FEMALE is the theme of this week’s Thursday’s Special photo challenge. The deadline is next Wednesday. Be sure to link to the challenge post when you make your entry, and to leave a comment bellow. Have a great day!

©Paula Borkovic

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Thursday’s Special is a weekly photo challenge that encourages bloggers (photo bloggers and other) to post images in colour based on the given theme. You are free to interpret it as widely as you like, and you are invited to pay other participants a visit to check out other entries. Once you post for Thursday’s Special, I will make sure to link to all participants.

There is another photo challenge on this blog, but in black and white and it takes place on Sundays. Please see UPDATES for schedule.


Please check out the entries to this challenge:


What would the world without music be like? I don’t know and I don’t wish to find out. Today’s theme for Black and White Sunday is MUSIC. You know the drill: post your photo for the challenge before next Sunday, link to this post, and leave me a comment bellow. 

Reno Schulz playing Fujara, San Gimignano, 2014

©Paula Borkovic


Reno Schulz is a musician stationed in San Gimignano, Italy. He plays several types of flute. The one featured in my photo is Fujara – traditional Slovak flute, and you can hear how it sounds in the enclosed You tube video. I did not record Reno’s sounds, but I managed to capture his portrait while he was holding a private concert for us. And yes, he also plays the music on the attached mp3.

Please click on the bellow links to see the fabulous entries:


Most visitors to Croatia go to Istria, our largest and westernmost peninsula, for its coast, for Roman amphitheatre in Pula, for Brijuni Islands, for beautiful Rovinj, or for Unesco-protected Basilica in Porec, but not everybody thinks that they should venture into hinterland, oblivious to all the beauty it hides.

Last December my husband and I went to Istria for a weekend, and once again we decided to stay at the coast overnight, but to focus our interest on the interior of the peninsula, on the sights and paths that we had missed on our previous trips. This time the route was to take us from Opatija to Rovinj via Svetvinčenat and Dvigrad. 

Map of Istria with a drawn route we took that day


We are always happy to revist Istria for its colours, architecture, cuisine and its proximity and semblance with Italy, but this is the first time we got a chance to see it in winter time; its land dry, trees fruitless, branches swept by winds, but the warm sunshine that day painted the remaining leaves nice golden shade and we were happy leaving the smog of the capital behind. 

Our first unplanned stop is by the road where I spotted a traditional shepherd’s hut, made of stone (drywall). Kazuni have been in use for centuries, once as shelters (for shepherds), later for storing agricultural tools, and reportedly the same type of structures were used as dwellings in prehistory. 

KAZUN – typical shepherd’s shelter in Istria

On the other side of the road stands a small country church built in the same style as many Istrian sacral buildings. Still, it was unusual to see it placed along the road with no villages or houses nearby.

A little church I know nothing about near Svetvinčenat, Istria

Half an hour later we are already in Svetvinčenat, a fascinating little town featuring a regular, square piazza closed in by the Parish Church, city loggia, several Renaissance houses and the monumental Castle Morosini-Grimani. This Medieval jewel was built as a square fortification with round towers and simple façade. In the 15th ct it was owned by the Morosini family who enlarged it while adding it some Renaissance features. On the other side of the square the quaint Parish church of St Mary’s Assumption is decorated with a distinctive Renaissance trefoil façade. 

A shooting star ornament on the church was signalling that Christmas was just two weeks apart, but the place was magically quiet, with no people (and much less tourists) in sight, and we felt as the only breathing people there.  

Svetvinčenat, Istria


Svetvinčenat, detail


Castle Grimano in Svetvinčenat

The sunlight was harsh and glaring, contrasts too strong, and I knew that photos would be nothing to brag about, but I was excited to be finally exploring what seems to be one of the most scenic places in Istria.

the same Castle with vintage treatment

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I love winter, its quietness, crisp air and low-lying sun, but the day is  getting too short and we have to move quickly to make time for other stops on our way. 


Further reading and images:

1st stop on the map – Opatija 

3rd stop on the map – Dvigrad, featured as patulous here.

4th stop on the map – Rovinj

This article was prompted by the weekly photo challenge themed HERITAGE, but it was really written for Jo’s Monday Walk.

I have taken Jo to Istria before.



In Cannaregio district of Venice overlooking the Gran Canal stands San Geremia, a Baroque church with a distinctive 12th century Romanesque brick tower. The church is dedicated to Saint Jeremiah, but also holds the relics of Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia di Siracusa) which had been previously kept in the church by the same name, but were transferred to San Geremia in 1861 when the church of Saint Lucy was pulled down to build a railway station. 

In 1981 precisely these relics were the cause of a burglary in San Geremia. The church was broken into and the Saint’s remains were stolen to be retrieved months later on the day of her celebration, 13 December.

Saint Lucy’s grave is still the main attraction among visitors and pilgrims that come to the church in increasing numbers every year to light a candle and to pray to this patron saint of the blind and visually impaired. 

“Lucia Vergine di Siracusa rests in peace in this temple. You inspire a bright future and peace to Italy and the entire World”. (this inscription, but in Italian may be seen on the side of the church facing Grand Canal)

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Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month (one month in colour as part of Thursday’s Special and the following month in black and white as part of Black & White Sunday). You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Happy Thursday! 

Please check out these wonderful entries to the challenge:


If it weren’t for one small detail, I wouldn’t be able to tell who the mother here is.

Care to join me in celebrating Mother’s Day on Black and White Sunday? 

©Paula Borkovic


What you need to do to join Black & White Sunday photo challenge:

  • make a photo post on today’s theme before next Sunday

  • link it to this challenge post and tag it   #blackandwhitesunday

  • leave a comment under this post.

Have a great Sunday, and a very good week ahead!

Check out the links to see all the entries to this challenge:


Roberto Cacciapaglia: “I composed “Canone degli Spazi” around essential elements – the harmony of the triads, the melodic repetition and the cycles that follow the orbits of the planets and the structure of harmonics – the very same rules that Pythagoras followed to make the laws of the Universe coincide. Sound can help us realize that the space inside us is as vast as the space outside and that in reality there is no difference between them. Sound travels through walls – the walls of the mind too – transcending both time and space. Enjoy listening.”


©Paula Borkovic

Published in response to Jo’s Monday Walk and Weekly Photo Challenge themed Reflecting.



Have you found beauty this Spring? If so, please share it for this Thursday’s Special themed VERNAL.

©Paula Borkovic

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Not sure how to participate in Thursday’s Special photo challenge? 

Follow these four simple steps:

  • Make a photo post on today’s theme before next Thursday;

  • Link to this challenge post;

  • Tag your post #thursdaysspecial; 

    Leave a comment under this post.


You may, but are not obliged to, grab the widget above.

Please check out what the participants had to show for vernal:


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Here comes another month with a new set of words to choose from. I hope you like the selection and that you will find at least one word to work on. Here it goes: 








patulous (as in overgrown)

momentous (as in life-changing)

serene (as in serenissima)

©Paula Borkovic

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 You already know the rules of Thursday’s Special photo challenge, but just in case: 

  • Make a photo post post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post.

Please check out the entries to this challenge:


I’m running a bit late showcasing my monthly recap. This is what April 2017 looked like: 

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I noticed a month ago that some of the images compiled into a gallery change colours compared to the posts where they are displayed as regular photos. I already complained to the WordPress team a month ago, but they did not help. Has anyone else had the same issue?

P.S. Slideshow seems to be working fine as far as colours are concerned.

P.S.1. After discussing the issue with WordPress a solution was not found to gallery thumbnail mosaic display, but I found that displaying the images as thumbnail grid does the trick – preserves the colours and other features.