announcement to make!!!!

I’m submitting this as part of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Through your eyes.

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The Sunday Walk: Alberobello (BA) – Italy

Alberobello is a small town in the southern Italian region of Puglia and is part of the Province of Bari.  It’s famous the world over for its ancient mode of building construction know as trulli, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites list since 1996!

When you first arrive in Alberobello, you have to find somewhere to park:

parkingAlberobello from the modern part of the town looks just like any other sleepy southern Italian village…but there’s something to be sai about the roofing of the buildings near the “historical” center of town.

Here’s a detailed look at the roofing:

roofing details

roofingThe following is the first courtyard you come upon as you enter the older part of the town:

Casa LippolisThis house with its courtyard are not ancient so the sign says but gives us an idea what normal living courtyards must have been like.

about casa LippolisWe come to the stairs that lead us down to the historical city center, but first a poem by Pasolini about Alberobello’s Trulli…which I didn’t translate:

Pier Paolo PasoliniAnd here we are the steps that lead from the modern Alberobello to its past!

panoramaFrom AboveWe go down the steps and begin walking through Alberobello:

in townjust visitingsmall squarePub and shopsA row of housesWalking the streetsHere is the church at the center of the historical center…it has been beautifully reconstructed…there was to be a wedding that afternoon!

The Church We conclude our walk:

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I hope you’ve had a nice walk with me through the trulli of Alberobello…next week, Padova!