Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Early morning at the Duomo

I've been Milan far over 100 times, changing trains, bus or planes for about 37 years, but I've never stopped there. Until yesterday. The sheer beauty of the Duomo, Milan's cathedral...

Monday, 30 July 2018

It's another Hétfő fal, folks!

Mr Rubik, who will always be in our memories, is a Hungarian citizen, and still lives in Buda. Not in Pest: in Buda I said! Anyway, he left at least this other mark, not in Buda, but in Pest!
Confused? This too will pass, no worries!
Check out more Monday Murals, right here!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

When in Rome...

Oops, sorry: not Rome, my apologies. This was in Split, Croatia, yesterday, while having a hearty breakfast at the"Caffé de Floré".
The guys posed for selfies, from mostly Asian tourists. And didn't even ask for money!
Explanation. Former roman emperor Diocletian, after quitting his day job, has himself a "retirement villa" built. A huge palace in the place which would become Spalato in italian, Split in croatian.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018


This the magnificent great synagogue of Budapest. Very impressive building, the second largest synagogue in the world, but rather strange: built by Christians, looking like a church dressed in Moorish garb, with an organ (Liszt and Saint-Saens played on it), an altar at the end, instead of a more traditional bimah, at the center... Budapest Jews have their own form of Judaism, called neologia, the new word in Greek.
As for this blog's title: 600.000 Hungarian Jews were murdered in Budapest, Auschwitz and Birkenau, in 2 months, according to my guide...
More about the synagogue here, and more about local Jewish history here

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Having a break

I'm in Budapest for a few days. Ever heard of pop up parks? Me neither. Here is parts of one.
Feel free to use this ping pong table! But: BYOB, bring your own balls.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Hétfő fal

Oh deer, what does this title mean???Well, it means means monday mural in Hungarian, according to Big Brother Google. Seen in Budapest this morning. Lovely city, but too much rain...
More Monday Murals here.
I confess: I went to a McDonalds this morning, sheltering from a thunderstorm. I had a hungarian "eszpresszo".

Saturday, 21 July 2018


I'm off, for a week or 2, to south-eastern Europe, to Hungary, Serbia, Kosovo, Crna Gorn (aka Montenegro, the black mountain, hoping I wont start WW3 there), Macedonia, maybe Greece, eventually Turkey. Plan subject to my whim. Not sure about internet strength down there, I might not be able to post every day.
Anyway, c ya, leaving in a few hours, at 3 AM, yawn.
Oh yeah: no plane involved. Coach, trains, ferries.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Wednesday, 18 July 2018


It is very hot. hings tend to dry out. Thanks to the almost nightly thunderstorms, but please: no flooding!!!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

A whiff of eastern Europe...and of Paris

Some parts of St Peter the Young church reminds me of places I've seen in Eastern Europe...
And some others, newer ones, of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris

Monday, 16 July 2018

Saturday, 14 July 2018

St Peter le jeune

Young St Peter church is  "relatively" new , 1031 AD. Some parts like the crypt being from the 7th century, built by Irish monks By far the most beautiful church in town! I show you more in the next few days. Meanwhile, have a look at the Wiki page.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Weekend in black and white

Brought today from the magnificent maze and garden of Horta, Barcelona.
Click here to see more magnificent black and white photos. Do it now!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

All on board?

High season for boat tours! Haven't been on one of them since...may 2006, I think.
Anyway, loooooong queues to get tickets!
The same boat from further away:

Wednesday, 11 July 2018


And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll fly to the sky

But till that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll fly to the sky

But till that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

Tuesday, 10 July 2018


Old photo... Actually a composite of 7 photos, with the help of a little program called Microsoft Image Composite Editor, aka ICE. free, very easy to use. Without it, this photo would have been impossible, and it is one tall lady!!! 142 meters/466 feet.
The technique used is call stitching.