Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
This is the coat of arms painted on the ceiling of the entryway to the courtyard shown in yesterday's post. Each noble family had its own coat of arms, often represented in a stone carving above the main entryway to their "palazzo."
This family name cannot be spoken because locals believe that saying the name brings on bad luck. Who knows how these things get started, but once they are rooted in popular belief, they tend to stick. I have a friend whose surname is said to bring bad luck, and there is a building down on the port belonging to another noble family whose name should never be said aloud.
This phenomenon has even happened to entire towns...in that case people refer to "that town" without naming it specifically. Unfortunately, it even happens to individual people, who are reputed to cause misfortune.
In this day and age, people joke about these things, but I think that on some primordial level, many still believe.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
This building has a name, but I can't tell you because it's bad luck to say that particular name. Come back tomorrow to see the unnameable family coat of arms.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
We have been having a lot of rain with thunderstorms over the past week. This is quite unusual for June and has been ruining a lot people's vacation plans...people who organised beach holidays and instead of lying around in the sun in bikinis had to stay indoors with long pants and sweatshirts!
But, the rain is wonderful for the local vegetation and we have to be thankful for every drop that falls in a region that is battling against the phenomenon of desertification. And the cooler temperatures are a welcome relief from the oppressive heat that plagues us for most of the summer months.
p.s. My comment yesterday about the "architectural splendors" to be unveiled was tongue-in-cheek. I'm sure what lies below the wrappings on that building will be no more interesting than say, the building in this picture. Despite the great view on our seaside promenade when looking towards the sea, if you turn around and look inland the buildings are pretty dismally bland.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Her shop, Lullaby Design (click on the name to go to her site), is located in Molfetta's old town on Via Morte (which translates as Death Way, but don't let that put you off!) just past the Chiesa della Morte. She can make you a piece of jewelry to order, to coordinate with a particular outfit or to suit your individual style, and she also repairs existing items.
Her prices are reasonable and she's a lot of fun. Definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in town!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
To the left of the lighthouse, you see the Duomo (built in 1150, Romanesque-Apulian style). Between the twin towers of the Duomo the spire of the Church of Saint Anthony is peeking through. To the right of the lighthouse the false front-style facade of the Cathedral of Saint Mary Ascension (completed 1744) is visible. And, to the far right, stands the bell tower of the Church of St. Stephen (13th century).
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Molfetta is located on the Adriatic Sea and our summer is already in full swing here, so going to the beach is a primary activity for all those people who can do it...such as children, students, housewives, basically anyone who is not working can be found at the beach for part of the day!