Saturday, November 28, 2009
There's still a lot to enjoy in the façade of this building on Kearny Street between Washington and Clay, despite the attempt by whoever owns it to ruin it with cheap signage and tacky awnings at street level. It's obviously a pretty squalid tenement inside, but the exterior remains lovely. Wonder how long it will last...
Although I wasn't totally blown away by the latest exhibit at Yerba Buena, "When Lives Become Form: Contemporary Brazilian Art, 1960s to the Present," I did see a few things that made me smile. From top, Beatriz Milhazes' window treatment, osgemeos' "Untitled," and Rogerio Degaki's "Vicky," oil on canvas that looks like it's been knit instead of painted.
Monday, November 23, 2009
At top, the Chain Bridge, built 1839-49, first to span the Danube from Buda to Pest. At bottom, the Liberty Bridge, 1894-99. Both are reconstructions, the originals having been destroyed by the Nazis as they departed Budapest in 1945.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Few traces remain of the Ottoman era in Budapest (1526-1686), but the Turkish influence makes itself known in baths like the Kiraly, whose exterior is shown here. Built from 1566 to 1570, the baths were revised and added onto over the years, but much of the building is still original.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Recently restored and reopened, the Alexandra Bookstore on Andrassy Ut in Budapest features one of the most magnificent cafes in the world, its interior decorated with gorgeous frescoes depicting the various arts. The building is an Art Noveau masterpiece with Egyptian influences which in its first incarnation was the Paris department store.
Needless to say, the place was packed...who wouldn't want to enjoy an afternoon espresso in such a wonderful environment?