Death in Sicily

It is tradition in Sicily to paste death announcements on rectangular posters along street walls. In a way, it is the Sicilian form of obituaries. I have read that they are usually collected on a wall intended to gather all the death announcements. But, from what I saw, most residents post the announcements by the entrances of their homes. Like this family.

The graffiti below was a block up the hill and reads:
"You are my life
You will always live in me
Happy Birthday my love
I love you"

 

Evening in Noto, Sicily

Noto is a charming baroque town on the southeast coast of Sicily. The town was originally 8 kilometers away but in 1693 a 7.4 earthquake struck Sicily and shook Noto to the ground.

When it came time to rebuild the crown of Aragon, which ruled Sicily at the time, hired architects for the new site by the Ionian Sea. The rubble that was once Noto was renamed Noto Antica.

As the new Noto and the other damaged towns were reconstructed, there was architectural revival on the island. The local architects designing the towns had been trained in Rome and contributed new baroque elements, like curved walls and ornate details that had been popular in Italy for decades. This kicked off the Sicilian Baroque era which is now one of the most characteristic architectural styles of the island. 

In 2002 Noto was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most notable Sicilian Baroque towns, partly thanks to the Noto cathedral. 

THE NOTO VESPA CLUB

On my walk through the town I stumbled upon the local vespa club. Most of the members wore the same aqua polo shirt and were scattered in groups by two rows of neatly parked classic vespas.

Summer Storm in Brooklyn

As I was looking through my Sicily photos a rain storm and a pretty awful wave of humidity hit Brooklyn.

After the rain died down, I looked out my window and saw that crazy summer storm light that happens when the bright summer sun starts to shine though there are still thick grey storm clouds. I noticed it because the light was strong enough to bounce against the building in front of mine and into my apartment. So I went up to my rooftop and found a double rainbow and some pretty dramatic lighting.

 

I am already hearing fireworks for the 4th of July out my window. 

Moving to DC

A couple months ago I moved to DC for a six-month video fellowship with Vox. Now that I am settled into my new job and new apartment I ready to explore my new city. I will be sharing some of my little discoveries here, as well as my travels and regular trips back up to New York. 

As a new DC resident, I couldn't escape the obligatory Capitol building shot. It was completed in 1800, renovated after the British partially burnt it down during The War of 1812 and expanded over the years to accommodate new members of congress as the country admitted new states. It is among the top ten most iconic buildings in America, along with five(!) other DC structures. 

I am itching to go back in the day to take a closer look at the Statue of Freedom on top of the dome, but before I dig into that I have a week-long trip to Sicily.