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.]

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

nothing lasts forever


Recently, two of my favorite cousins came
to visit and they brought me
these beautiful tulips to welcome spring.


Oh well, they were lovely 
while they lasted.

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

in the Vatican Museum


One of my favorite rooms in the Vatican Museum
is the gallery of maps.  It was commissioned
in 1580 by Pope Gregory XIII, and it took the artist
(Ignazio Danti) three years to complete.
Unfortunately, the last time I was there (in February),
the museum was more crowded than I've
ever seen it—even in July—and this was the only
picture I even tried to take.

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

Sunday, April 2, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


A detail in Santa Maria in Trastevere,
in Rome.  This is one of the oldest
churches in the city, rebuilt and renovated
many times over the course of
the centuries—but there's been a house
of worship on this site since the
early 2nd century.  All I could discover about
the beautiful organ is that it was
donated by Cardinal Altemps at the end
of the 16th century.

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A tasty bite


This was part of a most amazing multi-course
meal that my daughter Katie treated me
to when we were in Rome in February.  Between
each of the courses they would bring us
some yummy little something.  (This one featured
raspberry & pistachio, and I'm not sure what
was inside but it was delicious.) 

The chef came out for an intro when we had just 
started our dinner; if he'd shown up 
near the end, I would have hugged him!

[Linking back to Beverly's Pink Saturday.]

Friday, March 31, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Here's the view from inside the Pantheon
in Rome, looking out past the portico
to the piazza beyond.
{This is my third—and last—Pantheon
post for this week.  But I love this
incredible building.}


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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"old" (#2)


Last week I featured something that's
been around for 1, 937 years:
this old thing.  The Pantheon in Rome is
only 1,892 years old.  Still . . .
(This shot shows a detail of the back
of the building.)

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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ABC Wednesday—L is for "Lakshmi"


Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity
—and important to Buddhists and
Jains as well—is a favorite of mine (and also the
nickname given to me by my friend
and fave yoga teacher).  I found this depiction
in the Passage du Grand Cerf, in Paris.

[To see more ABC Wednesday
posts, go here.]

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From the present to the past


Looking up via Baccina, in Rome's
Rione district, to the Forum
of Augustine.

[Linking back to Our World Tuesday.]

Monday, March 27, 2017

A terrace in Rome


The hotel room my daughter and I stayed
in last month in Rome came with
a lovely surprise—a pretty terrace with
green plants and stucco walls and
blue-shuttered doors.

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


I think that a lot of the people who
visit the Pantheon in Rome
don't realize that it's also a church.

Many of them are mainly there
to look up and see
this
(which is incredible, I admit).  


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


Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Today La Serenissima is 1, 596 years old.
Buon Compleanno, Venezia!

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Reflections


A store in the Campo dei Fiori,
in Rome, where my daughter Katie
bought lots of yummy dried
sausage to bring home.  I managed
to resist, but it was not easy.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"old"


Here's something that's pretty ancient.
Construction was begun under
the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and
completed eight years later
(under Titus).  So, 1,937 years old.  
I'd have to say it qualifies.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ABC Wednesday—K is for "kitchen"


Or at least for anything you could ever possibly
need for yours.  This is one small cubby
at the Paris emporium E. Dehillerin, where cooks
from near and far come to stock
up on the essentials.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tarocco


This is a variety of blood orange that's
native to Italy—and they were
for sale at the market in the Campo dei Fiori,
where I also took yesterday's photo.
My daughter and I were there at 8 a.m.—and even
knowing that we had to fit whatever
 we
purchased in our already full bags and leave for the
airport
 by noon, we still bought too much stuff.
Just too hard to resist.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Mellow Yellows


Very yellow and very, well not exactly
mellow . . . but definitely delicious.
Or so I assume, if limoncino is anything
like limoncello.

[To see more Monday Mellow Yellows, go here.]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday



You might not pay that much attention
to the shadows in this room
at the Vatican—it's one of the Raphael
rooms, where he painted 
his "School of Athens." 

[To see more Sunday Shadows, go here.]

Saturday, March 18, 2017

the Weekend in Black and White


Sometimes the door to the courtyard is
open, and you get a glimpse
of life in the heart of Rome.  I could
live here—just saying.

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

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend Reflections


Ponte Garibaldi, Rome,
at "rush hour"—but traffic in
this city can be pretty
insane at almost any hour.

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"motion #2"


Captured in motion: the playful fountain
in front of the Brooklyn Museum—
lots of fun in hot, breezy weather, not so
much when the temp is (as lately)
well below freezing.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ABC Wednesday—J is for "Jean"


This portrait of my mother was taken
when she was 30 (by my father;
she was his lifelong muse).  She made it to 

96, and last Saturday would have been
her 97th birthday.  About 50 of her
friends and relatives gathered to remember
her and celebrate her long, happy life.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Via di S. Simone


Seems like everywhere you look
in Rome is yet another
photo begging to be snapped.

[To see more of Our World
Tuesday, go here.]


Monday, March 13, 2017

Gratitude . . .


on display at the church of
San Salvatore in Lauro,
in Rome.  I think this is a charming
custom—to give visible thanks
when prayers are answered.

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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This was taken (very surreptitiously)
in the church of San Andrea della Valle,
in Rome, where for some
unknown reason, they don't want you
to take photos.

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

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Inviting, isn't it? 
I almost didn't have to shoot this in black 
and white, because the trompe-l'oeil
doorway of this Roman café 
was painted that way.

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

Friday, March 10, 2017

Skywatch Friday


This shot of a dramatic Arctic sky was taken
from a zodiac as we made our way
to a spot where polar bears had been spotted.

[To see more Skywatch pics, go here.]

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday Challenge—"motion"


Caught this biker pedaling past Tiffany's
back in October.  Since the election, 
with Trump Tower right next door, the
barricades are always up and
the police are a permanent presence.
Wonder how the folks at Tiffany feel about that.

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ABC Wednesday—I is for "Italy"


One of the things I love about much of
Italy (and especially Rome): 
You can point your camera and capture
several layers of civilization in
just one shot.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

pomodori


These beautiful tomatoes were for sale at
the market in Campo de' Fiori.  This
was very early in the morning, when the
vendors were just setting up and
it all looked untouched and pristine.

This is what the campo looks like just
after the market is finished.

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