Tuesday, May 23, 2017

deliziosa!


On to Florence today and I'm looking
forward to a meal at Osteria De' Benci—maybe
starting with a lovely tomato bruschetta,
followed by their famous spaghetti dell'ubriacone
(i.e., drunken spaghetti, so-called
because they marinate it in red wine).

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Burano blues


Murano glass vases have been set in
a niche on Burano.  I love the
very fresh flowers and the way the
water of the canal is reflected
on the wall.

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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Seen from the Doge's Palace, this
is one of the domes of the
basilica San Marco.  Would love to
see what's inside those domes,
but not in the summer—it must be very
hot under all that lead.


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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Making the trip back to Venice from the
colorful island of Burano, with
the sun sparkling on the lagoon and the
campanile of San Marco standing
sentry in the distance—so beautiful!

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Guess where I'm going tonight! 
It's the first stop on a little
Italian pilgrimage that I hope will be
all about fun, food, and friends. 
Have scheduled blog posts and hope
you'll come by while I'm away.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"fun"


I know not everyone thinks
this is fun—but I do!
How about you?

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ABC Wednesday—S is for "skyline"


. . . and I think I can brag that ours

 is one of the world's best!
I took this shot of midtown Manhattan
 (with a looong lens) from a friend's
terrace in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

hangin' in


When most of the tulips in the garden
were fading fast, some cultivars
were still going strong—
including these
ruffly red and cream beauties.


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

Monday, May 15, 2017

bluebells


Last weekend in the garden, the bluebell wood
was in bloom—and also wisteria,
azaleas, and tree peonies.  I hardly knew where 
to look (and point my camera) first.

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Another image from the church of
Sant'Ignazio di Loyola, in Rome, one of
those churches you don't really see
until you're right in front of it.  Then you
go in and find this—and it isn't
even the main altar.

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


If you go to Venice, you should pass by
the Fortuny shop late at night,
when the whole place is pitch black—
except for their beautiful silk
lamps, which they leave on all night.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017

Skywatch Friday


This is Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch at Grand Army Plaza,
just a block from my house.  It was built to
honor the Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
Some pretty famous folks were involved in the
 design and building of this monument—check it out here.

[To see more Skywatch pics, go here.]



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"close" (#2)


Up close and personal with the tree
peonies
 in bloom now at the botanic garden.
They blow me away every year!

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ABC Wednesday—R is for "Rome"


The Eternal City: the view 
from the top of the Spanish Steps.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

where's the fire?


I don't know, but I really hope it wasn't serious,
 
considering how long it was taking 
these fire trucks to get through the midtown 
Manhattan traffic.

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Love Graffiti Crew


It's come up on this blog before—
as much 
as I hate no-talent tagging, I love 
graffiti art.  This falls somewhere in the
middle, I think, but I do like it a lot;
it's colorful and clever and has a 
great sense of humor.

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

Sunday, May 7, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This beautiful model was the creation of a
Neapolitan cabinetmaker, Vincenzo
Pandolfi.  He began work on it in 1977 and 
finished 28 years later, shortly before
he died at the age of 98.  It's on display in
the church of Sant' Ignace di Loyola, in Rome.

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




Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Is it just me, or does anyone else see
the face of Chewbacca in this tree?

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Up on the white marble roof of the beautiful
Oslo Opera House:  Love this place, 

but if I'm ever up there again I'll try not to trip 
and fall flat on my face (minor 
vacation miracle: nothing was broken).

[To see more weekend reflections, visit James's meme.]

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"close"


I happened by as they were planting
these hydrangeas one morning,
 and I decided to go back for a close-up.


 They're decorating a planter between
two rows of benches (with
dividers so you can't stretch out on
them) on Third Avenue.


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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ABC Wednesday—Q is for "quaint"


 . . . and also for "queen."  This is part of 
Marie-Antoinette's Petit Hameau, her little
escape from the rigors of being royalty.
(Don't blame her a bit—seriously, who would

want to live in the palace at Versailles?)

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

nesting


Doesn't this robin have a well-decorated
home?  She'd probably like it if all
the people who've come to the garden
 to
admire her pretty tree would just go

home and leave her to sit on her nest in peace.

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Mellow Yellows


This past weekend was the Sakura Matsuri
cherry-blossom festival at the local
botanic garden.  Every year they put out
these Smiley Face chairs for
kids, and adults usually appropriate them.
(They either bought new chairs this
year or painted shades on all the old ones.)

[To see more Mellow Yellows, go here.]

Sunday, April 30, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Saint Peter's basilica in Rome is so
over-the-top that you almost
don't know where to look—I actually like
the lack of stained glass in those
 high demi-lune windows that let the
clear light illuminate all that
ornate embellishment.

[To see more churches from around
the world, go here.  Also linking
back to Shadow Shot Sunday.]

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


My hometown can be difficult sometimes—
overcrowded subways, high prices,
ridiculous traffic.  But then there's this.

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Skywatch Friday


Looks like I played with the color in
this photo—but I didn't touch it.
It was taken through the window of a
bus as I was riding through the
streets of Paris.  Guess the bus windows
were probably tinted, though.

[To see more Skywatch shots, go here.]

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"warm" (#2)


It's supposed to warm up around here in the
next few days, but the chilly rain
lately has had me thinking about this.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ABC Wednesday—P is for "people"


and also for "pink."  All these folks were at the
botanic garden this past weekend —and
this was shortly before closing time.  One of my
kids remarked that Brooklyn is getting
to be a bit too popular.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

'Burning Heart'


That's the well-chosen name of this two-tone
Darwin hybrid tulip—just one of
dozens of tulips in bloom right now at
the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (aka my 'backyard'.)

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

la libreria


This charming bookstore with
the pretty blue doorway
is in the neighborhood of
Trastevere, in Rome.

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

Sunday, April 23, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Light and shadow in a quiet corner
of Saint Peter's basilica.

[To see more churches from around
the world, go here.  Also linking back
to Shadow Shot Sunday.]

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
You know the answer to that one.  And
when you get there, you can
admire the beautiful lamps on the façade.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Let's raise a glass to Rome—
 the Eternal City is 2,770 years old today.
Buon Compleanno, Roma!

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"warm"


We've had a bit of a preview lately, 
but it won't be long before
every day is warm enough for this.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ABC Wednesday—O is for "over home"


The house on the left was my maternal
grandparents'; the one on the right
was my great-grandparents' (and where my
grandmother grew up).  It was always
referred to as "over home"—as in "Where are
you
going?"  Oh, I'm just going over home."

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Overnight sensation


This dogwood tree is right outside my
apartment.  On Saturday morning,
it was covered with tight little buds—but 
when I woke up on Easter Sunday, 
I found this!

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

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Easter Bunny was here


Hope you had a lovely Easter or Passover
—or just a sunny Sunday.  It went
up to around 83°F (28°C) here in NYC.

[Linking back to Monday Mellow Yellows.]

Sunday, April 16, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


Happy Easter from the Minor Basilica
of San Lorenzo in Lucina, in Rome.
There's been a church on this site since the
5th century, and the current building
dates from the 17th century.
Like many Roman churches, the location
(set cheek by jowl with other buildings)
and fairly simple façade belie
the splendor within.

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


This mosaic floor is in the Vatican Museum,
where thousands walk across it every day.
 It does look like it's seen better days—and it has
(worse ones too)!  
I was told that it's
actually an 
ancient Roman floor. 

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

Friday, April 14, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Here's the beautiful Ponte Sant' Angelo
reflected in the Tiber, with the
dome of Saint Peter's beyond and Castel
Sant' Angelo on the right.
(And I apologize for the gigantic billboard
 in the center.  I guess they'll pay
for the reno of the building by enveloping
it in advertising in the meantime.)

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"shadow #2"


Somewhere in Rome on a sunny
winter day . . .

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ABC Wednesday—N is for "narcissus"


The show is just beginning.
In the next month or so, there will
be lots and lots of these, plus tulips, lilacs, 
hyacinths . . . and the flowering
trees have already begun to burst into bloom.
Don't you love spring?

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

On the street where you live . . .


If you're Melania and Barron Trump, that is.
The side entrance of Trump Tower is
just up this street.  Is it wrong of me to be 
annoyed/sad/angry that this is even necessary?

[Linking back to Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, April 10, 2017

Coming soon


They've wrapped the entire façade of
this building on 57th Street so
we can all see what the finished product
will look like.  I'm thinking it
probably won't
 be purple though.

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This is the 16th-century church of
San Salvatore in Lauro,
in Rome.   They wouldn't let me climb
on this beautiful altar, but of course
I wasn't wearing a clerical collar.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


My daughter Kate (that's her in the picture)
and I both loved the umbrella pines
in Rome's Borghese Gardens when we 

were there in February.

[To see more b/w shots, visit Dragonstar's meme.
Also linking back to Shadow Shot Sunday.]

Friday, April 7, 2017

Skywatch Friday


Who recognizes this famous place?
Hint: It's in Rome.

[To see more Skywatch pics, go here.]

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"shadow"


Les françaises (of any age) are always
très très chic!  This little one in
Saint-Emilion was having fun being

chased by her own shadow.

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ABC Wednesday—M is for "Mary"


. . . and also for museum (the Vatican).

This piece of furniture—oversized
desk, armoire, cabinet?—dominates the 
room, which is saying something, 
considering the ornate gilded ceiling and 
the beautifully frescoed walls.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]