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

April 21st, 2019 No comments

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

In the garden… Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan

A couple finds respite in the cool shade of the garden on a hot Summer day. We did the same. After walking through the garden we found a bench and just enjoyed the scenery. The mosquitos got to be a bit fierce, though. Bring bug spray if you visit in summer. 😀

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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.

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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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Courtyard, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Italia via Instagram

March 24th, 2019 Comments off

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Displaying and learning about painting should always be done in a building which is also a piece of art itself. The collonades and arches of the courtyard give a rhythm to the building even if the Napoleon as Greek God statue is a bit overdone. 😀

Another fine sight from our September 2018 trip to Milan. 

Courtyard, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Italia
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Sculpture, NATO Headquarters, Milano, Italy via Instagram

March 10th, 2019 Comments off

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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

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

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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