Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ABC Wednesday—O is for "opera house"


This is still one of the most beautiful buildings
in Paris, especially when it's all lit up
at night.  Since the (not at all attractive, imho)
Opéra Bastille was opened in 1989, the
19th-century Palais Garnier
 now hosts mostly
ballet performances
.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

beep beep


Parking is an issue in the Jordan neighborhood,
in Amsterdam—unless, of course, 
you happen to be driving one of these cute
cars, which fits on the sidewalk and
is barely bigger than a bike.

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday mural


I love this large mural, which I found in Paris—
don't remember exactly where it is,
but somewhere in the 3rd Arrondissement.
Also don't know what it means, but
I could come up with a couple of scenarios.
What do you think?

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


A detail in Saint-Sulpice, a 17th-century
church in Paris—and the city's second-largest,
only slightly smaller than Notre Dame.

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


This tattoo parlor is in Amsterdam.  So,
knowing that, is there anything
about it that strikes you as unusual?

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekend Reflections


You'll notice that these card players are in
a coffee shop but are not drinking 
coffee.  That's because it's one of those
Amsterdam "coffee shops" where
you go to smoke hashish.  No, I didn't, but
I did get a little contact high walking
past and that was more than enough for me.

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

laundromat?


There are signs like this on many of the
buildings in Amsterdam (often with
 no
 words and probably dating
back to a time when many people
couldn't read or write).
I'm having a hard time translating this,
and finally decided it could be the
name of the proprietors, who specialized
in . . . laundry?

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ABC Wednesday—N is for "Netherlands"


And a pretty canal in the just-
quiet-enough district
of Jordaan, in Amsterdam.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

somewhere in Paris


This almost never happens: to spot a
beautiful, colorful, photogenic
door—without a car parked right in
front of it.

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

blue lantern


I was very struck by how clean Amsterdam
is and by how little graffiti there is.
The stoops are lined with flowering plants
 and there are lots of pretty decorative
elements—such as this blue lantern—everywhere.

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This is a small part of the Catholic church
of Franciscus Xaverius, in Amsterdam.
It was filled with people when
I just happened to step in at 5 on a Saturday.
Now I know they have a high mass,
sung in English, on Saturdays at 5:15—in case.

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

Saturday, October 7, 2017

les roses roses


Masses of pretty pink roses, for sale at
the Marché d'Aligre, in Paris.
They also had yummy figs (we got 1/2 kilo
for 3 euros) and avocados were six
for 2 euros! I just paid $3
for one avocado here in Brooklyn.

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Foucault's Pendulum


Proof 
(if you needed it) that the earth rotates 
can be found right here in the Musée
des Arts et Métiers, in Paris.  (I was taking it
on faith because the explanation is a
bit over my head.  So I'm glad I saw Foucault's
pendulum 
in action.)

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

what's for dinner?


Another image (like Tuesday's) from rue Paul Bert,
in Paris. No thanks to the veal kidneys but
a big yes please to the roasted figs.
Maybe I'll just have dessert for dinner.

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ABC Wednesday—M is for "Monteverdi"


Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer, string player,
and choirmaster, died in 1643, and is buried
here in the church of the Frari, in Venice.  Even now,
almost four centuries later, I've never seen his
gravesite without flowers left by a fan.

[To see more ABC photos, go here.]

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

foodie street


This is rue Paul Bert, where you find the
famous bistrot.  I've never been there,
but I was passing by here on my way to one
of my fave Paris restaurants, where I'm
always the lone American among the (friendly)
locals—and I like it that way.

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

counting crows


Here and there you can find some pretty
decorative tiles in the subway
—if you keep your eyes peeled for them.

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

Sunday, October 1, 2017

in the corner


I showed you the exterior of this old church
on Friday.  Here's the interior—
so simple. I love it.

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


Through this elegant courtyard, on
the other side of this even
more elegant gate, is the Blvd. de Clichy,
not the most elegant street in Paris.
Pigalle (this neighborhood) is not nearly as
sketchy as it was once though.

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Skywatch Friday


A bright blue sky over the very simple church
of Sainte Radegonde, in Giverney.
Monet and his family are all
buried here, in the little churchyard.

[To see more Skywatch pics, go here.] 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mark says . ..


I'm not sure who Mark is, but I have
to agree with this bit of advice.
This sign was in a restaurant—and, actually,
I did not eat dessert first, but that's
only because I was there for breakfast.

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

ABC Wednesday—L is for "light"


I've featured this church before, but these
chandeliers just blew me away
and I thought they deserved a close-up.

[To see more ABC shots, go here.]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

des gateaux rouges


I saw these colorful cakes at Bon Marche's
Grand Epicerie (elegant Paris
grocery—and more—store) last time I
was in Paris.  Am shopping there
again for a few days week and I wonder what
delights
 they'll have on display this time.

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday mural


I saw this big poster in Soho a while back.
I never saw the show, but this
sounds like a resolution you not only
shouldn't break but one you
shouldn't have to make in the first place.
And yet . . .

[See more Monday murals at
Oakland Daily Photo.]

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday


I found some welcome shade and shadows
on a very sunny spring day on
Venice's cemetery island, San Michele.

[To see more Sunday shadows, go here.]

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Santa Maria della Salute


This 17th-century Venice basilica, which
was built in thanks for deliverance
from an outbreak of plague, is not big on
bling but filled with lovely
shapes and shadows.

[Linking back to The Weekend in Black and White
and to inSPIREd Sunday.]

Friday, September 22, 2017

Under the bridge


Just one in a whole city of beautiful reflections . . .

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's how old?!


Lots of people walk past 
this tree in the
Square Viviani in Paris and
don't even realize it's the oldest tree
in the city.  It's a locust, planted in 1601 by 
Jean Robin, the gardener of Henri IV.
{I'm headed to Paris tonight—maybe I'll
stop by and see how it's doing.}


[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ABC Wednesday—K is for "kissing 9-to-5 goodbye"


                                 I'm packing up my blue pencils and retiring today!
                             Am grateful for the past 10 years
                                 at this job at Parents magazine, working with
                              some wonderful people—and I hereby
                               bequeath my greenery to the next person to
                          occupy this cozy cubicle.

                              [To see more ABC posts, go here.]



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saratoga En Pointe


Saratoga, N.Y., is the summer home of the
New York City Ballet.  Toe shoes like
this one (though most are more colorful)
were originally part of an exhibit
of the Museum of Dance and can be 

found all over town.  See a few more here.

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

knock knock


Somewhere in Florence . . .
Check out the detail on this thing—
it even has creepy little teeth!

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday


Deciding what to have for dinner al fresco
in Rome—it was a great meal
at Da Sabatino, in Piazza Sant'Ignazio.

[To see more Sunday shadows, go here.]

Saturday, September 16, 2017

(Relatively) New


The 17th-century church of 
Santi Luca & Martina fits right in
among the ruins of the
Roman forum.

[Linking back to The Weekend in Black
and White
,  inSPIREd Sunday, and
Skywatch Friday.]

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend Reflections


A narrow calle is reflected in the window of this
color-filled Venetian art store. Thanks again,
James, for introducing me to this fun obsession.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another memory


Not long after Sept. 11, these tiles showed
up on a fence in Greenwich Village.
The fence is no longer there and I'm not
sure what happened to the tiles,
but I hope they've been kept safe somewhere
(maybe they're in the 9/11 museum).

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ABC Wednesday—J is for "jazz manouche"


Lunchtime gypsy jazz at the flea market:
We looked in at Chez Louisette
(popular place, where you're entertained
with old-fashioned French chansons).
Lots of fun, but a tad touristy—and I also
think the food and service are
better here at La Chope des Puces.

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

and the winner is . . .


One more shot from the Saratoga Racetrack.
Lots of horses got scratched from
the races held this wet day, but the "mudders"
weren't bothered a bit by the weather.
I was betting mostly on the jockeys, but put my
money on Downtown Mama for this one,
just because I liked her name.

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

remembering


Don't know if this mural is still here on
Staten Island; I took the picture
in 2009. But we New Yorkers never really
forget the sacrifice our firefighters
made 16 years ago.


[Linking back to Blue Monday at Magical Mystery Teacher
and to Monday Mural at Oakland Daily Photo.]

Sunday, September 10, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This is the chapel of St. John the Baptist
in the Frari church, in Venice . . .


and here's a closer look 

at Donatello's ascetic Baptist,
sculpted in wood 579 

years ago.

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

Saturday, September 9, 2017

pretty in pink


I love the "painted ladies"
of Cape May, N.J.!

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekend Reflections


This building (and/or its reflection)
has probably been photographed millions
of times.  And who could resist?

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

sidewalk sign


This is not really what I wanted to put
here today, but my computer
(specifically, iPhoto) has decided to turn
against me.  At any rate, I think
most waiters talk a little too much—as in
you don't need to ask me every
5 minutes if everything is hunky-dory.
(Sorry—cranky.) 

[Linking back to signs, signs.]

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ABC Wednesday—I is for "inclement"


Labor Day weekend in Saratoga.
The rain kept coming down, the temperature
dropped about 20 degrees, the horses
were ankle deep in mud—but everyone seemed
to be having fun (and my $2 bet got
me $11.40 on one race!).

[To see more ABC posts, go here.]

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

three chairs


Many times, I've seen three chairs lined 

up somewhere on the altar of
a church.  These were in the Frari 
(full name: Basilica di Santa
Maria Gloriosa dei Frari), in Venice.

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

Monday, September 4, 2017

meet the neighbors


The other half of the couple was sitting on the
nest that they built in the
 hollow of this
sycamore tree.  There are birds nesting
 here
every year—don't know if they're
 the
same ones each time though.

Ditto for the ones who raise a family in
the
space under my air conditioner
(why I never turn it on!).

[Linking back to Macro Monday.]

Sunday, September 3, 2017

inSPIREd Sunday


This church was undergoing restoration when
 I visited Rome back in May.  It's 
Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte (Prayer and Death) . . .


which may explain this symbolism that
appears in multiple
 places on the façade.

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

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Weekend in Black and White


For many years I've been admiring this
melancholy lady in the cemetery of
San Miniato al Monte, in Florence.  I'm
sorry to see her face becoming
more and more discolored as time passes.
Would love to see her restored.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Skywatch Friday


My cousin Beth took this shot of me
gathering blog fodder (and
also enjoying this soothing sunset).


{And though this is not an official City Daily Photo
blog, it seems I'm joining in with the
1st of the month theme: Photographing
the Photographer.}

[To see more Skywatch pics, go here.]