Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

It must be my background as an architect but I can honestly see geometry everywhere!

Hope you will enjoy my selections for this week photo challenge.

Firenze

Firenze

Paestum

Paestum

Venezia

Amalfi

Burano

And with this post I am signing off for two weeks . . . heading to China tomorrow! Ciao…

Thanking and Sharing . . . Awards time!

Stealing a line from fellow blogger and friend Robin of Bringing Europe Home, I shall say that I would definitely deserve an award for procrastination!

A lot has been going on in my family life, but more than that, as they would say in Italy, “Sono in ferie” (I am on summer holidays). My blogging, tweeting and Facebook posting has been sporadic and I will honestly tell you that it might not get much better until after my trip in Italy. Oh, I guess I didn’t share this information yet . . . I will be in Italy for three weeks next month!!! As you can imagine, I have been busy planning.

Back to today’s topic: it is time to acknowledge and formally accept, with much gratitude, some blogger awards that I have received in the last two months.

These awards come with rules. But rules exist to be broken and so, led by the lovely bloggers who nominated me, I will break some.

The first rule is the easiest to follow, acknowledge and thank the blogger who nominates you, link it back and show the award badge on your page.

GRAZIE, GRAZIE, GRAZIE to these wonderful, talented, interesting bloggers who found my blog nice enough to let me share their fame.

Robin of Bringing Europe Home  for the Sunshine Award

Tea & Biscotti for the Beautiful Blogger Award 

Sam of Two Black doggies,  who gave me three awards to choose from. I opted for the One Lovely Blog Award, for which Marney of Volunteer Fringe has also nominated me (with a different badge!)

Please visit these ladies’ blogs; they are beautiful and inspiring, each one in their own personal way.

  • If you are one of my nominee, borrowing the idea from Two black doggies, you will, have the option to accept one of the above awards – or all of them if you wish!

The second rule usually involves sharing a number of facts about yourself or answering specific questions. Accepting 3-4 awards at once could be quite challenging; I should be answering 10 – 20 questions and sharing an additional 20 facts about myself. Well, I told you “sono in ferie” and this seems a lot of work to do on your holiday! Following Robin’s lead, I will break the rule and just answer 10 questions from one of Robin’s two options.

  1. What is a real fear you have? I am afraid of being trapped.
  2. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up? I always wanted to be an architect . . . my passion started during my summers in Paestum.
  3. What are some of your hobbies: Blogging, interior design, cooking, and reading.
  4. What hobby would you like to start? Pottering and painting.
  5. If you could tell people anything, what would be the most important thing to say? Don’t be afraid to say that you care!
  6. Name one item from your “bucket list”? I don’t really have a “bucket list”, however, a trip to Bora Bora would qualify.
  7. What’s the best prank you’ve pulled off? Never played a prank on anyone.
  8. What book are you panning on reading next? Dark Water, by Robert Clark.
  9. Coffee or Tea? Caffè, grazie! I do, however, enjoy afternoon tea in the cold days of Winter.
  10. Lemon Torte or Chocolate Cheesecake? I will have to go with chocolate; I don’t prefer cheesecake but a slice of rich Torta Caprese would definitely be my top choice.
  • If you are one of my nominee, you too will have the option to answer the above questions or the ones that you can find here.
  • You can also opt to simply share 7 facts about yourself.

The third and most difficult rule is to pass along the awards to other bloggers you like and to notify them. My first challenge has been the number of blogs to nominate, again each award comes with its own number (5 – 10 – 15). I will make my own rule and nominate 7.

The second challenge has been how to pick my 7 nominations. Just like Sam, I still consider myself new to the blogger’s world and I am still discovering new blogs. The blogs I follow are all beautiful and well deserving of awards; furthermore, they have, most likely, already received every award.

Once again, “sono in ferie”; do I want to spend hours sorting through blogs trying to find out who hold which award? NO!

How to solve my dilemma:  I will nominate 7 blogs that I had not have the opportunity to previously nominate. I hope you will enjoy showing off these colorful badges on your site.

In non particular order:

Rosa’s Yummy Yum 

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli

Manu’s menu

BrowsingRome

Ciao Amalfi

The Bumble Files

Bringing Europe Home – sorry, I just realized I have never shared an award with you!

Thanks again for the nominations, thanks to everyone who has been following my blog, liking my posts and taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate all your support.

If you are interested in more facts about myself you can check my previous posts:

Versatile Blogger Award

Kreativ Blogger Award

Illuminating Blogger Award

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

And let’s not forget, BUON FERRAGOSTO and BUONE FERIE!!!

A place of my childhood . . . Paestum

Paestum is an ancient Graeco-Roman city in the Italian Region of Campania. It is located in the Cilento and Valle di Diano National Park, near the Tyrrhenean sea.

Paestum was founded in 600 B.C. by Greek colonists and its original name was Poseidonia in honor of the Greek’s Sea God, Poseidon.

In 273 B.C. the Romans took possession of the city, and they renamed it to Paestum.

In the 9th century, the Saracens’ incursions, along with the mosquitoes infected by malaria, forced the inhabitants to abandon the  city that was later buried by swamps caused by the river Sele. Paestum remained hidden until 1748, when the excavation for the construction of a new road brought to light the well preserved Greek-Roman temples.

If you visit Paestum you will be astonished by the grandeur of the standing remains of three major temples. These temples are  the best preserved Doric temples in the world, outside of Greece. The temples have been traditionally identified as the Basilica and the temples of Neptune and Ceres. In reality, however, they were dedicated to Hera and Athena.

In Paestum you will also able to visit the National Archeological Museum of Paestum that documents the evolution and transformation of the city; here, you will be able to admire some architectural and sculptural decoration from the excavation, and the painted slabs of so-called Tomba del Tuffatore (Tomb of the Diver), the sole example of painting of the Greek age of Magna Grecia.

But Paestum is not only an archeological site, on your way to Paestum you will travel along the so called Strade della Mozzarella (Roads of the Mozzarella). It appears that at the beginning of the 9th century AD, the Muslim Arabs introduced the water buffalo in the area. More than 1000 years later, Paestum and the plain of river Sele are home to the tame herds of water buffalo whose milk is used to craft the delicious mozzarella di bufala. Both sides of Route 18 are pullulated with cheese factories where you will be able to savor the freshly made mozzarella and many more specialties, all derived from water buffalo’s milk.

Few years ago, on an afternoon trip to Paestum with my family we stopped at one these caseifici (cheese factories) and my youngest son, Mattia, could not stop eating the still warm bocconcini di mozzarella (mini bites). With his mouth full, he kept saying : “ Oh my God, this is the best thing I have ever eaten! “. You would never know until you taste the real thing!

For me Paestum is not just about the magnificent temples or the tasty mozzarella. Paestum has a special place in my heart. I have spent most summers of my childhood on the sandy beaches just north of the archeological site. When people ask me why I wanted to be an architect, my mind goes always back to Paestum, to the memory of the temples and to the end of summer when, back home, I used my wooden blocks to recreate the temples.

How many beautiful memories I have, the soft and warm sand, the cavalloni (giant swells), the sandcastles, the merry-go-round on the beach, the quiet afternoon on the shaded porch playing with the lizards, the smell of pines from the vast pineta (a large area of pine trees), the foraging for blackberries, the sweet figs, the artichokes’ fields, the bright red tomatoes, the herds of water buffalo in the field along the road and the freshly made mozzarella di bufala (buffalo mozzarella), the gelato at the bar of the lido (bathing establishment), the afternoons horsing around at the Greeks temples, the stairs to the top of the Saracen Tower, the strolls with my big brothers, the lingering fragrance of the gigli di mare (sea lily) growing out of the sand, the color of the oleanders, the waves of velvety ‘piante di sigari’ (cattail), the hours spent learning how to swim, the evening watching my parents dancing under the stars, the fuochi d’artificio (fireworks) to celebrate the Ferragosto, the dark nights brightened by the miryads of fireflies. . .

Lately, I also learned that my two wonderful older brothers used their cute little sister (me) to attract all the pretty girls on the beach. I have not memory of that and  it seems hard to believe considering how jealous of them I was. . . I remember that!

My boys

Few years ago, I went back to Paestum with my children because I wanted to share with them this place so special to me, and today I share with you few of the pictures I shot on that lovely afternoon.

I hope you will all have a chance to visit this beautiful place.