Thursday, July 30, 2009

At First Sight

Inside the Porto Mediceo, LivornoWe have already seen that the port of Livorno suffers some days of cruise ships overcrowding. A giant new pier called “Molo Italia” has been already built, but it seems that it's not going to be fully operative for this season.Cruise ship, Porto Mediceo, LivornoIn a hurry, a pier of the former shipyard has been cleared of cranes and rails and, last week, received its first cruise ships. Shuttle buses and vans carry the passengers in town, which is somewhat in walking distance from this improvised terminal.Cruise ship, Porto Mediceo, LivornoWhat about the first photo? It is the first thing of Livorno the lucky passengers see coming down the ramp...

20 comments:

Tash said...

The 3rd photo with the overall view is super. LOL on how you told the story and got back to the 1st photo. The passengers can salute the SAILOR on land.

Nathalie said...

The first photo is very humorous, I love it.

Thank you very much for your comment in Avignon in Photos regarding the Villeggiatura trilogy, much appreciated.

Yes the two city names of Livorno and Montenero were clearly mentioned in the play.

However I was told that since the performance was first given in Venice and meant for the public there, a certain spirit of Venice was present in Goldoni's mind when he wrote the play. Would you confirm this? I would be very happy to have your view on this.

Nathalie again said...

PS - yesterday's looney tunes ferry is amazing. I wonder if they pay royalties for using these characters?

And regarding your last seagull shot, I'm pretty sure it's a juvenile seagull.

Saretta said...

I'm glad to hear that Livorno's economy seems to be thriving!

Leif Hagen said...

Great port photos, friend! Wish I were sailing into Livorno!

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B SQUARED said...

I think if I saw that trailer, I'd get back on the boat.

Hilda said...

Oops! Heehee, looks like the pier's PR person forgot a part of his homework!

But I have to confess: I like the little trailer. It's quirky and I think it's charming.

Jacob said...

Love this mini-series. That 3rd photo certainly give one an idea how big the ship is!

But to come down the gangplank and look at that old trailer! Sheesh! Too funny. Maybe they should hang a big sign on it that says, "Welcome to Livorno!"

margaret said...

The caravan is very picturesque... ;)and if it isn't then I'm sure the rest of Livorno comes as a blessed relief to those who don't run back on the boat.

Frank said...

I like the little trailer. Funny as can be. It IS good to hear that your cruise business is not slowing and that the town is making lots of changes to accomodate the ship traffic.

JT said...

The photo of the camper looks a lot like a local resident we have (Street Camping).

Great shots and blog.

James said...

I wonder if it floats? :-) I'm sure the people soon forget all about the little camper when the see your beautiful city.

Halcyon said...

Funny! I'm not sure that's what I'd want welcoming people to my city!

Tinsie said...

So... why is the trailer there? Someone found the walk too long and decided to camp out?

cieldequimper said...

Excellent post! You know, I'm sure some people don't even notice it...

tapirgal said...

It's funny how you described the first photo! And it's interesting to see the dock and how they are using it temporarily. Nice photo of the ramp, too! I'm enjoying learning about Livorno, as I've been to a few places nearby, but not to your city. When I return to Italy someday, I'm sure I have to visit!

Steffe said...

The first photo is what I would zoom in on!

Nikki Beaumont said...

Dude, I like the camper. I do. But I need to know more about it. To heck with the super fancy, extra big cruise ship dock, the camper info is what I crave. LOL!

Ming the Merciless said...

Hahaha! Maybe they use the buses and vans to prevent the tourists from seeing the not-so-pretty part of the pier.

ellievellie said...

The little hippie trailer totally steals the show! I like the little thing!