Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Luckily a couple of years ago the problem was resolved and the building of new apartment complexes commenced. Hundreds are being put up all around the perimeter of town and even in those few empty spaces in town.
This means that many families are moving back to Molfetta. Others who have been making due in tiny inadequate apartments just for the cnvenience of staying in town are finally able to move into more reasonably sized ones. Not that they are large or cheap...the average new apartment is 100 sq. meters and costs around €300,000.
p.s. Just a curiosity...the word for crane in Italian is "gru" which means both the construction tool and the bird, the same as in English.
Monday, September 29, 2008
The water is more than welcome, however, since we have been living in near-drought conditions for the past several years here in Puglia. And September is the perfect month for it, especially for the olive trees. They'll be harvested in November and rain now gives them a boost in growing fat and firm!
Every day for the past week has seen a few hours of sun interspersed with several rain showers. This full rainbow was spotted and photographed by my husband from the roof of our house.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I guess these monitors are here *just in case*...to record anything anomalous that might happen...don't have these at the old theater in town!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
This raises various questions along the lines of...what about the little local cinema that is now seriously struggling to survive? And, what do you think about these mega-corporate ventures that stifle/kill local enterprise? Are the jobs at the mall worth it in the long run?
And what about the architectural issues? This mall has a very striking architectural style, generic "Mediterranean" perhaps is its intent...but it has no connection whatsoever with local constructions.
I go to both cinemas. The one in town is closer to home, less crowded and cheaper. There's no popcorn, but, at the prices they're charging for it at the mall...I can survive without!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Check out the winners in the mural painting competition at this link!
Friday, September 19, 2008
For a description of how to gather and prepare prickly pears, take a look at this link. It's in Italian, but the photos are self-explanatory.
On a side note, my younger son was with me when I took this shot and he warned me, "Be careful, mommy, don't get too close, these plants *shoot* their thorns at you!" At which I scoffed, "I don't think so!" But, who's got a painful thorn stuck in her forefinger as she types? The mysteries of nature and children! ;-)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It's unusual to see waves in the Adriatic Sea. They only happen when there's a strong wind blowing. The picture above is deceptive in perspective because on the other side of the road from the windswept Maritime Pines there is a sheer cliff that drops down to the sea. The waves you see here are actually far from the shore.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
These little provincial towns can be so competitive with each other! Just you wait till basketball season starts!
My son had a homework assignment that involved us going out to find 7 monuments dated with Roman numerals, which he then had to translate into regular old numbers. The amazing thing is that we were able to finish the assignment in a 30 minute time span walking around an area of 2 blocks! I'll be showing you some of these monuments over the next few days.
Monday, September 15, 2008
(If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the reflection of the green shutters on the building across the street!)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
I can remember not too long ago that an image of a condom was pretty much taboo. Even for spreading information about important health issues, like the prevention of unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
What do you think...is this clever advertising or...what?
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
And in case you got into trouble on dry land, or needed to be hauled out of the water and whisked away to the hospital, the Red Cross Advanced Aid ambulance was also on hand. As far as I know, there were no accidents nor arrests. Nor have I ever heard of any trouble in past years.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
But the key event is the procession that carries the statue of the Madonna of the Martyrs from her home church along the harbour to the main jetty. There she is loaded onto three fishing boats that have been tied together and is carried around the harbour accompanied by anyone and everyone who has some sort of vessel that floats: motorboats, sailboats, jetskis, rowboats, dinghies, you name it. The main objective is to yell and blow your boat's horn as long and loud as you can.
On board the three boats carrying the statue are all the friends and family of the boat owners, plus priests, monks, a band and dozens of young men who pass the time by diving off the boat into the fetid waters of the harbour!
The Madonna is led around the port for several hours before the boats dock at the other end and she is lovingly unloaded and carried to the Cathedral where she rests until the following Sunday when yet another procession carries her back home to her own church.
Everyone gets decked out for the event...including the buildings!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The esoteric meaning of the caduceus can be interpreted from the sum of its parts. The staff was a symbol of authority carried in the hands of messengers. The winged wand of Hermes (a Greek god) is in keeping with the alchemical or astrological importance of Mercury (his Roman version) - often meaning fluidity, transformation, information, and new beginnings. The snake is often depicted in non Judeo-Christian traditions as a source or deliverer of wisdom. The snakes are bound to each other in a double helix - a shape of stability, creation, and life (the very shape our DNA conforms to).
From this we can deduce that the caduceus represents the authority to quickly deliver vital or wise information so as to aid, assist, negotiate, and enlighten. It is no surprise then that the caduceus is used as a symbol by a variety of professions which have a connection with Hermes/Mercury, the god of commerce, eloquence, invention, travel and thievery.
Contemporary users of this symbol include merchants, journalists, postal workers and...hospitals and pharmacies.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
My 8-year-old son spotted this odd cloud lurking over the shopping mall just outside of town. (yes, we do have modern stuff here in Molfetta, too! I just haven't shown you very much of it yet...too enthralled with the sea in the summer!) It was all by itself and really big and fat and just hanging there...as if were trying to decide if it wanted to enter the mall through the Coop supermarket or the Media World area...
Friday, September 5, 2008
Great numbers of these emigrants return to Molfetta each year for the patron saint's festival held on and around September 8. The patron saint of the city is Saint Conrad (who is said to have died nearby on his way home from the crusades), but the Madonna of the Martyrs also plays an important role during the festival.
I'll post more about the festival over the weekend.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
What do you think?
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The sheet above says, "The public is advised that on September 4, '08 a magnificent dream is about to come true. Tonio and Marta, bride and groom!!"