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Lerici at Night

Here’s another image taken on the same night as the one in yesterday’s post of Lerici Castle. All I had to do is turn around and face the Bay of Poets and the town of Lerici glistened and sparkled in the night.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Sea Castle by Night

Sitting high above the town of Lerici is an old medieval castle which is now home to the Geo-paleontological museum. The castle shines bright at night as seen from the court yard of The Doria Park Hotel.

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Un Tableau Vivant – Patisserie

I’m sure that you can tell by some of the pictures that I’m posting that I’m attracted to these type of scenes when I travel. This is another one from Paris and I love capturing a scene of everyday happenings in a place that I’m visiting. I was visiting Andy’s LensScaper blog the other day where he posted some images taken from a train. Someone made a comment that described one of the images as a Tableau Vivant and then it hit me….those are the scenes that draw me in.

A Tableau Vivant is a “living picture”, an image that forces the viewer to stand back and take in all the details of the tableau. This type of photographic art draws you in to the picture and holds you’re attention as you studying the individuals at the tables. I know it makes me ask certain questions or make certain assumptions. The gentleman in the forefront is checking his mobile phone. Is he on a break from work? Who is he chatting with? What are the two ladies in the far left talking about? Look at the body language of the man and the woman in front of the restaurant. Did they just have an argument?

Question for you….does the image elicit the same types of questions from you?

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A Harbour, A Castle & A Beautiful View

Earlier this week I posted an image of the Bay of Poets over the town of Lerici. Today I wanted to share with you the view from the other side of the harbour.

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The Bay of Poets

Located 11km south of La Spezia in Liguria, the town of Lerici is little gem in the Italian Riviera. Lerici is situated on the Bay of Poets and the image below was taken from my hotel, The Doria Park.

When planning our itinerary, Portofino in the Italian Riviera was one of the places we wanted to spend a couple of nights, unfortunately we couldn’t find a hotel so we decided to locate ourselves in close proximity. I had actually never heard of Lerici but my husband said it would be a good spot and it looked charming. We were still undecided until a friend recommended we look into the Doria Park Hotel. I’m so glad she did because the hotel was located high on the hill overlooking the harbour and the main piazza.

The Bay of Poets also known as the Gulf of La Spezia is so known because it was a favourite of many poets including Byron and Shelley. Percy Shelley drowned there during a sudden storm when returning from Livorno to Lerici in his sail boat.

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Villa Serbelloni

Visiting Lake Como has long been on my travel bucket list. I don’t have to tell you that I love Italy and I’ve always had a romantic view of the lakes district. Since this trip was a birthday present from my husband (it was a milestone birthday…that’s all I’ll say :) ) he decided to make our stay in Bellagio really special by booking us into the Grand Villa Serbelloni.

The original villa was constructed in 1850 by a wealthy Milanese family as a holiday villa. In 1872 the villa was sold and the Grand Villa Serbelloni opened its doors in 1873. The villa which is neo-classic and Art Nouveau style enjoys a prominent location on the promontory which juts halfway out into Lake Como.

The villa quickly became a favourite among the elite including European aristocrats, Politicians and Hollywood royalty hosting the likes of Winston Churchill; John F. Kennedy; Mary Pickford; Douglas Fairbanks; Clark Gable and Al Pacino.

Today the hotel still has a classy, old world feel to it and as you can image it was a real treat staying here.

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The Grand Villa Serbelloni

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The Main Dining Room

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On of the Grand Staircases leading to the main parlour and the Mistral Restaurant.

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The Pool at Night

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The Grand Villa Serbelloni from the Dock.

 

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