Stranger in Milan

I’m having a battle with my computer, so allow me to pre-apologize for the errors which are bound to happen.

Once again, my graduate program has provided me the opportunity for a fantastic study abroad program (not study a broad – I checked); this time, in Florence and Cagli, Italy. I flew into Milan late last night and spent much of today walking around, exploring, and crashing a wedding.

Some of my favorite images are here:

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OK, you got me. This was not Milan. It was the Boston-to-Istanbul leg of the journey, and this little one was enthralled by Turkish Air’s flight safety video.

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Flower girls. I did mention I crashed a wedding, right?

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No idea what this little one’s role was. She walked down the aisle just before the bride’s parents, and stole the show.

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Bridegroom, awaiting permission to enter the church.

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The bride, in all her glory. That veil kept going, and going, and going …

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The couple at the altar of a fabulous church.

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Some detail from the church.

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If someone can explain to me why Baby Jesus lives inside Saturn, I’m listening.

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A little public art in the piazza in front of the church.

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Looking down a side street at men selling knock-off purses.

That’s it for today. Tomorrow involves a train trip to Florence, and the possibility of photos along the way.

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Fun with Kites

Today, we went to the Franklin Park Kite Festival, outside Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. Lots of small children running and running (or “wunning and wunning,” to hear them tell it), often in the wrong direction (with the wind) and often at their parents’ instruction. It’s been a looong time since I flew a kite, but as I recall, once it’s flying high, you can stop running, and stand in one spot. Not these kids. The higher the kite got, the faster they ran (with the wind. Sigh). Still, a lot of fun, though.

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As always, to enlarge a photo, click on it.

Do you have memories of kite flying as a child, or with your children? This event looked like it was a lot more fun for the parents than the kids. As I often observe at this sort of event, parents work very, very hard to make sure their kids have a good time, and most of the time, the kid would be happier playing with a box.

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International Carnival in Cambridge, Mass.

I recently posted photos from the Boston Carnival event, and this weekend, we attended a similar event (with some of the same performers and costumes) in Cambridge. We started at the staging area, and had the opportunity to watch workers put some of the large costumes/props together. We then hustled out to the parade route, to watch the performers in action. Such a fun event, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the opportunity to see it, or a similar one closer to your home.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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As always, click on any picture to see it larger. Thanks for stopping by!

Boston’s Caribbean Carnival 2014

We nearly missed it, but today was the Caribbean Carnival festival in Boston. We missed the morning festivities (at which two young women were shot and one died), and instead, attended the daylight event, with heavy police presence. As always, we enjoyed ourselves, but this year, we found ourselves in an odd location; both blocked from taking photos by support staff, and in a sun/shade area, in which it was difficult to get the camera settings to be appropriate for what it was seeing. Here are some of my favorites of both participants and observers of today’s parade.

The parade Grand Matron.

The parade Grand Matron.

Batman, and his blow-up friend, Batman, waiting for the parade to start.

Batman, and his blow-up friend, Batman, waiting for the parade to start.

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