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The Fountain At Carini

Have you ever thought what it would be like without a fountain? I’m sure you haven’t if your fountain is not a life saver. Some fountains are. The fountain in Carini, Sicily is a life saver in my opinion as it’s a necessity. You may think there is not a water shortage in places in Europe, but you may have to rethink your opinion.

Unless there has been a significant improvement since I was last in Carini which was approximately 2006, Carini did not have plentiful water coming out of the taps whenever the faucets were turned on. Long story short – the fountain was where you had to go to fill up your containers in case your water ran out. People would walk, drive or go on their motor bikes to get the water they needed to drink, bathe in and do the dishes. Most residences had to instal a water storage tank on their rooftops to maintain a steady supply of water. Here is a picture of the fountain in Carini. I am supplying two as one is better than the other as it shows a wider area as in my original print.

Carini Plaza Fountain

By the way, Carini is a wonderful place.  I have been there at least five times, and have stayed there for 5 weeks one time, another two times I was there for three weeks each time, and the other two times, just a couple of weeks.

I had this picture enlarged and in a frame.  It was hanging in an Italian restaurant for at least ten years, and then it went missing.  Good job I still have the prints.  I took pictures of my picture to bring you these images.  I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of Carini.

Don’t ever forget to be thankful when you turn on your tap, and you are lucky enough to get running water.  Be grateful that you don’t have to go to a local fountain (even if it’s a beautiful fountain) to get your supply of water.

Also, sorry I haven’t written in such a long time, life has been so very busy.  Does it ever get less busy?  Until next time.

A little bit of Italy, or a lot of Italy

When I need a little bit of Italy – I go to Little Italy in San Diego.

Little Italy, San Diego

Little Italy, San Diego

and when I need a bit more of Italy, then it’s off to Las Vegas, where I can get a little more of Italy at the Venetian

The Venetian, Las Vegas

The Venetian, Las Vegas

and when I need a lot of Italy, I have to go to the real place – the one and only Italy!

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Cefalu – A Picture Postcard Just For You

Cefalu - A Picture Postcard Just For You

I went to Cefalu, which is in Sicily, probably back in 2004 or 2005.  I took many pictures in Sicily and have no idea where they are now. One picture that I took and enlarged was just returned to me by someone who took it – but fortunately I got it back. I love this picture, and right now this picture is my only visual memory of the picture postcard place that I would love to return to or at least find more of my pictures of.

Below is the picture that took of Cefalu and framed.  The picture above is a picture I took of it as I still have to locate the negative or even the smaller print so that I can perhaps scan it in the future.  Taking a picture of a picture is sometimes such a pain, shadows can creep into it or the flash light or the room light shines into the picture.  Oh well, I still hope you can see how picturesque Cefalu is.

Cefalu, Sicily

Cefalu, Sicily

When In Rome

When in Rome, you won’t forget to do the usual touristy things like visit the Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

First you’ll want to photograph just about any part of it with other people in it

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Then you’ll probably want to pick on an Italian-looking person to be in the picture

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Then you’ll want to photograph the top of the structure

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

The middle of the structure

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

And other people taking better pictures of it

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Don’t forget to take pictures that include the bottom of the structure showing the water.

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Now, you’ll want to go elsewhere, and take more pictures

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Rome, Italy

And somewhere else again

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Rome, Italy

Take a picture from another angle

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Rome, Italy

And then walk around the corner

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Rome, Italy

Don’t forget to just take pictures of people, any people – don’t even ask them.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Don’t forget the street scenes

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Rome, Italy

Don’t forget to get the Italian flag in your pictures

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Rome, Italy

Did I mention that you are supposed to get the numerous statues too that are all over the place?

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Bridge of Angels, Rome, Italy

Can’t resist throwing in one more picture of the Trevi Fountain.

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Did I also tell you that you should just about take pictures of everything?

Also, one more thing……..when in Rome, forget about home!

Italy is Entrenched in Culture – You’ve Got to Love It!

There is a place that I could go to again and again, and never get bored of visiting, and that is Italy.  I have been there numerous times.  On this occasion, back in 2006, it was right after the MSC Musica cruise.  The cruise started in Venice and finished in Venice, but a trip to Italy is not complete without visiting some of it’s other beautiful cities.  We chose Pisa, and were not disappointed.  We also went to Florence, and San Gimignano, but I can’t remember if some of these pictures were taken there or not.  I have decided to label most of the other pictures Tuscany, Italy just to be on the safe side.

First, the most famous place in Pisa – the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

and here, it looks like it’s not leaning so much, but it’s just a different angle

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Then here are an assortment of pictures taken in Tuscany which is the region where Pisa is.

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Tuscany, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

 

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

What can I say about Italy other than I  love the architecture, the fashion, the language, the food, the place and the people.  Italy, it has it all, and you can get a big taste of what Italy is about just in Pisa.

Social Media and My New Pinterest

I just had to add a new interest, or should I say Pinterest?  Pardon the pun………if my kids knew that I just said that, they would get mad at me.   I am always having fun with word play, much to their consternation.  Well, to go back to Pinterest – I don’t know what took me so long to get into it.  All, I can say is it’s a lot of fun.  All the pictures don’t have to be your own, you can like other people’s pictures and pin them on your board, and others will hopefully like what you pin, and re-pin.  It’s a bit like retweeting on Twitter, and you can like pins too – now you’ll be reminded of Facebook.  You can also pin videos, so hence YouTube can be brought in……now you have all your social media played out  just in Pinterest.

I like to divide up my travel or my interests (such as on empowerment, or the British Royal Family, especially Princess Diana) into boards, it’s a little like having photo albums all sorted out, and not lumped together.  I have one album, more appropriately called “board” on Pinterest for London, one for Izmir, one for Istanbul, one for Italy, one for San Diego, and one that I named Travel Repins when I didn’t really know what I was doing, and still don’t quite know what to call it.  This board is where I just put pictures that I like taken by other people into one big collection, and this one isn’t at all organized – it has pictures from all over the world in it.

I still have to do more on Pinterest, I can’t just leave only mostly my pictures on my boards for instance – like the ones on Izmir or Istanbul.   My board on London has many pictures from others who have taken pictures of that amazing city.  Just like with all social media, it’s about sharing.  After all, there are so many other pictures to discover out there in the world, we have to go beyond ourselves, and share the work of others.

I have to find more time, and have been lacking time lately…..life has caught up with me.  Now just living day to day leaves hardly any spare moments to even dabble in social media, unfortunately.  However, my emails from Pinterest even when I’m not active myself, have shown me what people are interested in, and I’ve noted with much curiousity, that people are really into London, and why not?  London is one of the best cities in the world, if not the very best.  However, I would like to add some interest for San Diego, especially since I now live here.  So, I will work on my board on San Diego, and on some of the other boards, where I might only have my pictures.

Lastly, you know I like to have pictures in my posts…..so here are three pictures taken by me in three of my favorite cities and of course on Pinterest.

First, one of my favorite destinations….beautiful Venice in tantalizing Italy.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Then, lovely London in enchanting England.

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Lastly, Paradise on Earth in Coronado, San Diego, in sunny California, USA.

Coronado, San Diego

Coronado, San Diego

I think you ought to give Pinterest a try, you just might find it Pinteresting!

Follow me on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/luchanik/

Very Picturesque Venice

I didn’t know what to call my post on Venice, so just came up with “Very Picturesque Venice” – I guess that will work.  I have been to Venice at least three times now, and it is a very beautiful place.  I love Venice, in fact I love Italy!  Here are some pictures.

Gondola - Venice, Italy

Gondola – Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Got to have myself photographed in Venice!

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Just a street scene in Venice

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

There are so many bridges in Venice, and of course so much water – it wouldn’t be Venice without either one of these.

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Don’t come back from Venice without one of these Venetian masks – they are so beautiful!

Venetian Masks, Venice, Italy

Venetian Masks, Venice, Italy

Some more pictures:

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Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

St. Marks Square, Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

I guess you can say I couldn’t help myself….I just could not stop taking photos in Venice, and have so many more.  However, if I share any more now, I think that would be an overload.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my pictures of beautiful Venice.