Category: architecture

21
Mar
2018

lisboa: palácio galveias

Portugal, Lisboa, Campo Pequeno, Palácio Galveias

I practically grew up in our local branch of the public library in Memphis. I think my mom figured out it was free child care, & I could spend hours going through the stacks without ever noticing the time. So when I heard the Lisbon city government spent 2.5 million € to fix up this public library, I couldn’t wait to check it out.

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16
Mar
2018

sevilla: san luis de los franceses

España, Spain, Sevilla, Jesuit, San Luis de los Franceses, Baroque, capilla doméstica

Sevilla —as any city with a 2,000-year history— has seen its share of ups & downs. But one of its most prosperous periods came after the discovery of the Americas in 1492. Possessing an inland location on a river navigable all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, Sevilla became the heart of all trade for the Spanish empire. Wealth & power concentrated in a walled city rich with tax income & bursting with new products as well as new ideas… even for Catholicism.

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07
Jul
2016

photo essay: nantes to bordeaux

France, Nantes, Conseil général de Loire Atlantique, architecture

A few photos from a week in France with friends between tours.

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05
Oct
2015

buenos aires: architecture guide

In 2013, the following article appeared as a two-page spread in the Autumn/Winter edition of “Time Out: Buenos Aires”. When the editor first contacted me, the only thing running through my mind was “1400 words?!” :-) Somehow I managed to fit history, architectural styles, recommendations & current events in that limited space. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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21
Jun
2015

aveiro: architecture

Portugal, Aveiro, architecture

Since I work as a tour guide, when I go somewhere new I adopt a very different philosophy: little research before arrival, explore on foot once there, then investigate online at night. This method works well since I’m often several days in one spot. My kind of travel. So as I walked from the train station to my hotel along the main avenue, the architecture of Aveiro turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

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19
Apr
2015

lisboa: galerias romanas

Portugal, Lisboa, Lisbon, Baixa, galerias romanas

After years of coming to Lisboa, at long last I’ve been able to see what I consider one of the city’s “holy grail” sites: Roman galleries buried underneath the modern-day Baixa. They are so difficult to visit because since the 1980s, the city government only opens them once or twice per year.

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30
Nov
2014

romania: bucureşti

Romania, Bucureşti, Bucharest, architecture, Casa Poporului

I know… it’s taken forever to write this. Almost as long as it took me to get to Romania! :-) The country had long been on my radar, especially after watching the 1989 Revolution unfold on tv. Images of the Ceauşescus’ execution were shockingly graphic in those pre-internet days. I may have been only 19, but I wanted to know more & knew that I’d be in Romania one day. The opportunity came by complete chance, as many good things do.

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23
Jun
2014

housing for the masses: master list

Housing for the Masses, Buenos Aires, housing projects

I can’t lie… I’m proud of this series of posts written in 2007 & 2008. While only the years from 1910 to 1950 are covered, researching & photographing housing projects in Buenos Aires became a passion. La Teja compiled more information in 2010, & I’m thrilled that they included projects up to the present. But I’m content with being first and making this info available in English ;-)

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25
Feb
2014

tel aviv: beach & bauhaus

Israel, Tel Aviv, beach promenade

A 45-minute drive to Tel Aviv plus an overpriced taxi to our rental apartment got us to the beach in no time. Seemed like everyone was out enjoying the beautiful afternoon. If only I knew how to paraglide…

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15
Feb
2014

jordan to israel: in transit

Jordan, Wadi Mujib, panorama

We left Petra early enough to take the scenic route north, avoiding the main highway, & have our driver drop us at the border crossing to Israel before noon. I’d read it is unpredictable on even a good day, & that turned out to be true. But that’s jumping ahead.

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