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Bologna, Italy – Part 2


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hello dear Sparkfriends,

I am glad so many of you enjoyed my first blog on Bologna! Today I would like to share about my two favorite places there, Piazza di Santo Stefano and the Giorgio Morandi museum.



After I left the Piazza Maggiore I told you about on Sunday (the main square), I walked East, passed the two impressive (and a bit scary) Middle Ages towers...



These towers were used to hide like a citadel inside the walled city. As you can see there are hardly any windows, so they weren’t used as a regular place to live. There are about 20 left throughout the city, but at some point in the Middle Ages there were as many as 100!



I walked under more arches Via di Santo Stefano and saw some pretty scary faces...















... and finally ended up on Piazza di Santo Stefano.



I said on Sunday that I didn’t like Piazza Maggiore much because it was just too big. Well, Piazza di Santo Stefano wasn’t tiny, but it was definitely smaller, and so atmospheric!







In the Middle Ages, there used to be 7 churches on Piazza di Santo Stefano. Now, there are ‘only’ 4 left.



One of the things I would like to do if I go back to Bologna one day is to visit these churches. My priority as I was there for such a short time was to walk around the city (and visit the Giorgio Morandi museum, but I’ll come to that in a minute!).









After I left Piazza di Santo Stefano, I walked further East almost to the city’s walls (now disappeared, there are only some of the old gates left). I wanted to see the house of painter Giorgio Morandi before I saw his works. Unfortunately his house could only be visited by appointment, but that was ok, I had very little time anyway!



Most of Sunday morning I spent at Bologna’s Museum of Modern Art (called MAMbo) where the Giorgio Morandi museum is currently hosted. A word of warning... If you like bright, lively, fun paintings, you are not going to like Giorgio Morandi!!! ;) If you google ‘Giorgio Morandi’, you’ll mostly get this kind of painting, over and over again...





... in different lights, with different containers and using various techniques (all pictures of the paintings found on the Internet)...





You might find them boring after a while. As for me, I had a wonderful morning looking at dozens of his works (there were 250 in total at the museum). But now, as my friend Liz would say, I like minimalism! :)



There were other kind of paintings of course, but Giorgio Morandi mostly painted still lives. He only rarely left Bologna and led an extremely simple life, teaching art and living/painting in the same room all his life (1890-1964).

Let me end with some flowers, as these are among my favorite paintings by him...





Voilà! It was a great 27-hour visit to Bologna, I must say. :) I enjoyed every minute and I would love to go back! The place where I am now by the seaside is great for families with young children but there isn’t much to see, not even the beach which is entirely covered with chairs and games (which is fine as I am here for a conference and it is keeping me very busy, talking with colleagues when I am not in meetings!).

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  Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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  Thank you for the pictures.

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POUNDSAWAY73 9/16/2013 11:35AM

  Claire and Jolie, Thanks for a wonderful visit and such beautiful pictures. Thanks for taking the time to share them with us. Such wonderful history, which I enjoyed so much. Doubt if I will ever be able to go there. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARAWALKS 9/14/2013 10:30AM

    Minimalism and simplicity, YES! And there is a certain commonality between the paintings and the simplicity of the small early Christian church - I was trying to figure out when it could have been built. I think Bologna is not too far from Ravenna where there are wonderful mosaics from that early period, out of which Romanesque evolved...
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KATI5668 9/12/2013 11:11PM

    lovely thank you for sharing your hikes & travels with us all!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/9/2013 11:12PM

    Enjoyed touring with you

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/7/2013 8:17AM

  Thank you again for the lovely respite I enjoyed in Italy. Armchair traveling is so much easier on my knees... I do love museums... and the warmth of the sun in Italy shining on the carmel colored walls is lovely... Scary heads aside it was a wonderful visit. : )

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    Thanks for letting me travel the world through your pictures! emoticon

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    What a delight to read you and see your pictures!
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JAKENELL 9/1/2013 6:00PM

    What glorious pictures! What a wonderful experience for you!
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GINIEMIE 9/1/2013 5:28PM

    Encore une fois! A great hike with Claire. The pictures are wonderful, they help me imagine walking with you and seeing the sights at the same time.
Je prie pour toi mon amie. Il me semble que tu as beaucoup de chagrin.
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BEWELL48 9/1/2013 4:35PM

    Thank you! Beautiful indeed! Been to Italy once when our son did a semester in Rome during college. My husband and I talk about going back but haven't yet.....we can dream!
As for the art I love all kinds. Check out my first acrylic painting that I just posted on my SPage. I usually work in watercolors or pen and ink but my daughter wanted a large abstract for her new apartment ....gave it a try and this is the result. When I retire from my current job in nursing management I want to continue with my art.
Your job is that dream job.....in my next life! I am sure you have those moments but just to be able to enjoy so many countries is wonderful!
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ALIHIKES 9/1/2013 1:11PM

    Very beautiful photos Claire, thank you so much for sharing! I loved the faces, and the photos of the medieval towers, the architecture. The churches were lovely. And the plaza was charming. Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us!

I was not familiar with the artist Morandi, thank you for sharing his work with us.

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LEANMEAN2 9/1/2013 7:00AM

    Thanks for taking us along on your walk.

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HICKOK-HALEY 9/1/2013 4:09AM

    Love all of the old buildings. Some of the faces were scary, but interesting at the same time. Thanks! emoticon

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PAYLAY1 8/31/2013 6:23PM

    I want to go. I love to travel!

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JOANNHUNT 8/30/2013 5:15PM

    AS USUAL IT WAS AWESOME. THANK YOU FOR SHARING.

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RENATA144 8/30/2013 2:32PM

  You are a really fine photographer !!! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 8/30/2013 10:55AM

    AMAZING!! My hubby was stationed in Italy when he was in the army, and that is his goal in life to take me back there to see everything he got to see! :-) This is fabulous - thank you for sharing! Especially the creepy head statues....YUCK! That would definitely freak me out in person! :-)

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QTEALADY20031 8/29/2013 9:12PM

    Claire, your pictures are amazing and I find the architecture of the buildings fascinating. Again, as always on my visits with you we are stepping back in time.
I can see why you would want to go back to Balogna. Glad that you are safely home again with such fond memories. emoticon emoticon June

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GARDENQE2 8/29/2013 5:15PM

    Thank you for taking us along with you to Italy!
What beautiful buildings!


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HAPPYMENOW58 8/29/2013 11:30AM

    Wonderful! What a nice trip!

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BANDMOM2012 8/29/2013 10:01AM

    Thank you for allowing me to live a little through your eyes. What a beautiful experience :)

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ASCIESZKA 8/29/2013 4:33AM

    Great photos!

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JACKIE15108 8/29/2013 4:08AM

    What beautiful pictures!!! I live in Abruzzo....

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    You certainly made the most of your short time in Bologna. Good for you! emoticon

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  Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Hugs

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TOKIEMOON 8/28/2013 11:31PM

    I love the architect. But the tall buildings and narrow looking streets make me feel a bit claustrophobic. emoticon pics! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/28/2013 11:06PM

    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pictures.

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JAMER123 8/28/2013 10:14PM

    I love beautiful old buildings and you have some wonderful pictures here. Thank you for sharing them with us!!
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COLOR-BLUE 8/28/2013 9:27PM

    You're right, those were some scary faces, and I didn't much care for them, so I fast forwarded through that part, as it gave me the hibbie jebbies!!! Now, thew way you ended your blog, with all the flowers, that's more my style.

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SUPERSYLPH 8/28/2013 9:06PM

    Awesome pics, thanks for sharing!

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  Beautiful pictures

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NORASPAT 8/28/2013 7:56PM

    I was in Bologna in 1960 a mere kid but I remember it well. I did not see any of those lovely churches but we did have a great time. Pat in Maine. Computer crashes have limited my Spark time. I need a new computer so it might be a while, ((((HUGS)))) emoticon


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TINKERBELL200 8/28/2013 6:51PM

    Wow how beautiful. My grandparents came over from Italy and I would love to go someday! Thank you for sharing these lovely pics!

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J2740LOU 8/28/2013 6:32PM

    Thank You for sharing your day in Bologna, Italy. I especially loved the architecture and the art. Wow! I hope someday we get to visit this marvelous country.

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NONNAOF2 8/28/2013 5:11PM

  I felt as though I was in Italia today, thank you for the beautiful photos! :-)

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  great photos!

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