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Jack Pierson’s Postcards from the ’90s

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Jack Pierson talks to American Picture regarding why he meddles many mediums as well as just what it resembled to function as a musician in the ’90s.


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21 Vintage Postcards That’ll Make You Relive the Old Singapore

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The Singapore we all know today is often seen from above as a land filled with bright lights, skyscrapers, and continuous development. Singapore is often perceived too as a strict parent where everything must be clean and in order. Some may think that it lacks character from all what is seen on the outside. But once you see beyond order, laws (drop the bubblegum joke will you?), impressive infrastructures, and its busy streets, you’ll see this “Lion City” as a place packed with different cultures and an interesting history not embarrassed to narrate about its ups and downs which led it to what it is today.
Care to see and know the young Singapore where everything yet was small and underdeveloped? You probably do, so check out this collection of postcards featuring places around Singapore you might not recognize anymore.

City Hall

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Dragon dance before the Yang di-Pertuan Negara (Head of State) for Singapore’s National Day

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

The busy Singapore River

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Chinatown

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Telok Ayer Market between Robinson Road and Shenton Way

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Another shot of Chinatown

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

McRitchie Reservoir

Photo Credit: Striderv

Photo Credit: Striderv

Singapore Royal Visit decoration for the Duke of Connaught’s visit, ca. 1901

Photo Credit: Dodd Lu

Photo Credit: Dodd Lu

Singapore River

Photo Credit: Yan Biao Boey

Photo Credit: Yan Biao Boey

Hong Kong Bank (left) and the General Post Office (right, now Fullerton Hotel), ca. 1950

Photo Credit: Richard

Photo Credit: Richard

The first Botanical and Experimental Garden in Government Hill, Fort Canning

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Raffels School, ca. 1910

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Photo Credit: Vladimir Tkalčić

Capitol Theatre

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

Malay Village

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Raffles Place, ca. 1940

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Photo Credit: Roderick Eime

Beach Road

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

Photo Credit: Rachel Tan

North Bridge Road

Photo Credit: David

Photo Credit: David

Singapore Canal

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Clifford Quay

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Sri Mariamman Temple

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Photo Credit: John Laurie

Connaught Drive, ca. 1952

Photo Credit: David

Photo Credit: David


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Postcards from Ravenna, the City of Mosaics

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Back to the city of mosaics, to discover the essence of Ravenna

I first visited Ravenna last year on a day trip from Bologna, where I spent two weeks to discover the beauty of the Emilia-Romagna region. I had been wishing to admire the Byzantine mosaics for a long time but never managed to go, and with a singe day there was not much time to get a more comprehensive idea of the city beyond the mind-blowing ancient sites. 

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Although often overlooked by international tourists, Emilia-Romagna is a beautiful region where you can readily feel a warm and friendly hospitality (some time ago, I wrote about 10 reasons to add Emilia-Romagna to your travel bucket list, and the truth is that the region’s appeal is much more than that). Dotted with lovely smaller cities like colorful Parma, the wonderful UNESCO WHS of Modena, or elegant Ferrara, each one of them worth a longer stay, it’s one of the areas worth going back again and again. 

So I returned to Ravenna, the city of mosaics, this time to spend a few days, experience the daily life of this charming city and crystallize it through my camera, sharing my favourites postcards.

The elegant Piazza del Popolo

The heart of Ravenna is the elegant – and sober – Piazza del Popolo, with its elegant pastel-coloured facades and the exquisite clock tower overlooking the square. Like in most European cities, the most beautiful squares are a gathering place where people meet for a chat, events, politics and more.

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Ravenna, Piazza del Popolo

Lovely cobblestone streets and colourful facades

Life looks peaceful in Ravenna, and compared to the hustle-bustle of the big cities the pace here seems  calmer and more human. The warm and sunny days of autumn invite for a stroll, locals enjoy a stroll along the cobblestone streets or a drink at one of the al fresco café in the pretty and colourful Piazza del Popolo, the heart of the city.

Bicycles and a herbalist shop not to miss

Small and flat, Ravenna is a perfect city for biking and bicycles are everywhere. There’s no better way to get local than pedalling along the many lanes and to a little exercise in a very pleasant way. 

Ravenna, the City of Bicyces

Even if you’re not into herbs, natural remedies and biological products you shouldn’t miss La Bodèga ad Giorgione, a shop with a long-standing tradition, well-known by locals and an uncommon variety of herbal teas (all home-made) for any kind of need, natural cosmetics, spices, essential oils and lots more.

Shopping is definitely not my thing but believe me, I ended up buying three different sorts of herbal tea and I refrained from purchasing more stuff only because I knew I wouldn’t have enough space in my carry-on.

Santa Maria in Porto : A Baroque jewel

Perhaps it was the deep blue sky and the beautiful light, but I could hardly stop looking at (and taking photos of) the baroque facade of the Santa Maria del Porto basilica. Although I love art, architecture and design, I admit that of all styles baroque is one of my least favourites ad that I often skip paintings or buildings from this period.

Ravenna Santa Maria in Porto

I hadn’t planned to see Santa Maria del Porto, just happened to stumble on it and ended up spending a lot of time admiring the perfect proportions and the exquisite sculptures.

 

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Postcard from Ravenna, the city of mosaics

Elegant ancient buildings and tasteful details

The mosaics, Ravenna’s crown jewel

Enchanting and laid-back, friendly and colorful, Ravenna wouldn’t however be the unique destination it is without its magnificent Byzantine mosaics, one of the most beautiful UNESCO WHS I ever visited. After all, Ravenna is the city of mosaics and San Vitale, the Neonian Baptistery, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the Galla Placidia Mausoleum are among the finest examples of ancient art in the world.

Ravenna, San Vitale Mosaics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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