Monday, October 20, 2014

Zagreb, Croatia

Gothic. Zagreb Cathedral: Katedrala Marijina Uznesenja. Roman Catholic. Seat of an archbishop. Inside are the oldest stained glass windows in Croatia. [2008]

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Chartres, France

Gothic. Chartres Cathedral:  Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. Roman Catholic. Seat of a bishop. Inside is the Sancta Camisa, the sacred robe worn by Mother Mary when her Son was born. [2005]

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Agra, India

The Moghul Empire was at its height in the middle of the 17th century. What does the world today remember about the Mogul Empire? Only one thing: the Taj Mahal, a perfect architectural creation, here viewed through a perfect Moghul arch. The arts, and perhaps only the arts, allow civilizations to brag across centuries. [2011]

Friday, October 17, 2014

New Providence, The Bahamas

What color is the sea? What color is the swimwear? What color is the T? Why is everything in the Bahamas so color coordinated? Even the flag feels the pressure to conform; all its colors are here if you look closely. [2014]

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mellieħa, Malta

If you were from the British Isles and wanted to go scuba diving, you might think about the Maltese Isles. Why? Hint 1: thermometry. Hint 2: clarity. Hint 3: colony. [2009]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand

The durian does not want you to eat it. Look at that husk. It's like medieval armor and just as tough. Then, there is the odor: not smell, odor! So strong it is that you can only eat it on the street. But, you may not want to eat it at all: It's a taste you have to grow up with. [2011]

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monte Carlo, Monaco

How much fun can you have with bronze if you think outside tradition? How much fun with color? Here, in front of Monte Carolo's Casino, with surfaces that are "enfolded and caressed by light that transforms their masses into light shapes," Sophia Vari demonstrates the power of abstraction and color to appropriate open space. [2008]