04 June 2010

Ventimiglia Old Town


Whilst I often cross the Italian border to shop in Ventimiglia - they have a great market - it wasn't until last week that I walked up through the medieval Old Town that looms over the Roya.

Why did I wait so long? Look at it - so gloriously unspoiled - hardly any tourists - life goes on. You may remember a recent post with the woman with the cigarette in her mouth as she bashed a carpet outside her window - she lives in the Old Town. As you wander these old streets, you get the feeling the people know - just know - this is the way to live a life.

The dog is called Wolf and is thirteen years old - bare patches on his back. You can see a close-up of Wolf on Riviera Dogs today.

16 comments:

  1. This looks like a great place to explore.

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  2. What a magical place. You are fortunate to live close to all this beauty and seem to have a good eye for the perfect shot. Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. belle photo, voila le vrai village du sud. On le croirait sorti d'un vieux film italien

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  4. Beautiful, and nearly timeless, if it weren't for the motorcycles. This truly is the way to live.

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  5. Cela donne envie de partir en vacances, comme le dit Olivier, voilà un vrai village du sud.

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  6. This street scene reminds me of some of the old master's works.

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  7. Thank you, thank you for taking us up into the village with you! This is wonderful.

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  8. j'adore ces rues
    tu sens que tu es dans le sud

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  9. Finally ! You went, Jilly.
    I so love this place.....no tourist at all, just the true life as you said. Hope you've made many other pictures !

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  10. You saud it, unspoiled. Perfect description (and stunning photos), Jilly.

    Ciao and ...welcome to Italy!!

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  11. Ventimiglia, Vintimille, has always been a magic name for me... I grew up in Alsace in the 60es, and each year my sister and myself spend the summer in the french Alps. To go there, we took the... Vintimille Express.
    Years lateer, when I finally went there, i was not disappointed at all.

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  12. Oh this would make just the best painting Jilly!
    You know I work in pastels. Now, if I can just lug my computer near my work area!!

    Wonderful shot - such a beautiful village!!!

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  13. Don't you just love it when life is that simple. Pure heaven! Thanks for sharing this Jilly.

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  14. Perfect. More, please!

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  15. What a magical place. It makes me want to go wander the streets and explore.

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  16. I feel as if I'm walking up that lane with you. Thank you for this incredibly thrilling shot (yes, it is "real life" exploring like this that simply thrills me. The only better thing would to truly be walking with you!
    So beautiful in it ancient urban way.
    -Kim

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