Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Narrow alleys of Erice

No matter how many times I visit this gem of a mountain top hamlet I always find photo ops. Off the touristy main streets lie scores of narrow streets and alleys that catch my eye.





Monday, September 1, 2014

Street scenes

The so called left bank of Paris also known as the Latin Quarter because students from everywhere could only communicate in Latin, has undergone many changes. Like any other wealthy city in the West, it has succumbed to gentrification. Nevertheless, there are still some streets that although  tacky and very touristy, try to go back to the old bohemian days. Here are some street scenes.




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Il Castello di Venere



The Castle of  Venus in Erice, Sicily, has been restored to it's former glory. It even now affords a pathway for visitors including the de rigueur  handicap access. It is really a lovely structure and one always wonders how it ever was built.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Montmartre

Rain or shine, tourists flock to this hill in Paris for a variety of reasons. The first being to enjoy the great panorama and  then to see the church of Le Sacre Coeur. Naturally there's a great deal of  touristy activities. Here we see painters practicing their craft.



Friday, August 29, 2014

Pennsylvania Dutch farms

Pennsylvania Dutch is almost a brand name these days. Yet, off the beaten tract one can still see some wonderful farms and authentic Amish people. A wonderful place to visit.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lovely Strasburg, PA

Although I'm in Paris at the present time, I miss the States and the  charming small towns. Srasburg, PA is an example of such a place. It's located in historic Lancaster County and it merits a visit.





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Old trains

The Pennsylvania RR Museum in Strasburg, PA, is a very interesting place to relive what was once the only fast way to travel long distances on this continent. In an era of fast and faster travel, trains, especially steam driven ones  provide nostalgic flights of fancy. Yet the power and glory of the old locomotives are very impressive. These  are cars and locomotives that  are to be refurbished and will  be added to the collection. A museum not to be missed.