The Photo Challenge #41 – Temporary

Everything is temporary. This thought can be encouraging, if you’re going through a complicated time of your life, or not so much. Anyways, it is not about its being comforting or not; the fact is that temporary, for us mortal beings, is true.
Some things take longer times then others to unravel, but everything changes until it ends. Nothing is ever the same that it was just a few moments before. This is what temporary means to me.

The picture I chose for this week’s challenge was taken last autumn in Brisighella, a medieval burg in Emilia-Romagna (Italy), where medieval architectures mesh with modern buildings under the constant gaze of the beautiful clock tower that overlooks the burg.


The Photo Challenge #39 – Collage

If you ever find yourself in my hometown, Bologna (Italy), and you have a car you should definitely go visit Rocchetta Mattei. It’s a one hour trip, but it’s definitely worth it because, once you are there, you get to admire a castle so hypnotic and fantastic it seems to have just come out of who-knows-what fairytale.

Many different architectural styles, from different ages and from around the world, clash, combine and blend together like in a great collage.

And the surprises keep on coming as you continue your visit. Nothing in Rocchetta Mattei is what it seems: you think you’re seeing bricks, but you are actually looking at painted wood. You have the impression of seeing an inlaid wooden ceiling but it is actually papier-mâché. And so on.

I can’t do anything but highly recommend a visit, if you get the chance. For more pictures, you can click here.

The Photo Challenge #37 – Wanderlust

I love travelling and discovering new places, customs and traditions. At times I really feel the urge to leave behind my routine, to pack a bag and just go wherever my heart takes me. Unfortunately (and at the same time, thank God) I have a full-time job and only a few days of vacation per year so I can’t really do what I want whenever I want. Still, I can dream of long exotic journeys while planning little trips and one day excursions.

Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I did one of those excursions. We visited Castell’Arquato, which is a magical and timeless medieval burg in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. And we are not going to stop; in fact, we’re going on a two day trip to Tuscany in about 3 weeks from now. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here’s a picture of the fortress and the surroundings of Castell’Arquato.