Seven view of Bucharest, Romania.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

The tile tub had a place to recline next to the tub.  The tub was open to the master bedroom.

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.

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

A classic view of lots of jamon at the Mercado de San Miguel.
A butcher at one of the many stalls at the mercado.
Bottles of wine served by the glass…I hope you are thirsty.

Vermouth and olives made a wonderful snack.
The old iron work blended harmoniously with the stylish new graphics above each of the stalls.
There were many creatures for sale. Including this monkfish.

 

 

Seven Views of Iguazu Falls, Argentina.

A sign warned that snakes might stick their tongues out at you.
You soon feel the mist from the waterfalls as you approach.
If it wasn’t so warm out you’d wish you brought a rain coat so you didn’t get so wet!
There are many places to view the falls as you hike around the park.
Our friendly and knowledgable tour guide points to where we’d been on a large map of the falls.  
Our tour to Iguazu Falls felt a bit like visiting a theme park. Our day would not have been complete without a boat ride.
Did we mention the theme park aspect? There were lots of wet tourists.