October 2013 Archives

Picture of the Day

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Boo!

Halloween decorations in my St. Paul neighborhood. All photos taken with my cell phone. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Exterior of church in the tiny hamlet of San Sebastiano, not far from Portofino Mare. (click to enlarge)

On the Path to Portofino

Grapevines and neat stonework. As the path approaches Portofino, the landscape becomes neater and more prosperous. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Fall in Portland, Oregon. (click to enlarge)

Along the Path to Portofino

A profusion of attractive vegetation in the Portofino Regional Park. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Another example of rugged stonework from the path to Portofino. (click to enlarge)

Stonework

Along the path to Portofino. Given a stony land, the people have made beauty. Click photos to enlarge them.

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On the path to Portofino. (click to enlarge)

Portofino Regional Park

Along the path from Nozarego to Portofino. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Weathered wall in Santa Margherita Ligure - Variation 1. (click to enlarge)

Nozarego to Portofino

Seen on the hike in the Portofino Regional Park. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Picture of the Day

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Cosmetic consultation, Mall of America. (click to enlarge)

Then and Now

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Statue in the Monterosso square of Giuseppe Garibaldi, leader of the fight for Italian unification in the 1860s.


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Hanging out on a warm afternoon in Monterosso.

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Washington Park, Portland. (click to enlarge)

Monterosso Minutiae

Oddments that struck my fancy. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Portland shop window. (click to enlarge)

Shops for Tourists

Colorful accessories to match the bright colors of the Cinque Terre, in Monterosso. Plus hats that would be useful to fend off the sun. But who wears ties these days? Click photos to enlarge them.

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Oratory of the Dead in Monterosso. From Rick Steves' guidebook:

"During the Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church offset the rising influence of the Lutherans by creating brotherhoods of good works. These religious Rotary clubs were called "confraternities." Monterosso had two, nicknamed White and Black. This building is the oratory of the Black group, whose mission -- as the macabre decor filling the interior indicates -- was to arrange for funerals and take care of widows, orphans, the shipwrecked, and the souls of those who ignore the request for a €1 donation. It dates from the 16th century, and membership has passed from father to son for generations."

Monterosso Churches

Black and white, often striped, is a theme in this region. Click photos to enlarge them.

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A sandy beach and a bright sun means lots of colorful beach umbrellas - Monterosso, in the Cinque Terre. (click to enlarge)

Approaching Monterosso from Above

Descending the path from Vernazza. Monterosso is the only one of the five Cinque Terre towns to have a sandy beach. Click photos to enlarge them.

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I'm not sure whether these tanks along the path from Vernazza to Monterosso are vats for fermenting the wine in situ, or to hold water for irrigating the vineyards, or fuel for the little tractors that bring down the picked grapes on a monorail, or...

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Along the Path from Vernazza to Monterosso

It's a steep climb: vertical gain (and eventually loss) of 380 meters in three kilometers. But everywhere one turns is a pretty sight. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Stairway in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon. (click to enlarge)

Olives in the Cinque Terre

Aside from tourism, growing and processing olives and grapes are the two biggest parts of the economy in the Cinque Terre. As we hiked the paths between towns, we passed numerous olive groves. Click photos to enlarge them.

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When it's time for harvest, the nets will be spread to catch the olives as the trees are shaken.


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An old olive press, now just a picturesque object along the way between Vernazza and Monterosso.

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Prickly pear cactus along the high path from Vernazza to Monterosso. (click to enlarge)

Another View of Vernazza Harbor and Waterfront

From the path beginning our hike from Vernazza to Monterosso. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Grape vines in Oregon's Willamette Valley. (click to enlarge)

Vernazza Harbor

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Idyllic, no? Click photos to enlarge them.

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Vietnam vet on Portland Streetcar. (click to enlarge)

Vernazza Painting Class

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A great location for plein air painting. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Taking the sun in Vernazza. (click to enlarge)

Vernazza from Above and Below

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A concentration of the things that make the Cinque Terre so attractive: bright colors, deep blue sea and sky, dramatic verticals, sharp geometries, striking viewpoints.


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The steep cliffs from below, robed with nets to protect against rockfalls.

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The scene as you approach Vernazza from above. (click to enlarge)

Corniglia to Vernazza

Views along the way. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Fall flowers on a morning walk in Saint Paul. (click to enlarge)

Cinque Terre Details

Old walls, overgrown with vegetation, are irresistible to me. These scenes are near the beginning of the walk from Corniglia to Vernazza.

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Lunchtime for tourists and natives in Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. (click to enlarge)

Cinque Terre Winemaking

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Lugging new wine vats through the streets of Corniglia. (click to enlarge)

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Grasses in Portland, Oregon. (click to enlarge)

Manarola Grapes

Grapes and wine, along with tourism, are the essence of Manarola in the Cinque Terre. Click photos to enlarge them.


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Servant in Portofino Mare cleaning the stairs and wall; someone had splashed red paint. (click to enlarge)

Manarola Monuments

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Manarola from above. (click to enlarge)

Manarola in Monochrome

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Yesterday's photos in monochrome. Click photos to enlarge them.

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A rather strange-looking Virgin Mary in a niche in Manarola. (click to enlarge)

Mysterious Manarolo Mechanisms

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I think this drives a small irrigation system for the vineyard. Or maybe a pulley system for heavy baskets of grapes. Or ...


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The stones hold the roof slates down in a windstorm.

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Another photo of a bright plant poised high above the bright Mediterranean water near Manarola in the Cinque Terre. (click to enlarge)

Near and Far

From the path high above Manarola in the Cinque Terre. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Another view of the rocky cliffs and sea off Manarola. (click to enlarge)

Blue Mediterranean at Manarola

The tiny harbor/swimming area and off-shore waters of Manarola, the next-most southerly town in the Cinque Terre. The scenes felt as idyllic as they look. Click photos to enlarge them.

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The tumbled landscape: harbor at Riomaggiore. (click to enlarge)

Murals of a Tumbled Landscape

Sections of the mural in the pedestrian tunnel connecting central Riomaggiore with the train station - evocations of the tumbled landscape in the Cinque Terre. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Part of the mosaic lining the pedestrian tunnel between the train station and the center of Riomaggiore. (click to enlarge)

Riomaggiore Murals

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More details from murals in Riomaggiore. Roughly life-size, and very finely done though not so well maintained. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Riomaggiore is a rather vertical town. (click to enlarge)

Views of Riomaggiore

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In evening light


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From the water. Click photos to enlarge them.

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A mural overlooks the plaza near the center of Riomaggiore where kids play soccer and grownups watch. (click to enlarge)

Riomaggiore Murals

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Riomaggiore is the southernmost of the five towns in the Cinque Terre. It is distinguished by some remarkable murals by Silvio Benedetto. Here are a couple of details depicting the hardship and danger associated with wresting a living from the sea. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Another smiling statue: the newly installed Goldy Gopher at the University of Minnesota. (click to enlarge)

Villa Durazzo

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Two scenes from the lovely Villa Durazzo in Santa Margherita Ligure. Click photos to enlarge them.

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