Private Dancer - 9 1/2 Weeks - CycleBlaze

November 7, 2019

Private Dancer

An Unhurried Stroll Around Matera

A short post but lots of pic's.

A day off the bikes today in Matera but still a good workout for stair climbing muscles. We had a 'sleep in' this morning and then set off to see the Duomo and the MUSMA.

I can't stress enough how nice it is being here in November. There are still tourists around but they number in the hundreds, not the thousands, and if you get up and out to see stuff before 10 am, you pretty much have the place to yourself.

We did a pretty good walk around the Sassi yesterday so we concentrated on more indoor stuff today. The Duoma (main cathedral) was quite impressive - great ceiling frescos and some active renovation going on that was more or less open to the public. Must be the engineer in me that likes to see this sort of stuff.

The highlight for both K and I though was the MUSMA - Museum of Modern Sculpture. For us this was magical. First, most of it is set in a series of 7 interconnected caves. The ambience this creates, ancient cave juxtaposed with modern sculpture, was amazing. Second, I'll remind everyone that this is November, we saw 4 other people in the 2 hours  we were there. This is one of the major sites in Matera, so it's not like we were at an obscure gopher museum! Having the place to ourselves ... not even staff wandering around keeping an eye on you ... added immeasurably to the magic.

I'll let the pics speak to the rest save to say that we had a great, but much more casual, dinner at Annina 1937. It really did feel like a family meal and we had a refreshing walk afterwards to take in the last night views of the Sassi.

Back on the bikes and a rode off to the the east coast to Monopli tomorrow!

Song of the Day , When the Night Feels My Song by Bedouin Sound Clash.

.. just the right song for today as I dragged K out for me to take the last few night pics of the Sassi!

cute little chicken mascots were being hawked every where. Some mass produced, some hand made like these guys
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you can fill up your SD card pretty quick here ... very cool pics at every step you take
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the main ceiling fresco in the duomo - impressive baroque details in the building
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an alter under renovation .. did not capture it in this pic, but off to the side is a workbench with hammers, saws and lunch buckets ... very interesting juxtaposition
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... this one was completed a few years ago! ... the reno that is, the original dates from centuries ago
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... and another one!
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a closer up of the ceiling fresco (taken with 90 mm lens)
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the main alter in the Duomo
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... done ... at last ... church's are not K's fave ... but she indulges me while I get pic's
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Karin KaarsooI think I agree with her!
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... such an organic evolution from raw rock at the bottom of the gorge to fully composed structures with regular rectangles at the top!
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Glenna Jefferiesmuch better angle on a church! I'm with Kirsten on churches!
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a selection of some of of the works at the MUSMA ... i could include hundreds more but will limit it to these...
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not a sculpture ... but K noticed that there many braille signs ... and no signs that said 'do not touch' ... must mean that they encourage the blind to touch and interact with the sculptures ... nice
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interesting conversation
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interesting Eve & Adam installation ... come on boy ...
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... he's more interested in his snake!
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... but that will change soon
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I really liked the simplicity .... and sympathy with the caves ... of this piece
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This one was a fave of both K and I ... the eye was like the Mona Lisa ... always seemed to be looking at you from every angle
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... well, except this one ... but still very cool
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had to think about how this was made... very interesting
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... could be Pompeii ... daily life cast in stone
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a uni-cycle still deserves a pic
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walked into another room and saw containers of dirt .... immediate thought ... oh great, how is this art ... then took in more ....
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... another dirt sample ...
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... and the explanation ... turned out to be a quite moving and interesting exhibit .... the dirt just gets you reading and thinking about the stories of the people from where it came from
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... like cutting edge physics ....
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... to tragic life stories. Kirsten can still vividly remember this story as it was unfolding live in the news many years ago.
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... out of the caves and into the main buildings. Some interesting installations but without the magic of the caves!
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Glenna JefferiesFor a minute I thought it was a sculpture of Dobbi....haha.
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great view of the Sassi from a balcony at the MUSMA
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different angle shot from the same place
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time to capture some foliage during our strolls ... lots of succulents and desert plants
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... just more great street scenes
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...and more ! Given all the cacti we saw, it made the cave and associated story we saw yesterday about snow storage in the Sassi all the more remarkable ... it's November now and I can't imagine snow in this place .... but I guess it happens
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Karin KaarsooI missed the snow storage story...
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Lyle McLeodTo Karin KaarsooI didn’t write up anything about it, but one of the caves we were in was used for communal snow storage. It sounded like quite the process to store the precious stuff whenever it fell.
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just another shot of the Sassi
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... in an art / ceramics shop ... at first I thought the ashtray was real ... very cute installation ... but it won't fit on the bike!
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Dali's piano lady reaching for the sun!
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Our (very small) hotel is across the Sedile square from the local music conservatory. It's quite nice to hear the practice sessions coming from the building. Took this shot of a student leaving their lesson ... plus two other people in the square ... come here in November ... in August there would be 300 people in the same shot!
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last night shots of Matera ... the Duoma
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and the south half of the Sassi ... spectacular
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A wonderful dinner at Annina 1937 ... thank you Gianni !
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That's it from Matera, back on the bikes tomorrow!
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