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.

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

Scenes from a Public Market

Spent a few hours Sunday wandering around South Boston; visited the SoWa Open Market, the SoWa Vintage Market, a Puerto Rican street fair and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. All provided photo opportunities, with the exception of the street fair. The schedule of events said the “pole climbing contest” started at 1; we left the nearly-empty venue a little before 2, with no sign of entertainment in sight. Had some good food, though. Here are some of the things we saw:

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Lots of sunflowers for sale. Sunflowers always make me think of fall, so maybe this is a good sign that the temperatures will start headed downward soon.

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Mmmmm, chocolate ice cream. I just missed getting a really good pic of this little girl. She started waving the full spoon around and dripping all over herself. Then her mother interfered and started cleaning her up with a napkin. Silly mother, couldn’t she see I was trying to make art? (and so was little Red, for that matter).

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Necklaces at the Vintage Market. That blue one in the middle? Lives at my house now.

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Glassware at the Vintage Market.

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Another glass bowl at the Vintage Market.

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Lastly, two shots inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

All-in-all, a good day. I hope yours is good, as well.