Sunday, April 20, 2014

Guilford, Connecticut, USA

Everyone learns about Lexington Green, but almost all villages in New England have a 'green' or 'commons' in the center of town. Most function as their community's prefrontal cortex: the place where where long-term memories are stored.  In Guilford's case note the congregational church, the Civil War memorial, and the POW flag. [2008]

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Here be the place where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired, the place where the ragtag minutemen stood up to the British regulars, the place where the gilded weathercock swam in the moonlight and later witnessed a small skirmish that changed world history. The place is Lexington Commons, the time is April 16, 1775, and the person is John Parker. [2010]

Friday, April 18, 2014

London, England, UK

It's always time for a show in London's West End. But, if you're going to Old Vic, you better have a taste for musicals, and Billy Elliot, in particular. Billy's been on stage here since 2005, and Ben's been waiting outside since 1981. Ben?  That's Big Ben's little brother. [2009]

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

What's the largest cruise port in the Caribbean?  Charlotte Amalie. The city has invested in two huge terminals: one at the West Indian Company Docks and another at Crown Bay. Tally up arrivals for high-season January, and you might find almost a hundred ships coming and going. [2014]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cancun, Quintano Roo, Mexico

Need a mid-morning lift?  Climb a ladder.  Relax and reminisce: Think about the ladders you used to climb when you were a kid. For a moment, they let you be top dog. Has he really left his childhood behind?  We'll know soon: Will he climb down or slide down? [2013]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Paris, France

European rivers, linked by canals, comprise an international transport network used historically for the purpose of state-building  The River Seine and its tributaries were commandeered by the expanding French state to knit together Île de France as a prelude to even further expansion. Seen here: part of Paris' First Arrondissement. [2005]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Victoria, Gozo, Malta

'Profoundly Roman Catholic' might be the best way to characterize the landscape of Gozo.  Every home carries a mark of religious devotion.  Enmuraled effigies of the Virgin Mary are common, and the red door at this address adds yet another mark of piety to the streetscape. [2009]