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May 2021



London, United Kingdom 2019 XIV

The final contribution of my London Riverside Walk to The Prince Albert Bridge. We flew back to Australia the next day and due to circumstances globally, no further travel has been possible.

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Batterseas Bridge Steps, Batterseas Bridge, Battersea, London, England UK

Swan Sculptures, Riverside Walk, Battersea Bridge, Battersea

Riverside Development, Riverside Walk, Battersea

Ransome’s Dock, River Thames, Battersea

The dock was excavated and constructed in 1884. It was designed to take not just lighters and barges, but also coastal steamers. It was wide and deep enough to allow craft to turn, as well as allowing two rows of vessels to pass, and to leave on the lowest of tides.

Underground ice wells were built for the Natural Ice Company Ltd which had premises beside the dock to store ice that was shipped direct from Norway. It was owned by an amalgamation of block ice trade merchants. During the 1920s, with advances in refrigeration technology, the store was replaced by an ice-making plant above ground and an ice making factory was built in Parkgate Road. The factory remained until some time in the 1970s. Parts of the building became a restaurant in the late 1990s.

Waterside Point Development, Riverside Walk, Battersea

Battersea Bridge, River Thames, Battersea

Prince Alfred Bridge, River Thames, Battersea

Toll Booths, Prince Alfred Bridge, River Thames, Battersea

Toll Booth Sign, Prince Albert Bridge, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea

Bridge Supports, Prince Albert Bridge, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea

Prince Albert Pub, 85 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea

“Proper Job”, Prince Albert Pub, 85 Albert Bridge Road, Battersea

This is an excellent beer that I first tried in 2014 in Chagford, Devon back in 2014 on a previous visit to UK. It has an older brother called “Big Job” that is even better.

Albert Gate, Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea

Vintage Lamp, Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea

“Atlanta” by Francis Derwent Wood, Chelsea Embankment Gardens, Chelsea

Egyptian Themed Bench, Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea

The Courtyard House, 60-61 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

George Sparkes Memorial Fountain, Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea

In affectionate remembrance of the late George Sparkes of Bromley in Kent, formerly judge at Madras in the East India Company’s civil service, a great and good man, gifted with every refined feeling and much esteemed by all who knew him.
Died 30 January 1878 in his 68th year.
Erected by his widow AD 1880.

The cost of the memorial was £525

Sir Thomas More, St Thomas More Gardens, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

Vintage Lamp, Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea

Chelsea Old Church, Old Church Street, Chelsea

This church dates to 1157

Moored Boats, Cardogan Pier, Prince Albert Bridge, River Thames, Chelsea

Decorative, Battersea Bridge, Chelsea

Thames Clipper, River Thames, Battersea

Statue, James McNeill Whistler, Battersea Bridge Gardens, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

Whistler – 1834 – 1903 – An American artist based in London – best know for the painting “Whistler’s Mother”.

Crosby Moran Hall, Chelsea Embankment, Chelsea

Crosby Hall is a historic building in London. The Great Hall was built in 1466 and originally known as Crosby Place in Bishopsgate, in the City of London. It was moved in 1910 to its present site in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea. It now forms part of a private residence, which in 2021 was renamed Crosby Moran Hall.

Although fragmentary and not on its original site, this is the only example of a medieval City merchant house surviving in London.

Notable residents include:-

Richard III of England, Duke of Gloucester, 1483
Catherine of Aragon, 1501
Bartholomew Reade, Lord Mayor of London, 1501–1505
Sir Thomas More, Lord High Chancellor of England, 1523–4.
William Roper (son-in-law of Thomas More), 1547
John Spencer, Lord Mayor of London, 1594
Sir Walter Raleigh, 1601.
The Earl of Northampton between 1609 and 1671,
Dowager Countess of Pembroke, Mary Sidney from 1609–1615.
Headquarters of the East India Company, 1621–38

Houseboats, Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company, Cheyne Pier, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company is home to the oldest working boatyard in central London.

Boat Pier, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

Historical Residence of Sylvia Pankhurst, 120 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea

Cornwall Mansions, Cremorne Road, Chelsea

A 3 bedroom flat will be Guide price £1,275,000 – about AUD $2,275.000

See Full Building

London, United Kingdom 2019 XIII

The walk continues…

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River Thames, from Wandsworth Park, Putney Bridge Road, Wandsworth, London, England UK

Derelict Barge, River Thames, Wandsworth

Houseboats, Prospect Moorings, Lightermans Walk, Wandsworth

River Traffic, River Thames, Wandsworth

Mooring Block, Prospect Moorings, Lightermans Walk, Wandsworth

“Fall” by Alan Thornhill, Riverside Path, Wandsworth

Houseboats, Riverside Quarter Pier, Wandsworth

River Traffic, River Thames, Riverside Quarter Pier, Wandsworth

Houseboats, Riverside Quarter Pier, Wandsworth

Coptain Apartments, Riverside Quarter, Eastfields Avenue, Wandsworth

You can rent an apartment in here at about £2800pcm (AUD$5,000)

Bell Lane Creek & River Wandle, Enterprise Way, Wandsworth

The River Wandle is a tributary of the River Thames in south London, England. With a total length of about 9 miles (14 km), the river passes through the London boroughs of Croydon, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth, where it reaches the Thames. Shortly before reaching the Thames the navigable Bell Lane Creek splits from the river, rejoining close to the confluence.

To Riverside Walk, Smugglers Way, Wandsworth

Freight Barges, River Thames, Wandsworth

Fountain, Nickols Walk, Wandsworth

The Ship, 41 Jews Road, Waterside, Wandsworth

River View, Riverside Walk, Wandsworth

Battersea Railway Bridge in the background

Riverside Development in Fulham, Thames Path, Fulham

Ensign House, Riverside Walk, Battersea Reach, Wandsworth

Derelict Pier, River Thames, Riverside Walk, Wandsworth

Edmiston London Heliport, Bridges Court Road, Battersea

“Departure”, Edmiston London Heliport, Bridges Court Road, Battersea

London’s only licensed heliport since 1959

Moored Boats, Imperial Wharf Marina, River Thames, Battersea Reach, Fulham

Battersea Railway Bridge, River Thames, Battersea Reach, Battersea

Albion Quay, Riverside Walk, Battersea

Battersea Railway Bridge, River Thames, Riverside Walk, Battersea

Tug Christian, River Thames, Battersea, London

St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, Battersea

Cemetery, St Mary’s Church, Battersea Church Road, Battersea

This is the burial place of the infamous Benedict Arnold.

Chelsea Wharf Development, Lots Road, Chelsea

Chelsea Creek enters the Thames adjacent to this development

Tug Resource, Battersea Bridge, River Thames, Battersea

Battersea Bridge, River Thames, Battersea

“In Town” by John Ravera, Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea

London, United Kingdom 2019 XII

My last day in London involved walking to Hammersmith Bridge and then alongside the Thames River to Albert Bridge and return. Quite a walk I can tell you!

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“COFX” Coffee Shop, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London, England UK

Chapel, Fulham Cemetery, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith

Victorian Residences, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith

Victorian Residential Properties, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith

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Most of these properties appear to be upstairs and downstairs flats. They are valued in the vicinity of £650k each. Properties here are:

Berkley House
Selbourne House
Beaufort House
Sutherland House
Shaftesbury House
Salisbury House

Kings Arms, 425 New Kings Road, Fulham

Once known as “Larrik Inn”

The Temperance Pub & Kitchen, 90 Fulham High Street, Fulham

War Memorial, All Saints Church Grounds, Pryors Bank, Bishops Park, Fulham

War Memorial Sculptor: Alfred Turner

All Saints Church, Pryors Bank, Bishops Park, Fulham

Putney Bridge & River Thames, Fulham

Bridge Lamps, Putney Bridge, Fulham

Hopper Barge ACB Phoebe, River Thames, Putney

Hopper barges used to safely transport the spoil excavation from the Thames Tideway Tunnel project, a 25 km super sewer running mostly under the tidal section of the River Thames across Inner London to capture, store and convey almost all the raw sewage and rainwater that currently overflows into the Thames.

St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street, Putney, London, England UK

The White Lion, Putney High Street, Putney

Grade II Listed public house built in 1887. It later became a Slug and Lettuce chain pub, then The Litten Tree, then a Walkabout chain pub, then Wahoo, a sports bar. As of June 2019, it has been empty for over six years.

War Memorial, Putney High Street, Putney

The Boathouse, Brewhouse Lane, Putney

River Access, River Thames, Putney

Putney Bridge, River Thames, Putney

Fulham Railway Bridge, River Thames, Putney

“Motherfigure” by Alan Thornhill, Deodar Road, Putney

Yellow House, Deodar Road, Putney

“ER VII” Mailbox, Deodar Road, Putney

Thornhill House, 78 Deodar Road, Putney

Recently on the market for Guide price £2,650,000 (See Advertisement)

Wandsworth Park, Putney Bridge Road, Wandsworth

Battersea Bridge, River Thames, Battersea

In 1879 the original and dangerous wooden bridge was taken into public ownership, and in 1885 demolished and replaced with the existing bridge, designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette the man responsible for the revolutionary London Sewer system. . It is the narrowest surviving road bridge over the Thames in London, it is one of London’s least busy Thames bridges. The location on a bend in the river makes the bridge a hazard to shipping, and it has been closed many times due to collisions.

Albert Bridge, River Thames, Battersea

This Grade II Listed bridge crosses over the Tideway of the River Thames connecting Chelsea in Central London on the north, left bank to Battersea on the south. It was built as a toll bridge and operated as such for 6 years.

The toll booths are the only surviving booths in London today.

London, United Kingdom. 2019 XI

Continuing the Hammersmith walk.

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Girls Entrance Gate, Old School Building, St Dunstan’s Road, Hammersmith

Boys Entrance Gate, Old School Building, St Dunstan’s Road, Hammersmith

Residential Block, Gliddon Road, Hammersmith

Beryl Road, Hammersmith

Residential, Margravine Gardens, Hammersmith

59 & 61 Margravine Gardens, Hammersmith

Barons Court Railway Station, Margravine Gardens, Hammersmith

St Paul’s Studios, Talgarth Road, Hammersmith

**Look inside one of the studios**

**Street View from Google**

Rik Mayall Memorial Bench, Hammersmith Bridge Road, Hammersmith

** News Article **

St Paul’s Hammersmith, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith

The original church dated to 1629 but in 1880 a decision was made to rebuild it to allow it to a growing congregation and update its appearance. A significant portion of its land and graveyard were reclaimed in 1957 to build Great West Road and the Hammersmith Flyover.

Old Drinking Fountain, Hammersmith Bridge Road, Hammersmith

Digby Mansions, Hammersmith Bridge Road, Hammersmith

Jetty, River Thames, Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Entrance, Kent House, 10 Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Built in 1762, was first known as the Mansion House and was the home of the Hammersmith Working Men’s Club for the next 150 years. It became a boys’ school in the early C19th because it was felt its airy spaciousness was well adapted for the accommodation of young gentlemen. The house was owned by the Hammersmith Club Society for many years, whose members enjoyed its elegant interior, including ballroom, theatre and snooker hall.

It is now the premises of the Hammersmith Club, with half of the building available as a private hire venue, and the rest available to the traditional members.

Furnivall Sculling Club, Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Furnivall Sculling Club was founded as Hammersmith Sculling Club in 1896 by Dr Frederick James Furnivall, and it was originally a club for women only. It opened its doors to men in 1901.

River Moorings, River Thames, Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Waterman’s Cottage, No. 20 Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Floating Debris, River Thames, Hammersmith, London, England UK

Westcott Lodge, Lower Mall, Hammersmith

A Georgian building c.1746 and originally built as Turret House in the late-C17th and was once the official vicarage for the incumbent of St Paul’s Church.

Furnival Gardens, Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Furnivall Gardens was created in 1936 after clearance of the old Hammersmith Creek and its cluster of industry and commerce.

Hammersmith Creek was a spur from the Stamford Brook and once linked the Thames to King Street. The only evidence of this once thriving waterway is an outlet in the river wall, towards the upstream end of Furnivall Gardens – named after Dr Frederick Furnivall who founded the sculling club for women on Lower Mall.

In about 1780, Joseph Cromwell founded the Hammersmith Brewery alongside The Creek near King Street. The western side became monopolised with malt houses, built to serve the brewery, and the area became increasingly populated. The Creek was a magnet for traders and watermen of all professions. The waterway, navigable by barge, was crossed by the High Bridge, rebuilt in the early C18th, and also known as Bishop’s Bridge. This feature is still marked by a raised hump in the gardens and a flowerbed.

The only other remaining connection with the Creek is the Friends’ Memorial Garden, on the site of an old Friends’ Meeting House. The Quaker movement had gained popularity in Hammersmith and established its Meeting House close to the Creek in the late C17th. Both the Meeting House and the Caretaker’s Cottage were late C18th. They were bombed during the last war and in 1955 were rebuilt on the north side of the Great West Road. The little garden surrounded by a low wall remains historically important to the movement and marks its old burial ground which, in line with Friends’ traditions, never featured memorial stones.

Entrance, Beach House, 7 Lower Mall, Hammersmith

An old property dating to 1734 was demolished to make way for this property in 1811. This property (No.7) and No. 6 were recorded in 1865 as beonging to Rev. Peter King-Salter.

Garden Gate, Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Statue, Lancelot Capability Brown, Thames Path, Hammersmith


The Hammersmith Society
Lancelot Capability Brown
Father of the English Landscape Garden
Lived by the river in Hammersmith 1751-1764
Sculptor: Laury Dizengremel

“Figurehead”, Thames Path, Hammersmith, London, England UK

Harrods Furniture Depository, Barnes

Built on the site of an old soap factory in 1894 to store items too large for their Knightsbridge store is now a residential estate consisting of 250 townhouses and penthouse suites known as “Harrods Village”.

Properties in the “Village” don’t come cheap with many in excess of £1 million. The pentouse sold for £6,500,000 in 2010.

Entrance, Brandenburgh House, 116 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith

Brandenburgh House was built in the Arts and Crafts style in 1905 by Henry Saxon Snell as a nurses’ home for Fulham Infirmary.

Road Name Sign, Manbre Road, Hammersmith

King George V Postbox, Margravine Road, Hammersmith

King George V – reigned 1910-1936

Entrance, 51 Winslow Road, Hammersmith

62 & 64 St Dunstan’s Road, Hammersmith

London, United Kingdom. 2019 X

After returning from Italy, I spent the last couple of days wandering about Hammersmith in London.

Entrance Gates & West Lodge, Margravine Cemetery, Margravine Road, Hammersmith, London, England UK

Opened in 1868 on a site previously occupied by market gardens and orchards, known as Fulham Fields. The first burial took place on 3 November 1869 and closed for new burials in 1951.

The cemetery grounds are also the location of a War Memorial.

Lyons and Company First World War Memorial, Margravine Cemetery, Margravine Road, Hammersmith

See the story of Lyons and Company

Memorial, George Thomas Brown & Amelia Brown, Margravine Cemetery

Memorial, John Francis Taylor Ware, “Little John” – Margravine Cemetery

Died 11 December 1904 – Aged 6.

Memorial, George Robert Broad & Caroline Broad, Margravine Cemetery

In Memory, Abraham George Smith, Margravine Cemetery

In Memory, James Frederick Fletcher, Margravine Cemetery

Memorial Wall, Margravine Cemetery

Inscribed: Those Honoured Here Dies in the Service of Their Country and Lie Buried Elsewhere in this Cemetery

A Child’s Grave, Margravine Cemetery

In Loving Memory of George J Dyett Jan 5, 1882 Aged 5 months also his Father William Dyett 7 Jan 1904

The Parker Family, Margravine Cemetery

Squirrels, Margravine Cemetery

Cemetery Grounds, Margravine Cemetery

Chapel, Margravine Cemetery

Hammersmith Bridge, River Thames, Hammersmith

This is the second Hammersmith Bridge, built on the pillars of the first which had opened in 1828.

At the turn of the 19th century Hammersmith was still a hamlet of Fulham. To cross the river you had to use the ferry service at either Chiswick Mall or at Ferry Lane in Barnes. A bridge to cross the river at Hammersmith had been mooted for many years and, once an approach road on the Surrey side had been established, the Hammersmith Bridge Company was formed and a brief for an iron bridge was drawn up.

The brief was fulfilled by William Tierney Clark in 1824 when he designed a “bridge of suspension with a view to the strictest economy”. Clark was a respected engineer, apprenticed at one time to Thomas Telford. He designed part of the West Middlesex Waterworks nearby, where he lived and worked as chief engineer.

He was appointed to work as consulting engineer on the bridge, and there is a fine memorial to him on the North Wall of St Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, depicting the original bridge. The foundation stone was laid on 7th May, 1825, by the Duke of Sussex (Not Harry!) and it was opened in October 1827 to a fanfare of fireworks and music. The Bridge was a wonder of its time, an impressive feat of engineering and described as ‘as handsome as it was useful’. It had two large York stone arches and graceful white chains and ironwork. At each end were a pair of toll houses, painted white and manned by liveried toll men managing the passage of people and livestock.

It was a huge success and justly received much admiration, but it was not terribly practical. The walkways ended at the arches so that pedestrians had to join the busy carriageway, and it was also rather narrow. The Toll was scrapped in 1880 and the huge increase in traffic put a strain on the already inadequate structure. It was decided to re-build the bridge rather than repair it and so the bridge was replaced.

Sir Joseph Bazalgette was Chief Engineer to the Metropolitan Board of Works from 1858-1889, during which time he designed new bridges at Hammersmith, Putney and Battersea, oversaw the construction of the Thames Embankment and built 83 miles of intercepting sewers throughout London. In 1877 he began to question the safety of the original Hammersmith Bridge and recommended that urgent repairs take place. After 1880, when the toll was scrapped and traffic increased, the repairs became even more urgent. In fact in November 1881, Police Constable Bullock was leaving the footway to pass through the tower arch on the Barnes side and he fell through a hole in the footway into the river!

After a full assessment it was decided to re-build the bridge and a design by Bazalgette was approved. Traffic was diverted onto a temporary wooden bridge in 1885 and works began. The new bridge was opened by Prince Albert Victor of Wales in June, 1887. However, it was built on the same piers as the previous bridge and is therefore of the same narrow dimensions and unsuitable for heavy loads. Inevitably, and again, this bridge too has proved insufficient to cope with modern traffic; a weight and width restriction has been imposed. Nevertheless, the bridge is an attractive feature in the river landscape, traditionally painted green and gold with colourful coats of arms.

There was an attempt to destroy it by the IRA in March 1939, mainly averted by the quick thinking of a pedestrian who threw the bomb, in a case, into the river where it exploded, damaging one of the pillars, and more recently in 2000. The bridge has had to be closed to traffic for structural repairs, which creates a backwater from what are generally very busy approach roads. It is currently closed to all traffic both motorised and pedestrian and it is expected to take another six years to effect repairs. (Announced Mar 2021)

The Blue Anchor, Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Originally titled the Blew Anchor, this is one of the area’s oldest pubs, licensed in 1722 but probably on the site for many years before. It was a popular watering hole of watermen.

The Old City Arms, 107 Hammersmith Bridge Road, Hammersmith, est: 1827

Rutland Arms, 15 Lower Mall, Hammersmith

Built in 1849 and lost its top floor and balcony during the German bombing of London during “The Blitz”.

Pre-bombing image:-

Lower Mall, Hammersmith

The Pear Tree, Margravine Road, Hammersmith

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Part VI

Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria della Carità, Via San Felice, Bologna

Inscription, San Nicolò di San Felice, Via San Felice, Bologna

San Nicolò di San Felice is a deconsecrated Roman Catholic church located on via San Felice 41 in Bologna, region of Emilia Romagna, Italy. Bombardment during World War two caused sufficient damage to close the brick walled structure with a front portico.

A church at the site is documented since the 12th-century, when it was located outside the city walls.





“This cross, an extraordinary sign of human redemption, erected by the citizens of Bologna when the church was just being born in defense of the embraced faith, then very often ruined by the ravages of time and each time restored in its original place, Vespasiano Grimaldi, when it was Archbishop of Bologna Alfonso Paleotti, at the beginning of the last century, placed it in the middle of this street above the bridge, so that it could resist more firmly.
However, this bridge having been destroyed to widen the road, when Girolamo Grimaldi, cardinal of the Holy Roman Church with the title of Santa Balbina, Prospero Lambertini, cardinal of the Holy Roman Church with the title of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Bologna, prince of the Holy Roman Empire, took care that the same cross was affixed under this portico on the wall of this sacred building and blessed it with a solemn rite and graciously granted one hundred days of indulgence to all those who prayed devoutly in front of it and who formulated their vows to Almighty God for the salvation of the country.
Year 1732 “.

Entrance, Palazzo Buriani, Via San Felice, Bologna

Basilica di San Francesco, Piazza Malpighi, Bologna

In the foreground is one of the Tombe dei Glossatori – Historical tombs dedicated to the first university teachers.

Coat of Arms, Via Rizzoli, Bologna

Towers of Basilica di San Francesco & Colonna dell’Immacolata, Piazza Malpighi, Bologna

Chiesa del Santissimo Salvatore, Via Cesare Battisti & Via VI Novembre, Bologna

Wrought Iron Guard, Via Porta Nova, Bologna

Statue of San Domenico, Cnr Via Porta Nova & Via Cesare Battisti, Bologna

Saint Dominic, also known as Dominic of Osma and Dominic of Caleruega, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo Félix de Guzmán; 8 August 1170 – 6 August 1221), was a Castilian Catholic priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Dominic is the patron saint of astronomers.

The “canopy” above the statue is referred to as a “baldachin” or “baldaquin”.

The church, statues and guard are all visible on this Street View!

Entrance to Residential Block, Via Cesare Battisti, Bologna

Entrance, Palazzo del Governo, Piazza Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bologna

Colonnade, Palazzo del Governo, Piazza Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bologna

Colonnade, Prefettura di Bologna, Piazza Galileo Galilei, Bologna

Artwork in the Colonnade, Prefettura di Bologna, Piazza Galileo Galilei, Bologna

Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Via Clavature, Bologna

Salumeria Simoni, Via Drapperie, Bologna

Quadrilatero Fiorito, 6 Via Drapperie, Bologna

Carving, Doorway, 5 Via Drapperie, Bologna

Flags, Cnr Via Drapperie & Via Pescherie Vecchie, Bologna

Memorial, P Marella Padre dei Poveri, Cnr Via Caprarie & Via Drapperie, Bologna

Fr Marella Father of the Poor

This Street View shows a Monk collecting for the charity sitting in front of that memorial plate.

Stone Carving, Cnr Via Caprarie & Via Drapperie, Bologna

Sits above the Memorial to P Marella Padre dei Poveri

Basilica Santi Bartolomeo e Gaetano, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

Enjoy a Beer, Caffé Maxim, Piazza della Mercanzia, Bologna

Along the Colonnade, Via Rizzoli, Bologna

Along the Colonnade, Piazza della Mercanzia, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

Strada Maggiore, Bologna

It is the only Bolognese street to have preserved the urban designation of “strada” (from the Latin sternere : “pavement”), dating back to Roman times and confirmed by the Napoleonic reform of 1801

Roadside View, A1-Autostrada del Sole, Roncobilaccio, Baragazza

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Part V

From the Breakfast Table, Hotel San Donato, Palazzo Malvasia, Via Zamboni, Bologna

Our Hire Car, Courtyard, Hotel San Donato (Palazzo Malvasia), Bologna

Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

Piazza Re Enzo, Bologna

Palazzo del Podestà, Piazza Re Enzo, Bologna

Piazza della Mercanzia, Bologna

View Along Via Rizzoli, Bologna

Via De’ Giudei, Bologna

LaFeltrinelli Librerie, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

(A Bookshop)

Doorway, 1 Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

“Spiritus Intus Alit”, Basilica Santi Bartolomeo e Gaetano, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

(Main doorway and bas relief each side)

The Latin Inscription “Spiritus Intus Alit” Translates as- “Spirit within sustains”

Short guide to the Basilica of Saints Bartolomeo and Gaetano

Basilica Santi Bartolomeo e Gaetano, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

Carabinieri Cars, Via San Vitale, Bologna

Statue Of San Petronius, Piazza Di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

Saint Petronius was bishop of Bologna during the fifth century. He is a patron saint of the city. Born of a noble Roman family, he became a convert to Christianity and subsequently a priest. As bishop of Bologna, he built the Church of Santo Stefano.

Medieval Building, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

Le Due Torri: Garisenda e degli Asinelli, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, Bologna

See Street View!

Coat of Arms, Via Rizzoli, Bologna

Biblioteca Salaborsa, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna

Gated Entrance, Palazzo Re Enzo, Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna

Take a Tour Inside

Ornate Street Lamp. Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna

Fontana Vecchia, Via Ugo Bassi, Bologna

By Sicilian Artist Tommaso Laureti 1565

Entrance, Cattedrale Metropolitana di San Pietro, Via dell’Indipendenza, Bologna

Staircase, Via dell’Indipendenza, Bologna

“Libertas”, Cnr Via Ghirlanda & Via Ugo Bassi, Bologna

(This sits above what is now a menswear shop)

Banco di Roma Clock, Via Ugo Bassi, Bologna

Hotel Carosello (B&B), 26 Via San Felice, Bologna

Arcade, 48 Via San Felice, Bologna

Doorway, Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Maria della Carità, Via San Felice, Bologna

Porta San Felice, Piazza di Porta San Felice, Bologna

Porta San Felice was the westernmost gate or portal of the former outer medieval walls of the city of Bologna, Italy. The gate was erected in the 13th century, and rebuilt in 1334 with a machiocolated tower and drawbridge. It was restored in 1508, and again in 1805 when Napoleon visited the city. In 1840, the flanking walls were torn down. A barracks and tax house for collecting duties was in the past found astride the entrance.

Doorway, 137 Via San Felice, Bologna

Door Furniture, 121 Via San Felice, Bologna

San Marino

Being so close, we decided a days outing to visit the small country of San Marino was on the cards. Having a hire car in areas like this is a blessing as there is much to see along the way from Bologna and return.

San Marino is a mountainous microstate surrounded by north-central Italy and is among the world’s oldest republics, it retains much of its historic architecture. Situated on the slopes of Monte Titano is the capital, also called San Marino. A wonderful city known for its medieval walled old town and narrow cobblestone streets. The Three Towers, castle like citadels dating to the 11th century, sit on the neighbouring peaks.

Monte Titano San Remo from Via Santa Aquilina, Cerasolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Panoramic Views taken from Various Places within Città di San Marino, San Marino

Water Fountain, Via Piana, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Stone Clock Faces, Via Piana, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Statue, Melchiorre Delfico, Viale Antonio Onofri, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Italian Economist 1744 – 1835

Inscription Reads:-
melchiorre delfico
filosofo e storico
della liberta’ perpetva
il senato e il popolo

“For the Peace”, Campo Bruno Reffi, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Inscription Reads:-

Repubblica di San Marino 1983-1682 d.F.R.
giornata dedicata dalla
commissione Nazionale Sammarinese
per l’unicef

21 marzo

Cavallo Rampante (Horse Rampant), Piazzale Stazione, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Piazzale Stazione, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Monument to San Francesco, Chiesa di San Quirino, Viale Federico D’urbino, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Guaita Fortress, Monte Titano, Città di San Marino, San Marino

The Guaita fortress is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano, and the most famous. It was built in the 11th century and served briefly as a prison. It is one of the three towers depicted on both the national flag and coat of arms. It was registered as one of the World Heritage Sites in 2008. Guaita is one of three peaks which overlooks the city of San Marino.

Observation Area, Salita Alla Rocca, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Studded Doors, Salita Alla Rocca, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Chapel Walls, Cappella Di Santa Barbara, Salita Alla Rocca, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Ristorante Pizzeria Nido del Falco, Contrada Fossi, Città di San Marino, Sab Marino

Bar Pattinaggio, Campo Bruno Reffi, Città di San Marino, San Marino

City Gateway, Via Salita Alla Rocca, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Entrance, Ristorante La Fratta, Via Salita Alla Rocca, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Doorway, Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino, Salita Alla Rocca, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Ambasciata d’Italia, Viale Antonio Onofri, Città di San Marino, San Marino

Italian Embassy

Armoured Vehicles, Museo del Aviazione, Via Santa Aquilina, Cerasolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Part IV

It’s been a while since the last post so here’s the continuation of Bologna.

Rooftop View from the Dining Room of Hotel San Donato, Via Zamboni, Bologna

Basilica di San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

Construction began in 1390 and its main facade has remained unfinished since. The building was transferred from the city to the diocese in 1929; the basilica was finally consecrated in 1954.

Alfresco Area, L’Asporto, Via Guglielmo Oberdan, Bologna

Doorway, 2 Via San Nicolò, Bologna

Doorway, 15 Via Altabella, Bologna

Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune), Piazza Pettuno, Bologna

The construction of the fountain was commissioned by the Cardinal Legate Charles Borromeo, to symbolize the fortunate recent election of Borromeo’s uncle as Pope Pius IV. To clear space for the fountain, an entire edifice had to be demolished.

The design and assembly of the fountain was completed by the Palermitan architect Tommaso Laureti in 1563. The fountain was completed in 1565. The over-life-size bronze figure of the god Neptune was completed and fixed in place around 1566.

Palazzo del Podestà, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

Portico, Via Zamboni, Bologna

Reminders of the Past, Arcidiocese di Bologna, Via Altabella, Bologna

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Torre Prendiparte (also called Torre Coronata), Piazzetta Prendiparte, Via Sant’Alò, Bologna

This tower built in the 12th century and standing 61 metres tall, today has a slight incline to the north. The tower was part of the so-called triad of medieval skyscrapers together with those of the Galluzzi and the Azzoguidi . It was sold for the first time in 1293 for 500 lire.

Stone Carving, Via Rizzolo, Bologna

Pope Gregory XIII, Palazzo d’Accursio, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

The current building is the result of the fusion of three palaces, with the oldest dating to the 12th century: the casa-torre (house-tower), well visible as it is the part of the building with the clock tower. Originally, this was the house of the jurist Accursio (hence the name given to the building, which is also known as Palazzo Comunale), an eminent professor of law at the Studium, the University of Bologna.

Accursio sold the palace to the city in 1287, and, in the 13th century, the building became known as Palazzo delle Biade because it was used as the municipal storage of grains.

In 1336, it became the seat of the Anziani (“Elders”), the highest magistrates of the city (Comune). Thirty years later, the papal legate – the representative of the pope in town – gave the building its fortified look, with walls, merlons and towers (perhaps because papal power had always been seen with suspicion by the Bolognesi).

In 1425, the building was further expanded to house the apartments of the Papal Legate.

L’Amor Patrio e il Valore Militare, Palazzo d’Accursio, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna

These bronze statues by Giuseppe Romagnoli “L’Amor Patrio e il Valore Militare” were returned to the facade of Palazzo d’Accursio after 75 years together with the plaque dedicated to King Umberto I. Originally placed in 1909 at the main entrance of the Palazzo d’Accursio, was removed and partially destroyed in 1943 by order of the Italian Social Republic, with the intention of erasing any memory of the ruling house.

Le due Torri: Garisenda e degli Asinelli, Bologna


The Tower was built between 1109 and 1119 by the family bearing the same name and was handed over to the Municipality as early as the following century. 498 internal steps lead to the top at a height of 97.02 metres.


Torre Garisenda, built at the same time, is different due to its shorter height of 47 metres. It is known for its steep overhang due to a subsidence of the land and the foundations, so much so that Dante featured it in Canto XXXI of the Inferno. It was lowered for fear of it collapsing during the 14th century.

Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Torre degli Azzoguidi (also called Torre Altabella) , Via Altabella, Bologna

Built in the 12th century the tower is one of twenty “noble towers” that still exist in Bologna. It stands at 61 metres tall and is the second tallest in Bologna.

Vicolo Tubertini (Alley), Via Guglielmo Oberdan, Bologna

Gateway, L’Antico Ghetto Ebraico (Old Jewish Ghetto), Via Guglielmo Oberdan, Bologna

Gateway, Piazzetta Prendiparte, Bologna

Galleria Giovanni Acquademi, Via Rizzoli, Bologna

Doorway, Studio Notarile Demaio, Via Albiroli, 1, Bologna

Entrance, Torre degli Azzoguidi (also called Torre Altabella) , Via Altabella, Bologna

Entrance, Torre Guidozagni, Via Albiroli, Bologna

The Towers of Bologna – the story

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Part III

Door, Via Zamboni, 57, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Door, Via Zamboni, 59, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Collezione di Mineralogia, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Door, Museo di Mineralogia L Bombicci, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Door, Museo di Mineralogia L Bombicci, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Convento Padri Agostiniani, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Convent of the Augustinian Fathers – Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore

Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore, Piazza Gioacchino Rossini, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Chiesa di San Donato, Piazzetta Achille Ardigò, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Arcade, L’Accademia di Letteratura, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Entrance, Lifebrain Laboratorio Analisi, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Bricked Wall Niche, Via Zamboni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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Old Doors, Via del Carro, 2, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Doors, Via Zamboni, 6, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Passageway, Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, 1, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Entrance Doors, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Bologna, Palazzo della Mercanzia, Piazza della Mercanzia, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Gated Passage, Via Castiglione, 1, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Window Grille With Shields, Via Castiglione, 2, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Entrance, Palazzo Pepoli Vecchio, Via Castiglione, 8, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

A medieval palace now home to the Museo della Storia di Bologna – Museum of the History of Bologna.

Traffic Jam, Via Clavature, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

It’s very easy to get yourself into a situation such as this when trying to navigate these historic places.

Santuario di Santa Maria della Vita, Via Clavature, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

13th Century origins as church and a hospital. Current construction dates to 1687.

Trattoria da Gianni, Via Clavature, 18, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Narrow Street, Via de’ Musei, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy