Thursday, April 30, 2009


An alabarda flexing its muscles

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


The Blast Furnace, the cancer of Trieste, photographed through the see-through noise barrier running along the side of the flyover.

You can just make out the reflection of an unlucky house, in the middle of the photo.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Just as the sun is about to leave the town to sink down into the gulf, the golden mosaic on the government building overlooking the sea lights up under its warm caress.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Osiride Brovedani

This life-size statue is of Osiride Brovedani (1893-1970), benefactor and creator of the foundation named after him.
Created by sculptor
Daphnè Du Barry, it was unveiled recently in the newly renovated square in San Giacomo, Brovedani's home district.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Waiting for the green light (3)

On the left is the former fishmarket, recently converted into an exhibition hall. What looks like a tower bell was actually a water tower, containing a tank of sea water which used to be pumped to all the fish stands in the market.

(for more traffic lights see the label below)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Greek Orthodox Church

The Greek-orthodox Church of S.Nicholas officially opened with the first Mass celebrated on February 18th 1787.

The temple, dedicated to Saint Nicholas, was built along the seafront because at that time Trieste was a thriving emporium and, thanks to the Greek merchants among others, every year thousands of boats docked in the harbour from the East where this Saint is highly worshipped.

Saint Nicholas is also the patron saint of seafarers, shipowners and anyone who deals with the sea.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

The tree, the vineyard and the woods in the foreground are in Italy, then you cross the border straight into Slovenia.

See more Skywatch here.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Inside San Giusto Castle. This staircase is definitely more elegant than the one I posted yesterday.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Ursus has come to town - here's a detail of its rusty armour.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Osmiza is a special licence once issued by the Austro-Hungarian empire to farmers, who, for a maximum of eight days (osem in Slovenian) could sell their produce without actually becoming a business concern (and thereby avoiding substantial fiscal pressure).

These farms still open for a few days each year to the public, with their simple but appetizing menu of salami, ham covered in horseradish, cured ham, boiled eggs, omelettes, homemade bread and their own wine.

When they open, the farmers indicate the way to their osmiza by hanging vine branches at the main crossroads in the uplands and then all along the road to lead you right into their farmyard.

Getting away after a delightful afternoon guzzling their goodies and drinking their wine is more difficult...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Oddshot on Monday

Our Long John Silver here is an optic illusion: he has the other leg, but it's well hidden behind the white box.

Click on over to Katney's Kaboodle
to the rest of the Oddshots from around the planet.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


It's a well known fact that architects are often misunderstood by their contemporaries.

In 1875, architect Giuseppe Bruni won the tender to design the new town hall.

The new building is made up of a large single body with a tower rising up from the centre (already seen in a previous post).

The Triestines weren't overly keen on the palazzo to begin with, and they came up with some wonderfully original names for it. The most famous, still used today, is Palazzo Cheba (The Cage Palace), as it looks like an enormous bird cage.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

pensive souls...

... and bookworms alike polish the pier bollards

Friday, April 17, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

Less than half an hour after yesterday's photo.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Red Nose

The red buoy reminds me of Red Nose Day, which this year was held just over a month ago.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Fame, who dispenses good and bad news. One of the eight statues adorning the facade of Palazzo Carciotti.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Unstress on Cres

In only two days I've broken all the basic rules of the CityDailyPhoto bloggers.

I've missed a post and today I am publishing a photo which isn't of Trieste but of the Island of Cres, the perfect place to go to relax and spend the Easter holidays in an idyllic Mediterranean climate, 130 km from Trieste (here's the route).

What's this photo about? It's me lying on the beach, throwing pebbles in the sea with one hand and taking a picture with the other. I think I must need a longer break!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy holiday!

Happy Easter everyone! Back on Tuesday!

Saturday, April 11, 2009


A nicely smoothed bollard polished by the behinds of many a pensive soul!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

Light from behind

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Thursday, April 9, 2009


Detail of the gateway to the Basevi garden.

(This photo goes hand in hand with this)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Un aiuto subito (help now)

“Un aiuto subito”, an appeal on behalf of communities affected by the Abruzzo earthquake, was launched within hours of the disaster by the Corriere della Sera,, the Gazzetta dello Sport, and City.

WHAT TO DO – Anyone wishing to make a donation to help victims in the earthquake zone can do so by bank transfer or by credit card.

BANK TRANSFER: Intesa-San Paolo, ABI 3069, CAB 05061, account number 1000/144, account name: “Un aiuto subito – Terremoto dell’Abruzzo”. IBAN: IT 03 B 03069 05061 100000000144

CREDIT CARD DONATIONS (CartaSi, MasterCard, Visa, American Express) CartaSi Freephone: 800 317800 (from some mobiles, dial 12 followed by the number) Calls from abroad: +39 02 34980235. Have your credit card ready and follow the recorded instructions.

(quote from Corriere della Sera)

Thank you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tower and flag

The entrance tower to the Lloyd Austriaco arsenal (1861).

Monday, April 6, 2009

A night in April

Glauco Cambon (1875-1930)
Trieste by night (A Night in April)
Oil on canvas
Udine, Galleria d'arte moderna

The couple in the foreground admire the night view of the lit up city. The curving tree branches serve as a frieze.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Unlike yesterday's post, this is a miniature!

It's part of the diorama of the railway station in Villa Opicina in 1910, well preserved in the Railway Museum in Trieste.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Chuff chuff

Tilt-shift miniature faking photos are pictures of real-life scenes that are manipulated to look like model photographs.

This is my model of Barcola, done thanks to USElaine who pointed me to the web site Instead of wasting time with a photo editor, you can upload a photo and the Tiltshift Maker will do the rest. It works pretty well.

If you like this style check out this video by Keith Loutit.

By the way, according to Triestine tradition, if you drive under a bridge as a train is passing overhead, you get a wish!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Skywatch Friday post

Pink sky

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

San Luigi

The San Luigi staircase leading from Via pintemonte up to Via Farneto

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Theme day: yellow

Yellow light yellow door yellow bag

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