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Sculpture, NATO Headquarters, Milano, Italy via Instagram

March 10th, 2019 No comments

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Sculpture, NATO Headquarters, Milano, Italy

This sculpture is interesting as it uses an old-world style to depict modern events. Its companion on the other side of the door shows Swords, cannons, and banners while this one depicts grenades, ammo belts, and machine guns.

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine with mosaic tile artwork over the door via Instagram

March 4th, 2019 Comments off

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine with mosaic tile artwork over the door via Instagram

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine with mosaic tile artwork over the door

Another great view of his church and the mosaic artwork over its main entrance.

Mosaics are amazing not only because of the skill required to create them, but also because of their longevity compared to works on canvas, tapestries, or paper. The sun Can or fade them. The rain cannot harm them, for the most part. Their biggest risks are war, earthquakes and the human desire to replace history with something new far too frequently. 

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Piazza via Instagram

March 2nd, 2019 Comments off

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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Piazza via Instagram

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Piazza

Another amazing part of Italian life is the piazza — the outdoor living room of Italian towns large and small. 

I sat at the cafe here, having my espresso and chocolate crossing and watching the world go by — a wonderful thing to do at any time of day. 

I remember this day specifically as I walked into the cafe and ordered a ”caffe, per favore.” As I am clearly NOT and Italian and with Milano being a big tourist town, he responded ”Caffe normale?” This was my cue to use my somewhat limited and strangely accented Italian to say let him know I spoke a few words and, indeed, wanted the usual coffee that the Milanese drink. He was quite happy I spoke Italian and I explained that my wife’s family was Italian so I had to learn the language a bit. 

This happened again and again in Milan and led to some great conversations in both English and Italian with shopkeepers, bar owners, and restauranteurs throughout my trip. 

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Daily Life In Milano, Italia via Instagram

February 26th, 2019 Comments off

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Daily Life In Milano, Italia via Instagram

Daily Life In Milano, Italia

 

Trams and bikes and people and history. This is what makes up a typical day in Milano

I only had a few opportunities to ride the trams in Milan, but their ever-present nature, convenience and the audible ambiance they bring to the town are amazing. Sometimes, we would sit in our hotel room with the windows open and just listen to city life go by. With is quite different than our life here in suburban Los Angeles.

 

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Mary and Francesca Discuss Italian Family History via Instagram

February 23rd, 2019 Comments off

Down the street, Milano, Italia via Instagram

February 23rd, 2019 Comments off

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Down the street, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Down the street, Milano, Italia

Just one of the many amazing views as we walked about Milan last September. Along with their grand boulevards there are many tiny streets — almost alleys really — like this which give frames views of piazzi, churches and other architecture in the city. It is at times like these where you begin to wonder what year it is until you see something modern that snaps you back to your own time.

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Napoleon as a Greek god, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Italia via Instagram

February 20th, 2019 Comments off

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Napoleon as a Greek god, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Napoleon as a Greek god, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Italia

Kind of a grand sculpture, don’t you think? But then Napoleon was known for an extremely large ego, so perhaps this explains it. 
Quite a dramatic centerpiece to the museum which also hosts the Accademia di Belle Arti (School of Fine Arts)

We passed through on our way to the Reunification museum and the Botanic Gardens seen in earlier pictures. 

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On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia

February 19th, 2019 Comments off

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On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia

On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia

I have never been one to practice street photography much, probably because I’m too self-conscious about it and worry about bad reactions from people. 

That said, one afternoon we pulled up at a kiosk to rest our feet and have a snack while we waited to meet family for dinner. 

Via Dante is a large, wide, now pedestrian-only Avenue in central Milan, right near a major subway station. It is a main location for the evening passeggiata or evening stroll so familiar in Italian towns of all sizes. 

This location allowed me to casually sit and capture people as they strolled by without attracting too much attention to myself, so I felt comfortable enough to try out some spontaneous street photography. 

What’s interesting is that these photos bring back some of the fondest memories as they make me feel I am there again more than any photos of dusty history or buildings. 

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Doorways of Milano via Instagram

February 18th, 2019 Comments off

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Doorways of Milano via Instagram

Doorways of Milano

Who lives here? What do they do? Where does this doorway lead?

I found myself asking these questions every time we passed an entry like this. I collected many such pictures on our trip to Milan last September and have often done the same on past trips to Italy. They are always so fascinating especially when they give such tantalizing views of what lies beyond. 

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Arco della Pace at Sunset via Instagram

February 15th, 2019 Comments off

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Arco della Pace at Sunset via Instagram

Arco della Pace at Sunset

Milano, Italia

We were walking through Parco Sempione on our way to dinner and caught the Arch of Piece in the late afternoon light. This is the front of the monument, facing away from the sunset, but it takes on a unique character in black and white. The details stand out quite nicely. 

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