Feb 272017
 

The focal point of the citadel in Sisteron is the chapel sat just below the upper ramparts. Unfortunately, it was bombed in the second World War and has had to be completely restored.

To the left of the chapel you can see a tower which is actually built on the top of the bridge. On the front you can see a very small window. This marks the room Prince Jean Casimir Vasa, future king of Poland, was held captive for a whole year. The winter spent up there must have been brutal.

the chapel and a sentry post in sisteron in front of a clear blue sky

Feb 112017
 

This photo was pretty easy to find as I took it out of my hotel room window in Florence while there for meetings. In order to find out the name of the church, I had to use google street view to virtually walk my way over to the church from my hotel.

San-Frediano-in-Cestello-florence-italy

Nov 262015
 

While in Brazil for the World Cup we took some time out for a side trip to Ouro Preto in Brazil. It’s an old gold mining town perched atop steep hills. There’s a church with an amazing gilded interior, but you couldn’t take pictures inside. The church in this picture isn’t that same church, but gives you a good idea of what the town looks like.

ouro-preto-brazil

 

 

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 062014
 

After visiting Gaudi’s ongoing work, La Sagrada Familia, we made our way to his famous park. It was mid afternoon as it had taken us a long time to figure out how to get into La Sagrada Familia without spending well over an hour on a line. Once we got there I got frustrated pretty quickly, it was crawling with people everywhere! So, we went for a beer.

park guell crowded with people tourists

Mar 012014
 

I took this picture after a long mission to get into the Sagrada Familia without waiting on line. It involved saying “screw waiting on this line” and having the best tapas I’ve ever had at a place called Tapas 24, or 21. I don’t remember the number too well.

I’d normally be annoyed by having cranes and scaffolding in a picture, but it is very much part of the interesting things about this monument as it’s been under construction for such a long time.

la sagrada familia, Barcelona from the park with pond and cranes still under construction no tourists no people blocking view

Feb 252014
 

After taking a tuk tuk up the volcano we were on our way back to our boat when we passed a colorful garden. We asked our driver to stop and hopped out to explore. We climbed the stairs into the garden and realized this little white church and interesting statue was positioned at the far end.

Church and statue on lake atitlan, Guatemala with volcano in the background

Jan 312014
 

On my last night in Rome I wound up in an American college bar. I had a couple of beers and then decided I’d rather get up early and take some pictures than stay out as there wasn’t much going on. Apparently, after I left things got pretty interesting.

I was rewarded the next morning by a cold overcast morning, but pushed out onto the streets of Rome for the last time. My hotel was located near the Spanish steps, and walking from there I’d arrive at the top and walk down. On my first night there, I was disappointed to see that the fountain at the bottom was hidden for restoration. I wasn’t sure I could get an interesting photo, but as I walked down the stairs, snapping away, I managed to find this shot, which I’m pretty happy with.

the spanish steps in Rome early morning abstract