Friday, September 30, 2016

Porta del Rosario

Porta del Rosario by Michelangelo Toffetti, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome
Porta del Rosario (Gate of the Rosary) by Michelangelo Toffetti
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica of Saint Mary Major)
Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore
Rome, April 2013

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bench with Snakes

Bench with snakes, Kensington Gardens, London
Bench with snakes
Kensington Gardens
London, September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Corte Lambruschini

Corte Lambruschini by Piero Gambacciani, Piazza Borgo Pila, Genoa
Corte Lambruschini by Piero Gambacciani, 1990
Piazza Borgo Pila
Genoa, April 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Atkinson Carillon

The Atkinson Carillon, with the moon and a plane
Old Bond Street, London
The Atkinson Carillon, with the moon and a plane
Old Bond Street
London, September 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

House of Borghese

House of Borghese, Palazzo Borghese, Via Ghibellina, Florence
Coat of arms of the House of Borghese
Palazzo Borghese, Via Ghibellina
Florence, December 2015

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Boating Lake

Boating Lake, Regent's Park, London
Boating Lake, Regent's Park
London, September 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blessed John the Good

Beato Giovanni Bono, Blessed John the Good by Stefano Pigini, Oratory of Saints Cecilia and Valeriano, Bologna
Beato Giovanni Bono (Blessed John the Good) by Stefano Pigini
Oratory of Saints Cecilia and Valeriano
Bologna, June 2015

Friday, September 23, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
London, September 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Water bus, vaporetto VE 7548, Grand Canal, Venice
A Line 2 vaporetto (water bus)
Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, September 2013

“The single most useful vaporetto line is Line 2 (which old Venice hands might recognize as the old Line 82), the express line down the Grand Canal. It chugs regularly from Piazzale Roma (car park) to Ferrovia (the train station) then on a majestic sweep down the Grand Canal, stopping five times (including at the Rialto bridge and the Accademia) en route to the San Marco-Valloresso just off Piazza San Marco. It takes 25 minutes to reach Piazza San Marco from the train station (add an extra four minutes from Piazzale Roma). In summer, it continues on from there to Giardini and the Lido.” (The vaporetto service in Venice,

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Brewer Street

A passer-by and a photographer at the London Fashion Week 2016, Brewer Street Car Park, London
An interesting bystander at the London Fashion Week 2016
Brewer Street Car Park
London, September 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lotto 42

Clock tower of the Lotto 42 or Albergo Rosso (Red Hotel) by Innocenzo Sabbatini, 1928
Piazza Michele da Carbonara, Garbatella
Rome, April 2013

See also: Albergo Rosso

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sky Garden

Sky Garden at the 35th floor of Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie”
Fenchurch Street, London
Sky Garden at the 35th floor of Rafael Viñoly's “Walkie Talkie
Fenchurch Street, City of London
London, September 2016

“The famous enlarged glass dome of 20 Fenchurch Street is dedicated to three storeys of exquisitely landscaped public gardens and London’s most exclusive social spaces, including observation decks and an open air terrace.” (Sky Garden)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Giuseppe Mazzini

The tomb of Giuseppe Mazzini, Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, Genoa
The tomb of Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1879)
Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno
Genoa, April 2016

“Giuseppe Mazzini (1805–1872) was an Italian politician, journalist and activist for the unification of Italy and spearheaded the Italian revolutionary movement. His efforts helped bring about the independent and unified Italy in place of the several separate states, many dominated by foreign powers, that existed until the 19th century. He also helped define the modern European movement for popular democracy in a republican state.” (Giuseppe Mazzini, Wikipedia)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Heart of Grass

A heart on the grass of Schloßplatz, Palace Square, Neuer Marstall , New Stables in background, Berlin
A heart on the grass of the Schloßplatz (Palace Square)
Neuer Marstall (New Stables) in background
Berlin, September 2011

“After German reunification in 1990 and renovations in 2005, the building became home to the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music, one of Europe's most prestigious conservatories. More renovation work saw a cleaned and restored facade facing Palace Square (Schloßplatz). The Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development estimates that the Neuer Marstell will again achieve reasonable architectural appearance in relation to Palace Square after completion of more restoration and the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace.” (Neuer Marstall, Wikipedia)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jupiter Room

Fresco of the Throne room by Pietro da Cortona, Sala di Giove, Jupiter Room, Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence
Fresco of the Throne room by Pietro da Cortona, 1646
Sala di Giove (Jupiter Room)
Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti
Florence, May 2016

“The next room, the Jupiter room, has paintings by Rubens, Andrea del Sarto, Bronzino, Perugino and the Flemish Sustermans, official painter at the Medici court. Susterman’s portrait of Galileo Galilei, the official mathematician at the Medici Grand Ducal court dedicated all of his astronomical discoveries to the Medici.” (The Palatine Gallery at the Pitti Palace, Visit Florence)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Théâtre de la Renaissance

Detail of the facade, Théâtre de la Renaissance, boulevard Saint-Martin, Paris
Detail of the facade, Théâtre de la Renaissance
Boulevard Saint-Martin
Quartier de la Porte-Saint-Martin, 10th arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

“The current company was founded in 1873, and its much smaller theatre was built that same year next to the Porte Saint-Martin at 20 boulevard Saint-Martin, in the 10th arrondissement. Besides performances of musical theatre, Feydeau's farces were first produced in this theatre, and plays by Victorien Sardou. Among the actors who triumphed there were Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and Raimu, later Agnès Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri.” (Théâtre de la Renaissance, Wikipedia)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Calzolaio, Shoemaker, Via de' Musei, Bologna
“Calzolaio” (Shoemaker)
Via de' Musei
Bologna, June 2015

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, London
Former Battersea Power Station
Kirtling Street, Nine Elms
Battersea, Wandsworth
London, September 2015

“Restoration of the Grade II listed Power Station is an early priority in the development. Work commenced in 2013 and plans include the restoration of the art deco structure internally and externally, reconstruction of the chimneys, and refurbishment of the historic cranes and jetty as a new river taxi stop. The plan includes over 800 homes of varying sizes, and sales of residential apartments in Phase 1 of the redevelopment began in January 2013 with around 75 per cent of townhouses and apartments being sold within four days. Construction work on Phase 1, called Circus West, is being undertaken by Carillion and commenced in 2013 alongside work on the Power Station. The full redevelopment consists of seven main phases, some of which are planned to run concurrently. Phase 1 is due to complete in 2016/17 with the Northern line extension and requisite new Battersea Power Station terminal anticipated to complete in 2020.” (Battersea Power Station, Wikipedia)

Monday, September 12, 2016

San Michele in Isola

Church of San Michele in Isola, Island of San Michele, Cannaregio, Venetian Lagoon, Venice
Church of San Michele in Isola by Mauro Codussi, 1478
Isola di San Michele (Island of San Michele)
Cannaregio, Venetian Lagoon
Venice, September 2013

“The original church was founded in the 10th Century and dedicated to to the Archangel Michael. A monastery was built too and housed monks of the Camaldolite order from 1212 to 1818. Amongst the monks who lived here were famed cartographer Fra Mauro, and Fra Mario Capellari, who became Pope Gregory XVI. (The crater Fra Mauro and the Fra Mauro formation of the Moon were named after the monk.) The church was enlarged and consecrated in 1221. Rebuilt in its current form 1469-78 by Mauro Codussi, this was his first building in Venice and Venice's first church in the Renaissance style. The design of the façade and its use of Istrian stone solely was very influential on Venetian church architecture.” (San Michele in Isola, The Churches of Venice)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fifteen Years

The Sphere by Fritz Koenig, Battery Park, New York
The Sphere” by Fritz Koenig, 1971
Battery Park
New York, September 2008

For three decades, this sculpture stood in the plaza
of the World Trade Center. Entitled “The Sphere”, it was
conceived by artist Fritz Koenig as a symbol of world
peace. It was damaged during the tragic events of
September 11, 2001, but endures as an icon of hope and the
indestructible spirit of this country. The Sphere was
placed here on March 11, 2002 as a temporary memorial
to all who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks at the
World Trade Center.
This eternal flame was ignited on September 11, 2002
in honor of all those that were lost. Their spirit and
sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Teatro Eliseo

Teatro Eliseo, Via Nazionale, Rome
Teatro Eliseo
Via Nazionale
Rome, April 2013

“The Teatro Eliseo (Eliseus Theater) is a theatre located in Rome, Italy. Initially named Arena Nazionale (National Arena), built of wood and dedicated to variety shows, over the years took on increasingly importance, up to undergo a makeover in 1938 that decreed its current appearance and name.” (Teatro Eliseo, Wikipedia)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Pedestrian Crossing

An unusual photo session on the avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris
An unusual photo session on the avenue des Champs-Élysées
Quartier des Champs-Élysées, 8e arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thašúŋke Witkó

Waterfalls dedicated to Tȟašúŋke Witkó, Crazy Horse, Villetta Di Negro, Genoa
Waterfalls dedicated to Thašúŋke Witkó (Crazy Horse)
Villetta Di Negro, Castelletto
Genoa, April 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A Family in Residence

A Family in Residence by Ivan Murray, Neo Bankside, Holland Street, London
“A Family In Residence” by Ivan Murray, 2012
Neo Bankside, Holland Street
London, September 2015

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Trattoria Cornelius

Chairs outside the Trattoria Cornelius, Via Faenza, Florence,
Chairs outside the Trattoria Cornelius
Via Faenza
Florence, May 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Statue of Karl Friedrich Schinkel by Friedrich Drake, Schinkelplatz, Berlin
Statue of Karl Friedrich Schinkel by Friedrich Drake, 1869
Berlin, September 2011

“Schinkel, however, is noted as much for his theoretical work and his architectural drafts as for the relatively few buildings that were actually executed to his designs. Some of his merits are best shown in his unexecuted plans for the transformation of the Athenian Acropolis into a royal palace for the new Kingdom of Greece and for the erection of the Orianda Palace in the Crimea. These and other designs may be studied in his Sammlung architektonischer Entwürfe (1820–1837) and his Werke der höheren Baukunst (1840–1842; 1845–1846). He also designed the famed Iron Cross medal of Prussia, and later Germany. It has been speculated, however, that due to the difficult political circumstances – French occupation and the dependency on the Prussian king – and his relatively early death, which prevented him from seeing the explosive German industrialization in the second half of the 19th century, he was not able to live up to the true potential exhibited by his sketches.” (Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Wikipedia)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

High Altar

Sculptures above the high altar, Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita, Via Clavature, Bologna
Sculptures above the high altar
Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Vita
Via Clavature
Bologna, June 2015

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Le Calife

Le Calife cruising restaurant, Port des Saints-Pères, quai Malaquais, Paris
“Le Calife” cruising restaurant
Port des Saints-Pères, quai Malaquais
Quartier de la Monnaie, 6th arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

Friday, September 2, 2016

Beach Cabins

Beach cabins at a seaside resort, Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi, Lido di Venezia, Venice
Beach cabins at a seaside resort
Lungomare Guglielmo Marconi
Lido di Venezia
Venice, September 2013

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Black & Blue

Black & Blue Waterloo restaurant, Mepham Street, Lambeth London
Black & Blue Waterloo restaurant
Mepham Street, Lambeth
London, September 2015