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My Los Angeles 74 – Downtown Los Angeles via Instagram

February 1st, 2019 Comments off

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My Los Angeles 74 - Downtown Los Angeles via Instagram

My Los Angeles 74 – Downtown Los Angeles

A view up Grand Avenue with the Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Broad in the foreground. 

Taken from the top floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse while on jury duty today. I always make a point of taking photos from this rather unique perspective when I am here. The Music Center is nearby too but the entire plaza is closed off for new construction. 

I tend to stay in for lunch in order to avoid another trip through security and at least the views are nice. 

Not my favorite way to spend a day or 2, but it is a civic duty we should all do. You would want someone to do the same for you should you ever need it. 

It is also important to see the “real world” of jurisprudence and not only the distorted view that television shows us. 

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Milano, Italia

January 29th, 2019 Comments off

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Milano, Italia

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Milano, Italia

Rosanne and I had stumbled upon this 1446 church a few days earlier on our wandering, but I returned on my way to a second visit to the Orto Botanico (Botanical Garden) in Brera.

This morning, though, I took the opportunity to stop, order a caffé (espresso) and a chocolate croissant, and just sit people watching and taking in the architecture of the church and the art in the piazza.

I was on my own on this visit, but it is one of my favorite memories of the trip. Even alone I found Milano to be friendly, welcoming and very livable. I felt more comfortable there than perhaps any other European city I have visited besides, perhaps, Bath and Leeds in the UK. London is fun but can be a bit too much after a few days.

When out on my own — and not looking a bit Italian in any way — I found it fun to joke with the wait staff at restaurants and museums. They would always start out in English and then expressed surprise and pleasure when I spoke Italian — even my first-grade version of it. Just another way I came to feel comfortable. Joking with everyone and generally having a great time.

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Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Milano, Italia in Black and White and Color

January 28th, 2019 Comments off

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Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Milano, Italia in Black and White and Color

Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Milano, Italia in Black and White and Color

Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Milano, Italia

This huge, old castle can be seen from almost anywhere in the older section of Milan and works as a great landmark for navigation when walking the city. Two major subway stops are directly outside so it quickly became a touchstone for our travels around the city. 

It now holds 4 museums and anchors one end of a huge park. I ended up taking so many pictures as there are so many views of the castle. This was taken from inside the walls, looking up at the castle keep. 

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Milano, Italia

January 27th, 2019 Comments off

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Milano, Italia

While the exterior of this 1446 church is fairly plain, the interior is amazing. The light and shadows effect on the architecture are so dramatic is almost, literally, takes your breath away. We stepped in from the bright sun on a hot afternoon and it was like entering an entirely different world. The temperature dropped 10 degrees and it took several minutes for our eyes to adjust. We had entered from a side door, so we didn’t get the full effect until we moved up the enter aisle and took in this view. 

This is one of those photos that you easily remember taking. Unlike some, I believe that photography doesn’t take me out of the moment when I am Travelling, but rather makes my memories more vibrant and concrete when I return home. 

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Into the courtyard, Museo del Risorgimento, Milano, Italia via Instagram

January 24th, 2019 Comments off

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Into the courtyard, Museo del Risorgimento, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Into the courtyard, Museo del Risorgimento, Milano, Italia via Instagram

From our September 2018 trip to see family and attend the SRN Conference.

So many small places away from the bustle of the city. For me, discovering these places is one of the most exquisite joys of travel — whether far abroad or in your own hometown. 

Milan is a great place to explore and discover. Some interesting places are on tourist guides and known to many others. These are wonderful, but it is the doorways, the courtyards, the side streets, the facades glimpsed at the end of a street luring you onward. I often find myself being pulled off my carefully planned path to one sight or another as it catches my eye.

This courtyard is the entrance to the Museo del Risorgimento (Museum of the Reunification of Italy – Google Translate). We explored its corners, finding steps to rest upon after thoroughly exploring the museum for research for @drrosannewelch ‘s latest book On Garibaldi. It was a hot day and the cool shade and stone were welcome discoveries if the mosquitos were a bit fierce. It is these experiences that stick in my memory and my photos. 

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January 24th, 2019 Comments off

“Walking The Night” – Columbia, Missouri via Instagram

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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“Walking The Night” via Instagram

“Walking The Night”

Walking in the city at night is always such a different experience than walking it during the day. You happen upon scenes that don’t occur at any other time of day. They surprise you. In the dark you don’t see the scenes coming, they are suddenly just thrust upon you in the glow of the street lamp or the glare of car headlamps.

My inherent fear of the dark means that I don’t often go walking in wilder areas, but the pools of light found in the city offer me refuge in the surrounding darkness and I get by. 

My favorite times to walk are during the full moon or on those cloud covered nights when the city lights are reflected back to earth and night almost turns into day. Then I get the best of both worlds. Shadows still conceal much but the moonlight shows off smaller scenes and highlights.

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Send a letter! Send a postcard! Beverly Wilshire Hotel via Instagram

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Send a letter! Send a postcard! Beverly Wilshire Hotel via Instagram

Send a letter! Send a postcard!

Wandering Rodeo Drive with family a few weeks ago and we HAD to go into the Lobby of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. After all, this was the hotel portrayed in Pretty Woman and countless other films and tv shows.

For me, though, it wasn’t about the fancy shops or exceedingly rich or famous guests. I was more interested in the design and architecture of the hotel, first built in 1928. 

This gleaming mail chute shines brightly in the elevator lobby and I stopped to take a photo despite the odd looks I received from staff and guests. What can I say? I love things that are well-designed in a style that isn’t seen much anymore. I am sure I have countless other photos like this in my photo collection. 

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Going Metro Today! via Instagram

January 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Going Metro Today! via Instagram

Going Metro Today!

While I am riding the bus today out of necessity — the car is in the shop — after using public transit to get around cities like London and Milan, I know there are unique advantages.

Since you don’t have to focus on driving, you notice more along your way — even when traveling in your own neighborhood. Perhaps you spot a new restaurant you want to try or a new shop.

You also get to know your fellow citizens more. The conversations I have on the bus vary widely, but they give you a better and deeper understanding of those who share this time and place with you.

If you have visitors in town, it helps to know how the metro system works so you can give them advice. It might prevent you from having to take them everywhere by car and all the complications of traffic and parking.

Finally, and most importantly for me, I get a little more exercise than I might otherwise. Since I typically have to walk from my house to the bus stop and then from my final stop to my destination traveling by bus provides a little, forced exercise. It is never too much, but just enough to get me moving and helping to fill the activity rings on my iPhone. 😀

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Bring these Fresh Fortnight Lilies Home With Art Boards, Totes, Journals, iPhone Cases and Much more!

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off

Bring these Fresh Fortnight Lilies Home With Art Boards, Totes, Journals, iPhone Cases and Much more! 

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