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Doorways of Milano via Instagram

February 18th, 2019 No comments

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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 No comments

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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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February 13th, 2019 No comments

Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Milano, Italia via Instagram

February 8th, 2019 No comments

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Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Castello Sforzesco di Milano, Milano, Italia

Another angle of this castle as we walked around it on our way to dinner with family. 

The late afternoon sun makes it bricks glow and highlights all the crenelations, mortar joints and scaffold holes in its exterior. 

Working to see architecture from many different angles can lead to some amazing photos. Sure, take the same pics that all the other tourists are taking, but then dig deeper, move around and find something that speaks directly to you. 

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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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The Canterbury Tales, Figure and Text via Instagram

January 11th, 2019 Comments off

The Canterbury Tales, Figure and Text via Instagram

The Canterbury Tales, Figure and Text

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanic Gardens

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milano, Italy via Instagram

December 19th, 2018 Comments off

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milano, Italy via Instagram

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milano, Italy

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

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Piazza Duomo, Milano, Italy via Instagram

December 16th, 2018 Comments off

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Piazza Duomo, Milano, Italy via Instagram

Piazza Duomo, Milano, Italy

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

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