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Tuleries and Beyond

We did quite a bit of walking looking at the Tuleries Garden and the area around it (with family before having to isolate). A look into the garden just getting ready to have green leaves on the trees. A look at Place Vendome. Pretty Spring window of Goutal Perfume shop. Lauderée is doing a planetary thing right now for some reason. The Village Royal has changed their umbrellas from a mix of bright colors to shades of pink. Here they are from underneath. Th...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Netflix, Paris, Norway, Umbrellas, Tuleries Garden, Plaza Athénée, Lauderée, Village Royal


Thoughts from Amalfi during Coronavirus

Over the past 13 years, I’ve written a lot about the Amalfi Coast. About beautiful beaches, about my favorite hikes through quiet villages, about food, about the people, and really most everything in between. Plot twist. So here I sit at my tiny desk inside our small house right in the historic center of Amalfi. Thankfully, I can see a few lemon trees and the bright bursts of purple as the bougainvillea in the neighbor’s garden starts to bloom. We have a little balcony off the bedroom that overl...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Usa, Instagram, Lifestyle, America, Rome, Paris, Italy, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Amalfi, Positano, Nicki, Coronavirus


The Marais

Friends of my granddaughter are staying in a hotel in the Marais so we joined them there and walked around. We went to the beautiful Place des Vosges. This door leads to the garden behind the Hotel de Sully. Inside the door. There is a stained glass window frame there that I like to put people behind for photos. The very nice bar in a luxurious hotel. Grafitti on Rue des Rosiers. Just liked this green on the sidewalk.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Garden, Paris, Marais, Place des Vosges, Hotel de Sully, Hotel bar


The lockdown in Tokyo begins, sort of

Much debate has surrounded Japan’s post-Diamond Princess avoidance of the coronavirus pandemic — at least on the scale seen elsewhere, anyway. Has it been due to the general lack of physical contact in public? The pretty much standard habit of mask wearing perhaps? Or, has it always been a mere matter of time before the country succumbed? Despite the possible merits of those cultural traits, the latter now appears to be the case, with Tokyo’s governor requesting a soft lockdown at a press confer...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan, Tokyo


Caffè Meletti in Ascoli Piceno

Postcard from Caffè Meletti, an historic bar in Le Marche.The post Caffè Meletti in Ascoli Piceno appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Cafe, Le Marche, Ascoli Piceno, Photo of the Day, Italogram, Spring Photo Challenge, Caffè Meletti


Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus by Simone Martini

A detail on Simone Martini's "Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus" is my entry for "blue" for the #30dayphotochallengeThe post Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus by Simone Martini appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Photography, Spring, Florence, Blue, Tuscany, St Margaret, Museums and Exhibits, Art & Architecture, Simone Martini, Italogram, Spring Photo Challenge, Florence & Tuscany, 30dayphotochallenge


Cowboy museum security on social

Museums around the world may be closing to promote social distancing, and for some museum staff, that means assuming new roles in this unprecedented situation. At the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Tim is the head of security. Now that the museum is closed, however, Tim was given the added responsibility of managing the museum’s social media account — and the result is hilarious. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Cowboy, Social Media, Cnn, Mallorca, Duke, All, Tim, National Cowboy Western Heritage Museum, National Cowboy Museum, John Wayne Lucas, John Wayne Enterprises, Oklahoma City Tim


Facebook reduces bit rates for videos as use of messaging services surges; ad business suffers as pandemic worsens

Facebook is reducing bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram to avoid potential network congestion as the company sees massive spikes in usage across its apps, the company announced. Facebook warned that while it is normally prepared to withstand expected spikes in usage, such as around New Year’s Eve, “the usage growth from COVID-19 […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Coronavirus


COVID-19: Facebook reduces bit rates for videos as use of messaging services surges; ad business suffers

Facebook is reducing bit rates for videos on Facebook and Instagram to avoid potential network congestion as the company sees massive spikes in usage across its apps, the company announced. Facebook warned that while it is normally prepared to withstand expected spikes in usage, such as around New Year’s Eve, “the usage growth from COVID-19 […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Coronavirus


A 95-year-old Japanese lady enjoying a stroll

In the current climate, a quiet stroll along the nearby canal seemed like a good idea. A decision that in the end turned out to be doubly good, as along with a nice walk, I also had the pleasure of bumping into the lovely old lady below. We only had a brief chat. Basically just the time it took to take a couple of frames from a suitably safe distance. But having the chance to meet somebody who has experienced the destruction — then recovery — of their country, and indeed the wider world from war...
Tags: Travel, Photography


Visitors

My Daughter in Law and Granddaughter are visiting us from Texas (this was before we all went into isolation. They were told to do self isolation when they returned to the States.) The first thing we did was walk from our place to the Eiffel Tower. A view with the Eiffel Tower behind the carousel. The Seine is running high as you can see. The ducks are in an area you can usually walk on and no boats are running as they can’t get under the bridge. We showed them the Statue of Li...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Family, Texas, Paris, Flooding, Eiffel Tower, Napoleon, Seine, Beaugrenelle


MEITY asks social media platforms to curb misinformation about COVID-19

As misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic becomes abundant on social media platforms, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has urged social media platforms to “take immediate action to disable /remove such content hosted on their platforms on [a] priority basis”.  390 people in India have tested positive for the virus, which has so […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Instagram, India, Whatsapp, Misinformation, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Coronavirus


This and That

Well, here I am in Paris and we are still living a live in isolation here on March 23rd, 2020. There is a huge area around our apartment building with very few people about and we sometimes go and walk around there, Maurice especially. I ventured out early one morning to our closeby Monoprix for groceries. We ordered online and found they won’t deliver anymore but we can go pick up what we ordered but not for a few days so I decided to go get a few things anyway. Things have changed. First of al...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Louvre, Florist, Maurice, Church of Saint Germain, Cafe Marly, Heart Grafitti


Kimono east meets west meets smartphone

A melding of cultures as well as imaginative smartphone storage. kofiwidget2.init('Support Tokyo Times on Ko-fi', '#29abe0', 'J3J51I68E');kofiwidget2.draw();
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture, Tokyo


Instagram, Facebook will not have new AR filters ‘until further notice’

Instagram and Facebook will not have any new augmented reality filters and effects in the near future. Filters submitted by creators will not be approved or published “until further notice” since the company is sending its Spark AR reviewers home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Spark AR is a software developed by Facebook which is used […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Augmented Reality, Instagram Facebook, Coronavirus


Around Paris

A mix of photos taken around Paris, as usual. I saw this fitting sunset the morning I found out a friend of mine died back in the States. A side entrance for employees into the Louvre Museum. A fountain in the Palais Royal. The water doesn’t run in the winter. A side entrance into the garden. Outdoor art installation. Spring is here! As are many in the world, we are practicing isolation. They will now give you a ticket if you are outside unless you h...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Netflix, Paris, Spring, States, Louvre, Sheldon, Louvre Museum, Palais Royal, Architecutre


Japanese social distancing by the sea

With seemingly the whole world now implementing social distancing, self isolation and even full-on lockdowns, life in Japan inexplicably continues as normal, with no real measures in place whatsoever. Of course school closures were announced at the end of last month, with museums, concerts etc. quickly following suit. Sporting events have also been cancelled, or played behind closed doors, with one notable example being sumo, which now approaching the end of its spring tournament, has provided a...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Japan


Charities aiding hospitality workers

For many people around the country, this COVID-19 era is dark times. Restaurants and bars nationwide have laid off hourly employees. Hotels, airlines, buses, and other travel-related fields are surely not far behind. And only time will tell how far-reaching this month’s economic consequences may be. Organizations all over the nation are trying to help people who have lost their jobs or are otherwise struggling financially, and all are accepting donations. That means you, assuming you’re cash...
Tags: Travel, New York, Instagram, Groupon, New York City, Atlanta, Miami, All, Jameson, Parker Quinn, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus crisis, Coronavirus Layoffs, Hospitality Workers, Bartender Emergency Assistance Program


Queer events you can attend online

As the coronavirus pandemic alters daily life, queer events around the world are getting canceled, but there’s one event COVID-19 can’t touch: Couchella. That’s right — the hottest ticket in town is the house-party-of-one you’re hosting from your living room. Proximity doesn’t preclude us from gathering in the digital age. While it’s necessary to practice social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a social recession doesn’t need to be the byproduct of staying safe. Whether you ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, New York, London, Instagram, Australia, Mexico, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Sydney, Broadway, Lady Gaga, Coachella


The Grand Colbert

The Grand Colbert became very famous with tourist a few years back when a scene from Something’s Got To Give with Diane Keaton was filmed there featuring their famous roast chicken. Some friends were in Paris and wanted to try it, so we joined them. Here it is! The Belle Epoque interior. The onion soup was good, the snails weren’t. Here’s the famous chicken. Our friends seemed to like it. I had this beef dish which was incredibly tender. Overall, I guess I would...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Eating, Colbert, Brasserie, Belle Epoque, Diane Keaton, Roast Chicken, Food Review, Le Grand Colbert


Lockdown in Paris: Day 3

Last night President Macron announced new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus by ordering everyone to stay in their homes for 15 days (minimum). This morning the government described how this would be enforced on the Minister of the Interior's website (en français). Starting today at noon, to go outside you need to print and fill out and sign an attestation stating where you live and checking one of the boxes of the allowed reasons to leave home: going directly to work, food shoppi...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, United States, Paris, Health & Safety, Interior, Macron, Around Town, Coronavirus, COVID-19


A tiny Tokyo shop with built in social distancing?

This tiny shop has appeared on these pages before, but up until taking the photo below, I knew absolutely nothing about it. A business, it turns out, that’s been there for half a century or so, and incredibly, the current proprietor has sat working in that very same spot for the last four decades. It’s also a shop that, despite its age and diminutive dimensions, is arguably ideal in the current climate. The owner has no colleagues, customers are kept very much at arm’s length, and money is pass...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Tokyo


A timeless Tokyo bar and beret in shades of grey

Now and again it’s still possible to see a slice of Tokyo life that allows the past and the present to fit comfortably in one frame.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


My New Instagram Account- @literal_streetart

I now have a third Instagram account @literal_streetart   For the new account, I look down and take photos on the streets and sidewalks of Paris and places I travel to.   Please follow me on my street adventures.   https://www.instagram.com/literal_streetart/ @literal_streetart You can also follow my other accounts: @parisian_doors @eyepreferparis   Here are my latest photos from my @literal_streetart account.   Please read the following articles about traveling and ...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Paris, PAUL, Richard Nahem


Little Tokyo standing bar looks

Some standing bars are horse-shoe shaped. Others are packed beyond belief. Plus the odd one or two are simply very small indeed.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo


National park posters of bad reviews

Bad reviews can be depressing but designer and illustrator Amber Share knows how to put a positive spin on even the most negative criticisms out there. Share looks at sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook to find complaints about US national parks, and then combines those negative reviews with beautiful illustrations. She calls the series “Subpar Parks,” and its Instagram account already has over 56,000 followers. The finished product is a humorous and clever way of exposing the ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Instagram, US, National Parks, Arizona, All, US National Parks, Saguaro National Park, TripAdvisor Google, White Sands National Park


Facebook, Instagram ban face mask ads amidst Coronavirus fears

Facebook is banning ads selling medical face masks in the coming days to avoid the exploitation of panic around COVID-19, the company’s director of product management Rob Leathern, announced on March 7. This includes ads on Instagram, which Facebook owns, and commerce listings on Marketplace. This is also an attempt to prevent the inflation of […] ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Instagram, Facebook Instagram, Rob Leathern, Coronavirus


Kimono friendship and flowers

Bright colours on a bright day with matching flower motifs as an added bonus.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Culture



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