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Pettinaroli and Figli, Storefront, Milano, Italia via Instagram

April 18th, 2019 No comments

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Pettinaroli and Figli, Storefront, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Pettinaroli and Figli, Storefront, Milano, Italia

I ended up taking lots of photos of storefronts during this trip. There are so many interesting and unique displays and often the stores themselves are just as unique.

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Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

April 16th, 2019 No comments

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Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan

Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan via Instagram

In this scene we get an important lesson on how sight lines can make a garden seem much larger than it is. The leading lines of the pathway, the encroaching growth of the plants and the architecture at the end make it seem like the garden goes on for an even greater distance. 
This garden is hemmed in By buildings on each side and isn’t particularly large, but new vistas were always opening up as you walked about.

Orto Botanico di Brera 

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On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia via Instagram

April 11th, 2019 No comments

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On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia

On The Street, Via Dante, Milano, Italia via Instagram

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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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine and Piazza via Instagram

March 2nd, 2019 Comments off

Could your city or town us a piazza? Share in the comments!

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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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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The Ending of World War I: The Road to 11 November via Gresham College

February 19th, 2019 Comments off
I regularly watch these Gresham College lectures on a variety of topics — probably around 3-4 lectures a month, depending on the topics. Lectures like this have been by own version of a Master’s Degree, since I am not that fond of classroom learning. With each lecture, you gain quite a deep understanding of the topic at hand and often there are 3-5 lectures that follow a theme over the course of few months. — Douglas

Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years.

The College was established out of the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, one of the most influential and important men across the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. Sir Thomas made himself indispensable as the financial agent for four successive monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. As well as founding the Royal Exchange, Sir Thomas left proceeds in his will for the foundation of Gresham College.

 

This lecture re-examines how the First World War ended. Why did Germany request a ceasefire and why did the Allies and America grant one?

A lecture by Professor David Stevenson, London School of Economics
07 November 2018 6pm (UK time)
https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-an…

Audio, Video, Transcript and Slides are available on the Gresham College web site.

This lecture will re-examine how the First World War ended, anticipating the centenary commemorations in 2018. It will discuss both why Germany requested a ceasefire, and why the Allies and America granted one. It will argue that the German army was near collapse, and that Germany was not defeated by a ‘stab in the back’ at home. None the less, the Allies had good reasons not to press on to Berlin.

Watch The Ending of World War I: The Road to 11 November via Gresham College






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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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