Friday, November 28, 2008

PhotoHunt: Metal - Modena, Italy



On Saturday and Sunday, 29-30 September 2007, Alessandro and I stayed in Modena with the Aunts in their apartment in the centre of town. Our bedroom had a balcony we could walk out onto with pot plants. The Duomo was very close by and we could hear the bells calling the faithful to mass.

The apartment is off one of the main streets, Canal Chiaro, and at the end of that street is a large car show room filled to the brim with all types of exquisite Ferraris. There was also a Lamborghini sitting amongst them. We walked up twice to peer through the windows.

Modena is a beautiful small town and it bustles each afternoon for a long time with a passiegata I never grow tired of watching. As it’s the town where I’ve spent the most time in Italy, I’ve seen quite a bit of it. I was able to show Alessandro some sites that have importance to our family.

Straight across from the Cathedral entrance is the third story apartment where his father lived for several years. His father’s parents were married in that Cathedral, and his nonno studied at the Military Academy a few blocks away.

I think Alessandro’s favorite part of the town was the park, which of course he didn’t remember, as he was eighteen months old last time he played in it. But it was fun to show him the play equipment and the roundabout where we spent so much time when we stayed for seven weeks in Modena in 1992. This trip he played with the ducks, geese and roosters and was awed at the size of the carp and at seeing a turtle in the pond.

I sent him up the town bell tower next to the Cathedral. It was a long climb but we were all pleased to see his pictures. And of couse the Ferrari showroom went down very well.

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36 comments:

keeyit said...

wahh.. nice car.

happy weekend.

Carver said...

Sounds like a great trip and I love the shot. Happy weekend.

Bengbeng said...

i got so engrossed in the story i omos forgot to look at the pic :).

have a great weekend

ancient one said...

Great photo of a car..lots of metal there.

Annie said...

Nice photos and I LOVE reading about your travels! Have a great weekend.

jams o donnell said...

Now that#s a nice car! Happy weekend

julie said...

Modena is a beautiful place! I can only think about it as a place where Formula1 races, :D

Have a great weekend!

Expat Traveler said...

I must say he looks rather enchanting in front of that car! :) And glad you found out that the metal I found was art!

Pretty Life Online said...

Ciao! perfect choice for today's theme... Mine's up too... Happy weekend!

Mickey said...

Now that is some seriously nice METAL!!!!!!
Alessandro would probably like to drive that car!! Me too ;)

CRIZ LAI said...

I won't mind sitting in such a beautiful metal.. hehe :P

http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

YTSL said...

I'm not a big car fan (hate to drive) but even I can appreciate the beauty of those lines! ;b

Fishman said...

Cars are indeed one of the types of metal that people will get obsessed with!

gen/entry said...

Wow nice car...Nice shot too. happy hunting!

jmb said...

Nice story and photo for this theme Leslie. Have a good weekend.

Napaboaniya said...

Thanks a pretty cool sleek car!! :)

girasoli said...

I loved reading about Modena. I loved visiting Modena. I want to return there again some day.

Love the photo!!

witsandnuts said...

It must be fun peeking through different cars. Thanks for sharing your experience in Modena. =)

Aileni said...

MOre motorised Metal - good choice.

Yes, the bike was ours but we soon changed it for a BMW R75. Pictures may be seen via the sidebar.

RJ Flamingo said...

Neat car! What is it they say about Ferraris? If you have to ask how much they cost, you can't afford the upkeep? :-)

I had no idea what to do with this week's theme, so I'm afraid I did stretch it a bit:

http://flamingofotos.blogspot.com

Have a great weekend!

EastCoastLife said...

I want to get into the Ferrari!!
My dream car. *daydreams*

Jeanette said...

I like the layout!

Colin Campbell said...

Nice car and great story Leslie. Have a nice weekend.

Mar said...

What a special shot for the theme!! love the story too.
And...did you buy vinager??
:)
Happy weekend!

Hootin' Anni said...

Sexy....oh ya, the car too!!

My metal is posted. Drop by for a visit if you can!
Happy Hunting.

Yen said...

I love the car! And heard great stories about Modena:) Wish I'm there!

Happy Weekend!~

Snap2Days said...

Great post and wonderful shot for the theme.

Dragonstar said...

That's very expensive metal!

Mrs Mecomber said...

Great photo. NIIIIIICE car!!!

I did Photo Hunt today, too. I hope you get a chance to visit and leave your link. :)
Mrs. Mecomber
New York Traveler.net Photo Hunters: Metal

SabineM said...

Nice ride!

Liz said...

How great to take him back to a part of his childhood.

Roberta T said...

Hi Leslie, love your blog! Beautiful layouts, of course!

Heart of Rachel said...

It must be nice to cruise along that lovely place.

Gerry said...

I'm always intrigued by good stories. My son, tongue planted firmly in cheek, calls these trips Visits to the Ancestral Lands.

marta said...

Great story. And I bet he loved the car.

Trekcapri said...

Hi Leslie, great photo selection. Modena sounds great. One of the things I miss about Italy is listening to those beautiful church bells ring!