Milan Train Station at Midnight

Aren’t those lights cool? That is the real color of those lights… no photoshop trickery…

Milan Train Station at Midnight

More Churches of Italy

The top picture here is the Santa Maria Maggiore, the basilica that was across the street from my hotel in Rome. The second shot is from the interior of one of the side-chapels. The last is a little collage I made of my Churches of Italy set on Flickr.

Santa Maria Maggiore

Quadruple Dome

The Churches of Italy

Principe di Savoy

This is the extremely bright, shiny, and colorful bar inside the Principe di Savoy in Milan. This is where the Rolling Stones stayed and brought a big group of aging roadies with them.

When I Met Mick in Milan at the Principe de Savoy

Gothic Spires

Here is a cool view from the top of the Duomo that looks rather surreal with the HDR treatment.

Gothic Spikes

Roman Laundry

This is an area of Italy that dates back over 2000 years. This tiny roof and “canal” area is where Roman women would come and wash clothes while their men were off fighting the Gauls.

It’s now been converted to a little cafe where Italian people sit around and complain about Zidane, a modern day Gaul.

Roman Laundry Area

More Church Interiors

Here are a few more church interiors from around Italy. The first was taken near the altar of the Duomo. Someone on Flicker noted that it looked like something out of an Asimov novel, which I thought was an apt description.

The hardest thing about these shots was hiding my tripod from the security guards, and then feigning absolute ignorance when they came up to me shaking their first like Wario when he loses in Mario Party.

The Airy Doom of the Duomo

Double Domus

Summer Home

No, this is not my summer home, but I did hang out there in Milan and sweat heavily while wishing it had air conditioning.

Summer Home

Rainbow over the Duomo

One night before dark I looked out of my hotel room and saw this, so I had to pull out the camera, of course.

Rainbow over Duomo

They Are Among Us

They are Among Us

Dark Duomo

Mark Twain said the following of the Duomo in Milan in his work, Innocents Abroad:

What a wonder it is! So grand, so solemn, so vast! And yet so delicate, so airy, so graceful! A very world of solid weight, and yet it seems …a delusion of frostwork that might vanish with a breath!…The central one of its five great doors is bordered with a bas-relief of birds and fruits and beasts and insects, which have been so ingeniously carved out of the marble that they seem like living creatures– and the figures are so numerous and the design so complex, that one might study it a week without exhausting its interest…everywhere that a niche or a perch can be found about the enormous building, from summit to base, there is a marble statue, and every statue is a study in itself…Away above, on the lofty roof, rank on rank of carved and fretted spires spring high in the air, and through their rich tracery one sees the sky beyond. …(Up on) the roof…springing from its broad marble flagstones, were the long files of spires, looking very tall close at hand, but diminishing in the distance…We could see, now, that the statue on the top of each was the size of a large man, though they all looked like dolls from the street… They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter’s at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands.

Dark Duomo

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