Sunday, July 5, 2015

Piazza del Cisternone

The church of Sant'Andrea, Livorno
The church of Sant'Andrea (Saint Andrew) in a photo taken last June.
Old postcard of the church of Sant'Andrea, Livorno
The same church in a 1907 postcard.
(Postcard digitized from the collection of Antonio Cantelli)

See also: Sant'Andrea - Sant'Andrea's Bell Tower - Cisternone
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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ovo Sodo

Rowers of the Benci-Centro before the race, Fosso Reale, Livorno
Our rowing season has become increasingly boring because of the superiority of the Venezia team. Two rowers of the Benci-Centro, nicknamed “Ovo Sodo” (Hardboiled Egg) for its colors, are relaxing on the jetty of their “cantina” just before the “Coppa Ilio Barontini”. The race was then won, as always, by the Venezia.

See also: Coppa Barontini 2012 - Ovo Sodo at Sunset - Through the Arch
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Pasticceria Magrì

Pasticceria Magrì, via Magenta, Livorno
A curious lamp inside the “Pasticceria Magrì” in Via Magenta.
Pasticceria Magrì, via Magenta, Livorno
It was one of the few quiet places during this year's “Notte Blu” (Blue Night), an event of which I have no intention to speak.

See also: Blue Night Walk - Blue Night 2014

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Planters or Else?

Planters, Via Cairoli / Via dei Fanciulli, Livorno
Via Cairoli: I really hope that these are planters and will be used like that...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Theme Day: Upside Down

Upside down bicycle, Via Ernesto Rossi, Livorno
Another masterpiece of “bicycle art”, this time in Via Ernesto Rossi. Please note how the colors of the art piece match perfectly with the background, an obvious sign of an elaborate study by the unknown author.

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External links: Bicycle Art (Inspiration Green)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MSC Vigo

Container ship MSC Vigo, IMO 9480227, Livorno
The tugs “Piero Neri”, “Alfredo Neri”, and “Porto di Livorno” assist the 270-meter container ship “MSC Vigo” in leaving the port. (Photos taken last March)
Tug Porto di Livorno, IMO 9393113, Livorno
Tug Piero Neri, IMO 9351713, Livorno
Here the “Porto di Livorno” is pulling from behind, while the “Piero Neri” is backtracking along the side of the ship.
Container ship MSC Vigo, IMO 9480227, Livorno
A tiny Optimist sailboat caught against the stern: the ship's beam is 40 meters.

See also: Piero Neri - Alfredo Neri - Zim Qingdao & MSC Vigo
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Squirting Cucumber

Ecballium elaterium, squirting cucumber, Via Salvatore Orlando, Livorno
We all know that it's a bad world out there, but one would not expect to be attacked by a plant. This happened a few days ago when I tried to photograph some strange bulbs in Via Salvatore Orlando: they repeatedly popped, squirting something in my direction. Only after the fact I have learned that these plants are called squirting cucumbers, and now I know why...

External link: Ecballium elaterium, (Wikipedia)