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November 28, 2023

Tarrus, Sardinia

This is from the central west coast of Sardinia, just outside of Oristano.
Ruins from the Nugaic era, then Phonecians, Romas to Spanish. The tower is a Spanish look out tower from around 1500/1600.
Most of the visible ruins are Roman, pretty large complex with 2-3 baths. Ever wonder if they apreciated the view they got from some of these places. Or was it all just utilitarian.

It was windy.

Roman ruins

Roman road

November 26, 2023

Recommendations for things to see in Milan, Italy?

It looks like we will be going there for 2-4 days in a week or 2. I can look up places to see on the web and get the touristic points. Not that all of those aren't worth seeing. It might be nice if some of you had places you thought might be of more interest from a photographic view point. Any ideas would be welcomed.

November 26, 2023


We did a drive by shooting to say we saw it. I wasn't too crowded when we got there but it quickly picked up. I was thinking of taking a series of people from the back while they were pictured trying to hold the tower up. Yes you can still go up it. I found the outside of the other buildings more interesting.

Permanent vendors outside the walls.

Rook to B5.

Everybody lean

BAckwards lean

Tower detail

November 25, 2023

Another look at the Nugahric

This site has a special well. The stairs and pool at the bottom are lit by the sun during the equinox months. From about 1000 BC.
The low walls were fences. It is interesting that the description waxes poetically about the workmanship of the pool and entrance but the low walls, which are 3,000 years old, took no particular skill to build....

Low skill walls....


View from the top of a structure

Sheep in the sunlight.

November 24, 2023

Nurgaric ruins, Sardinia

As we drove around Sardinia we familiarized ourselves with the type of ruin that was endemic to the civilization here. Roughly from 1900-720 BC. There are about 7,000 of these structures identified from an estimate of 10,000. From 1 -4 rooms, some with stairs/ramps to get to an overlook. Massive stone and arches are early corbled. These are from 3 different Nurgare.

A break in the clouds

November 22, 2023

Street art and grafitti.

From Bologna, still haven't pulled the 'film' out of my camera to get to the better, hopefuly, pictures.

Near the center of Bolgna is a market street and two of the door are painted in theme. There arre others arouind town, like the mechanic door. Fun just to wander around these places.

November 22, 2023

Today I made the switch

Like daylight savings I switched from the summer breakfast of granola, yogurt, and fressh fruit to porrige, oat and or wheat, and fruit cooked into the mix.

Of course Sunday is still Blueberry pancakes day.

November 21, 2023

Cassini Meridian line 1655. cross posted in DU Lounge

Not the greatest pics but might be of interest to science buffs.


November 21, 2023

Science from 1655

the Meridian line in the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna. Constructed by Gian Cassini in 1655. The longest functioning internal line in the world. Cassini did some other neat things with Saturn back in the day also.

Fun to have a sunny day to view the circle at solar noon. Somewhat surprised to see a small crowd anxiously waiting for the circle to appear.

Some information at this site:


Waiting for the sun...

Almost there.


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About Old Crank

Currently living in Germany, enjoying the culture, enjoying the food, enjoying the travel. Not enjoying the winters, or the Deutsches lernen... Born in Canada. Parents moved to Arizona in 1965. Spent 5 years in the USAF and 2 of those on Crete. Lived in Fresno, Las vegas, Sunnyvale, CA.

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