Thursday, July 31, 2014

Effetto Venezia 2014

Effetto Venezia 2014, Piazza del Luogo Pio, Livorno
Misfortunes never come alone and after the White Night we have the unsinkable Effetto Venzia for a week: a country fair with a very thin layer of culture badly sprayed on it. We all know that it is mostly about dining out al fresco, which is usually sticky hot. They even got some rain this year, which really breaks my heart...
Effetto Venezia 2014, Scali Rosciano, Livorno
Every show has its public: above in Piazza del Luogo Pio and below on Scali Rosciano.

See also: White Night 2014
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Pilot Boat

Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship, IMO 9210139, port of Livorno
The “Seven Seas Mariner” leaving the Porto Mediceo, while a pilot boat is ready to follow her to recover the pilot outside the port.

See also: Seven Seas Mariner
External links: Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Chantiers de l'Atlantique (Wikipedia)
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Monday, July 28, 2014

White Night 2014

“The White Night is that time when you are forced to live in a night of the zombies without the killings, but with most of the people around you even clumsier and less awake of the living dead. With scooters.”
In this case I am not ashamed to quote myself, I am absolutely convinced of the idiocy of an institutional encouragement to stay awake partying all night: that is one of the few things we are good at on our own...
The Hotel Supramonte group sings Fabrizio De André, Livorno
In this night of folly we found haven at Tony's, where a group sang a repertoire of songs by the late singer-songwriter Fabrizio De André. They call themselves “Hotel Supramonte”, which is a nickname for the place where De André and his wife were kept when, in 1980, they were kidnapped for ransom by a gang of bandits in Sardinia. It is also the title of a track from his 1981 album, commonly know as “L'Indiano” (The Indian).

External links: Fabrizio De André - L'Indiano (The Indian) - Supramonte (Wikipedia)
See also: White Night - Tony's White Night

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pegaso 2

Pegaso 2 helicopter, AgustaWestland AW-139, hospital of Livorno
“Pegaso 2” is the code name of one of the three HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) aircaft of the Regione Toscana. This one is based in Grosseto, while the other helicopters are based in Florence and Massa. This shot was taken from one of my windows, almost a kilometer away, while the AgustaWestland AW139 was landing on the helipad of our hospital.

See also: The Helipad
External links: AgustaWestland AW139 (Wikipedia)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Looming Tower

Rocks at the entrance of the Porto Mediceo e torre dell'Avvisatore Marittimo, Livorno
This is the place from where I take most of my pictures of the ships entering or leaving the port, this time I just trained the camera in the other direction, towards the tower of the Avvisatore Marittimo.

See also: Easter Eve

Friday, July 25, 2014

Clet in Florence #2

More variations on a no-entry sign by Clet Abraham, still on his home turf in Florence. By the way, this afternoon we will be back in Livorno.
Squeezing the bar on a no-entry sign, Clet Abraham, Florence
Via del Campidoglio, Via de' Brunelleschi

Painting the bar on a no-entry sign, Clet Abraham, Florence
Piazza del Mercato Centrale

See also: Clet Abraham - On the Trail of Clet - Via dell'Olmo - Clet's Studio - Clet in Florence
External links: Thirty smile an hour zone: Cheeky artist changes road signs with stickers... (Daily Mail)
- The language of the street signs by Clet Abraham (Abitare)
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