GENOA, ITALY
«23-27Oct»

Photos © Ruud Leeuw

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We continue our walkabout in Genoa.
The historic centre of Genoa has been well preserved. The city, surrounded by hills, captivates the visitor with its architecture, some of which is still as it was originally built in the 1300s.
The historical centre, with its 42 palaces dating back to the 1500/1600s, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the North West Coast of Italy, Genoa has the added advantage of being a port on the Mediterranean Sea, and a stopping off point on a cruise.
The 42 palaces are collectively known as the ‘Palazzi dei Rolli’. They are opened for guided tours on restricted dates.
I kept myself mainly on the streets.

 


Genoa, Italia (2021)

Genoa, Italia (2021)

Genoa, Italia (2021)
Music in the streets

Genoa, Italia (2021)
Some impressive. powerful guitarplay here by 'Papa Quinto' (?).

Genoa, Italia (2021)
#OnReading
This is a theme for me in photography: people reading (printed) books, newspapers, in the public domain.
I was suitably impressed to see the child enjoying her book, that I approached them and asked
her mother for permission to take a photograph. Books & reading are such a joy.

 


 

#Graffiti
Genoa, Italia (2021)
I have a marked interest in graffiti: urban art!

Genoa, Italia (2021)

Genoa, Italia (2021)
I came across that face (on the right) more often. It reminded me a bit of John Hamon in Paris (see my
PARIS 2021 report) who also decorated numerous walls with his portrait. I don't know this guy's name.

Genoa, Italia (2021)

Genoa, Italia (2021)

Genoa, Italia (2021)
The small streets are a joy to explore.


 


Genoa, Italia (2021)
Mercato Orientale (Genova)

MOG Mercato Orientale Genova
(MOG?) Mercato Orientale Genova: a Piazza del Gusto.
I read online that it's a place with multiple food corners, but all I saw here were stands in a covered market.
Nothing like restaurants or foodcorners for prepared food as advertised on Tripadvisor.

MOG Mercato Orientale Genova

MOG Mercato Orientale Genova

MOG Mercato Orientale Genova



 


Genoa, Italy (2021)
Street photography in Genoa.
And I noticed that the statues of lions in Genoa all seem to have a sad expression. What's the story? EMAIL

Genoa, Italy (2021)

Genoa, Italy (2021)

Genoa, Italy (2021)

Genoa, Italy (2021)
Dressed to the hilt, entering the Galleria Giuseppe Siri.
Perhaps, noting the photographer in tow, a fashion model for a photoshoot?

 


 


Genoa, Italy (2021)
This is at the Piazza delle Fontane Marose, but the statue does not yet appear on Google's
Streetview and nor could I find a name googling. That large 'sphere' may be significant, the 'Up of Rag's at
the Pza de Ferrari has a similar one and there are two, shiny and golden, in the Palazzo Ducale..
This led me to think it may (or may not) have something to do with the art exhibition 'DEREDIA IN GENOA
THE SPHERE BETWEEN THE TWO WOLRDS' (20Feb21 – 14Jul2019)..? But the images of the art by
Jorge Jiménez Martínez (from Costa Rica) in Genoa did not seem like the one photographed by me, alas!

Genoa, Italy (2021)

Genoa, Italy (2021)
The Avirex shop (‘Civilian & Military Tailors), where I entered for a jacket but left with a pair of shoes.
Nice stuff they have here.

Genova, Italia

Genoa, Italy (2021)
#OnReading

Genoa, Italy (2021)
Blinded by the light...


 


Genoa, Italy (2021)

Genoa, Italy (2021)

Genoa, Italy (2021)
Madonna behind the gate

Genoa, Italy (2021)

Genoa, Italy (2021)
FOTOgraphia

Genoa, Italy (2021)
#OnReading
I shoot these images to 'promote' the reading of printed books. There is something more about printed books than
e-books and reading on a smartphone in my opinion. Just something I do. Famous photographers have published books
on reading in the public domain: André Kertész, Steve McCurry and currently also the New York-based
photographer Lawrence Schwarzwald (died 2021). And me!


 

BOCCADASSE
Boccadasse, Genoa

Boccadasse (Boca d'âze or Bocadâze in Genoese) is an old mariners' village of the Italian city of Genoa.
I found it lacking of charm.
After a 20 minutes walk from 'Boccadasse vista panoramica' (on the Via Felice Cavallotti, where the taxi had dropped us off), circumventing the bay while heading for the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, we stopped about half way for lunch and decided we'd seen enough.
The lunch looking out over the pebble beach was relaxed, with 23 degrees Celsius in the sun nobody was complaining.
We bought 2 single bus fares in a nearby Tabacchi shop (1.90 euro each) and travelled back to Genoa by bus.
The cab driver, after he'd dropped us off, had advised to visit Pegli, a nicer and flat community in his opinion. Well, maybe next time, as we'd ran out of time.


Genoa, Italy (2021)
A hamburger here will come without a bun. The local beer Birra Maccaia ('Russo'; 'Birra Artigianale Ligure')
tasted very well indeed.

Genoa, Italy (2021)
We bought 2 single bus fares in a nearby Tabacchi shop (1.90 euro each) and travelled back to Genoa by bus.

Genoa, Italy (2021)
Statue of Cristoforo Colombo on Genova Piazza Principe.


 

#Planes
Genoa Int'l Airport 27-10-2021
Two aerial firefighting Canadair aircraft on the ramp at Genoa IAP Sestri (Cristoforo Colombo - GOA / LIMJ), 27Oct21. CL-415 (CL-215-6B11) I-DPCR (c/n 2074) and CL-415 (CL-215-6B11) I-DPCY (c/n 2047)
both of the 'Vigili del Fuoco'

Genoa Int'l Airport 27-10-2021

Genoa Int'l Airport 27-10-2021

Genoa Int'l Airport 27-10-2021
A rare aircraft, prudently preserved in a glass box: Ansaldo SVA-5 11720 of the Fondazione Ansaldo.
Of this single-seat bi-plane some two thousand were built.

The Ansaldo SVA (named for Savoia-Verduzio-Ansaldo) was a family of Italian reconnaissance biplane aircraft of World War I and the decade after.
Ansaldo was one of Italy's oldest and most important engineering companies, existing for 140 years from 1853 to 1993.

Originally conceived as a fighter, the SVA was found inadequate for that role. Nevertheless, its impressive speed, range and operational ceiling, with its top speed making it one of the fastest of all Allied combat aircraft in World War I, gave it the right properties to be an excellent reconnaissance aircraft and even light bomber. The final examples were delivered during 1918.

It was unusual in featuring Warren Truss-style struts joining its two wings, and therefore having no transverse (spanwise) bracing wires.

The Flight over Vienna propaganda flight, inspired by Italian nationalist and poet Gabriele d'Annunzio, consisting of an eleven plane flight of various models of Ansaldo SVA-series biplanes, was carried out on 9 August 1918 by the 87th Squadriglia La Serenissima from San Pelagio. At least two of the aircraft were twin-seater SVA.9 or SVA.10s to accommodate d'Annunzio himself for the flight he inspired, while the remainder were SVA.5 single-seaters.

Gio. Ansaldo & C. - Wikipedia

 

Ansaldo SVA - Wikipedia

 

Ansaldo Foundation (fondazioneansaldo.it)

 

After going airborne, I had an opportunity to photograph the centre of Genoa and the harbour.
Genoa Int'l Airport 27-10-2021
Arriverderci, ciao!


 

 


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