Mar 182014
 

This garden, with its weird implements, is in the middle of a torture museum in San Gimignano. One thing you learn there, is that people have done some pretty horrible things to each other. The imagination involved in creating some of these contraptions is just mad. One of the creepiest sections was entering the dungeon to see a small vault where a man was actually walled up. For those that don’t know, that’s when they stick someone in a closet sized hole and brick them in to starve to death.

the central courtyard of the torture museum in san Gimignano tuscany italy

 

Mar 162014
 

This is the first shot I took of the horse parked conveniently in the Piazza Rotunda. I’m not sure how the driver got it to stay there while he went for his morning coffee in a nearby cafe.

egyptian obelisk in the piazza della rotunda in Rome with a horse and carriage

Mar 132014
 

I’m not sure what I think of this photo, but need to break up my photos of  Italy. If you click on the image you can make it bigger and see the insane amount of detail on this building.

la sagrada familia oldest facade up close, Barcelona

Mar 122014
 

According to Wikipedia, the Ponte Vecchio is “a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge”. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I thought I’d fill you in just the same.

About ten years ago I had dinner with my family in a restaurant across the river from here. I stayed behind after dinner, with my girlfriend at the time, and wound up playing the piano there. That resulted in the waiter providing us with complimentary champagne, strawberries and cream before driving us back to our hotel out in the countryside!

I planned on trying that trick again on this trip, but never made it across the river.

ponte vecchio in florence on a beautiful cotton candy cloud morning

Mar 102014
 

I’m not sure If I focused solely on the Pantheon’s giant doors intentionally or if it was a mistake. I like the kind of surreal feel it’s created in this image though. It seems to add to the feeling that the building is looming over you.

Extra points for anyone who translates the inscription for me.

Pantheon rome front on soft focus

Mar 092014
 

You don’t typically expect blue skies in London, particularly not in January, but I got lucky for a weekend. It was bloody cold though. I’m to Chicago next week, doubtful I’ll bring the camera though, as I’m there for a three day bachelor party.

Big ben in the early morning, London