Sunday, December 28, 2008

Jewish Quarter, Krakow, Poland

The Jewish Quarter in Krakow is one of the most moving places I've been (second to Anne Frank's house).

This map is focused on the Old Synagogue. Zoom out and scroll slightly to the North-North West and you'll see the Remuh Jewish Cemetery.

While their web site says there "has also been a reawakening in the importance of Jewish history and culture," it didn't feel like that to me. It felt like a place that had had it's soul killed, eerilly still and hollow.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

When we were in Florence in 2001, we stayed just down the street from the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo. That's the baptistry next to it.

Here's the wikipedia article on it.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

The Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence is so unusual. It was built in 1345. On the edges of it are very classy shops, gold and jewelery. There are lookouts on it so you can see the Arno River below. Be sure and click on Google's Street View and look around.

Here's the wikipedia article on it.

I took one of my best photos from this bridge. I'll let you guess which one. These were taken with an Epson PhotoPC 650.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Trout River Pottery, PEI, Canada

I don't know how my wife learned about this place! I don't know how we found this place! Any place whose directions include "turn off the paved road" is really out in the sticks. You should persist, though, because it's worth it (and remember, the car is rented).

The potter is a native of Prince Edward Island. He talked to us about how life was "before the bridge."

His pottery is some of the most beautiful and unique I've seen, and I've seen a lot over my wife's shoulder.

Plan to spend some time with Darren, and he'll show you how he works his magic.

His web site is here.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Brighton Beach Lighthouse, PEI

The Brighton Beach lighthouse sits in a residential neighborhood at the entrance to Charlottetown Harbor.

It was built in 1890.

You can read more here and here.

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