Mannequin, Stockholm

Mannequin Monday 8

Mannequin Monday heads to northern Europe this week and lands in Stockholm, Sweden’s Old Town, or Gamla Stan, where I spotted this hipster, a reminder of how brutal Scandinavian winters can be. Summers, too, apparently. If you’re new to this weekly series, you can and should catch up here. Enjoy …

Heathen Maiden, Vršič Pass, Slovenia

The Legend of the Heathen Maiden

This is Ajdovska deklica, or the Heathen Maiden, whose forlorn visage hangs permanently on the sheer rock face of the 2,547m (8,356 ft) high Prisojnik, a mountain that forms part of the eastern wall of Slovenia’s Vršič pass. It’s a natural formation caused by rock fractures that rests at the …

Mannequins, Istanbul

Mannequin Monday 7

This week Mannequin Monday moves from the Americas to Istanbul, where Europe and Asia meet, and home to the store front where subjects of primitive brain implant experimentation apparently wind up. If you’re new to this weekly series, you can and should catch up here. Enjoy! Istanbul, Turkey, 14-Mar-2012

Ljubljana Central Market, July 2014

Ljubljana Central Market II

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 181st straight (!), was shot after hours this afternoon at Ljubljana’s Central Market where I still proudly rule as Mayor. On Foursquare, that is. I’ve curtailed my visits back from six per week lately but still maintain a market-related photo album on Google+ when I’m …

Guard tower door at Auschwitz

Guard Tower, Auschwitz (Pic du Jour)

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 180th (!) straight, is a door lock on a guard tower located at the western end of the Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp, a relic of a bygone era that refuses to die. Near Oświęcim, Poland, 19-June-2014.

Ronnie James Dio Memorial Kavarna 4

The World’s Only Ronnie James Dio Memorial – a Six Photo Gallery

A six photo tour of the Ronnie James Dio memorial in Kavarna, Bulgaria, the world’s only monument to the heavy metal music icon.

Stag’s Beetle, Lucanus cervus, in Slovenia

European Stag Beetle

Lucanus cervus, the best-known stag beetle and the largest terrestrial insect in Europe.

View from the Europe Cafe, Katowice, Poland

Katowice, Poland | Stock Image Gallery

The capital of the Silesian Voivodeship (or province), Katowice is a city of about 310,000 located in south central Poland in the heart of what’s known as the Silesian Metropolis, a larger territorial entity that is home to a population of two million. Primarily industrial and blue collar since its …

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Bratislava Posters, June 2014

If you’re planning to pass through Bratislava, Slovakia’s charming little capital, in the mid- or late summer, here’s a small collection of things you may want to check out. And a few you may have just missed, included for posterity’s sake. Just because I liked the designs.

Antoine de St. Exupery display at a bookstore in Lille, France

Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, would have been 114 today. Some are taken from us much too soon. Nearly two million copies of Le Petit Prince are sold annually, with sales topping 140 million worldwide, making it one of the top best-selling books in history. It’s also …