Tuesday, 3 August 2010
We're back and although the weather is so truly pants, it is good to be home, but - and it is a very big but - I have to say Bologna is BEAUTIFUL! From the many, many cloistered streets
and tucked away alleyways, it has such atmosphere.
The Name of the Rose constantly leapt to mind thanks to all the medieval buildings, twisted stairways, hidden nooks and tall, leaning towers.
I did so love the architecture.
And as for a balcony... ahhhh
We climbed the tallest tower - 300 metres I think - to find this gorgeous view (no, not me of course, but the landscape below!).
The breeze was so needed after all those narrow steps.
Bologna is a city full of works of art which are just everywhere: on the ceilings
the walls, the floors, around corners - oh, you get the gist - they are beyond any words I can find. Sculptures in bronze
including Neptune in the Piazza Maggiore
The most exquisite painting which took my breath away and rendered me for once quite speechless. Truly this is a rarity!
Such evocative images
There were so many pieces which were incomplete, the work either never originally being finished or else being worn away over time. I realised what an impossible task it would be to restore such a vast wealth of art and grew to love these fragments of another world for the spaces they left in which to place your own interpretation. My worries over the thought of them being eventually lost forever faded like the subtle colours on the walls as the beauty of these works caught at my soul and I now value them as much as those piece which remain in all their completeness, defying the years to tell us of another age.
Our hotel had a wonderfully romantic lamplit rooftop terrace where you could eat or enjoy a cocktail or two whilst playing cards as we did, the sun setting to leave a golden glow in the purple sky and hte sound of people having fun in the streets below.
And some days we just wandered around the food markets
We really did have the best time in the hot, hot sun and laughed so much, especially when Dave decided to do his own interpretations of some of the artworks and we almost got sent out because of my hysterical giggling.
I can't think of anyone I would rather have gone with.
Thank you my lovely Mr Davey x
Giveaway in the next day or two and I hope to ccatch up with your blogs soon; have a good Wednesday x