Bohemian Rhapsody: Dobrý den!

After a restful night’s sleep under five-star sheets at the Nouveau Art Palace Hotel (Palace) in Praha (Prague), I’m wide awake with loads of time all to myself before I meet up later… Continue reading

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My Big Fat Italian Easter

There’s an old Italian saying: Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi — Christmas with your family, Easter with your friends. For both holidays, it means getting down to serious business seated… Continue reading

Bohemian Rhapsody: Between Cairo and Berlin

Like a slice of its world-famous, succulent ham gingerly placed between two slices of rustic artisan brown bread liberally smeared with spicy mustard, my flight to Prague, the capital city of the Czech… Continue reading

Bohemian Rhapsody: Easy Come, Easy Go

The late, iconic Freddie Mercury of the British rock band Queen penned a prolific mock opera back in 1975 titled Bohemian Rhapsody. To say it’s a catchy tune would be an understatement. Since… Continue reading

Phoneographic Parco Querini

Eyes closed, I blindly chose ARCHITECTURE from the à la carte shooting menu for this week’s Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge and went in search of a worthy target with my iPhone 5.… Continue reading

The Villas of the Venetian Republic: The Gardens of Villa Barbarigo

Down at the bottom of a serpentine secondary state road far from the madding crowd, where a shallow lagoon fronts the striped asphalt, sits an ornate pavilion where once upon a time small… Continue reading

Macro Topped Phoneographic Phlatbread Pizza

What does an artist start with when he/she begins to create another masterpiece? A blank canvas, a palette of colors and a brush, right? And what does one begin with when creating a… Continue reading

Framing Palladio: Villa La Rotonda

Of all the iconic buildings, churches, residences and monuments across the Veneto region of northeastern Italy that bear the imprint of Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio, there is but one that fully encapsulates… Continue reading

Happy Int’l Women’s Day

Sorry, but my virtual florist ran out of yellow mimosa just as I walked into the shop. I hope the bright pink flowers will do in a pinch. As the proud father of… Continue reading

What’s Burning: Crespelle con Radicchio e Morlacco del Grappa

Here in the Veneto region of Italy’s northeast, where Prosecco — fast becoming the world’s preferred sparkling wine — hails, comes another joy that springs forth from the earth to la tavola: radicchio… Continue reading