Monday, April 27, 2015

Out And About






























From the early hours, the streets were filled with people.






























The gentleman on the scooter looks stern, but once the photo was taken, he gave a smile and a wave.






























This man had a bucket repair shop.






























This lady surveyed the passing scene from her son's tire shop.  Below, almost all the young people were engrossed in hand held devices.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

There And Back Again






























No matter how interesting things are afield, it's always so great to be home.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

No Detail Too Small






























Two more pictures from last month's trip.  Above, a cast metal figural shutter stop and below, a cast iron door knocker on a circa 1400s castle.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

What's Blooming In Winter






























Freesias, freesias and more freesias, with that heavenly, pepperish scent!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Back On The Road






























 Work warranted a brief road trip last week.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sweet Winter Rain






























Yesterday at dawn, some much needed rain.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Our Town From The Air






















Looking south on a winter afternoon.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Along City Streets






























The view from the top of the hill,






























taking a shortcut along an obscure alleyway,






























another cafe scene and an old home that survived the bombing.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Down By The Riverside






























Freezing temperatures didn't deter residents from their Sunday riverside walk.






























Nor were bike riders deterred from gathering in the city center.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day Trip






























Another day, another train.






























Into a forest, high on a hill,























with a golden domed church at the end of the trail.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

More City Streets






























The plaza in the city center had mineral springs,






























colorful posters,






























ornate buildings and colorful locals, taking the water.


Monday, February 16, 2015

City Streets






























Random streets scenes,






























walking in the city,






























 looking in windows and






























people watching.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Art Of The Display






























Many vendors went all out on their displays,






























geared to separate themselves from their competitors






























and spark the imagination of the largest number of buyers possible.


Friday, February 13, 2015

More Neighborhhood Walking






























Walking tree-lined boulevards to the botanical gardens from my lodgings, rows of ornate villas lined both sides of the street.  Once embassies, having survived the bombing, they are now mostly professional offices.






























The neighborhood flower stand.






























Trams ran constantly and were never more than a few blocks away.  Below, old and new are side by side throughout the entire city.