Monday, November 7, 2016

An elephant in Sardegna

Driving through the northern area of Sardegna, not far from beautiful Castelsardo, you may be surprised to come across an elephant.

Sicilian Cart

The traditional Sicilian Carts are becoming rarer and rarer to find.  This beautiful one was on display at the entrance to a contemporary art exhibition in Siena in September 2016.

Medici in Siena

On a wall of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, at the centre of Siena in Piazza Salimben,
 is a sculpture which looks remarkably like a Medici stemma (coat of arms).  Just a little different!

An Indian in Florence: Maharaja of Kolhapur

Prince Rajaram Chhatrapati
Cascine Park is a beautiful large green oasis in the centre of Firenze/Florence, a relaxing spot (at the far end away from the market) for a stroll, walk or run when a space to slow down is needed.

Around 150 years ago 21 year old Prince Rajaram Chhatrapati had left India with his wives and entourage to visit England.  Whilst there he was advised to visit Firenze on the way home.

Unfortunately he acquired a sudden illness while is was visiting and died soon after.  In keeping with Brahmin traditions he had to be cremated and his ashes had to be scattered where two rivers converge.  There is only one spot where this could happen in Firenze, so the ceremony took place at the convergence of the Arno and Mugone rivers.

The memorial(foto at above) is near the place where his ashes were scattered.

And now it's also the place where a single span bridge of 200metres was built in 1978, now called the Ponte all'Indiano. It has two levels, one for vehicles and the other for walkers.  A little piece of somewhat secret history.

And the shrub? Who knows what it is?