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!

Boston Harborfest 2012

I’ve seen it called Harborfest, Fleet Week, Navy Week and a couple other things, but whatever you call it, it’s a bunch of ships from lots of countries hanging out in Boston Harbor for a few days, and the sailors/midshipmen/whatever, running around town. Here are some photos from Saturday’s arrival of the Tall Ships (aka Pirate Ships, according to many small children).

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Each ship that came in gave Boston a 21-gun salute, which was reciprocated with cannons.

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A Mass state police officer taking photos of the ships

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… and texting them to loved ones.

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The Boston Fire Department’s water craft greeted the ships. This boat was apparently donated to the city by Dennis Leary.

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The Ecuadorian sailors enjoying the view.

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A few sails were down on the American ship, Eagle.

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Sailors/midshipmen/whatever on the Colombian ship wore T-shirts that coordinated with the Colombian flag. The ones on top wore yellow, in the middle, blue, and on the bottom, red.