If I remember well, this café is called “The Red Bicycle”. The bike is just decoration. In the background you see the opera house.
I have no idea what they do when suddenly rain comes falling, but I found the idea of having that furniture out on the street pretty charming 🙂
By the way, I’m writing this on March 8 and yesterday Adobe released new versions of ACR and Lightroom with full support for the E-M1 MkII (among others). Sweet! I can again choose from the Olympus camera profiles (like “Standard” or “Vivid”) as starting points.
Another effect of not only using images shot on the same day is, that I make a lot of images on a good day and so I can actually use them, thereby compensating for the bad or otherwise busy days. Processing and posting images on the same day would severly limit the maximum number of good images used.
You may remember from earlier years that I had often used five or even six images in one post. Since I switched to Lightroom as my main processing tool, it is easier and I’m much faster than with Photoshop, but still, just thinking about six images takes a lot of time. Time that I don’t have or don’t want to spare.
Why do these old cities touch me? What feelings do they evoke? Trying to write a few meaningful lines made me think, and the more I thought and the more I looked at this image, the more I got interested in the place. Because that’s what it is: a distinct place. Yes, you’ve got azulejos everywhere in Lisbon, but this is an individual place that you can imagine individual stories of individual people for.
Look at those high door frames, encompassing the first floor. Well, judging from the low windows and the lack of balconies, this “first floor” would have been a part of the building reserved for servants. The owners would have had the floor above, with balconies and high windows.
And then the many doors in what clearly is one building. What was their purpose? Why did they need so many doors? Are there narrow internal compartments? Do we really see four narrow houses with one common facade? Not likely, is it? So, again, why all those doors?
You can’t dream like this of modern architecture. It’s utilitarian, its purpose is clear, and even when it’s good, it rarely speaks of mystery.
I love old places 🙂
We are still in the Mouraria, the traditionally poor quarter on the steep north-western slope of the castle hill.
I suppose for many elderly here, just getting a weekend supply into their apartment must be a challenge. Of course for a photographer this is one of the most interesting parts of the city, full of unexpected surprises and breathtaking perspectives.
I have no image of Piazza Ariostea, only these images made around it.
We came two or three weeks too late for the Palio, but then, we had not known about it and therefore not expected anything. Probably this would be a good reason to come back another year 🙂
In any case, here’s a video of what we’ve missed.
As to the images, I love this symbol of young love, it’s really a pity that the light was so bad. A cold glass of vino bianco in Bar Ariosto was sufficient compensation though.
Every time I look at this image, my first association is “manhole cover”, but no, it is the center of a fancy table in front of a café in Villach.
The Song of the Day is “Iron” by Woodkid. Hear it on YouTube.