Colorful Intersections

Look, I’m trying to post at least something. One of the things I love about Bologna are the wonderful street intersections where you find beautiful windows and portici arches and colors all combined in one view. This was one that caught my eye on a recent walk around town. You’ve got the warm colors of Bologna, the pointed and curved arches of the portici and … Continue reading Colorful Intersections

For the Love of Rustication

Just a few words on this Wednesday … I need to save the rest for my paying job. My love of rustication is long standing and still intense and I get a bit of a thrill when I see some good stuff. As I probably mentioned before, I’ve been known to give it a bit of a fondle in passing. So when I saw this … Continue reading For the Love of Rustication

Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

I have what feels like a million photos of Santa Maria Novella and don’t know what to do with them all. We easily spent at least two hours wandering around inside and out while we were in Florence the other week. There are some photos that deserve their own post, others could be grouped, but I don’t want to overwhelm with too many pictures at … Continue reading Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

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Variations on Florentine Architecture

It’s Monday. Let’s ease into the week with a simple photo comparison of architecture in Florence. I snapped both of these not far from each other, yet they cover various ends of the spectrum. One is grand and well-maintained, with strong rustication and a harmony of pilasters and windows. The other is more rustic and time-worn, yet with an undeniable beauty. Both are evocative backdrops … Continue reading Variations on Florentine Architecture

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Pedestrian but Civilized

While visiting Florence the other week, the weather was warm, the sun was shining down, and we were miserable. Well, not miserable, but seriously, y’all, it was hot! I know plenty of people who love warm weather, but that’s not G and me. We arrived at the consulate early, and while it was next to the Arno, the sun was beating down on us, with … Continue reading Pedestrian but Civilized

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Sunset Glow over Piazza Maggiore

If you come to Bologna, you’re going to end up spending time in and around Piazza Maggiore. As the name implies, it is a major square in the heart of Bologna. Day or night, it’s a fun and attractive place to be. There’s always plenty of people and dog watching to enjoy, and there are even caf├ęs with tables set outside to enjoy the good … Continue reading Sunset Glow over Piazza Maggiore