IF IT'S TUESDAY: Encore Taormina

The last instalment in this round of "Italy Week'... Beautiful Taormina ... I'll move on to something else soon.. but first these extra shots of Taormina and the wonderful baroque architecture of the Church of San Giuseppe .. Some in the sepia-ish colours favoured this week ... and a few black & whites .. Although I couldn't resist maintaining the colour of the pink blossomed trees and the surprising hot pink.. or should I say 'Honeysuckle' hued pants of the stylish lady front and centre.. Do you think she knew back then 'Honeysuckle' would be the Pantone Colour for 2011? Probably not.. I think she has a style all her own and would look great no matter what she was wearing. The key to her style? Confidence!! or.. is it the sunglasses? haha

The church is situated on the Piazza Novo Aprile along the Corso Umberto I, and in some of these shots you can also see the clock tower .. Il Torre dell'Orologio... and the fabulous neon sign 'Wunderbar' .. This area reminds me of Italy in the 50's.. well at least in the movies.. I'd love a replica of that sign.. that .. and the 'Il Sogno' sign from Piazza Navona in Roma..

And more silliness .. Every time I look at that kid on the bike.. it reminds of a scene in While You Were Sleeping..
... I keep expecting him to take a tumble any minute ...
... haha.. I'm so mean! ...

A Happy Happy Week To All
I saw a blue butterfly this morning which is quite unusual around here.. normally we only get the black & white varieties.. so here's hoping it is a good omen for blue skies.. happy days..

Julie b

All Text, Photography and Artwork by [Being Ruby©]
Location: Taormina, 1996


marina said...

Hola Julie.Como casi siempre tu post es lo último que leo antes de irme a dormir...ya es muy tarde en Argentina.1: 30 AM y siempre lo hago con una sonrisa ya que tus comentarios son muy ocurrentes y tus fotos siempre bellas.Terminaron mis vacaciones y mañana comienzo a trabajar.Espero tener ua "feliz semana" no creo que tan feliz como las anteriores en vacaciones!! Un gran saludo.Marina

Exquisite Accessories said...

Glad you liked the bag I made Julie fingers crossed some one will buy it there are that many gorgeous Items out there I would be so embaressed if it dosn't sell, I have a week so fingers crossed!!
Love the pictures as usual, it looks such a tranquil place even with the people around. Have a great week x

Mariette said...

Dearest Julie,

Well, you almost make me homesick for Italy again... We lived and worked there and have visited it numerous times. We lived in the Venice area but went around a lot.
Love that culture and the food; the jewelry and the design for leather and clothes!
By the way, talking about Italy and jewelry; have you checked out my 925/000 silver angel giveaway from Giovanni Raspini/Italy? It is still on till January 25th... To the right of my blog is the button; click on it and it gets you right there...

Good luck and ciao,


Claudia Lane said...

Love it Julie! Happy Monday. Have a great week :))

jade said...

Wonderful pictures - i enjoy a little holiday on your lovely blog!!!! Thank you so much, for your inspiration and your sweet comment - tomorrow i´ll have some new pictures (without snow ;))!" Have a wonderful week,

Hugs Jade

classiq said...

Stunning photography!

La Petite Gallery said...

Exactly where is Corso? Beautiful shots, reminds me of a church high on the Mountan just outside of Florence. Great post. Is that you in the pink pants?? yvonne

Martina said...

Ah, a dose of Italy is always the right thing, especially on a white winters day! Love your pix here, pure romance! Thank you for visiting and - let's keep in touch, your blog is GORGEOUS!

Stephanie said...

It looks beautiful! Gorgeous photos as always!


Wow!! Sooo beautiful!!

Have a nice week!


Foxglove said...

Hello Julie, I have been so delighted to journey to your blog tonight and feast my eyes on these wonderful images.

Have a glorious new week dancing under the blue skies. x

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh Julie...I have hopped in late to these wonderful posts...I have been to these spots oh what memories you have unearthed for me....Thank you .



Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

AWesome pics! Love those honeysuckle pants.
Blue butterfly? It surely must be a good sign!
Wishing you sunshine and joy this week my friend!

Jennifer Beaudet said...

Hi Julie! I miss visiting your blog. I think I could live in Italy and I've never even been there! I love the new pantone color but don't think I could wear pants that color! That would draw too much attention to that area. I hope you get some beautiful weather like we're having over here in Southern California. Now I remember why I loved it here so much! Have a wonderful week too! Jennifer:)

michelle said...

Absolutely gorgeous! It is like a little holiday and being able to see things that I may never get to. Thank you so much sharing!

Design Elements said...

they are stunning, Julie! There is a magic in each one. Wishing you a wonderful week. Hug

Casa Très Chic said...

These pictures are fabulous, congratulations on your post.
I wish you a happy week.
Hugs from Brasil.

rjerdee said...

Hello again, Julie,
It feels an age since I've visited...been out on vaca since the 16th of December so it's been hard to keep up. I've missed so much in the last week or so.
Love the black and whites on this post...especially with the one with the shot of hot pink...the subjects and your treatment of them feel so old Hollywood...from the 30s and 40s...except for the hot pink capris that feel so Twiggy...remember her? Or are you too young for that? hee hee
Thanks for stopping by :)

Carole said...

Great photos " mean girl" haha! I've seen at lot of talk of this pink they're calling honeysuckle.
Now if only my customers would buy it for their homes. Not a problem with plants ....hot pink( excuse me honeysuckle) is always HOT!
Well speaking of plants have to run in and do some watering....

Loree said...

I just love the photos and the lady with the honeysuckle pants. I have never been to Taormina. So near and yet I have never made the trip.

Ange said...

Hey there lovely Julie… may you see more blue skies and more blue butterflies. It is reassuring that the blue is surrounding you and the rain is not overtaking.
Lotsa love
Thinking of you but very little time to even turn on the computer :(

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

These photographs are stunning. As always you have outdone yourself.
Hope things are getting better in your homeland. I am keeping you in my prayers.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Something about the word honeysuckle just tickles my fancy. I was the bad little child who stole it's nectar from the butterflies & bees... it's perfume always went straight from my tongue to my nose.

These images do look like the setting for a film. For some reason, I feel the clock is a clue to something important, why is that? And the running bond pattern of the pavement puts things just a little off balance, as if a director intended me to feel that way.

You do have a way, Julie. You do have a way.

I've been ill & away from the news, am just learning about Australia's troubles. My heart goes out to all who are in need or pain. We so associate water with life... often forgetting it has power to change lives in a sad way.

Peace & love to you,
Julia across the ocean

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Julie,
Thank you for your visit, I am glad you noticed me over at Anita's I adore her.

Just love your photo's I have a passion for the euro chic life, I so want to go to italy and live under the Tuscan sun :)

I hope to see so much more of you, and gett to know what you are up to :)


oldgreymare said...

We were over 70 degrees here today-could almost believe Spring will come ..but it's just toying with us here.

Lovely shots as always :D


Claudia Lane said...

Hi Julie, visiting again...can't stay away! the cool change you mentioned is here! It's just lovely this afternoon...Hope you're having a good day:))

alaine@éclectique said...

Wonderful photos. How do you remember the places; do you take notes at the time? I came home with hundreds of photos and wouldn't have a clue which church or where it was. I can only go by dates as to where I was on that day! Keep it up; can always take more of Italy!!

Killiecrankie Farm said...

ai my computer !
Portofino is just spectacular, your shots are amazing Julie - I get a real sense of being by the water. However did you manage tha angle?
And Wunderbar - not an italian word, but i could imagine a micro version neon sign for the diningroom wall or some such fun !
And yup - a confidence thing - those italian women seem to ooze it.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

JULIE!!!! I FINALLY GOT INTO YOUR BLOG! SInce I posted on Friday night I was UNABLE TO ACCESS YOUR BLOG DEAREST! THis is so exquisite as ever, and I am glad to see that along with your regulars, other readers who saw my post came. YEAH!!!!! There was a problem with some other bloggers as well, but Shari from Little Blue Deer helped us out! EXCELLENT POST!!!! Have a super day, Anita

Unknown said...

What a wonderful old world quality these photos have.....and fun stories to boot! smiles....ciao Julie!

Giulia said...

Hello, a few days late. Love love love the honeysuckle pants. I did not know that was the color for 2011. Oh wait, if that's hot pink, then yes I did read it. I think of yellow...ok, now I'm totally confused except that the pix are great as always. And I know what you mean about the 1950s Italian cinema reference. xoxo

Rae said...

ok...I am so loving your blog. I found you through Anita's site. Lovely blog....I'm a follower now.

Renée Finberg said...

i really just need to have your blog
to know where i need to go.

mosaicology said...

How fascinating!

I have never been to Taormina but I have seen a TV show that takes place there on TV some time ago when I was watching TV. Now I do not. Well irrelevant.

I am discovering and enjoying your blog...

Anonymous said...

Sigh. So beautiful! Love how you added the color - you clever, clever girl! :)

the old boathouse said...

Hello lovely one, ahhh so beautiful, so soothing. Thank you for all your lovely words always. Every so often when I look at pictures I somehow seem to see the people more. Sometimes you see them of course but don!t really look at them...if you know what I mean? These pics somehow make me look at the people...who are they I wonder, where are they..are they Alive, which ones are not...yes I am a strange one. But photos are such a moment in time preserved forever like a fossil. I wonder what the lady would make of her red pants ha..hope you have a lovely day, xxx kaherine

Jeanne Henriques said...

Love, love, love them Julie...especially the touch of red!
Hope the blue butterfly brought blue skies to Sydney :)
I did a mention tonight of your wonderful moon shots.
Full moon over London tonight and I thought of you.

Jeanne xxx

Catherine Nolin said...

My five sisters took my 82 year old mother there last year. Her family was from Trecastigni It was spectacular! We made the mistake of renting a car which was at times life threatening considering the streets and drivers! hiring a driver next time. We spent many days on the corso Umberto!

Seaside Style said...

Hi Ruby,thank you so much for stopping by my blog.I love the photo of the lady with the honeysuckle pants! your photography is amazing!Thank you for sharing it with all of us! I am now following your blog!I am brand new to the blogging world, for only 1 month now, if you could list my blog or be a follower, I would be so ! Have a great weekend! Linda

kImberly at mimicharmante said...

These are absolutely beautiful!