Friday, August 27, 2010

Lost Walk

I forgot this walk. It was the Sunday after the White Night and it was reassuring to see in “Piazza XX Settembre” the face of Alfredo Kraus, one of the greatest tenors of the last century. Not sure of his feelings about “Caballeria Rusticana”.I saw this (dry) fountain in a courtyard inside the building called “Palazzi Rossi”, I have never noticed it before...This asinine writer wrote “avvolte” (which is “wrapped”) instead of “a volte”, which is “sometimes”.The building of the “Biblioteca dei Ragazzi”, the Children's Library in the park of “Villa Fabbricotti”.Discovered by Christopher Columbus on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in 1493, pineapples became a rare delicacy in Europe, and were symbolic of power, wealth, and hospitality. The pineapple was adopted as a motif by architects, artisans and craftsmen, being sculpted into gateposts, railings, weather vanes and door lintels. (Pineapples as a decorative motif, Wikipedia).

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13 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Another very interesting walk VP.

ρομπερτ said...

You are once again able to take on a journey where time has another pace. Love the Children's Library, how hopefully refreshing. Please have a good Friday.

daily athens

Kaori said...

Wow, who knew that pineapples were symbolic of power, wealth, and hospitality? That is very cool. My parents used to have a pineapple field when I was really little...we probably should of kept it :D

Small City Scenes said...

I am glad you found this walk because it is lovely. I do like the fountain highlighted by red tiles. Nice. Good to see a childrens library.
I always wondered why people would use a pineapple as a decorative item. Learn something everyday. MB

Dina said...

VP, you could be the proofreader for the graffiti writers.
Like the centurion correcting Brian's "Romanes Eunt Domus." LOL

cieldequimper said...

Lol, poor Kraus. He must have used ear plugs.

That fountain is gorgeous.

VP said...

@ Dina - Love that movie, I almost know it by heart...
“What did the Romans ever do for us?”

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear VP!
I love your walkings post, always great pictures and interesting spots.
That fountain is BEAUTIFUL.I really like it!
** I think the ananas from Brazil are more flavorful they are more flavorful than the fruit sold here in the markets (the size is a little different as well)and I bet the ananas from Italy are delicious,I need to search of it here.
hugs
Léia

joo said...

I love the Children's Library - so cute, and I also like the fountain - it's a sheme it's dry!
The pineapple is cool, however I apprciate fresh more, and as for the wall writer, well, I wouldn't expect much from this kind of 'authors'.
Lovely walk, as usually:)

Halcyon said...

It's reassuring to know that foreigners also misspell graffiti which can cause for some un-intended laughs.

Some very nice shots here. Hope you find some more interesting sights this weekend.

VP said...

Trillian and my friend Stefano say that this isn't a pineapple but a pine cone. They may be right...

B SQUARED said...

I think your walks should be turned into A TV series.

JM said...

The top shot looks like a collage. I don't know if you did it on purpose but it's great!
The fountain is lovely and, as many others around here, it's a shame the water is not running...