21 October 2010

West Pomerania countryside

Hello again, I'm posting this peaceful summer sky as a sort of cover of a new story of a new journey beginning on Late On Life. Having said our goodbyes to Italy it's high time to move on into a photo exploration of my August bike trip in the Northwestern tip of Poland - West Pomerania.
Skywatch Friday, being my favorite meme, is also a perfect opportunity to get back to posting after a period of shameless blogging laziness (actually I've been busy, busy, busy and then tired, tired, tired but that's no excuse from creative past-times so I'll stick with laziness).
Nice to see you again!

05 October 2010

Podstolice

I have a thing for country fairs, carnivals and all sorts of outdoor or better yet out of town events. So hearing about a china fair picnic in Podstolice I obviously wanted to go. The village lays about 40 km from Poznań and it's biggest attraction is a XIX-century manor house.
It's current owners are also Rosenthal's china representatives for Poland. They host many events and this one is open to public. I must say it is an excellent idea to present chine in a manor house. The displayed goods found their natural surroundings there.
The weather on the last weekend of summer was so lovely it begged for a trip away from the city and this event fell right into place. I must admit I went totally unprepared. Hearing the words 'china' and 'picnic' was enough to get me going (I have a bit of a collection of china). But I pictured a more down to earth country fair, smelling of sausage, typical carnival stalls accompanied by a bit of folklore china and perhaps an exhibition. What I did not expect was a posh elite event sponsored by such brands as Porsche and BMW.
So my most posh accessory was my shih tzu;) Having a puppy on your arm is a perfect conversation starter when you're strolling from one fancy china stand to another, wine-tasting or sampling fine coffee.
My fearless little fur-ball always wants to play with other animals no matter if their wild or tamed, big or small so when walking in the surrounding park we noticed the paddock I had to pull her away from the pony who seemed more interesting in nibbling on something.
It was really hard to keep her away as playing with the ponies was all she could think of. When I was distracted by liquor sampling, Elza managed to wrest away from me (which she never does) and run to the paddock. Fortunately, teaching her obedience paid off and I managed to stop her half way. A stressful moment but it made me proud at the same time. Elza managed to surpass her desires and followed my call.
The sky was so beautiful that day that I might of post this for Skywatch Friday but I'm posting it for My World Tuesday instead to show you one of the many attractions of the area around my city - Poznań.
Hope to see you there next year!

01 October 2010

Sun sets over Europe

Addio Italia.
When the time came to say farewell to Italy I was grasping it with my eyes through the plain window and I saw the most awesome thing: lake Garda. There it was, like the contours on the map, the peninsula of Sirmione, the place where I bathed just that morning, the bay of Salo... at that moment I was too glued to the window but that inspired me to take my camera out of the luggage compartment.
Don't you just love the clouds as seen from above. They look so soft and fluffy but firm I just want to jump in them.
Even the sunset looks different from above.
The evening is an awesome time to fly as the colors and light change while you cross over land.
Soon the colors transformed into light shades of purple.
And every now and then I caught a glimps of lightning stricking in the clouds. A magical, bit of scary but spectaculary beautiful sight!
Have a blisful Skywatch Friday!

30 September 2010

Sirmione

Sirmione is a little peninsula town on lake Garda. Just a 30 minutes or so ferry ride from Desenzano del Garda.
Here I'm pointing;) Maria Callas house.
Charmed by Desenzano you wouldn't expect anything better but it enchants you before you even set foot on shore.
Fortified by Della Scala family, the former port hardly stretches from shore to shore on narrow land, with narrow streets and not more then two storey high houses.
If you ask me which one I prefer more: the sea or the lake, I would go with the latter but all of them have their perks and those big sub-alpine lakes combine both. Sometimes you feel just like at the seaside and need to remind yourself you're actually by the lake. Plus you can take boat rides to other towns, you can't see one shore from another but the water is less salty and calmer then the sea.
This place was already valued by the ancient Romans who had their villas here.
All that sightseeing wouldn't be complete without a swim in the lake. Apart from the private and hotel owned decks and jetty's there's a public beach on one coast (the one on the other was currently under water due to it's high level). Here you can see the northern shore of Sirmione, looking up into the lake where many, many miles later it meets the Dolomites.
Hey! A word out to all my new followers. Thank you for joining. I encourage you to leave a comment. Let's get to know each other and that friend connect thingy doesn't take you to the blogger profile like it used to. So without your comments I can't visit your blogs.

28 September 2010

Letters to Juliet

Capuleti House, Verona.
[wordless Wednesday->]
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