Friday, July 31, 2009
The "hospital" was built next to the Basilica of the Madonna dei Martiri in 1095 and is not thought to have actually been a hospital, but a sort of guest house for pilgrims returning from the crusades to the Holy Land. A place where they could rest and recover, both physically and mentally.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Personal Weather Station
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A Southern Italian Wedding, 5
Monday, July 27, 2009
A Southern Italian Wedding, 4
The bride and groom were very concerned about accomodating all of their guests' particular food needs, so several different variations on the menu were provided. There was a children's menu for the kids, cooked mollusks for those who don't eat raw mollusks (a delicacy here), special dishes for the diabetics, and, since I am intolerant to gluten and lactose, a special meal for me. The headwaiter introduced himself immediately and told (ordered!) me not to eat anything that had not been served to me directly from his hands!
When I saw Mario, the man in today's photo, making mozzarella from scratch I had to go meet him and take his photo. He assured me that I could eat his cheese because he cooked it at 90° celcius which, apparently, destroys the lactose. When it was ready, he personally brought me the first dish of tiny knots of exquisitely delicious - and fresh - mozzarella. Unfortunately, my personal waiter saw me eating it and threw a fit...he went directly over to Mario and scolded him! It was like having a food bodyguard...ready to fight for my digestive system!
In the end, we got the misunderstanding worked out. But, my waiter remained ever-vigilant...all the way up to the cutting of the cake, when he brought me my own special slice of no-gluten, no-lactose cake!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
A Southern Italian Wedding, 3
Saturday, July 25, 2009
A Southern Italian Wedding, 2
Friday, July 24, 2009
A Southern Italian Wedding
The aperitifs began at 1:30 on the roof terrace and continued until about 3 p.m. We then all moved down into a different room where appetizers were served. Three first courses (pasta, rice, etc.) were served, then lobster, followed by sorbet, then two meat courses. All of this eating was broken up by dancing and various photo opportunities.
Just when everyone felt they could eat no more...we were guided down to another terrace, this time on the sea, where the wedding cake, a dessert buffet, after-dinner drinks and cigars were served. During this phase, we were entertained by the bride and groom arriving "by sea" on an elaborately decorated rowboat and, later, fireworks. Then more dancing.
The party was still in full swing at 11 p.m. when my family and I left...exhausted!
p.s. Yesterday was the first anniversary of Molfetta Daily Photo! I just realised now!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
In a perfect world, there would be an adult-sized one for me to play in!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Porticciolo di Giovinazzo
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Cathedral in Ruvo
The bell tower is separate from the cathedral and dates back to the 10th century. It is thought to have originally been a watchtower.
It's nice to make the short drive inland to Ruvo on a hot summer's evening and take a walk through the quiet streets of the historic center. Ruvo sits on a slight rise, 260 m above sea level, and the air is always several degrees cooler than in Molfetta.
For detail photos of the cathedral and more information in English, click here, in Italian, click here.
(These are cell-phone photos, so the quality is not the best...)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunset over the Port
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Abbracci - The Exhibit
Molfettan Faces - Gaetano Grillo
Grillo works a great deal with techniques of collage and what is called "contaminazione" in Italian. Rather than having the negative connotations that the word "contamination" has in English, this artistic concept refers to a fusion of art forms, cultures, languages, etc.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Palazzo Nesta - Madonna and Child
Thursday, July 16, 2009
For more information about the Nesta family and their palazzo, click here (the info. is in Italian).
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Gelateria San Marco
San Marco underwent a major change in look recently, but it still offers delicious, home-made gelato in the same location, next to the Regional Seminary, as always.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sereno Variabile, 2
Monday, July 13, 2009
I had heard that the TV crew would be filming in Molfetta and went along just to get a photo of our town's 15 minutes of fame...and somehow found myself swept up into the whole event. We started out in the fish market (you can see my photos of the market here, here and here). Then we were loaded onto a commercial fishing boat and spent the morning out in the sea being interviewed by Osvaldo, eating various types of pasta (accompanied by both red and white wines) prepared by chefs brought along specifically to feed us, singing karaoke, chatting with the cameramen and generally having a great time!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 9
After 10 days of going to the theater every night, we're not quite sure what to do with ourselves this evening...
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 8
Last night the children judges had to make their final evaluations of the week's shows and draw their final conclusions. Tonight the winner will be announced!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 7
I wasn't that crazy about this show, but this is about the time during the Ti Fiabo e Ti Racconto festival when going to the theater every single night starts getting to be a bit tiring...
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 6
This show was based on physical humor, with lots of gags and slapstick. The two actors moved as if they were made of rubberbands!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 5
This version of the fairy tale was frightening at times, funny at others. One actress played the children's mother, the beautiful woman who lures the children into her marzipan house and the evil witch who wants to eat Hansel...it was amazing how she transformed herself in an instant from one character to the next.
I also loved the show's theme music...Video Killed the Radio Star, by the Buggles (1979)!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 4
The Monday evening performance in the Ti Fiabo e Ti Racconto Children's Film Festival was "Mignolina," better known as "Thumbelina" in English. It was performed by the Drammatico Vegetale Theatre Company of Ravenna.
This photo is not my creation. It was donated because, woe is me, my camera is on the blink. I need to take it in to the camera shop for repairs. It is not a great camera anyway, but at least it worked...
Monday, July 6, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 3
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Via Sant'Orsola, 18
Behind this arched gateway lies the only true "courtyard" in Molfetta's old town, with a beautiful stone stairway. I should show you a picture of the courtyard, but I don't really want to go back in there because I know it will be different from when we lived there. This was my first home as a newlywed, my two sons were born and lived the first years of their lives here...there are so many memories and I would like to remember the place as it was when it was ours.
So, why did we move away? Well, as glamorous and romantic as living in a piece of history may sound...it was damp and moldy! I developed a nasty allergy to mold while living there. I had repeated bouts of pneumonia and even ended up in the hospital. So, I told my husband that as beautiful as the house was...I was not willing to die for it!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Children's Theater Festival, 2
Friday, July 3, 2009
Children's Theater Festival
Thursday, July 2, 2009
This is another courtyard/entryway in Molfetta Vecchia. It is less ornate than the last one I showed you, but still has its charm and dates back to the 16th century.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Monthly Theme Day: Empty
Today is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo community. Our theme this month is "Empty." Click here to view thumbnails for all participants