Chubby little cherubs (I’ve just been told that they’re really ‘putti’)

Several of the shops in the central area of Lucca have rather appealing little cherubs adorning their facades. I wondered if a smooth talking cherub salesman had gone through the city at some stage, leaving with a lighter sample case and a heavier purse.

They each have their own personality, someone put time and effort into their design and production. Those who know about such things might be able to tell us what they’re made from. Is it glazed terracotta?

My favourite is the little fellow wearing what seems to be a loin cloth that doesn’t quite do its job.

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Wait in comfort

In the nearby town of Everton, someone has taken it upon themselves to ensure that people who are waiting for the regional bus which takes them to larger centres can do so in style and comfort.

The furnishings change with the seasons or special holidays. I’m not quite sure what this cozy setting represents, but isn’t it nice that trust prevails, and the panda bear can be safely left there?

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Treviso

The pleasant city of Treviso is easily reached by train from Venice. It’s well worth a visit for a few hours (at least) of exploration in the historic centre.

As you walk, you’ll see a number of canals flowing through Treviso, with grassy banks and weeping willows creating a most pleasant atmosphere, especially on warm days.

Aside from being a source of water for the inhabitants in the days when they were often under attack from enemies, the waters of the canals provided the driving force for many water mills which ground the grain for the essential daily bread (and pasta, I guess).

You’ll find a few of these ancient water wheels still quietly turning; I find them so very peaceful and picturesque.

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Not Christianic

On a recent visit to a nearby town, my eye was drawn to the handwriting on this No Entry sign. The sign marks the exit of the driveway of the Anglican Cathedral.

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I don’t think I want to be drawn into a theological/legal discussion of the rights and wrongs of the issues!

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Mighty fine well head top

It’s not easy to get a good photo of the top of the splendid well head you can see in the courtyard of the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti in Venice. This Palazzo, the home of the   Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, is the building you see on your right as you walk over the Accademia Bridge heading towards Campo Santo Stefano.

Here is the well head in question.

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia

I tried various methods, such as holding the camera above the top and hoping for a decent shot. No luck! Then a Venetian friend invited me to a meeting at the Istituto, and from an upper floor I was able to get a relatively good photo. It’s not perfect, but it’s all mine … and now it’s yours.

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Once I was a fish market

This beautifully restored structure in Florence once held a fish market.

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 Just beside it, to the right, you can see the ramshackle remains of the Ciompi markets, a paradise for those looking for just the right piece of vintage or antique furnishing for their home.

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Photos sourced from allafiorentina.com/florence/piazza-dei-ciompi-flea-market/#.VwxUB-Rf3IU

Photos sourced from allafiorentina.com/florence/piazza-dei-ciompi-flea-market/#.VwxUB-Rf3IU

Take it from me, I gave a little squee of happiness to see this porticoed place free of the scaffolding and screening that was there a year ago.

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Jane, if you’re reading this, here are some family crests, just for you.

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The Ciompi flea market has now been relocated to an area near the Sant’ Ambrogio markets. It just doesn’t seem the same somehow, with all of the rather sterile, uniform white tents. Oh, progress.

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Drought breaker

I didn’t expect to break my blogging drought in this manner, but I couldn’t resist.

I think my sink is clogged!

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