Monday, February 22, 2010

Spring at Sea

Stuffed animals hung to dry, via Buontalenti, LivornoSpring at sea comes a month earlier. Not this year. Some spring cleaning is going on: washed stuffed animals hung to dry outside a window in Via Buontalenti.Bicycle wheel chained to a rack, LivornoThe bicycle is gone, but the wheel is still safely locked to the rack.Off-leash dog area, piazza della Vittoria, LivornoThe off-leash dog area in Piazza della Vittoria, in background the church of Santa Maria del Soccorso.Via della Ragnaia, LivornoVia della Ragnaia (Spiderwebbery Street), no cars parked here.Statue of dogs n the roof, scali delle Cantine, LivornoGuard dogs on the roof of this house on Scali delle Cantine.

See also: Looking at the Sea
More Walks

23 comments:

Jacob said...

This is a nice journey you took us on. So many interesting things to look at! That bike wheel speaks volumes. I've often thought how easy it would be just to take a bike and leave the wheel...heck you can buy a wheel cheaply enough.

We have some "dog parks" here, too, but we don't use them...

And that narrow street doesn't leave much room for anything but bikes and a few people.

But I love the dogs on the roof. How do they get them up there and how do they stay up there in high winds?

Fun post, VP!

Halcyon said...

Those stuffed animals are cute! Glad they got a wash and a peek outdoors.

Tinsie said...

The first photo is such a find! It put a smile to my face :-)

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Ah a nice walk. The wheel without a bike, so sad but somehow funny... and a lovely dog park! I only see one dog, no friends to play with. The “Via della Ragnaia” is very appealing - and you start and end the walk with animals, very fun and colorful.
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Hilda said...

Thank you for the very interesting walk again, VP. The stuffed toys hanging outside the window is just too cute!

James said...

That was a nice little trip and it does look like spring there. I would like to revisit Via della Ragnaia someday. :)

Dina said...

Spiderwebbery Street? Great name. :)

The washed animals add such a human touch. Wonderful find.

VP said...

@ James - I took the wheel and the dog area pictures at noon, with some sun still around. All the others were taken in the afternoon, when it was raining on and off.

Gunn said...

The "spring cleaning" photo made me smile!:-)
The others also prove that you live in a nice and interesting place!

Saretta said...

Oh no, you have reminded me of another chore I should do...washing the stuffed animals! Great photos, all!

Cezar and Léia said...

That first picture is so cute, I loved it!
I miss Spring and all beautiful colours so much.
Wonderful set of pictures with so cool details!
Have a nice Monday
hugs
Léia

Lois said...

Quite an interesting set of pictures! I love the one with the stuffed animals. They are ready for some warm weather!

Kaori said...

Once again you have a array of wonderful photos! The first photo with all the stuffed animals is adorable. That is one lucky kid, or maybe they just have many kids :)

Small City Scenes said...

What an interesting tour.
Spring is here but we are waiting for Mother Nature to decide it was time for a late winter freeze. She is fun that way. MB

B SQUARED said...

I don't think that I have ever seen guard dogs on a roof.

cieldequimper said...

Lol, what a great walk again, too bad for the bike owner. I am really surprised that there isn't a Smart or Cinquecento parked in that street. I just love the first photo. It is kind of poetic and could be the cover of a children's book.

Rob and Mandy said...

One feels so much safer with some dogs on one's roof!

Stine in Ontario said...

That bicycle wheel made my heart sink! I was imagining how awful the owner must have felt when he found it! I like the idea of alleys where cars don't fit, though I imagine they are probably scary at night.

Wolynski said...

Stuffed animals - too funny. How do you wash them? Not in a washing machine, I don't think.

Love that narrow spider web street - so colorful.

Andreea said...

Nice series, I can feel that spring is in the air. I have a couple of photos with parts of bicycles still chained but the main part missing; one was taken in Paris and one in Rome. Looks like the whole of Europe is plagued by this phenomenon :)

Steffe said...

Can't wait for spring cleaning.

Some familiar looking scenes here.

tapirgal said...

Funny post, as always, a fun walk in Livorno. The animals are smiling, so the bath couldn't have been too traumatic.

JM said...

The first two shots are amazing! Such funny finds! :-)))