What do you see in this picture?

Exercise in perception, right-brain thinking, where do you get your ideas?

If you want, scroll down to read what I saw. But not before you’ve noted what you see…

I was in Verona (Italy), sitting in a beautiful square waiting for our cocktails to arrive, tired and starting to relax after a busy day and a long walk around the city. I turned my head and saw these figures… and although my left-brain knew what they were, my right brain had the upper hand at that moment, and I saw…




… tall, elegant monks in their cream-coloured habits, their burnished tonsures reflecting the light of the streetlamps as they walked away from me.

I still see them whenever I look at this photo and have to work really hard to see cafe parasols folded down for the night. Love those monks…

So, tell me – what did you see? Did you see parasols, or something different?

And when you read about my monks, could you see them too?


About Arabella McIntyre-Brown

I'm a writer from West Sussex is southern England, but after 30 years of urban life in London and Liverpool, I now live in a remote village 1,000 metres up in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. My new book is published in November 2016: "Din Liverpool in Carpati: cum mi-am gasit fericirea în inima Transilvaniei"
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2 Responses to What do you see in this picture?

  1. Paulina Czarnecki says:

    I saw ghosts… 🙂 I saw your monks too… And then I saw parasols. 🙂


  2. Thanks for the link to MoE, kind regards, Gregory.


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