Saturday, November 18, 2017

Is Autumn - Grandpa And Grand child

The Autumn is getting colder, but the sight of a grandpa holding the hand of his grand child taking a walk along the river just makes it feel so much warmer.....

The Child even waved and gave me a 'ciao' as I walked past....

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Is Autumn - Riding Through

The view along the river Po is beautiful in Autumn with the chnging color of the leaves and the orange yellowish of the fallen leaves covering the ground.

My annual Autumn walk along the river was as pleasant as before, the morning was quiet with occasionally some people walking their dogs, some joggers doing their morning run and some cyclists riding along and across the river, although there was the smog from the fire in Val Susa covering the sky, but the scenery was still very much enjoyable.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Is Autumn - Dog Walking

One of my favourite sight, people walking their dogs under the autumn leaves along the river.....

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Train Pop And Rock

A train called ' Pop And Rock' has arrived in piazza Castello, the pubblic can go aboard,get to know and appreciate in detail the new train.

This is one of the main activities of Villaggio Trenitalia, to present to the puiblic their new convoys.
The Villaggio Trenitalia will be accompanied every day from 5 pm to 7 pm by the musical animation of RTL 102.5. On Saturday November 4, from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm, Paolo Cavallone will be the conductor and radio speaker. "

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Smog Report

A reporter of Sky24 on the river bank of Murazzi was reporting the situation of the smog created by the fire in Val Susa.

The sky in Turin is foggy and the quality of the air raised alarm, as it can be seen in the photo, in mid day, the view is still unclear.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Skeleton Structure

Saw this weird skeleton structure by the river side of the Dora, in the Eco Park.

The skeleton of the structure is preserved and integrated in the design of the Envipark Technology Park and the Dora Park housed the bar finishing department and the small iron warehouse during the Ferriere period .
A plate located near the new Service Center remembers the former function of the area and the discontinued activity at December 31, 1989.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reading The River

One of those days when one desires to get away from the city crowd and stays just alone with a bit of nature.....

The river side by the Po is the place to spend some quiet time watching the birds flying over the river and admiring the sunset....

Friday, October 20, 2017

Alone And Not Alone

This old homeless man sit outside the church along via Po begging for money, he has fallen asleep....

He is alone in this crowded street of this city, yet at the same time, he has his reflection with him on the glass panel of the ramp to the door of the church, and also occasionally some pigeons come to visit.....

Friday, October 13, 2017

Autumn Day In Piazza San Carlo

Just one of those day when a particular light of the sky attracted my attention and decided to snap a photo with my phone....

Piazza San Carlo was quite dark with heavy clouds overshadowing above, a hole broke out from the cloud and shown a glimpse of the blue sky beyond....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Public Phone User

A rare sight, saw someone actually using the public phone under the arcade in piazza Municipio to make phone call....

Friday, October 6, 2017

Walking By the Dreams And Colors Of Joan Mirò

There is an exhibition of Joan Mirò in palazzo Chiablese from the 4th of October till the 14th of January 2018. The exhibition will include ' Femme Au Clair De Lune', 'Oiseaux' and ' femme dans La Rue'.

Meanwhile, while waiting for the arrival of 4th of October, here is a shot of the wall of palazzo Chaiblese where the posters of the exhibition are put up.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Road Blocks At Piazza Castello

Since after a series of terror attacks by vehicles in Europe, Torino government decided to tighten the security of the city, especially in the center places where crowds are expected. Such as shopping streets and piazzas.
Rows of stones blocks, long concret blocks and huge plant pots are places along the side of the roads and interception of walking street and vehicle lanes, or at the ends of piazzas where vehicles can enter.

Such as these stone blocks placed in addition to the already existed round stone balls at the end of piazza Castello by the side of palazzo Madama, they are also serve as stoods for people to sit on....

Sunday, October 1, 2017

CDP October Theme : Sensual

The October Theme of CDP is Sensual, not a easy theme for me, as it is not my usual interest to capture sensual images...Anyway here are my two images for the theme day.

Religious images can be sensual, such as the half naked Christ on the cross, the naked San Sebastian with all the arrows poked in him, or this Hindu ( Tibetian ? ) statue.....

Now lets get down to earth and look at this lady performing a sensul dance during the flowers and plants market show along via Carlo Alberto.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Royal Armoury of Turin

This was not acessable from the entrance to the Royal Palace, but to my surprise, it is linked to the Royal palace as part of the hall.

The Royal Armoury of Turin (Italian: Armeria Reale) is one of the world’s most important collections of arms and armour, formed in Turin by the Savoy family. The museum is now part of the Musei Reali di Torino, the royal site that has unified the Royal Palace, the Sabauda Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, the Royal Library and the Armoury. The whole site has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997.

 The Royal Armoury was founded by Charles Albert, king of Sardinia, and opened to the public in 1837. Since then it has been housed in the Galleria Beaumont, built on the site of a previous gallery connecting the Royal Palace to Palazzo Madama. Designed by Filippo Juvarra in 1733, it was decorated by the court painter Claudio Francesco Beaumont (hence its name) in 1738-1743, whose oil paintings on the ceiling depict Stories of Aeneas. The gallery was completed after 1762 by Benedetto Alfieri, who also designed the nearby stairway as an access to the State offices (Segreterie di Stato).

Among the objects belonging to the collection are the sword of San Maurizio, one of the most important relics owned by the Savoy family, made in the 13th century and still preserved with its 15th-century impressed, gilded and painted leather case; a 14th-century enamel horse bit from Naples; a 16th-century pistol which belonged to the emperor Charles V; precious armour such as count Girolamo Martinengo’s corsaletto (breastplate), dating from c. 1540, Henry II’s parade shield (c. 1556 – 1559), and the war and jousting armour made by the Milanese armourer Pompeo della Cesa around 1590; extremely rich arms such as the hunting musket decorated in ivory by the German engraver Adam Sadeler around 1600; the sword used by Napoleon during his campaign in Egypt; guns and rifles owned by Charles Albert of Sardinia and by the kings of Italy Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I; a Russian model Smith & Wesson revolver dating from the late 19th century.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Royal Palace Of Turin

The Royal Palace of Turin (Italian: Palazzo Reale di Torino) is a historic palace of the House of Savoy in the city of Turin in Northern Italy. It was originally built in the 16th century and was later modernized by Christine Marie of France (1606–63) in the 17th century, with designs by the Baroque architect Filippo Juvarra. The palace also includes the Palazzo Chiablese and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the latter of which was built to house the famous Shroud of Turin. In 1946, the building became the property of the state and was turned into a museum. In 1997, it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list along with 13 other residences of the House of Savoy.

In 1946, the palace was claimed by the Italian Republic and turned into a "Museum of the Life and Works of the House of Savoy". Its rooms are decorated with rich tapestries and a collection of Chinese and Japanese vases. The Royal Armoury houses an extensive array of arms, including examples from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The palace houses the Scala delle Forbici, a staircase by Filippo Juvarra. The Chapel of the Holy Shroud, with its spiral dome, was built in the west wing of the palace, joining the apse (a semicircular recess) of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, to house the famous Shroud of Turin, which belonged to the family from 1453 until 1946. The royal gates of the palace have a golden Medusa symbol embossed on them, in order to fend off intruders.

This is the first I managed to take photo in the palace, as previously photographing was not allowed, now just no flash is allowed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Colombo's Finger

The little finger of Cristoforo Colombo, located in the Piazza Castello, a short walk from the Royal Library and the Turin Royal Palace.

Here, under the porticoes of the Prefecture, a bronze medallion in high relief depicting the most famous navigator and explorer of all time has the characteristic of having his little finger in particular shining. In the background a world map and a caravel, in memory of his achievement: the discovery of America.The relief was created by the famous artist Dino Somà and inaugurated in 1923, the work is much loved by the Turin. Legend has it that rubbing the little finger of Cristoforo Colombo's hand brings a lot of luck. This gesture has now become a true tradition of the city of Turin, and for this reason the finger of the statue appears much brighter than the rest of the art piece. Especially for all the university students who hope for help to pass the examinations with the highest-grade rely on the Columbus statue.Because of this tradition, with the passing of time, the little finger fades so much to the point of having to be replaced.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Museum of the Risorgimento

The National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento (Museo nazionale del Risorgimento italiano) is the first, the biggest and the most important among the 23 museums in Italy dedicated to the Risorgimento, the only one which can be considered "National" according to a 1901 law and due to its rich and great collections. It is housed in the Palazzo Carignano in Turin.

The museum was established in 1878, shortly after Italian unification, even though it only had its first permanent exhibition in 1908. Originally located in the Mole Antonelliana, in 1938 it was moved to its current site (which had previously housed the Subalpine Chamber of Deputies, from 1848 to 1860, and then the first Italian Chamber of Deputies, from 1861 to 1865).

Its exhibits include weapons, flags, uniforms, printed and written documents (including the original manuscript of the song Il Canto degli Italiani, dated November 10, 1847 by Goffredo Mameli, now Italian national anthem since 1946), and artworks. The new exhibition, opened on March 18, 2011, occupies about 3500 square metres across 30 rooms, and covers the real Risorgimento period, stretching from the late 18th century revolutions to the beginning of the First World War. It includes a specialized library, a prints cabinet and a documentary archive.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Residence Of The Prince

 A short visit to the residence of the Prince of Carignano at palazzo Carignano....
The rooms are surprisely small but beautifully decorated.

The Palazzo Carignano is a historical building in the centre of Turin, Italy, which houses the Museum of the Risorgimento. It was a private residence of the Princes of Carignano, after whom it is named. Its rounded façade is different from other façades of the same structure. It is located on the Via Accademia delle Scienze.

The construction of the Palazzo Carignano was ordered by Prince Emmanuel Philibert, son of Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano and his French wife Marie de Bourbon. The Prince commissioned architect Guarino Guarini to design a suitable residence for his home and the cadet house of the reigning House of Savoy.
Guarini designed the structure in the shape of a square, with a straight and restrained east façade and an elliptical façade on the west. Guarini also added a forecourt at the center of the palace. Construction began in 1679, when the Prince was 51 years old.
The decorations over the windows of the piano nobile recall the campaign of the Carignano family with Carignan-Salières Regiment against the Iroquois in 1667. The interior has always been described as lavish and has splendid frescoes and stucco decorations.
Among the frescoes are some by Stefano Legnani, called il Legnanino. The main stairwell is decorated with busts by Pietro Somazzi.
The building, constructed in brick in a typical Baroque style, has an elliptical main façade. This façade represents the only example of civic architecture making use of the undulating 'concave – convex – concave' rhythm established by Francesco Borromini in the church of S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane in Rome.
The Palazzo was the birthplace of princesse de Lamballe in 1749 – confidant of Marie Antoinette and for whom she died in 1792. Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Carignano was born there in 1770. It was also the birthplace of the first King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II in 1820.
From 1848 to 1861 the palace was used as the House of Deputies of the Subalpine Parliament. In 1861, with the creation of the parliament of the newly unified Kingdom of Italy, the room was not large enough to host the House of Deputies, which was moved elsewhere.
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 The courtyard of the palazzo.

Friday, September 1, 2017

CDP September Theme : Photographing the Photographer

In many occasions, the photographers become the object of interest for the other photographers, especially photographers who go to some extra ordinary measure to capture their perfect shots, often being captured themselves....

 Photographer On The Roof

or a photographer who is so stylist that he himself become the model of the other photographer....

The stylist Photographer

Or perhaps the way he handles his equipement which looks cute......

Love where he rests his camera...

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Buildings Around Piazza Arbarello

Piazza Arbarello is another piazza with buildings forming an interesting view, it has been renovated which removed the carpark at one end of the piazza and transformed it into a play ground with vegetables and flowers planted at one entrance of the play ground.

Too bad the other end of the piazza is still occupied by a huge carpark and trasportations still passing through the piazza.....

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Murazzi Pier

Here is once where the 'Valentino' and 'Valentina' parked while waiting for the tourists to aboard for the cruise along the river Po.

Since after last year disaster, the flooded river brought away the two ships and they ended up crashing against the bridge, they have been towed away.
Now all left is this empty pier....

Monday, August 21, 2017

Majestic Arcade

The view of the arcade  of palazzo Carignano is majestic.....

The Palazzo Carignano is a historical building in the centre of Turin, Italy, which houses the Museum of the Risorgimento. It was a private residence of the Princes of Carignano, after whom it is named. Its rounded façade is different from other façades of the same structure.
It is located between piazza Carignano and piazza Carlo Alberto