All posts tagged: wanderings

an anti-logic of streets: getting lost in Rome and at home (and thoughts on arts-experiments in planning)

Long title, lots of ideas here.  Stick with me. I spent last week in Rome, which is actually where la flaneuse first was born, six years ago.  I didn’t yet know then that I would be wandering around cities as my profession, but as a writer for Let’s Go: Italy, I learned to love the solitude and spontaneity of exploring cities on foot, watching roads and residents as I went.  Though I got to know Rome very well, especially as I tirelessly visited every restaurant, mapped every vicolo, and scouted every sightseeing deal, returning was a whole different ballgame.  I was struck by the city’s layers, its character, the way it has grown haphazardly over time and then lurched under massive redesign campaigns by powerful leaders seeking to make their mark.  I saw Rome with new eyes, and I want to share some of my observations with you. First, though, I want to give credit for these new eyes to the ladies of Platform 2, an incredible conceptual art/performance/social engagement collective here in Boston.  A …

from the archives: kobenhavn

Copenhagen/Kobenhavn is known throughout the world as a model for urban living.  And how.  A mix of scales, public spaces, excellent public transportation and lots of beautiful people on bikes, beautiful waterways, and a gorgeous host of architecture from 17th century to uber-contemporary…all of these attributes make for an incredible city to visit and, I’m sure, live in.  Feast your eyes on some photos of what I think makes Copenhagen seem imminently livable.  What do you think?

hello east boston.

Last weekend my friend Molly and I braved the February cold in search of tortillas, urban revitalization, and harbor views.  Not necessarily in that order (we never found the tortillas).  East Boston is home to one of the largest Latino communities in the Boston area, and it used to be a primarily Italian-American neighborhood.  So there are lots of fantastic smells, Catholic churches, and restaurants on every street.  Eastie also has part of the Boston HarborWalk, a local resource which is absolutely gorgeous though admittedly more pleasant in the summer than in the bitter cold of midwinter.  Anyhow, feast your eyes on some of these great shots of old waterfront piers and warehouses, the New Urbanist fantasia of Maverick Landing (which I could have sworn was a Hope VI property…), and more.  Picture the smell of plantains, chicharron, and some freshly cooked pasta wafting down the street, Latin music playing through the windows of passing cars, and a gorgeous winter sun glinting off the Boston Harbor, and you’re as good as there.

from the archives – rome, 2005.

Four and a half years ago I had just graduated from college and was heading off on two great adventures — the rest of my life, and a stint as a researcher-writer for Let’s Go: Italy in Rome.  While the jury is still out on the rest of my life, Rome was incredible.  Well, it was the kind of wild ride you can only have when you’re 21: meeting boys and new best friends by chatting with strangers on the street or in a hostel, breaking up with my college boyfriend, racking up a massive cell phone bill by calling my family to discuss the aforementioned, staying up partying all night and missing a once-a-day bus the next day, and still managing to write beautiful copy.  But Rome itself…incredible.  And it was that summer of 2005 that I developed my flâneuserie habit: wandering city streets and taking in the unique, humble moments at the same time as I wrote about the long history and culture of the great city of Rome. These photos are a …