Tag: M. Ciavardini

The Book of Kells: Worth a Visit?

Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seeing “The Most Beautiful Book in the World” New Yorkers used to visiting the Morgan Library for their share of antique books might be tempted to skip a visit to Dublin’s Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospel…

A Hint of Home in Rome

A visit to McDonald's near the Spanish Steps in Rome: Fast food seems to get better the farther from home you are. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Visiting McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps Because sometimes a traveler needs just a little taste of home and for an interaction to be a familiar—and easy—one, there is McDonald’s near the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome. Maybe it’s…

On a Clear Day, You Can See Chicago

A sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Chicago is the sort of place you visit for a limited purpose, to see an exhibit at the Art Institute, to tag along on a companion’s business trip, to attend the Blues Festival, to shop the Magnificent Mile. In short,…

Madison Square Convenience

Venue Tourism: Selecting New York City's Stewart Hotel for its convenience to Madison Square Garden. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Manhattan Hotel near the Garden Staying overnight in the city so the Brawny Sherpa and one of the youthful adventurers can attend a hockey game, we book a stay at the Stewart Hotel sheerly for its location. Sited less…

Matisse: Practice/Perfection

A portion of Henri Matisse's Dance at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The work was a study for the final version, which is at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Dance in New York and Russia Henri Matisse’s Dance works appear in practice form in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and in their final version in its Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The work was…

Manhattan Blue Man

You never know when you'll come across the blue man. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sculpture on the City Streets Some days, I think I see Batman everywhere. Some days, I just see the man in blue. It’s not always Batman. This blue man, at Sixth Avenue and West 53rd Street in Manhattan, is called…

Part Batman, Part Bismarck

A large statue of Otto von Bismarck, the 19th-century leader who unified Germany as a nation, looks ever so slightly like the Batman. Hamburg, Germany. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Tell-All Statue in Hamburg Reveals Everything Now that Hamburg is more than a footnote in travel guidebooks, thanks to the recently completed wind-in-its-sails Elbphilharmonie building, Hamburg’s status as a green city, and the fact that it is easily navigated…

A Lesson in Colonialism at Cusco Cathedral

So many travelers make haste for Machu Picchu in Peru, they might overlook important sites in Cusco.

Of Gold, Guinea Pigs, Last Suppers, and a Somewhat Swarthy Jesus So many visitors are in Cusco, Peru either on their way to or from the nearby main attraction, Machu Picchu. My own stay in Cusco is little more than…