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A pavement art picture

A pavement art picture

The bonus side effect of my recently started new series is that perusing our photo archives I come across an occasional cool picture that I never posted anywhere. For instance, here is a shot of a pavement artist at work. It was taken in Florence, but could have been taken…

My favorite sights of Florence

My favorite sights of Florence

Boy, this is not a simple task, picking just a few shots of Florence. I’ve been to the city several times and I can never get enough of it, so it is no surprise that we accumulated quite a lot of photographic memories over time. The funny thing is, my…

New York imagery: Madison Square Park

New York imagery: Madison Square Park

Finding myself for the first time in ages in a place that I used to walk through daily, I could not restrain myself from taking a couple of shots of things reaching for the sky. (Despite less than optimal lighting due to overall weather.) These are couple of perspectives from…

My favorite sights of Munich

My favorite sights of Munich

Munich does not break into my top tier of favorite cities. I’ve only been there once for a few days, I liked it well enough, it is lively and welcoming, but I do not find it exceptionally beautiful or uncommonly impressive. Perusing my photo archives, I am struck by the…

My favorite sights of Prague

My favorite sights of Prague

Both within this virtual space (here, for instance) and in meat-space, I never hesitate to proclaim which city I consider to be the most beautiful among all. Prague, hands down! Such opinions are subjective, I realize, and your mileage may vary relative to other places you’ve seen and things you…

Philadelphia Flower Show 2011

Philadelphia Flower Show 2011

Recalling wonderful times in Europe when we rarely hesitated to get into a car and drive someplace for enrichment or entertainment, we took a trip to Philadelphia today for the flower exhibition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Here are a few quick shots.              …

Minis on the walls

Minis on the walls

There is currently not one but two real Minis scaling the walls of the building on 42nd Street where Broadway and 7th Avenue diverge away from the Times Square. I thought at first that these were well-executed models, but close inspection of the brackets which hold the cars in place…

New York imagery: Bryant Park jugglers

New York imagery: Bryant Park jugglers

On a nowadays rare workday spent in Manhattan, I had a chance to stroll through Bryant Park in New York Midtown. Around lunchtime, it held a City Library-sponsored book reading in one corner and a musical performance in another. Some people played ping-pong, while others idly lounged around. In yet…

One of my favorite vistas

One of my favorite vistas

This weekend, chauffeuring our guests around Brooklyn, I found myself for the first time in ages on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. In our early days in America, my Mom said on occasion that the view of Manhattan from there is worth coming to New York City all by itself. It…

After rain

After rain

After a short but intense rain at the end of the day, the street is saturated with brilliant colors. I’m not sure how well a formatted-for-web picture can relay it, but I figured I’d try. I only resized it, no other enhancing manipulations were performed here.    

Fish

Fish

Remember the pond in our backyard and the story associated with it? The funny thing is, we were assured repeatedly by the previous owners and their landscaper that there was fish in that pond. But we did not see a single fish after we had moved in. Until now. Here…

Holiday season in New York City

Holiday season in New York City

I am starting to dislike Manhattan just a bit again. The main reason is this:     The damn thing stands practically in front of the building where I work, and is surrounded by so many gawkers that it makes it a challenge to get through, especially at the end…

Random Illustrations: Cranberry Fair

Random Illustrations: Cranberry Fair

One of the few fun things about working in NYC’s Rockefeller Center – there are many negative counterweights to it, trust me! – is the various fairs regularly held here. One day they display a fleet of historic fire engines and then torch an old car and demonstrate proper firefighting…

New York imagery: 6th Avenue

New York imagery: 6th Avenue

I’ve taken this picture a while ago, on one of the first days of resuming my Manhattan working life. There is nothing expressly special about it. I just happen to like the wide expanse of New York’s 6th Avenue above 42nd Street.    

New York imagery: 8th Avenue Westin

New York imagery: 8th Avenue Westin

Maybe I’ve become more attuned to noticing them in the past few years or possibly they simply were not here in my previous New York City life, but I keep coming across pretty cool modern buildings in Midtown that I don’t recall seeing before our expatriate period. Such as this…

Debout les damnés de la terre

Debout les damnés de la terre

I lately find myself party to occasions where my friends – who share the same background with me and, like me, deeply loath socialism in its most manifestations – lament the approach of the end of the world as we know it on account of current administration’s proposed policies. From…

Random Illustrations: Rain clouds and sunlight

Random Illustrations: Rain clouds and sunlight

Lack of inspiration and general preoccupation with other matters do not leave me much room for blogging these days. In lieu of any entertaining or enlightening material, here is a snapshot from my illustrations backlog. Combination of sunlight and ominous clouds always makes for a somewhat dramatic effect.    

Random Illustrations: Green Chain Walk

Random Illustrations: Green Chain Walk

As I have been wandering around the neighborhood area to rack up steps on my pedometer, I frequently find myself on the paths of the Green Chain Walk, a loosely connected walking circuit in Southeast London that we first explored more than two years ago. Here is a stretch of…