Medieval Tower Houses (#31)

Please bear with me if you are seeing more than 3 posts in a day from me. I promise that this practice will stop as soon as I am able to publish my images to my site and move on. I understand that it can get quite annoying when the same someone publishes four or five posts everyday.

Two days ago, the posts I published went missing! While the pop-up from WordPress.com showed that I had published successfully, the posts didn’t show up on my site. Initially, I thought their non-appearance was merely delayed due to heavy internet traffic. This didn’t turn out to be the case. The frustrating part about all this is that they are not even retained in the Drafts folder anymore!

I have now resorted to backing up my posts offline so that there is a copy I can fall back on.

This is one of my favourite images  – medieval tower houses that line both sides of the narrow streets in Siena. Brilliant architecture and I’m not even talking about the cathedrals and palaces!

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Sienese Beams (#30)

Sienese Beams

 

The airy roofs of Siena. Textures, material, hardness and creativity combine to complete the picture!

Medieval Archway (#28)

Somehow, my post titled Medieval Archway (#28), appears to be missing from my site. So I’m reposting.

This picture reminds me of C.S. Lewis’s fantasy book, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In the story, Lucy goes inside an empty wardrobe and emerges out to a land of talking animals and mythical creatures.

The width of the paved road is only wide enough for a horse-drawn carriage to pass through. Quite narrow, really. Before entering this archway, I didn’t know what to expect. Like Lucy, I made my way through the dark archway. On the other side, a corridor of history, romance and lifestyle during the Middle Ages!

 

Archway

 

 

Photographed in June 2014.

The Balcony (#29)

One of my favourite photos taken during my walk along the medieval alleys of Siena, Tuscany region, Italy.

– June 2014.

Walls (#18)

Walls (#18)

 

The walls of Venice stand out for me. Looking up opens my eyes to more beauty, stories and possibilities.

View Point from St. Mark’s Square (#16)

Seen from St. Mark's Square

 

Look up, look down, look left, right, sideways – history is everywhere. Each wall whispers its own story of days past. When visiting Venice, one is temporarily transported into another lifetime.

Under the Rialto Bridge (#13)

The Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) is an elegant, arched stone bridge lined with arcades on each side. It is one of only four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, and connects the districts of San Marco and San Polo. There are many shops under the arcade, many of which cater to tourists who flock here to see this famous bridge, and admire views of the Grand Canal’s busy waterway. The Rialto Market is also found here.

An interesting fact to note is that the architect, Antonio da Ponte, competed against well-known designers like Michelangelo and Palladio to win the contract to build the Rialto Bridge. He was also the uncle of Antonio Contino, architect of Venice’s other famous bridge, The Bridge of Sighs!

Hmm..looks like talent ran in the family!

 

 

Bridge Of Sighs (#11)

The famous Bridge of Sighs was designed by Antonio Contino and was built at the beginning of the 17th century. Made of white limestone the elegant Bridge of Sighs is generally regarded as one of the finest examples of bridge architecture in the world. Its arched profile, stretched over the Palazzo Rio canal, is one of Venice’s famous symbols.

There are two versions to how the bridge got its name.

Version 1: Condemned prisoners crossing the bridge,would “sigh” as they crossed, catching a glimpse of the outside world for the last time.

Version 2: If a couple kisses under the bridge while passing below on a gondola at sunset, their love will last forever. The “sighs” are said to come from couples who are overwhelmed by the romantic atmosphere.

Date: 2 June 2014

Alleyway (#9)

Right where I’m standing to take this picture, the connecting alleyways were crowded with people. But when I passed this alleyway, it was deserted. Does this narrow alleyway lead somewhere? Is it a dead end? Are there people living inside?