Monthly Archives: April 2007

Spoleto, Italy

  Spoleto was a beautiful city, even in the rain. The muted colors and softness that rain provides made the city less dramatic than others had been, but the walkways off this main street into people’s courtyards were particularly inviting, … Continue reading

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Xi’an Wall

  The ancient city wall of Xi’an is 3 miles per side. You can rent bicycles and ride around the wall, which is wider than the suburban street I grew up on.

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Forbidden City

  This is one of my favorites from the Forbidden City. They diverted part of the moat to flow through the City, so the Emperor could have a peaceful boat ride across his very wide square.

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Golden Fire Cauldron

At the Forbidden City, before modern fire suppression was invented, they used huge cauldrons of water. The cauldrons were gold-plated iron – not just to look pretty, but to help protect the iron from corrosion. When the British helped put … Continue reading

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Three Days in April #2

  Three days later, the bushes have exploded into pinks and reds, the white flowers on the trees are more vibrant. Spring is here.

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