Wednesday, 11 June 2008

The last boat

This is what I see from the end of my alley: a still privately owned and perfectly restorated medieval fortified building which rises from the calcareous rock of Angera, opposite Arona.
It witnesses marvellous late 13th Century frescoes of "The Justice Hall" (La Sala di Giustizia" and also hosts the biggest permanent toys and dolls collection in Europe with late 19th Century mechanical automation, still perfectly working.
From the top (Torre Castellana) one can enjoy magnificent panoramic views over the lake.

(This was the last taxi-boat to and from Angera yesterday evening. This morning we have. finally, a perfectly blue sky. Let's hope it will last!)

16 comments:

Rose said...

ove old buildings and if they are on top of a hill and by the water, even better...
Added a bit of sunshine and a good photographer et voila! perfection was achieved..;)

Blognote said...

Thanks for your very kind words. Rose!

Marie-Noyale said...

It will be nice for you to enjoy the sunshine,
but I must say the "not so perfect weather" allowed you to take wonderful pictures of different skies since monday!!
What a lovely view you have!

Wanda said...

What a most excellent view! You photography is wonderful ~~ thanks for stopping by my blog ~~~ I'll be back to enjoy more of your pictures and narative.

Wanda from Brushstrokes

Dina said...

What a sight to have so near home!

Bill said...

Great Sky! Approaching storms can be a great subject.

Ann said...

You are so fortunate to live where you do.

Blognote said...

Thank you, Marie. Clouds can give such wonderful different atmospheres.

I really appreciate your kind words, Wanda!

I agree with you, Dina. I can, infact not complain at all!

Thanks, Bill!
It seems that this kind of weather will present itself in this area also during the forthcoming summer. For me this means a great chance to shoot more cloudy skies.

Thanks for coming by, Ann! Also this part of Italy is worthwhile visiting!

Jerez said...

Beautiful photograph, just beautiful!

I would like to be there now....

Jerez said...

You know I am drawn back to this photo again today. It seems more like a painting, and a town so perfect in design, it's captivating! The red roofs, and the greenery, and the yellow color of the materials in the building, and how they seem to have come out of that rock there. As an artist, I am in awe of the design, and how beautiful it is all tucked underneath the stormy sky.

Blognote said...

I really appreciate your words, Jerez, especially for the fact that you see it as a painting. I see that exactly in the same way.

Dusty Lens said...

You certainly have a grand view! A person could set up a small bistro table and chair set, grab a bottle of wine, a few glasses, sit and enjoy this alleyway view.

Blognote said...

There is just a small bistrĂ² at the end of my alley, where I sometimes get my early morning coffee + warm croissant, overlooking the lake in that direction.

USelaine said...

Okay blognote, get ready. We're all coming over to stay at your place. 8^)

Blognote said...

One and the time please, Uselaine!

Tash said...

wish I was there too. Beautiful!