Jul 13, 2007

Shady


There is something in Bologna that I've never seen anywhere else. Shaded sidewalks. There is a series of walkways with beautiful arches and vaulted ceilings. They run through every inch of the town. One night it rained and Yun and I went to a restaurant on the other side of town. We didn't need an umbrella to stay dry. If it's a bright, hot sunny day, you can stay out of the sun while having access to the whole place. It's pretty amazing to see. The other thing about Bologna is that it is very small. You start to see the same people over and over again each day. Quite a few people would approach me when I was drawing on the street. they would always say, "we saw you drawing on the street yesterday." I must have been standing out in this sleepy town. I was a regular tourist attraction. It happens wherever I go. If you want to see what the walkways are like check out my friend Miguel Herranz's flickr photos here.

7 comments:

spacedlaw said...

"Portici" are also aplenty in the centre of Torino (via Po, if memory serves me well). They are extremely handy to protect one from rain or sun. Otherwise they can be seen around the main square of old renaissance cities. Bologna has probably the most in Italy.

yun said...

portici -- we loved them. they were elegant AND functional.

Tommy Kane said...

New York could use a few.

LitPark said...

I love those lights down the middle and the bent cross. And that I clicked over here thinking, I'm sure he didn't post anything new--but then he did. It's like walking down the street and finding five bucks.

pascal said...

Hi Tommy,
I like your drawings. They are so detailed and the drawing of architecture is always excellent.

Greetings from Tyrol,

Pascal

spacedlaw said...

Rome could use them too - we only have the ones around the Mausoleo di Augusto Imperatore and they are from the fascist era, so not early as elegant.

Tommy Kane said...

Those lights are what attracted me to that place to draw.