Friday, February 28, 2014

People on the Street - Via Langrang's Walk

Via Langrang, one of the streets which we often go for a walk, since after it was converted to sole predestrian walk, it has became even more enjoyable to stroll through, watching the shop windows and all kind of people going up and down....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

City Pigeons

Is tradition that rice (uncooked) are thrown onto the groom and bride as blessing. 

Palazzo del Senato Sabaudo is one of the places where couples who don't want to go through religious ceremony can get married, so, often when the couple came out of the palace, rice were thrown onto them and later consumed by the pigeons which are always gathered around there.

The pigeons gathered in front of the building to pick up the rice on the ground....

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Meeting Up In Winter Sunny Day

The piazza is a great place to meet up with friends, the point at piazza Castello leading to via Garibaldi is particularly a hot spot for meeting up, especially on a pleasant, sunny day.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More Dogs By The River

These two dogs looked at us curiously, as if they were posing for our cameras.....

Monday, February 24, 2014

River Dogs

Dog's owners love to take their dogs for a walk along the river Po, nice view and great space for the dogs to move around, but I would be careful not to let the dogs get into the water, as it doesn't seem so clean, and would try to stop them for getting the birds and ducks gathering around the river.

Overall, it is still joyful to see the dogs enjoying themselves in the nature.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Just Cocktail Bar

Just a cocktail bar with tables and seats under the arches along via Po....

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Night Cars Panning

Practicing some panning of cars at night in piazza Vittorio.....
Blazing Red

Chroming Silver

Metallic Blue

Friday, February 21, 2014

Chinchilla In Via Garibaldi

Chinchillas are crepuscular (most active around dawn and dusk) rodents, slightly larger and more robust than ground squirrels. They are native to the Andes mountains in South America and live in colonies called "herds" at high altitudes up to 4,270 metres (14,000 ft). Historically, chinchillas lived in the Andes of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile, but today colonies in the wild remain only in Peru and Chile. Along with their relatives, viscachas, they make up the family Chinchillidae.

The chinchilla (whose name literally means "little chincha") is named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who once wore its dense, velvet-like fur. By the end of the 19th century, chinchillas had become quite rare due to hunting for their ultra-soft fur. Most chinchillas currently used by the fur industry for clothing and other accessories are farm-raised.

Chinchillas are currently listed as a critically endangered species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to a severe population loss approximated at a 90% global population loss over the last 15 years. The severe population decline has been caused by Chinchilla hunting by humans.

I saw this little creature at via Garibaldi, owned by an old man who was asking for handouts. How he got hold of this creature and how he can afford to maintain the expenses, is a mystery to me. As adorable as chinchillas are, they are not cheap.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Full Moon Over The River

An evening walk along via Po, toward the river, a strangely clear day in winter which is not so often in these days, a pleasant surprise to see a big full moon above the hill over the river Po....

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bicycles Panning

Just some panning shots of bicycles at piazza Castello....

Agile and graceful

Heavy and stiff

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Bend Under The Arcade

She has been around for as long as I can remember, always hunchbacked and holding a plastic cup in her hand. Not sure if it is true, a friend claimed that once he saw her straightened up and went into a bar....
And I think I actually did see her or some similar figures appeared in different part of the street within a short period of time....or I was just hallucinating...

She at via Roma

Monday, February 17, 2014

Chocolate Masks

Some delicious looking masks displayed in the window of a famous pastry shop 'cum' bar in via Po.

Light Brown

Dark Brown

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Under The Tree

How nice! On a sunny, particularly 'warm' winter day, be able to sit under a tree and chatting our hearts out with a dearly friend......

                                                View from the Royal garden

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cars Panning

Just trying out some panning. pointing my camera to the passing by cars


She is smoking while driving

Not alone

Friday, February 14, 2014

Concert In The Courtyard

In via Dei Mercati, every Sunday, at 1600 to 1800 hours, a mini concert is held in one of the courtyard. The music and songs are performed on the balcony at the first floor and the audiences enjoy watching the performance in the courtyard.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Monument In Piazza Castello

 Another monument in piazza Castello.

On the side facing Via Po, is the work of Eugenio Baroni dedicated to Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy-Aosta.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Panning The Bicycle

Wanted to try to do some panning, got myself standing by the road side of Lungo Po Amando Diaz, facing across the river, pointing my camera to the ongoing traffic, with the not so ideal light condition, found it rather difficult to capture any satisfying shot.....Well, perhaps can try later when spring steps in....


Monday, February 10, 2014

Venetian mask

Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer's identity and social status. The mask would permit the wearer to act more freely in cases where he or she wanted to interact with other members of the society outside the bounds of identity and everyday convention. It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.


 This is a miniature mask displayed in the window of a shop at via Po

Venetian masks are characterised by their ornate design, featuring bright colours such as gold or silver and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style. Many designs of Venetian masks stem from Commedia dell'arte. They can be full-face masks (e.g. the bauta) or eye masks (e.g. the Columbina). 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cavaliere d'Italia

There are various monuments in piazza Castello,  the first is, in front of Via Garibaldi, the sculpture dedicated to the Messenger of the Sardo Army, by Vincenzo Vela.
On the side in the direction of Via Roma, there is a monument to the Knight of Italy by Pietro Canonica 1923.
Finally, on the side facing Via Po, there is the work of Eugenio Baroni dedicated to Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy-Aosta.

The work of Pietro Canonica, Cavaliere d'Italia by the side of the Castello.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Happy Time At The Piazza

Finally a nice and sunny day after days of rain, people were gathering at the piazza, taking photo, meeting up with friends or just sat on the benches along the gate to the royal palace, looking at people. 

And a good day to get hitched too....

Photo taking and sharing with a dear friend....

Friday, February 7, 2014

Rainly Snow

Is a mix of snow and rain, it seems indecisive whether to rain or to snow.....

At piazza Municipio

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tram 7

Tram 7 is an old historic restored tram which takes a circular route around the center of Turin starting from Piazza Castello. It provides a fun way to see the historic center of Turin for a normal fare of 1.50 euro.

The route it takes:
 PIAZZA CASTELLO - Via Po - Piazza Vittorio Veneto - Via Bonafous - Corso Cairoli - Corso Vittorio Emanuele II - Corso Vinzaglio - Via Cernaia - Via Pietro Micca - Via Bertola - Via XX Settembre - Corso Regina Margherita - Rondò Rivella - Viale I Maggio - PIAZZA CASTELLO.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Yo Decido

In Turin, a group of women gathered at Piazza Castello, where the headquarters of the local Spanish consulate is located.  

Leaflets were issued and speeches were given to explain what is happening in Spain in recent weeks , stressing the need to mobilize in Italy to defend the right to abortion. In front of the entrance to the Spanish consulate was left an inscription that read, " I decide ! For a free and safe abortion ."

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Snow Car

A car parked (illegally) on the pavement of via San Francesco D'Asissi covered by the snow fell just minute ago.....

Saturday, February 1, 2014

CDP Febrary Theme - Entry

Two entries for the CDP Febrary Theme

 Open entrance, entering into the tunnel in Genoa

Closed entry, opening of a courtyard in Cavallerizza Reale, which leads to an entry door to a building.

To see other entries of the theme day, click here