IN FLORENCE!

IN FLORENCE!

My favorite city in the world.

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FROM ABOVE. bologna

FROM ABOVE. bologna

I had a morning to do some sightseeing, and decided to climb one of the famous Two Towers in Bologna…both of them are leaning!  I highly recommend climbing the 498 stairs to the top, as the view of the city below is well worth the climb.

THE COLORS. bologna

THE COLORS. bologna

When first arriving in Bologna, one of the first things I noticed were the beautiful color combinations on the buildings.  So many gorgeous, in my mind “typically Italian” colors, that might not look as beautiful set in a different context…but they work so well together in this specific country.

ORIGIN: THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR. london

ORIGIN: THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR. london

Yesterday evening we met our friend Paul McAllister at Origin.  It is London Design Week, and many shows that I’ve seen this week were highlighting craft, which is refreshing since usually craft and design are seen as separate entities.

Here are a few of my favorites from the show:

Anthony Theakston

Gary Allson

John Alfredo Harris

Momoko Kumai

Pacha Design

Paul McAllister

Soungcheul Park

TO LONDON!

TO LONDON!

I saw this on a label at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and thought it was a very appropriate image for today.  I am moving to London tonight!  Posts may be slow to start until I settle in, but there will be plenty of great new photos soon.

Here’s to new adventures!

ARCHITECTURE. nyc

ARCHITECTURE. nyc

Turtle & Hare Detail, Upper East Side
The Met through Rose Colored Glasses
Met arches
Times Square
My favorite, the Chrysler Building

 

When I lived in NYC, I was so busy running from one thing to the next that I never took the time to really slow down and appreciate all of the great architecture around Manhattan.

I played tourist last week, and gave myself the chance to appreciate my surroundings.

CHEN CLAN ACADEMY. guangzhou

CHEN CLAN ACADEMY. guangzhou

In late Qing Dynasty, Chinese-Americans who returned to Guangzhou proposed the idea to raise money from all the Chen clans to build a temple for the worship of their ancestors and a place for their clansmen to study for examinations.  The Chen Clan Academy was finished in 1894 with the money donated by Chen families in 72 counties of Guangdong Province as well as some overseas family members.

This is a beautiful complex in the middle of the hustle & bustle of modern Guangzhou…a great place to spend an afternoon!

SHUI GUO. dongguan

SHUI GUO. dongguan

Apples special for New Year’s…I don’t know how it’s done, but I love it!

Shui guo, fruit, is one of the great things about living in southern China. Fruit is plentiful & delicious here!

Photos from my local fruit & veggie market.

TIANZIFANG. shanghai

TIANZIFANG. shanghai

Tianzifang is an area full of art galleries, independent designer boutiques, and cafés.