Category Archives: Two-fisted Touristing

Excursions around the world, ideally with some musical seasoning.

RETURN OF THE ROSES

I beg your pardon.  I never promised you a rose garden.  But we can visit one together just up the road.  And June is the time it bursts in massive, colorful bloom every year. Last year’s visit to the Brooklyn … Continue reading

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Highlights from ART NY 2017

Another year, another visit to the ART NY expo.  Here are pictures of some of the works that intrigued me this year (last year’s can be seen here). Some famous names are included here among the up and comers, like … Continue reading

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS GALORE!

Back in the BBG You don’t know just what you’ll see, boy! Back in the BB Back in the BB Back in the BBG (with apologies to The Beatles:) It’s peek cherry blossom blooming season this weekend at the Brooklyn … Continue reading

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The Lovers of Grand Army Plaza

The photo above is one of my personal favorites I have taken during my random photo taking walks around New York City.  It is of the Bailey Fountain in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. The reason I am posting this … Continue reading

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MANHATTAN BRIDGE and Associates

A Grab Bag of Bridge Photos, Bridge Songs and Bridge Memories. Art Garfunkel lays himself down like a bridge: Bridge Memory #1 (Spies and Walls) Adele’s love ain’t water under the bridge:

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Holiday Repost: HAPPY HOLIDAYS – How this Carol Curmudgeon Ended Up Unwittingly Writing Three Seasonably Suited Carols Himself

(Originally posted last Christmas… Last Christmas … sniff… R.I.P. George Michael…) I plead guilty to being a bit of a Christmas Carol Grinch.  OK, I used to be a BIG Christmas Carol Grinch, really loathing most carols and sometimes resorting … Continue reading

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Holiday Flee Market in the Classic Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower

This post features holiday music from the damn bestest Lesbian holiday album ever: Venus Envy’s 1990’s cult classic “I’ll be a Homo for Christmas” The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower is the most famous building in Brooklyn.  Completed in 1929 it … Continue reading

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SHADOW & LIGHT – an exploration in pictures and music

Shadow and Light – Danny Ashkenasi (from the musical Speakeasy) Today I will share some photos I have taken over the past few months that feature a play of light and shadow in a diverse variety.  I’ll complement these images … Continue reading

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An Indecent Play of Light & Geometry on 56th and 8th

New York New York – Ol’ Blue Eyes I moved to New York City in 1986 yet sometimes I still enjoy it like a tourist.  You know the old joke about telling the tourists from the New Yorkers by who … Continue reading

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BRAZIL – THE WHOLE FEIJOADA

21 Brazil Articles! – 22 Covers of “Brazil”! – 19 Brazilian Music Tracks! – Countless Brazil Photos! When I started the Two-Fisted Touristing Brazil Series I did not anticipate that it would grow to 21 articles (including this final one) … Continue reading

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A study of light in blue and gold

The morning sun dappled our blue and gold head sculpture just so the other day.  So I took this picture. That’s the version that should fit comfortably on your screen.  For a BIGnified look at the details, plus details about … Continue reading

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Brasília in Twilight

Brazil – Brazil Choir / Brazil String Orchestra / Quatuor Ébène / Richard Héry The last day of our second trip to Brazil, August 2016, was spent traveling from Manaus, in the Amazon, to Campinas, just north of São Paulo, … Continue reading

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BRAZIL – Climbing up Trees in the Rainforest

Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil) – Leslie Odom, Jr. People from all over the planet come to Manaus to explore the Amazon.  But where do the people from Manaus go on vacation?  Presidente Figuerido, a resort town two hours north of … Continue reading

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BRAZIL – The Sculpture Garden of Izulina Xavier

Brazil – Vérroneau When Ed and I were exploring Corumba, the Brazilian city that is one of the gateways into the Pantanal (here and here), the city tourist pamphlet led us to the Izulina Xavier Sculpture Museum.  We arrived at … Continue reading

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN with Notes from a Composer

As Halloween falls on a Monday this year, I think it makes sense to call this a long Halloween Weekend.  Much costumed celebrating and ghoulish goings-on will have already begun yesterday and continue through today and Sunday into the official … Continue reading

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The Sublime Coastline of Brazil

Between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro lie some of the most fabulous coastline views on Earth – (including that “Twilight” honeymoon spot) Brazil (Alternate Take) – Antônio Carlos Jobim It’s always fun when a movie shows you some impressive, … Continue reading

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