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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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“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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Autumn Color on a Historic Campus via Instagram

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off

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Autumn Color on a Historic Campus via Instagram

Autumn Color on a Historic Campus

Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri

There is always something special for me about walking a college campus — whether is is old and historic lime @stephenscollege or fairly modern one like Cal Poly Pomona — where my son attends and my wife teaches.

College campuses always carry a sense of growth and opportunity for me. The energy, and often, lack of aged cynicism, reminds me of the younger person I once was. There can be a bit of melancholy too, though, as I am confronted with all those plans that didn’t quite work out and this I abandoned for more life-necessary work. 

Of course, I am sure some of my rose-colored memories come from the fact that college is where I met @drrosannewelch on the first night of my Fall Semester. Events like that are sure to color your thoughts for a lifetime. 

Still, no matter how young the students start to appear — (When did colleges start accepting junior high aged students? 🤪) — or how old it makes me feel, I’ll still carry a special feeling for college campuses and the hope they carry

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Piazza Mercanti, Milano, Italia via Instagram

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off

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Piazza Mercanti, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Piazza Mercanti, Milano, Italia

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

Even with some buildings covered in scaffold and sheeting, this Piazza carries the weight and grandeur of its medieval origins.

After visiting Milano for a week, I wonder what it would feel like to be constantly reminded of history as you go about your normal life? Would you begin to ignore it or come to see it as something commonplace like so many of us do in our home cities. I would hope not, but I can guess they treat historic sculptures and buildings much like I treat the Hollywood Sign, film studios and Rodeo Drive. These are simply places that were always “there” and don’t cause or require any great contemplation.

We’ll be visiting another historic town in April — Oxford, England — and I’ll think more about this as I wander streets, churches and colleges that have hundreds of years of history. How do I see them differently than the locals? Or in similar ways? We shall see. 

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Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills via Instagram

January 21st, 2019 Comments off

Hmm. A hidden message? via Instagram

January 21st, 2019 Comments off

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Hmm. A hidden message? via Instagram

Hmm. A hidden message?

Piazza Affari, Milano, Italia

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

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1930s Era Bas Relief, Piazza Affari, Milano, Italia via Instagram

January 20th, 2019 Comments off

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1930s Era Bas Relief, Piazza Affari, Milano, Italia via Instagram

1930s Era Bas Relief, Piazza Affari, Milano, Italia

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

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Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills via Instagram

January 20th, 2019 Comments off

First Starbucks in Italy – Piazza Cordusio, Milano, Italy via Instagram

January 17th, 2019 Comments off

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First Starbucks in Italy - Piazza Cordusio, Milano, Italy via Instagram

First Starbucks in Italy – Piazza Cordusio, Milano, Italy

We Happened to be in Milan the day the Starbucks opened.

Didn’t go the first day as it was packed, but took some photos and video on day two.

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