Seven view of Bucharest, Romania.

Night View


Bucharest, Romania is an ancient city that combines a rich history, communist era urban renewal, and 21st century capitalism. It is a city of many faces and most definitely a city in transition.

Old Church


Centuries of religious architecture are embedded within the 20th century city.

Apartment Block


However much of the city was rebuilt with rather stark communist era apartment blocks.

Coke Bottle

With the arrival of capitalism an overlay of sometimes exuberant advertising adorns the city.

People's Palace

Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People’s Palace) is the world’s second largest building and dominates the Bucharest landscape. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu demolished a large sector of the old city for this 1980s era modernist-rococo mash-up, it’s grounds, and sprawling parking lots.

Arcade

Bucharest’s surviving 19th century buildings are getting a make-over as hip cafes and shops move into the neighborhood.

Taxi

With limited public transit and an explosion of traffic, taxi drivers get around with a little help from their friends—the Saints.

 

Posing in Pisa. 2007.

In 2007, Michael Logan captured this view of a tourist photographing her friends “holding up” the leaning tower — always a ubiquitous sight on Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli.

Do you have a photograph like this? Post a link in the comments.

Pisa Pose - 2007

Five views of the Villa Savoye. Poissy, France.


After the walk up the hill from the train station you approach the villa, now surrounded by many other houses.
After the walk up the hill from the train station you approach the villa, now surrounded by many other houses.

Reflections as you are about to enter the house.  The entrance is on the backside of the house.
Reflections as you are about to enter the house. The entrance is on the backside of the villa.

Up on the roof!
Up on the roof!
The tile tub had a place to recline next to the tub.  It was striking.
The tile tub had a place to recline next to the tub. The tub was open to the master bedroom.
The roof garden.
The roof garden.

Notre Dame de Paris. 2005.

As promised in the entry earlier today, here’s a picture of Notre Dame all cleaned up. This was taken by Clay Doyle in 2005 during Paris’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Note the bit of scaffolding in exactly the same location as 1954.

Île de la Cité, Notre Dame de Paris, 2005.

Île de la Cité, Notre Dame de Paris, 2005.
 

Seven views of the Mercado de San Miguel. Madrid, Spain.

Jamon
A classic view of lots of jamon at the Mercado de San Miguel.

A butcher at one of the many stalls at the mercado.
A butcher at one of the many stalls at the mercado.
A list of sparkling wines to drink with all the wonderful food.
A list of sparkling wines to drink with all the wonderful food.
Bottles of wine served by the glass...I hope you are thirsty.
Bottles of wine served by the glass...I hope you are thirsty.
The old iron work blended harmoniously with the stylish new graphics above each of the stalls.
The old iron work blended harmoniously with the stylish new graphics above each of the stalls.
Vermouth and olives made a wonderful snack.
Vermouth and olives made a wonderful snack.

There were many creatures for sale.  Including this flounder.
There were many creatures for sale. Including this monkfish.

Seven Views of Iguazu Falls, Argentina.


Watch out for snakes with tongues!
A sign warned that snakes might stick their tongues out at you.

Garganta del Diablo
You soon feel the mist from the waterfalls as you approach.
Mist
If it wasn't so warm out you'd wish you brought a rain coat so you didn't get so wet!
People from above
There are many places to view the falls as you hike around the park.
Our friendly and knowledgable tour guides points to where we've been on a large map of the falls.
Our friendly and knowledgable tour guide points to where we'd been on a large map of the falls.
From the water: we took a boat ride!
Our tour to Iguazu Falls felt a bit like visiting a theme park. Our day would not have been complete without a boat ride.

What a view!
Did we mention the theme park aspect? There were lots of wet tourists.