I completely forgot to post last Friday. Well that’s not entirely true. I remembered Friday night that I didn’t but I was already enjoying a cider so I said, “There’s always next Friday.” And it’s Friday again.
When we were in Trieste we heard one of the places we had to go was Miramare Castle. This castle overlooks the Gulf of Trieste and was constructed in the 19th century for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and his wife Charlotte. Years later it was home to Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota of Mexico. The castle had a turbulent history during the first half of the 20th century. During the First World War all the furnishings and pieces of art were removed to Vienna and weren’t returned until many years after the war. German troops used the castle as a school for officers in the 1930s. And the Americans, after the Second World War, used the castle as their headquarters for the American garrison Trieste United States Troops. Now the castle and the grounds are open for the public. No photographs were allowed inside. I did see many tourists taking photos but I just can’t do that.
Last week we went to an Arsenal match. Before the match we met a buddy for a drink at a place called The Junction. It’s not a pub but here are some photos anyway. I didn’t try any but their pizzas looked pretty tasty.
The weather was beautiful that night and I didn’t even need to put on my sweater at all. Since then the weather has been much colder. The match was a Champions League game against Galatasaray, a Turkish team. It turned out to be an exciting match with Arsenal winning 4-1 and Danny Welbeck had a hat trick. Right from the start there was a buzz in the stadium and the Turkish fans were fun to watch. They never stopped chanting, playing the drums, and waving their arms. I told The Better Half I wasn’t in good enough shape to be part of their fan club.
There was a moment of real excitement during the first half. Galatasaray was down by two goals and one of their players received a yellow card. This upset the visiting team’s fans and they reacted by throwing flares. I had never seen anything like this when in attendance at a match. I have seen it on the telly. To my knowledge no one was hurt and the game was stopped momentarily while the riot police came out. I don’t support behavior like this at all, but I have to admit it looked pretty, although a tad bit scary. In fact, when it happened I just stared and The Better Half said, “I can’t believe you aren’t taking photos.” So I started to take photos.
I finally watched the next movie, Sullivan’s Travels, on my list of top 100 films. I enjoyed the movie, but I wasn’t wowed by it. This 1941 movie stars Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake and it’s about a director who decides to become a hobo to learn about life so he can direct hard-hitting films, not comedies.
It took me weeks to track down a copy and I think this influenced me some. After searching for it I wanted it to be exceptional. It was funny, but not exceptional. Oh well. It’s off the list and Duck Soup is up next.