In 2019 we took a cruise from Barcelona to Rome. One of the biggest surprises of the cruise was the wonderful island of Elba. One of the biggest surprises of Elba was the little village of Porto Azzurro. Every place we had been to had been fairly crowded. Even the port town in Elba of Portoferrio was jumping. However the little village of Porto Azzurro was very relaxed. A lovely place for lunch and a leisurely stroll.
On our way to the Flight 93 Memorial we noticed some signs for covered bridges. Somerset County has a number of historic bridges. There are over 200 covered bridges in Pennsylvania and ten of them are in Somerset County.
The Trostletown Bridge is a historic covered bridge in Quemahoning Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1845, and is a 104-foot-long that crosses Stony Creek.
It was a beautiful day yesterday with a crystal clear blue sky just like on 9/11/2001. It was perfect day to visit the national memorial at Shanksville PA. I learned a lot from the visit. For example, I did not know all the terrorists had first class seats. The exhibit details the events and the 40 brave heroes who saved the US Capitol from destruction. It is sobering to realize how close we were to losing our elected government that day. Congress was in session as the terrorists seized control of the plane and turned it back towards Washington DC. We owe gratitude to the quick action and sacrifice of those who thwarted the attempt.
The tower is 93 feet tall and has forty wind powered bells for each passenger that sacrificed their lives that day. It is a humbling and enjoyable visit and a beautiful monument.
As a photographer, I was “on fire” when I visited Prague. I recorded a lot of images and over the last few years have published many of them and exhibited some prints in exhibition. Every time I visit the archive I find images that I like and have never edited or published. Here are a few more color images. I tend to see Prague more in monochrome but it is also intriguing in color.
I keep revisiting my photos of Praha (Prague). During our five days in Prague I took as many photographs as I did in the previous ten days of our trip. I found the city and its people to be fascinating. This is a reflection in the base of a fantastic dynamic sculpture of Franz Kafka by artist David Černý.
I am reading a novel by Stewart O’Nan entitled Emily Alone. The author is from Pittsburgh and his descriptions of our city are really accurate. The chapter I am reading today is about The Phipps Conservatory and he made me realize how much I miss going there. We are members and normally we visit three or four times a year. Not his year though, hopefully we will be able to go next year.