Monday, June 29, 2015

Madrid, Spain

Madrid's Metropolis, originally an insurance company, dates from the early 20th century. If you are looking for a fine example of the Beaux-Arts style, look no farther. It uses both architecture and location to command attention, and its prominence is accentuated by a "flatiron" position at the triangular intersection of Gran Via and Alcalรก. [2009]

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Same-sex marriage became legal in Canada in 2005, but the exuberance lasted for years afterwards. In Montreal, "Le Village" came alive with public art: giant clothespins with the two sides kissing, smiling, and united as one. First Canada, then the U.S.: The Stonewall riots were stepping stones for both, and today is their 46th anniversary. [2009]

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Brussels, Belgium

Based on results of last month's referendum, Ireland will soon amend its Constitution to permit same-sex marriage. Sixty-two percent of of the republic's voters declared themselves in favor of marriage equality. These two are from Ireland, but they were in Brussels right before the referendum to summon support from expats working on the continent. [2015]

Friday, June 26, 2015

New York, New York, USA

Today, the battle for marriage equality ended with a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage. Where did the battle begin? Some would say here in Greenwich Village with the Stonewall riots of 1969. Our gay and lesbian friends and family asked "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law." Now, "the Constitution grants them that right." [2012]

Thursday, June 25, 2015

London, England, UK

How often do you get to hear a classically-trained opera singer (the one in the boots) for free? Well, anything's possible in London, and center court at Convent Garden provides rather good acoustics for the concert. [2015]

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico

Maybe he had a little bit too much tequila the night before. Now, he's supposed to be on the job, but he's out back napping. As Abraham Maslow would point out: When your body needs sleep, lower-order needs trump all other needs you have. [2008]

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

In the middle of Adelaide's Light Square is not a light but a theodolite. It stands atop the grave of Col. William Light, the British Surveyor-General of South Australia. He selected the site of Adelaide and laid out the city on a grid with five squares. Find a map of Adelaide and compare it to Philadelphia. [2011]