Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Friday, February 13, 2015
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
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
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
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.