postcards from mt. dora, florida

postcards from mt. dora, florida

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Mount Dora is a cute town not too far outside of Orlando, with great architecture, shopping, restaurants and antiques.  Well worth a visit!

postcards from south beach, miami

postcards from south beach, miami

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A quick overnighter to South Beach, Miami, which reminded me of my time living in Mexico.  I was speaking Spanish on Ocean Drive and loving the “see and be seen” mentality, which of course makes for great people watching!

ARCHITECTURE AROUND TOWN. milano

ARCHITECTURE AROUND TOWN. milano

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Some random amazing buildings that assault me with their beauty on the daily.

postcards from milano

postcards from milano

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Me + Duomo
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I live in an area called Navigli, a chic area between two canals which are some of the only ones left from historical Milan, which had many canals, similar to Venice! Now the canals are lined with boutiques, antique shops, cafes, and bars.
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Naviglio at night!
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Milan has many forms of public transport, from bus to Metro to tram, seen here. And check out that wonderful architecture! More to come on that soon…
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A must have for my happiness in Italy: Cioccolata calda e biscotti (hot chocolate like pudding & cookies)

 

I will be living here in Milan for three months!  These are some highlights so far.

ANONYMOUS. guangzhou

ANONYMOUS. guangzhou

Guangzhou is a land of layers of anonymous highrises as far as the eye can see.  Surprisingly, a lot of them have character, be it from the architecture, or from clothes or plants exploding from most windows.

It’s a helpful reminder that people do actually live here!

OLD & NEW. hong kong

OLD & NEW. hong kong

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These buildings are what I think of when I think of Hong Kong…a little ramshackle, but full of character.

HK from room 2

HK from room

HK is one of my favorite cities in the world because of the contrast between the old & worn and the slick new city life…I love both sides equally!

I have a few books that are worth buying on the topic of buildings in HK:

City of Darkness: Life in Kowloon City

Phantom Shanghai

If you know of other books along these lines, I would be happy if you post suggestions in the comments below.

GUARDIAN BUILDING. detroit

GUARDIAN BUILDING. detroit

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Doorway Face

Cream Ceiling vertical

If I Had Wings I Would Fly

Alcove Ceiling

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The Guardian Building in downtown Detroit is a testament to gorgeously excessive pattern & color combinations, blending Art Deco & Aztec style.  I am a huge fan or Art Deco; probably has something to do with my love for symmetry & patterns.  What makes this building so different is its Aztec influence…the colors and patterns are unlike any I have seen in other Deco-style buildings.