|To date, I have not seen any bears travelling on Turin's metro|
|Another Turin metro sign addressing the problem of local |
bears sitting in the children's seats
|Mole close up|
|From the top of Monte dei Cappuccini|
|the Mole's lovely snout-like spire (right) seen from the steps of Chiesa di Gran Madre di Dio|
|A genuine Gremlin from Gremlins 2: |
The New Batch, safely sealed behind
a glass case to prevent any water
getting to him
|One of the key costumes worn by Meryl Streep in her |
Oscar winning performance as British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
|The official poster for the 1973 Italian release of|
|A life size model of the Moloch Temple entrance |
from the 1914 Italian movie Cabiria
|Looking down into the Mole's impressive|
Temple Hall from one of the hall levels, I
couldn't help but wonder what on earth was
that box in the middle of the hall with
all those cables running out of it
|The cables continues to distract me as I tried to marvel|
at the stunning cupola ceiling above the hall. Hang on
a minute, something's coming down those cables via
that perfectly formed square hole in the ceiling
Yet, although there is so much to see and do in the museum, even a pair of shoes and a lace bustier worn by Marilyn Monroe could not quite take one's full attention away from the real attraction in the Mole's grand Temple Hall.
The lack of a shaft and only the presence of a few cables pulling and lowering a small glass box up and down the 85 metres height of the Temple Hall can be disconcerting to say the least. So, it would be interesting to find out how many first-time visitors to the Mole changed their mind and chose not to venture up to the top of it once they had seen that lift in action. Did anyone wish they had taken the lift first on their visit to the Mole, or skipped the museum altogether to avoid actually seeing the lift in transit? Take my word for it, the lift is completely safe and secure, moves quickly but very smoothly, and is a chance albeit fleeting, to see the stunning craftsmanship of the ceiling and cupola close-up. To miss out on the museum in order to travel to the top of the Mole in ignorance would be to miss out on a huge part of the Mole experience. Yet, to skip the lift altogether would mean missing out on arguably the best panoramic views of Turin.
|Looking towards Piazza Castello with the Alps in the distance from the top of the Mole|
|Looking towards Chiesa di Gran Madre di Dio (centre left) and Monte dei Cappuccini (centre right) |
from the top of the Mole
|Looking down and trying not to let go of the camera from over the edge of the top of the Mole|
|Entrance to the charming funicular station at Sassi, with the |
Basilica di Superga in the distance
A short walk from Superga station reveals a beautiful baroque monument to the Virgin Mary...
...where the interior is as beautiful as the exterior....
...almost distracting me from the main reason why I came up here in the first place....
The Lady Travel