WPC: Favourite place, or is it time?

There is a time and a place and sometimes they come together just right. Here are some of those.

I’ve encountered a problem with this WordPress theme, Edda, no matter how much I love it otherwise: the captions are too little no matter what I do. No wonder that some of you just skip them altogether, and yet they are an integral part of my posts.

You know that I’d rather be writing.

That’s why I’ll try to set it up differently, with photos in groups and descriptions above them.

For example, the three places below, close to where I live in the south of Tuscany, might be magical but they also bring back the times when:

  1. Amore still went with me to the beach through the magic passage.
  2. Bestia had been running free before I learned of the hunters and the boar and before I met a few vicious dogs right here.
  3. Bestia had loved to play in the water (the Fiora river) before the cold sea and a wave too many made him reluctant and disinterested.

Then we have three places in Slovenia that are not connected to a specific occasion but rather to a period in my life or a regular activity. Such as:

  1. Here – the woods around Mostec in Ljubljana – is where I walked our first dog in all weather.
  2. Here – the streets of Ljubljana where I lived for 40+ years – is where I could be in touch with the cheeky soul of my city and its people.
  3. From here – my grandma’s apartment in Maribor – I could observe the Drava river when visiting my grandma all through my childhood (that green thing opposite was added later). This is the fourth floor and yet she stood outside on the windowsill to wash the windows from the outside. Or at least I remember it thus.

The following two images bring to mind the luxury that was:

  1. Spending almost a month each year in the little village of Duba on the Croatian peninsula Pelješac. Drawing by Miha Berčič.
  2. An international poetry-translation workshop in Piran, Slovenia, where we translated each other (or just others, in my case), outdoors, with heavy dictionaries on the tables under the reddening vine. There were computers but no internet access. This is the only photo that remains of this occasion due to an error – not mine – in image transfer. Still angry about it.

Here is the magic that is Piran and the facts that:

  1. We actually have a house there. This was nine years ago when it was almost new. Now it’s much more pinkish. And the palm had to go just last week due to illness. Bye, palm! Another one is growing just out of frame.
  2. The light is always magical there, especially just before and after the sun goes to sleep.
  3. It has the end-of-the-world feeling for real. I don’t mind as long as there is ice-cream. And a door.

But for the last five years Italy is my country. My previous blog had a page with my ten favourite Italian towns (apart from Rome, Florence and Siena that win without a fight). Here are two other places that always lift up my spirits:

  1. Il giardino dei tarocchi (Tarot Garden) with sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle midway between Rome and Siena, just where I live. This one – the Oracle – is my favourite. Father is showing a good sense of how to approach her.
  2. Non-Catholic Cemetery in Testaccio in Rome with a nearby Pyramid of Cestius. A surprisingly uplifting affair, which this tombstone illustrates well: “If you should think of me, smile to the next person you see.” A post from here with inscriptions coming up soon.

As for the future, keep near my blog and you’ll see my favourite places, moments and doors coming up on a weekly basis. That’s what for me blogging is all about.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: Favorite Place

35 thoughts on “WPC: Favourite place, or is it time?

  1. Wonderful gallery, and as usual your beautiful mind shines through! Connections. Feelings. Great shots. What more is there to ask for? And your house looks very You! Lovely.

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  2. I find it’s harder when the galleries are broken up, in anyone’s theme. I love this theme, because always, always, always I roll over your featured photo several times and try to decide which version I like best, but I never can.
    Love the woods today, and those boats.

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    1. Thank you, Joey, I’m glad you’re having fun with the theme. 🙂 Me too. And thanks for telling me your view. I also prefer one gallery when looking at other blogs, I just wish to make people read the captions. As it is, the captions are so small that I understand how some just don’t bother. And then they miss out big time.

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    1. Thank you, Markus. 🙂 I enjoyed make this selection. But tell me, did you see the previous post with doors for the guys? There is one just for you – read the captions and you’ll find it. (I sent you a mail but I’m not sure if I have a valid address.)


  3. Love your first, second, and orange house – it feels like I’m walking in on a party where they speak another language – what theme are you referring to?
    Oh, by the way am writing from my other blog (Junieper) – sorry I never got back to your comment (March 7) – am very forgetful when I am starting on a big painting, lol.

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    1. Hehhe, Junieper, don’t you worry about WordPress, blogs and its themes if you’ve got a painting going. It must have priority. I wish I were involved in something as palpable. Sometimes I think blogging is just a substitute for all the creative endeavours we could come up with if we weren’t blogging. :p That’s what I was referring to: the theme (one of the numerous that WordPress offers) of my current blog. It is called Edda. Thank you for liking my photos!


      1. Almost get the feeling you have friends who are artists (painters), since you understand “the zone”…! Edda is a wesome blog theme, but since it changes colors when you mouse over it, it’s probably not free, eh?

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    1. Thank you, Marina. It is indeed a magical place. And yet I haven’t been there since we’ve discovered boar traces under trees. I need to go back before the sand is too hot to walk upon (first world problems :D).

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        1. My recent post had a title “I’d rather be writing.” 🙂 Photography is nice but it’s lazy-making. I only write if something happens and I’m without my camera (which is almost never). I’m sooooo lazy.

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