Tuesday, August 22, 2017

in the wrong spot


Parisian pigeons on a wire that stretches 
across the rue Montmartre.
If they flew one street over to the right, to 
the market street of rue Montorgeuil, 
they'd find some yummy things including snails at
l'Escargot Montorgeuil (founded in 1832)
and the original baba au rum at Stohrer, Paris's
oldest patisserie (there since 1730).

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cimetière de Passy


Judging by the vines growing over the door
of this crypt in the Passy Cemetery,
 in Paris, I'm going to say that it hasn't
been opened in a very long time.

[Linking back to Blue Monday
and Macro Monday.]

Sunday, August 20, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


I believe I've shown a few side chapels
and details of this church—
Sant'Andrea della Valle, in Rome.
Here's the beautiful main altar (and a
bit of the ornate organ too).

[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


I followed this trio of nuns as they
strolled 
(almost) in unison
through
 always bustling Piazza Navona, in Rome. 

[To see more b/w images,
visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, August 18, 2017

sunset


I'm back in Cape May for the weekend
and hoping to enjoy 
more
sensational sunsets like this one.


[Linking back to Skywatch Friday and to
Orange You Glad It's Friday at
Life's Sweets and Spices.]

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nevins Street


Recently saw this helpful (note the braille)
sign in the subway, and have been
looking for others like it.  Haven't spotted
any yet, but it does look very old.
Maybe they've mostly been removed.

[Linking back to sign, signs.]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ABC Wednesday—F is for "fig tart"


I saw these fabulous figgy things at a patisserie
near the Marché d'Aligre, in Paris.
If they're still making them the next time I'm
there, I'm going to eat one instead
of taking a picture!

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

No, no, no!


I'll go zip-lining above a 100-foot-deep
chasm in the South American cloud
forest and I'll ride the hairiest roller coaster
you can find.  But I will not roll around
Rome on one of these.  (Just being a
pedestrian is tough enough!)

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rise Above


This is the work of Shepard Fairey, the artist
who created the Obama "Hope" poster.
His intention was to make a positive image for
the people passing by this East Village
corner (at 1st Ave. & 11th St.), especially the
kids coming and going from the
local elementary school. (His model is his
own
 daughter, when she was three.)

[Linking back to Monday Mural
at Oakland Daily Photo.]

Sunday, August 13, 2017

a quiet spot


I love all the bright colors in Santa Croce
 in Florence, but I also think that this
light-filled corridor outside the sacristy is one 
of the most beautiful parts of this church.

[Linking back to inSPIREd Sunday
and Shadow Shot Sunday.]

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Pink Saturday


Peonies and hydrangeas were on display
this past May in the aptly
named Campo de' Fiori, in Rome.

[Linking back to Pink Saturday
at How Sweet the Sound.]



Friday, August 11, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Kind of hard to tell, but this entire i
mage is a 
reflection—a Venice hotel seen in 
the window of an art gallery.

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.] 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"remembrances"


When my mom's house was destroyed by
Hurricane Sandy, we put what was
salvageable in storage—and finally cleaned
out the unit recently.  One treasure
I found in a trunk: my well-loved Raggedy Ann, 
purchased by my dad the day I was born.

[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ABC Wednesday—E is for "empty"


It is possible to enjoy the Piazza di Spagna
and the Spanish Steps and view of
Trinita dei Monti up above without
 the
hordes that are usually found there.
  All you
have to do is get up at dawn.


[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

la bicicletta


Marking the entrance to a Roman jewelry
shop with a French name—I've
lost count of the number of shops I've seen
around the world with a red bike
by their front door.  Well, it does grab

your attention.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, August 7, 2017

teen idol


Here's a blast from my preteen past:
Bobby Rydell, larger than life on a
wall at the Wildwoods boardwalk.  The
song I remember him best for is "Wild One."

[Linking back to Blue Monday at
Magical Mystery Tour.]

Sunday, August 6, 2017

whose foot?


This gold reliquary, in the church of
San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, in Rome,
holds the foot of Mary Magdalene . . .


or so they claim.  I guess you
just
have to take it on faith.

[Linking back to inSPIREd Sunday
and Shadow Shot Sunday.]

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Do you know what place this is?
Two hints:  It's in Rome and it's very
old.  Hey, that really narrows it
down, doesn't it?

[To see more b/w images, visit
Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Here's one of the mirrored doors of Caffè Florian,
in Venice, reflecting the outdoor tables
in the Piazza San Marco.  Florian was the world's first
coffee bar—and Casanova was a regular.

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, August 3, 2017

signs, signs


The city of Rome has made it
abundantly clear:
Don't even think about parking here (and if
you do, don't expect to find your vehicle
still here when you return).

[To see more signs, go here.]
 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ABC Wednesday—D is for "delicious"


Saw these gorgeous green-and-purple artichokes
for sale at the market in Campo de' Fiori.
Then we had them for lunch at Il Giardino Romano,
a restaurant in Rome's ex-ghetto that is
justifiably famous for their carciofi alla Giuda.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

life is just a bowl of . . .


yummy Rainier cherries. They're very expensive,
 and available here for a short time only each summer. 
What a beautiful splurge!

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, July 31, 2017

something blue


Finally got back to the garden after a few 

weeks—I've missed it!  My fave
flower this visit was this pretty and
delicate little thing—which I 
believe is a columbine. [No, it's borage.]

[Linking back to Macro Monday and
Blue Monday at Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, July 30, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This is the Barberini chapel, in the 
church 
of Sant'Andrea della Valle.  Opera
buffs will recognize it as the setting for the 
opening scene of Puccini's Tosca.

[To see more churches from 
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Everybody out of the water!

I've been spending some time in Cape May,
where the beach is beautiful
no matter what the weather.  We did get some 
rain, but it was followed by a 
beautiful rainbow!

[To see more b/w images, visit
Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Last August when I was up in the Arctic, we
had mostly wonderful weather.  At one
point, the temp even went up to 42°F (5°C)!
There was this one day, however . . .

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, July 27, 2017

16 October


This sign, in Rome's ex-ghetto, honors
the 2,091 Jews who were picked
up there on that day in 1943 and taken
 to Nazi extermination camps.  
It's hanging on a wall next to a structure that
was built in the year 2 B.C.—
a
 thought-provoking juxtaposition.

[Linking back to signs, signs]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ABC Wednesday—C is for "cellist"


This one is Fabio Cavaggion.  He had a very
successful career playing in orchestras,
but decided that he could reach more people
with his music by playing in the street.
I took this shot at the same spot as the one I
posted yesterday—but this was much
later in the day and all those folks are on a 
looong line to get into the Pantheon.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

getting an early start


This horse and driver were ready for
all the tourists who will show
up here—but at not quite 8 a.m., they
weren't yet out and about.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]


Monday, July 24, 2017

Blue Monday


Better late than never, I suppose. Found myself
someplace yesterday where I didn't
expect to be—and unable to post to this blog
with just my iPad.  Now I'm at work
with a limited supply of photos, but here's
an image from last year's trip to
the Arctic, where the blues look blue but
also the whites do too.

[Linking back to Blue Monday at
Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, July 23, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Here's a doorway detail of a little
off-the-beaten-track church,
San Crisogono, which is in Trastevere.
It was built in the 4th century,
rebuilt in the 12th, and finally again
in the early 1600s.

[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]


Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Il barbiere di . . . no, not Seville—Roma.
Do you recognize this spot
from a certain Julia Roberts movie?

[To see more b/w images,
visit Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, July 21, 2017

Lunch in Trastevere


This is my pal Blanche Dubois (no, not
that one—her namesake).
Blanche loves to travel with me
and has been to the opera in Budapest
and hiking in the Arctic.
So far this year, she's been to Venice,

Florence, and Rome (twice!).

[To see more Weekend Reflections,
visit James's meme.]

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"sun" #2


This was taken at the same spot as last
week's Thursday Challenge
sunset, but three minutes earlier.

[To see more of the Thursday Photo
Challenge, visit Dale's meme.]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ABC Wednesday—B is for "brides"



One afternoon when I was in Rome this
past May, I encountered four
bridal parties—but there were five brides!


Later that night, I passed by 
wedding reception in full 
swing and a 6th bride—who knows 
how to party (and pose).

[To see more ABC
posts, go here.]

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Happy Birthday


This installation—thousands of pinwheels—
was created recently as part of the
celebration for the
 150th anniversary of my
local park,
 Prospect Park, in Brooklyn.

[Linking back to Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, July 17, 2017

And the winner—by a nose


. . . is the birdlike medico delle
 peste mask,
modeled after those worn by doctors
dealing with plague victims.
They filled it with strong-smelling herbs
and/or camphor in the belief that
it would purify the air.  They also wore a
long overcoat, and that was actually
what kept them safe—from the fleas that
were carrying the plague. (Though,
of course, who knew at the time?)

[Linking back to Blue Monday at
Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This is the church of Sant'Eustachio, in Rome.
It was originally built in the 8th century,
restored in the 12th, and almost completely rebuilt
in the 17th and 18th centuries.
                             
Like so many Roman churches,
the present-day city has
built up around it—you turn
a corner, and voilà.


The stag with the cross is
the symbol of St. Eustace
(though I don't know why).

[To see more churches from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, July 15, 2017

dirty birds!


Yes, I did disturb these pigeons so I could
get this shot.  But they went right
back to their feast—and who goes out of
their way to feed them, I wonder?
One well-known New Yorker famously
called them "rats with wings" and
that does seem to be the general consensus.


[To see more b/w images, visit
Dragonstar's meme.]

Friday, July 14, 2017

Allons, enfants!


Happy Bastille Day to all my French
(and Francophile) friends.

[Linking back to Skywatch Friday.]

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"sun"


Quite a departure from yesterday's post, 
and I sure hope this doesn't presage anything.
This was yet another incredible
sunset over the Delaware Bay, taken from
the beach in Cape May, NJ—and
(I swear) totally unretouched!

[To see more of the Thursday Photo Challenge,
visit Dale's meme.  Also linking back to
Orange You Glad It's Friday? at Life's Sweets and Spices.
and to Skywatch Friday.]

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ABC Wednesday—A is for "Arctic"`


Remembering last year's wonderful trip
and the beautiful sights I saw:
like kittiwakes taking off from the very icy waters
of Burgerbukta (Burger Bay), with
Paierbreen (Paier glacier) in the background.

[To see more ABC posts—or join in
for Round 21 (!) of this great meme, go here.]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

guardians


Another shot from the beautiful cemetery
behind the basilica of San Miniato al Monte, 
way up above Florence.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday
and Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, July 10, 2017

Buon compleanno


This one's for my daughter Lila, because
today is her birthday—and she's
celebrating in Florence, where I took
this photo in May.

[Linking back to Blue Monday at
Magical Mystery Teacher.]

Sunday, July 9, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This is the sanctuary of Santa Maria 
ai Monti, in the very hip
Monti neighborhood of Rome.

[To see more places of worship from
around the world, go here.]

Saturday, July 8, 2017

taller than I am*


 . . . *but that's not a hard thing to be.
I found this pretty pop of pink
in picturesque Cape May, New Jersey.

[Linking back to Pink Saturday
at How Sweet the Sound.]