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July 30, 2005

Split at night

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A hot night at Split, complete with flame twirlers and beer.

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July 29, 2005

Pakleni Islands, Croatia

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Too much sun and beer I think.

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July 28, 2005

Pakleni Islands, Croatia

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A day devoted to the water, sun, and friends.

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July 27, 2005

Hvar, Croatia

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This is the scene one pulls into from the ferry arriving at Hvar. Needless to say, no sleep or drawing the next day.

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July 26, 2005

Veliki Revelin Tower and Stairs, Korcula, Croatia

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In the 18th century the drawbridge was taken down and this monumental stair replaced it. Market goods are sold below while people sit on the stair gazing upon the activities around. Its expanding scultural form curves inviting people while the tower draws ones eyes up the stair into the tiny squares and streets of the old town beyond.

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July 25, 2005

Korcula Stair, Croatia

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From above.

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July 24, 2005

Korcula Town Hall, Croatia

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Korcula is my favorite town in Croatia. The town hall's arcade in Trg Braće Radić sits at the intersection of two streets, a tower, and a square. The arcade extends out beyond the town hall inviting people into its hollowed out bottom meeting room. If only all town halls were so inviting, breaking down their scale to the pedestrian, extending an arm out into the community; maybe all towns would be a little bit closer to the beauty of Korcula.

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July 23, 2005

Franciscan Monastery, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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"The pearl of the Adriatic," I like to think of as the oyster of the Adriatic with its massive undulating walls like that of a shell symmetrically divided along the main street of Placa which was once a channel. The Franciscan Monastery is one of my favorite spaces with its siamese thin tightly spaced octagonal columns divide light into thin vertical streaks of faceted stone. A beautiful stone screen that seperates the lush garden in the center of the monastery from the arcade and private rooms beyond.

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July 22, 2005

Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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The Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik has a small courtyard with a grand staircase where the treads and risers float above and across the archway that supports them. Wonderful details to sit and gaze upon while watching a celoist work his magic.

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July 21, 2005

Rector Stair

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July 20, 2005

Swimming Hole 2, Dubrovnik

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My second favorite swimming hole in Croatia, I jumped off that rock to the left, the water is really, really, nice here, no kidding.

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July 19, 2005

Swimming Hole 1, Dubrovnik

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My favorite swimming hole in Dubrovnik.

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July 18, 2005

Kotor, Montenegro

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The streets of Kotor are difficult to call streets. They are public rooms people pass through, orchestras fill with sound, and where the dogs of Kotor play. Kotor is a dog city. Every city is either a dog city or a cat city. The squares then sometimes have buildings placed in them such as this one. This is the room for the church of San Marco. The arches have a mix of Roman, Gothic, and Arabic. Kotor is another Venetian town with a very depp and beautiful Fjord, Europes deepest apparantly. This set of drawings are not well scanned, sorry, all the detail is lost, frustrating.

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July 17, 2005

Kotor Door, Montenegro

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The doors of the craftsman street are shaped to accomodate trade and view into the shop. I wish I lived in the time when these streets were filled with craftsman banging, hammering, and sawing. A whole other orchestra of sounds bouncing across the stone surfaces of Kotor. Sparks flying, greasy surfaces, and smoke filled rooms no more. Every once in a while you will find one of these shops with someone cutting some wood for the next renovated home to be converted to a retaurant, hotel, or shop. Gone are the days in Europe where there were mnay great craftsman.

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July 16, 2005

Budva, Montenegro

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The old walled town of Budva has many intimate little squares. Shops and storage are on the first level and residential above. Stairs add a dynamic rotation to the otherwise still courtyards.

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July 15, 2005

Mostar Bridge, Bosnia

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Mostar is another of my top favorite little towns. The huge roof slate panels look like a heavy snake skin covering the surfaces of the town. A "divers club" jumps from the top of this which is apparatnly 30 meters high into the narrow green fast flowing river below. They ask for money from the bus loads of tourists coming from Croatia. They don't actually dive so I think she should rename their club to "jumpers club." I was going to jump myself because it was so hot. A storm blew through and cooled off the air so I decided not to jump. The bridge has been used a lot for the war in Bosnia and the Balkans. A symbol that the Balkans are the connector, the in-between of east and west. Yet the bridge does not seperate the the Islamic and Christain parts of town. This bridge construction can be found all over the whole Balkan area and down into Greece thus showing that these clear divisions of different ethnic areas is never so clear. A Bosnian showed me photos from the war and how Mostar was completely destroyed, it is quite amazing how quickly it has changed.

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July 14, 2005

Mostar Square, Bosnia

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A beautiful Turkish bath making one wall of the square is at the center of the drawing. On the right is a market building that is connected to the corner of a mosque. These market buildings are the first I have seen exept for Sarajevo. Between the street and the room beyond there is a threshold where the walls of the market fold out and become the ceiling and the floor.

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July 13, 2005

Sarajevo, Bosnia

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I was never able to figure out why these roofs are shaped the way they are, I will need to do some more research. A heavy mass in the center surrounded by wood colonades where the market vendors sell their goods. The doors fold down to be benches and ceilings.

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July 12, 2005

Sarajevo Home, Bosnia

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A beautiful Turkish influenced home with a great room at the corner. It has been converted into a restaurant which has good food. I think care of the home as trasfered to the resaurant owners. Apparantly the original owner stood up to the Turks and the Austrians and had his home rebuilt three times. He loved his home and it shows on the inside and out. Simple details and thoughtful construction in this modest little house.

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July 11, 2005

Bosnian coffee

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A lot like, Turkish and Greek coffee. Funny how each of these countries call it there own. Although the attention to detail here at my favorite restaurant in Sarajevo definately is a nice touch.

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July 10, 2005

Bosnia

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Over 10,000 killed, 40,000 wounded is Bosnia yet no one did anything about it for four years. American press had to lie, they wanted to report the truth but were unable to. We were to focused on the oil coutries in the middle east. Europeans did nothing either, and this all happened in the 90's. The landscape is beautiful and dramatic, it is difficult to imagine it as a war zone that once existed. There are some exhibits in a Turkish Madrasa in Sarajevo showing people running in the streets dodging sniper fire. There are still buildings such as this one where you can seem remnants of the past.

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July 09, 2005

Skopje, Macedonia

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These are my favorite walls, Byzantine fortifications reused the fall of the Roman empire and gave it a more textured and organic look. Each stone tells a story like hierogyphics of the Egyptains.

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July 08, 2005

Butrint, Albania

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A Ventian fortification, organic in form, curvatures colliding with pitched roofs, elegent as always. Even their war buildings had style.

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July 07, 2005

Corfu, Greece

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This is how I feel about too many tourists. The Greeks were so good about capturing all elements of human existance.

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July 06, 2005

Zagoria, Greece

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It is beautiful here, go.

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July 04, 2005

Zagoria detail, Greece

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Connecting the sky to the earth horizontally, I could show you endless variations of this, but you will have to wait till I get back, these internet cafes are expensive.

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July 03, 2005

Zagoria home, Greece

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The horizontally laid slate roof, a beautiful invention in Zagoria. How long will it be till some Machado and Silvetti employee steals this one? Hopefully I will first.

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July 02, 2005

Zagoria Street, Greece

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The streets of Zagoria are steep. The people here figured out how to deal with the incline in bad weather beautifully. Maybe Boston should do more of this, more possible in Vermont with all the slate.

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July 01, 2005

Meteora, Greece

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The Byzantine churches are wonderful rooms; intimate, earthly, and spiritual. The smell of incents, the chanting of monks and priests, long beards, dark, colorful. Tempting to become a monk, I guess I already am, an architectural one, of wait not really, never mind.

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