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.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Walking In A Different Neighborhood

My lodgings were just down the street from this neighborhood park, where locals picked up sundries, bought lotto tickets, and sat and chatted while youngsters frolicked, bundled warmly and seemingly oblivious to the cold.

Moss grew on more than just the north side, and on just about everything that didn't move.

Homes were tidy and very well-kept and many retained original architectural elements.

The city was bombed heavily during World War II, shown above.  Buildings that survived are now joined by scores of towering skyscrapers, with construction ongoing at an incredible pace.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

At The Botanical Garden

There were more birds than people,

and more snowdrops than birds.   The snowdrops made me think of Nina!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Getting Around

Scooters, trains and bicycles

were popular modes of transportation.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Through Windows

 Even baked goods commanded attention to detail.

Cafes and bakeries were doing a robust business.

Less traditionally, sheep displayed design trends.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Faces In The Crowd

Steel gray skies and intermittent snow did nothing to dampen the charm of city streets.  From handing out apple crisp samples

to greeting passers-by, people took the cold in stride.

Primroses and pansies were the mid-winter flowers of choice.

Some colorful characters were more unexpected than others.