A rocky affair

by Tia on April 17, 2011

Stones have always been a source of attraction and mystique for me. When I was very young, a friend told me that in its original form, a talisman was a stone with a hole in it. At that age, I hadn’t yet developed the requisite amount of healthy skepticism and Google had not been invented. Consequently, I spent an unproportionate amount of ultimately jolly good time searching for such stones along the beaches on the right bank of Danube River, where I was born. I even found a few, although I questioned their natural origins.

Around the same age, I read Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis and developed a mild interest in Latin and religion, enough to inform me that the name of St. Peter, which my name originates from, is derived from the Latin “petra” and means stone or rock. This knowledge gave official blessing to my infatuation with stones, which over the years has resulted in idiosyncrasies, ranging from coming perilously close to being charged for overweight luggage after beach vacations to having to endure the perplexed gazes of strangers when I perform my long established ritual of throwing a small stone in water in hopes of returning to a place, not unlike the way people throw coins in fountains and make a wish.

My love of stones also finds expression in my attraction to buildings, made of the material. So I thought I’d dedicate a post to some of the images of such buildings, collected from my travels over the last few years.

{an exhibit inside Ljubljanski Grad in Ljubljana, Slovenia}

  

{town square and clock tower in Groznjan, Croatia}

 

{Pallazzo Piccolomini in Pienza, Italy}

 

{walled town of Pienza, Italy}

 

{Villa Buoninsegna, Rapolano Terme, Italy}

 

{church in Mastiano, Italy}

 

{a shed by an abandoned house in Mastiano, Italy}

 

{a hilltop home near Lucca, Italy}

 

{Villa Volpi near Lucca, Italy}

 

{Basilica di San Frediano in Lucca, Italy}

 

{chapel of Nuestra Senora de la Pineta near the Parador de Bielsa, Spanish Pyrenees}

 

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