June 28, 2010

Postcard from Ravenna

On the same flat lands as Venice and Milan, Ravenna was the Western most capital of the Byzantine era, and remains a mecca for admirers of mosaics—such as myself. I hit town last week, jumped on […]
June 3, 2010

recuperating on the continent until July

Please pardon my absence for much of June. In the manner of Charles Cockerell, James "the Athenian" Stuart, Chris Wren and other grand tourists, I shall be in the Peloponnese and Tuscany, sketching, fattening, and regaining […]
June 1, 2010

“Thanks for the bell”

It has been close to ten times I have heard those words now, each time from a pedestrian, each one a woman in her fifties or older. And each time I have been slightly shocked. Approaching […]
May 31, 2010

All the Smithsons needed were cyclists

In the late 1950s the seminal British architects, Peter and Alison Smithson, led a push for artificial ground planes one level up from the city. Pedestrians would walk about on landscaped, picturesque networks, while cars would […]
May 30, 2010

Progress on the 8 for 1 mission

This blog started with the aim of documenting my quest to own 8 prestige bikes for the price of 1 German car. Shall we check on my progress?  A surprise turn came when I arrived home […]