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Wood Studio

June 26th, 2017

Click the link below for detailed information on the wood / non-wood buildings that were visited during the trip!   Wood Studio – Travel Guide

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Florence

May 26th, 2016

Needless to say, Florence is another gorgeous Tuscan city. They restrict cars from entering the city center, so walking around with a Gelato in hand, taking in the streetscape, is a very pleasant experience. One of the main attractions here would be the Piazza del Duomo, with the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and its Duomo (1st year arch. history!) This was one of the instances where seeing the building in real life was a drastically different experience than seeing it in photographs. To be honest, when I walked into the open piazza, I kind of felt like screaming. I didn’t know where to register my eyes, because there’s SO much going on everywhere. The famous Gothic revival façade of Santa Maria del Fiore is excessively detailed in white, green and red marble, I assume, with the intent of overwhelming the viewer. The photographs of the historic building usually show the entire frontal elevation, and you don’t really get the impact of these massive ornaments. ...

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Arcades

May 18th, 2016

With lots of free time in my hands, I recently realized that I haven’t posted anything for almost two years, neglecting the blog I’d so carefully curated over the years. So here’s the first of hopefully many more posts. I’ve been spending a lot of time in a beautiful little place called Bolzano, amongst the Alpes in a region called South Tyrol, somewhere in between Italy and Austria. When I say spending a lot of time, I really mean losing it, stretching it, tumbling out of bed at 9 or noon or 2, or whenever I hear the birds, leaving the house when the sun’s out, coming back when it’s down. I’ve been thoroughly and very slowly enjoying the mountains, the city and the food. The only rigorous schedule in my life would be between 12-3 and 6-10, when the restaurants open and close. Bolzano exudes this feeling of calm and slowness that’s hard to experience in Toronto. There are many little details throughout the city that contribut...

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