Sunday, March 18, 2018

North East, Maryland, USA

Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge. "The bridge is one of the few left in Maryland." So sayeth the historical marker erected by the Maryland Historical Society. Want to know when it was built? Read more. Want to know the type of truss? Forget it. Want to know the name of the past president of the historical society? No, but it's there anyway. [2008]

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Landrum, South Carolina, USA

Campbell's Covered Bridge. "This bridge . . . is the last extant covered bridge in S.C." So sayeth the historical marker erected by the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Byway Association. Want to know when it was built or the type of truss? Read more. [2005]

Friday, March 16, 2018

Smyrna, Georgia, USA

"The Concord Covered Bridge has the distinction of being the only covered bridge still in use on a public highway in the metropolitan Atlanta area." So sayeth the historical marker erected by the Bicentennial Commission. Want to know when it was built or the type of truss? Read more. [2018]

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Edinburgh, Scotland

Beware the Ides of March! It's a day of metaphorical darkness, and has been since 44 B.C., when Julius Caesar was assassinated. What followed was the establishment of the Roman Empire and its expansion onward to Scotland. That didn't settle well with the indigenous Celts who fought the Romans and, then, from this castle, the English. [2017]

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Things to observe: (1) Plastic chairs. (2) Asian colors. (3) Western casuals. (4) Shared tables. (5) Local tastes. (6) Single gender. (7) Mixed ages. (8) Inside tables. (9) Outside tables. (10) One step up. (11) One step down. (12) Fluidity. [2011]

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Marrakech, Morocco

Here, an artist displays his paintings in what was an old funduk, a courtyard hotel for merchant traders along with their wares and pack animals. One of the biggest changes to hit the Marrakech medina over the past thirty years has been the transition to fine arts. It has gone hand-in-hand with rising tourism. [2017]

Monday, March 12, 2018

Lisbon, Portugal

Rossio Square has served as a commons for the people of Lisbon since the Middle Ages. It has invigilated Portugal's rise to power and has become the capital's equivalent of Madrid's Plaza Mayor. But, while Spain has chosen an absolute monarch to dominate its signature plaza, Portugal has chosen a modernist king, Dom Pedro IV. There he is atop the column. [2009]