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Mallard in Italy

Mallard in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3860: Mallard duck, photographed in Italy.

The European Church Tour, Pt 4

The European Church Tour, Pt 4

Marty’s photo of the day #3847: Each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the irony by pointing out, “In […]

The European Church Tour, Pt 2

The European Church Tour, Pt 2

Marty’s photo of the day #3845: As has become a tradition, each year around Christmas, I dig into my photos of the great old churches I photographed in Europe. That way Christians can enjoy them for their religious significance, creative people can enjoy them for their artistic beauty, and atheists can enjoy them for the […]

Great old churches make me wonder . . .

Great old churches make me wonder . . .

Marty’s photo of the day #3836: This is a small part of the Santa Maria del Fiore (the Florence Cathedral) in Florence, Italy. It is the third largest church in the world. I love all the great old Catholic churches in Europe, with their spectacular architecture and artwork. Still, every time I admire these great […]

Giotto’s Campanile

Giotto’s Campanile

Marty’s photo of the day #3827: This is Giotto’s Campanile (Giotto’s Bell Tower) in Florence, Italy. The building of the 278 foot-tall tower began in 1334 and it was completed in 1359.

Italian swan

Italian swan

Marty’s photo of the day #3784: I photographed this swan on Lake Garda in northern Italy. “Lago di Garda” is often is often associated with the arts, as it has a history of attracting artists, poets, and directors.

Florence, Italy at night

Florence, Italy at night

Marty’s photo of the day #3781: Florence, Italy at night (December 2018), all decked out for Christmas.

Artsy gulls in Italy

Artsy gulls in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3631: Because of its history of attracting artists, poets, and directors, Lake Garda in northern Italy is often associated with the arts. So here’s my artsy contribution: black-headed gulls, all lined up on a wall.

Venice side canal

Venice side canal

Marty’s photo of the day #3627: This is one of the side canals in Venice, Italy. I don’t know about you, but it just seems to me that—at any moment—James Bond should come racing down the canal in a speedboat, with some villain in hot pursuit.

Halestorm and Evanescence!

Halestorm and Evanescence!

Marty’s photo of the day #3603: In the marriage advice chapter of my latest book, Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer, I talk about how Deb and I have kept our 36-year marriage fresh by doing spontaneous things. Examples include suddenly deciding to travel to all seven-continents, moving to Montana […]

Venice artwork

Venice artwork

Marty’s photo of the day #3565: Stunning artwork along the Grand Canal, in Venice, Italy.

Lake Garda swan

Lake Garda swan

Marty’s photo of the day #3562: I photographed this swan on Lake Garda in northern Italy. “Lago di Garda” is often is often associated with the arts, as it has a history of attracting artists, poets, and directors.

Genova, Italy

Genova, Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3556: The beautiful, friendly city of Genova, Italy. But far too confusing for my GPS!

Statues in Florence, Italy

Statues in Florence, Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3556: Florence, Italy has statues everywhere, and like this one, I found them more dramatic to photograph at night. Remember in 2002, when U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft had a drape installed to cover the nude breast of the Lady Justice statue? John Ashcroft (and fakers like him) should most […]

Verona rooftops

Verona rooftops

Marty’s photo of the day #3554: This is a rooftop view of Verona, Italy. On another subject: Remember the song “My Sharona” by the Knack? You can still sing the song perfectly if you replace “Sharona” with “Verona.” You’re welcome!

Mallard bumper cars

Mallard bumper cars

Marty’s photo of the day #3431: Mallard bumper cars. Photographed in Italy.

Simple and unplanned

Simple and unplanned

Marty’s photo of the day #3351: This photo goes back to 2018 in Genova, Italy. Deb and I had gotten lost and arrived late to the apartment we rented. Restaurants within walking distance were full, so we stepped into a tiny market, bought a couple bottles of Italian wine, several varieties of cheese, crackers, smoked […]

Virtual travel to Italy

Virtual travel to Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3332: Americans aren’t welcome in many countries at this moment because we have a psychotic president who claims children are “virtually immune” to COVID-19. So let’s travel back to December 2008. This was the view from Deb’s and my hotel room in Venice, Italy.

Swans in Italy

Swans in Italy

Marty’s photo of the day #3305: One of my favorite days in Italy (December 2018) was when Deb and I got away from the cities and the touristy things and spent an afternoon walking along Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. The weather was cool, the tourists were gone, and other than a few people here […]

I’m going to miss live music

I’m going to miss live music

Marty’s photo of the day #3195: Ohhh . . .  a packed concert in Italy. Sniff. I’m going to miss such things. This photo is from the Within Temptation concert Deb and I attended in Italy a little over a year ago. I’m so glad we chose that time to see them. Their current European […]

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