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.. Is this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge theme. This was taken at the hilltop castle in Udine, Italy, in October 2007. I wonder if they’re still close. And Hey! Join me on Twitter.

Enquiring Mind

It’s always a pleasure to encounter inquisitive people. This is at the train station in Brescia, Italy, on 21-March-2011, just one of several long shots I collected for a project that might come to pass at some point. I couldn’t...

Milano Centrale update

A quick stop in Milano Centrale, one of my favorite stations, yesterday to snap a few pics and check out the progress of the massive €100 million renovation. New artworks –one-fifth of the total budget was earmarked to restore “areas of...

Trieste Centrale notebook

On an early summer morning in 2003, I spotted a copy of Jan Morris’s Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere in the bookshop of the Newcastle train station. I was heading to Trieste in a very roundabout sort of way, due to arrive at 2:05 am...

Ljubljana-Venice Rail Update

Earlier this year, a convenient, fairly popular and reasonably quick Ljubljana-Venice route was sliced from the timetables. It was Trenitalia that wielded the scalpel, choosing to use the tracks in the late AM hours for local traffic. So now...

Vinicio Capossela

Discovered this Italian singer from Putomayo’s Music From the Winelands compilation. Simply Fabulous. Here’s an interview with Capossela with NPR’s All Things Considered last January. “I have an attitude about the...

Weegee in Milano

Meant to post this months ago, but there’s still a little time: If you’ve watched old Hollywood crime films from the 1930s and 40s, you’ll have seen plenty of Speed Graphics in action, those bulky cameras with large bulbs that could...

Making waves in Venice

Authorities in Venice continue to do what little they can to stave off the inevitability of the fabled city’s sinking into the Adriatic. The latest is the introduction of speed traps to catch overly enthusiastic motor boat drivers from...

Very Hungry God

This 1000 kilo sculpture by Indian artist Subodh Gupta, floating outside the Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal, was apparently quite the hit during the Venice Biennale. Made of stainless steel pots, pans and utensils, it was originally created...

Mandatory blog-licensing in Italy?

A distinct possibility, according to popular Italian blogger and political activist Beppe Grillo. Ricardo Franco Levi, a confidante of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, authored a draft law which would mandate all bloggers to register their blogs...

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On more quick Udine follow-up… This week marks the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Caporetto (Slovenia’s Kobarid) aka the ‘Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo’, the last of the battles on the Izonzo front (Soška fronta), and...