Friday, February 27, 2009
Not that I should complain...we hardly have what many of you would consider a "real" winter with real cold, snow drifts, ice storms or anything like that. But for us here in Molfetta, these temperatures feel cold and I, for one, am getting tired of the winter coat and wool sweaters.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Every town that holds a Carnival festival has its own carnival character. In Molfetta we have "U Toeme." I'm sorry I don't have a photo of him for you, but basically he looks like a scarecrow stuffed with newspaper and straw. He lies dead on a cart pulled by hand, surrounded by mourners, because his is a funeral procession. He represents the Carnival itself and is the very last float in the parade, symbolising the end of the festivities. At the end of the parade he is burned.
Monday, February 23, 2009
During the entire season you will see children out and about dressed up in costumes as princesses, animals, popular cartoon characters, Zorro, etc. They run around city parks throwing confetti and streamers and spraying colored goop and stink bombs. For an American like me, it seems like a fantastic, extended Halloween.
These last few days of Carnival are celebrated around Italy with parades including elaborate floats, often with themes of political satire, and costumed groups that may sing and/or dance. There are also carnival balls, usually organised for children, but not only. One of the largest and oldest Carnival celebrations in Italy is held in Putignano, right here in Apulia.
Since I have low tolerance for both crowds and cold weather (two essential elements of outdoor Carnival events), I organised a party at home this year. King Henry is featured in the photo above, if you'd like to see the rest of us, check out my blog Amid the Olive Trees (on side bar).
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
These openings in the wall are found at the end of each street that leads down toward the sea, meeting the Lungomare perpendicularly at the end of the road. There are no hills to speak of in Molfetta, but the land gradually rises as you go inland away from the sea. When it rains these openings and gravity work together to help the rainwater run down the streets and drain into the sea.
Friday, February 20, 2009
If you enlarge the photo, and look at the tip of land that extends furthest out into the sea, you can see the bell towers of the Giovinazzo cathedral, built in the 1100s. My husband and I were married in the cathedral's crypt.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
p.s. 1 p.m. Molfetta time...it's snowing!!!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
I've always wondered why the yellow in-town buses are called "autobus," but these town-to-town buses are called "pullman." George Pullman, the American inventor and industrialist, created the Pullman sleeping car and his company eventually also made trolleys...but these are plain old buses. Well, not so plain, I guess, they are a lovely blue!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
If, however, you should happen to agree with me, you'll be happy to know that the cornerstone for the new Church of Sant'Achille was laid in December of 2007 right next door to the old church, in the middle of the sports fields for the parish children. An estimated 3 million euro are necessary to fund the construction of the new building and, at last count parishoners had donated about €15,000. This looks to me like another case of "don't hold your breath," but you never know, I could be wrong.
However, I have seen the drawings for the new church and, as far as architectural style is concerned...well, why don't you check it out for yourself at this link and let me know what you think. Personally, I think they were doing a better job with these buildings about 1,000 years ago...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Along the bottom right you see the perimeter walls of the Paolo Poli stadium which is home to the Molfetta Calcio soccer team, includes track and field facilities and the two clay tennis courts of the Molfetta Tennis Club. The stadium was built in 1923, the bleachers were added in 1953 and a "modern lighting system" was installed in 1994.
Paolo Poli was a soldier from Molfetta who died in the First World War. It seems his father either donated or sold this piece of land, where he previously had a glassworks, for the construction of the stadium, on the condition that it be named after his son.
* Breaking news...we are having snow flurries this morning in Molfetta! That's very unusual for us!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I am still really unsatisfied with this new camera of mine. It does okay with close-ups and shots taken a few feet away from the subject, but is no good at all in larger views like the tree above. It really lacks definition. I got much better results with my son's camera, which I think I am about to go dig out of his drawer and start using again!
Monday, February 9, 2009
This wonderful award has been presented to me by Kimy of Mouse Medicine (a recent blog of note!) and I am honored that she thinks I deserve it. Now I get to pass it on to five blogging friends whose writing I enjoy. My choices are...
Sara at It's Lovely, I'll Take It because she consistently makes me fall off my chair laughing with her oddball sense of humor.
Hilda at My Manila because her photoblog delivers a fascinating daily dose of Filipino culture and history along with a great photo.
Knoxville Girl at Knoxville Daily Photo because I like her take on things and her way of seeing the world, or at least Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mediterranean Kiwi at One Day in Hania because she tells a great story about life and customs on the Greek island of Crete.
Sperlygirl at Sperlygirl (don't know her name!) because reading her blog makes me slow down and reflect on the simple gifts life offers us.
The rules for the award are as follows:
* Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass the Award on to 5 most-deserving Blog Friends.
* You must link to the author and name of the blog you received the award from.
* You must display the Award on your blog and link to this post, which explains the Award.
* When you win The Superior Scribbler Award you must visit this post and add your name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, they will be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives this prestigious honor. You must post these rules on your blog.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Did you notice the cloud sitting on the balcony under the flower boxes?
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Don't hold your breath, things take time to be completed around here...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
It's not easy to get a good shot of it because the street isn't really wide enough to allow you to stand directly across from the building. This is often a problem around here!
Monday, February 2, 2009
These photos were taken in the town center. Here I would imagine that merchants are doing their best to offer honest discounts as they are under great duress from the competition created by the large new shopping center on the edge of town. During the past few weeks the traffic around the mall has been so bad that cars are even backed up onto the highway.