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Do not forget

The Bologna railway station bombing massacre was a terrorist bombing of the Bologna Centrale railway station in Bologna, Italy, on the morning of 2 August 1980 which killed 85 people and wounded over 200. Several members of the neo-fascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari (Armed Revolutionary Nuclei) were sentenced for the bombing, although the group denied involvement.

At 10:25am, a time bomb hidden in an unattended suitcase detonated in an air-conditioned waiting room at the Bologna station which was full of people seeking refuge from the August heat. The explosion collapsed the roof of the waiting room, destroyed most of the main building, and hit the Ancona–Chiasso train which was waiting at the first platform.

The station was full of tourists that Saturday, and the city was unprepared for a major disaster. Many passers-bys and travelers provided first aid to victims and helped rescue people who were buried under the rubble.

Due to the large number of casualties and an insufficient number of emergency vehicles available to transport the injured to hospitals, firefighters used buses (particularly from the #37 route), private cars, and taxis. Some doctors and hospital staff returned early from vacation to care for the victims, and hospital departments which were closed for the summer holidays were reopened to accommodate the casualties.

After the attack, large demonstrations were held in Piazza Maggiore (Bologna’s central square). Harsh criticism was directed at government representatives who attended the 6 August funerals of the victims in the Basilica San Petronio. The only applause was reserved for President Sandro Pertini, who arrived by helicopter in Bologna at 5:30 pm the day of the massacre and tearfully said: “I have no words; we are facing the most criminal enterprise that has ever taken place in Italy.”

The #37 bus and the clock (stopped at 10:25) were symbols of the massacre. The attack was the worst atrocity in Italy since World War II. (Wikipedia)

At least one photo a day

Streets of Ferrara

Piazza, Ferrara 2019
Rotonda Foschini, Ferrara 2019
Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019
Old town, Ferrara 2019

Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore

The church was founded in 1137 on the site of another church from the 8th century dedicated to St Mary, which had been in turn erected over a Roman temple of the Clemence. The high altar was consecrated in 1185 and in 1187 the presbytery and the transept wings were completed. Due to financial troubles, the works dragged for the whole 13th–14th centuries. The bell tower was built from 1436 (being completed around the end of the century), while in 1481–1491 a new sacristy added after the old one had been destroyed by Bartolomeo Colleoni to erect his personal mausoleum, the Colleoni Chapel.

In 1521, Pietro Isabello finished the south-western portal, also known as Porta della Fontana. The edifice was restored and modified in the 17th century.

Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo 2019
Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo 2019
Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo 2019

At least one photo a day

Market

Market in North Vietnam, Sapa 2007

Ricordo che era Dicembre e che era un giorno di pioggia. Una pioggia fine che non si decideva a trasformarsi in nebbia. La città di Sapa era avvolta nelle nuvole invernali. Il cielo era grigio ma nelle strade c’erano i colori del mercato pomeridiano. Un uomo controllava una rete da pesca da usare in uno dei piccoli laghi della zona. Sua figlia gli stava vicino e osservava le persone che camminavano lungo la per strada.

I remember it was December and it was a rainy day. A fine rain that could not be turned into fog. The city of Sapa was wrapped in winter clouds. The sky was gray but in the streets there were the colors of the afternoon market. A man controlled a fishing net to use in one of the small lakes in the area. His daughter stood by him and watched the people walking along the street.

One photo a day

Wings

Wings (somewhere over Germany, 2019)

The takeoff was smooth even though we had to climb through thick rainy clouds. The fields and trees on the ground disappeared very quickly. The clouds were very low. I looked outside the window and saw just fog. All of a sudden it all disappeared and we flew suspended over the clouds as the sun was setting.

One photo a day

Winter wonderland series / 2

Meditating, 2018

A large lake. Frozen landscape. The sky promising more snow. No cars. No roads. Only the sound of the wind

Meidän matkaa Euroopassa

Tämä meidän loma oli Euroopassa. Minä ja minun kaski tyttäriä haulimme matkaa Euroopassa ja junalla. Me tarkistimme internetissa ja ostimme Interrail liput.

StartMeidän ohjelma oli lentää Espanjan, Bilbaon, ja sitten junalla matkaa Ruotsin ja Suomen. Meillä oli kaski ja puli vikkot.

Olga, Venla, ja minä lensimme Bilbaon lauantaina 21 heinäkuu ja saavuimme Bilbaon lentokenttä illalla.

Miksi Bilbao?

Bilbao on kaupungin pohjoinen Espanjaa, Pais Vasco-ssa. Minä asuin Bilbaossa 20 vuotta sitten kun minä olin työssä Bilbaon yliopistossa, Universidad del Pais Vasco. Minä olin työssä siellä ehkä kuusi vai kahdeksan kuukauta. Bilbao on teollisuuskaupunki. Ei ole kaunis mutta hänellä on carachter. Bilbao on merellä ja lähellä vuoria. Bilbao on vanha keskusta paljon baarin kanssa. On iso ja kaunis Plaza. Minä pidin asua siellä.
Olgan and Venlan kanssa, minä savuin Bilbao lauantaina illalla ja meidän matkaa alkoi…..

Santa Lucia, Honduras

Last Sunday I went for an afternoon walk to Santa Lucia. It is a small village about 15 km out of Tegucigalpa. There was a nice bright light. The sun was shining, but it was not too hot. Families were in restaurants having lunch and enjoying the good time together. It was a nice day.

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Halte Senayan, Jakarta

18 seconds of sunset in Belitung

 

 

I took this sequence of photos at sunset on the island of Belitung, on the east of South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy

I have been looking into my photos database to look for photos to add to my black&white series. Here few photos I took at the Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 2005.

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Sri Lanka

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Suitcase 26/35 – 35 days 35 photos 35mm

35 days 35 photos 35mm

Suitcase

The school year has ended. The summer break has arrived and it is time to prepare to go back to Europe to see family and friends. First things first: prepare the suitcases.

Coffee morning 25/35 – 35 days 35 photos 35mm

35 days 35 photos 35mm

Coffee morning

During the month of Ramadhan it is really different to go to malls on Saturday mornings. There are few people around. The coffee places like this Starbucks are almost empty. It is a different atmosphere, like being in a different city..

Go-Jek 22/35 – 35 dasy 35 photos 35mm

35 days 35 photos 35mm

Go-Jek

I left the office this afternoon and hit a very busy and traffic-jammed Jl. Sudirman. This bus appeared behind the Go-Jek driver (a smartphone app mototaxi) and I liked the three guys cheering the behind.

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