Doorways of München #1

Last month I published a series of images entitled Doorways of Prague . Traveling through Europe I have always been fascinated with the architecture. Sometimes it is difficult to capture a whole structure in an image but you can always capture the entire doorway.On my last trip I realized how the doorway is in some way a synopsis of the whole structure.

So then I now present The Doorways of München (Munich). I am sorry I am not disciplined enough to take notes of the location of each doorway.

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Doorways of Munich

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Stolen Art at Museum Judenplatz Wien

The Jewish Museum of Vienna is a fascinating and well curated collection. The displays are thoughtful and well presented. Although some sections brought tears to my eyes. Some I viewed with amazement. One area did both.

This is a picture of one part of the 4th floor archive archive. It is filled with all the valuable Torah decorations that the Nazis stole form the European Jews. They burned all the scrolls but kept all the decorations made of gold and silver.

It bears repeating that this picture is only one section. The whole third floor of the museum is filled with other glass cases just like this.

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Stolen Art

Acid Rain at Saint Stephens

Of course I am not a Catholic or Christian for that matter but appreciate visiting ancient churches. Cathedrals in Europe are some of the most wonderful examples of architecture in the world. I also had a special interest in Stephansdom. Stephen is my middle name and Saint Stephen is one of my favorite Grateful Dead Songs.

In any case I was shocked to see the toll acid rain has taken on the cathedral when we visited in 2016. I was use to seeing this on other cathedrals in Europe but because of the colorful special roof of this edifice it was even more disheartening.

As you can see they are making progress in the restoration but like other ancient structures it is a constant battle.

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Acid Rain at Saint Stephens

Mayor Dick Caliguiri”s Statue

I recently went by the Court House Downtown and walked by the statue of Pittsburgh”s former Mayor. I had driven by or walked by the statue countless times but never really studied it before. It is truly a great likeness of one of Pittsburgh’s best Mayors.

Caliguiri became mayor in 1977, and was reelected twice. He died in office in 1988. Under Caliguiri’s leadership, Pittsburgh began its second “Renaissance”.

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Mayor Dick Caliguiri

Beautiful Barstow California

Not every place in California is beautiful. However even the Mohave Desert that runs between Pasadena and Las Vegas has some beautiful and unusual spots. Barstow however is not one of them.

It lies about halfway between the two cities and a lot of people stop there for gas, food, and Alien Beef Jerky. It is a town famous for UFO sightings.

Around town you will notice drawings of aliens and strange men drawn on deserted buildings. There are many of them. This is an abandoned gas station on the outskirts of town. In my opinion, it’s best to drive through Barstow and stop at Peggy Sue’s Diner.

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Barstow CA

Water Heads at The Phipps

The current Summer garden at the Phipps has a number of places with they have used sculptures of human heads in the exhibit. Last week I published Garden Faces that show some botany sculptures.
These sculptures are part of an integrated exhibit utilizing buttons, musical tones and water jets. It is very creative and lots of fun.

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Water Garden Sculptures

Doors of Prague #3

Traveling through Europe I became facinated with some of the ancient doorways of the cities. One of the first I ever published was in March of 2012. It was a doorway in Bruges that I photographed in the 1990″s while I was there on business.

The doorways of Prague (Praha) in the Czech Republic were some of the best I have ever seen. I published a few in 2016 but have since done some editing so that you can appreciate the detail and variety of these ancient doorways.

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Doors of Prague #3