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“Honey, There’s Someone At The Door!” via Instagram

August 16th, 2019 Comments off

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“Honey, There’s Someone At The Door!”

“Honey, There’s Someone At The Door!” via Instagram

Denver’s Big Blue Bear by Lawrence Argent at the Colorado Convention Center 

We took a moment to do some sightseeing while in Denver for @denverpopculturecon and looked in every corner of this statehouse.

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Fontana dei Baci 2, Milano, Italia via Instagram

August 1st, 2019 Comments off

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Fontana dei Baci 2, Milano, Italia

Fontana dei Baci 2, Milano, Italia via Instagram

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Fontana dei Baci, Milano, Italia via Instagram

July 31st, 2019 Comments off

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Fontana dei Baci, Milano, Italia

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Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification via Instagram

May 7th, 2019 Comments off

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 Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification

Sculpture of Vittorio Emanuelle II during battle for Italian Reunification via Instagram

On our trip to Milan for the 2019 SRN Conference we had the time to visit the Museum of the Risorgimento so I could do some research on the Italian perspective of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the topic of my second Mentoris novel. It really helped me see him from several sides – and artwork like this highlighted the place he holds in world civilization. 

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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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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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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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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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Piazza Mercanti, Milano, Italia via Instagram

January 22nd, 2019 Comments off

How does it feel to be surrounded by history every day? Share in the comments!

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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