cities talking post: paris

The ground under Paris is mostly limestone and settlers of the city, dating back to the ancient Romans, have been using this rock for building the city we love today. Both the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral are made of limestone. Originally the quarries were outside of the city, but then Paris grew.  People…

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my citiestalking post on vienna

Like Cinderella, I am dying to go to the ball. I love dressing up. I have some great rhinestones and even took ballroom dance lessons (surprisingly good exercise!). But, lucky for me, I don’t have to wait for my fairy godmother to procure an invitation from the palace. I just need to head to Vienna…

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citiestalking post on berlin

Renowned Canadian artist Landon Mackenzie describes Berlin as “a city of shadows and hope, the perfect place for an artist”. And she should know, she has spent a ton of time there over the past 20 years teaching, painting and inspiring. In her view, 1989 was a seminal year. Lots of things happened. Students marched…

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my cities talking post on budapest

The first time I was in Budapest was in 1967 and I was 5 years old.  Yes, that is a long time ago and, if you have any manners at all, you will assume there was a typo involved and will not bother to do the math.  I don’t remember a thing about Budapest or…

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my citiestalking.com post about the venice biennale

The hardest part of visiting Venice is….visiting Venice. In any other place I will willingly bump elbows with throngs of camera-toting tourists in order to stand before a master-piece of art or architecture. Yet, despite Venice’s magnificent cultural endowment, I find it extremely difficult to leave my hotel room.  Venetian hospitality can be so exquisitely…

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