Milan in the Time of Corona

Roman Columns, Milan, Italy

Exactly this time last year, in a charming Milan hotel, I discovered this blog was broken and I wouldn’t be able to share my travels through Italy with you. I had been up all night with tech support but they somehow managed to make matters worse and even more dysfunctional. In the early morning hours, with no solution in sight, I threw my hands up in the air and pronounced Viewfinder dead on arrival, Italian style.

What seemed unfortunate at the time turns out to be a mere inconvenience compared to whats happening in Milan today. Amid fears of the mysterious Coronavirus, airlines have stopped flights into the city, Fashion Week 2020 was cut short, the annual Furniture Fair, recognized as the most important in the world, was put on hold along with many other sporting and cultural events. Italy is suspended in time as it fights to balance alarmism and panic with safety and precaution.

Its not new. In Medieval times, Giavanni Bossasci, a founding father of the Italian language, wrote “Decameron”, a book about 10 young men and women (today we’d call them Millennials) who fled Florence to a safe haven to protect themselves from the Black Plague. To pass their time in isolation, they tell each other 100 stories. Had they lived in our time, they wouldn’t be speaking to each other, but rather busying themselves on social media.

I still have at least a hundred stories to tell and I find myself in a better time and place to bring Italy to you. If you are reading this, it means Viewfinder has been revived and will live on into the future. I’m sure it won’t be long before we’ll be saying the same about Milan.

Via Torino, Milan
Fashion Windows
Downtown Milan apartments
Downtown, Milan
Duomo vaulted ceiling
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Duomo carvings
Duomo detail

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CIAO TORINO

I was aware that I was merely a guest of the city but, from the start, I felt like a welcomed one. Unlike other popular destinations that seem to have more tourists than people living there, Torino is a home, one defined by a long and proud heritage. It just happens they live among centuries old sparkling palaces, grand cathedrals, wondrous artwork with a wealth of history and culture running through their DNA. Its a lot to be proud of.
As always, it is the people who make your experience memorable. My favorite moments were the early hours as people got on with their lives – on a bike going to work, walking their children to school, shopping in the open market, grabbing another cup of coffee…There was a gracious simplicity and timelessness about that.

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TORINO


Discovering Torino is like opening an age worn jewelry box and finding a pot of gold with layers upon layers of treasure – Baroque treasure to be exact. The deeper you go the more you realize you haven’t begun to scratch the surface.


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MILANO

A statue of Constantine stands before San Lorenzo Church, a place of honor for the Roman emperor who issued the Edict of Milan to bring the persecution of Christians to an end.

Scenes from historical downtown Milano.

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Views of Chinatown Exhibit – Come with Me

Please join me in a preview of my Chinatown Collection of limited edition prints at Louis Pohl Gallery, First Friday March 2. “Views of Chinatown”, a joint showing with artists Hung Kwai Chan and Hitoshi Hida runs from Feb 24 – April 14, 2018. Each of us has our own point of view and interpretation of Chinatown but we were all inspired by her color and beauty.

Come with me and join us in a celebration of Chinatown and the New Year!

Views of Chinatown

ARTISTS RECEPTION

First Friday, March 2, 2018

6:00 p m – 9:00 pm

Louis Pohl Gallery, 1142 Bethel Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

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