Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pretty Pictures.

I've just finished Dan Brown's Inferno. As with his three previous Robert Langdon books, I frequently (and reluctantly) put it down to Google images of the places and things mentioned. Since I'm hardly the only person lacking in knowledge of European landmarks or famous art, here are some key images:

Don't scroll beyond this point if you plan to read the book
 and want to be surprised. ]]

Botticelli's Map of Hell.

Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy.

Vasari Corrider, Florence.

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence.

Il Duomo, Florence.

The Battle of Marciano, by Vasari.

Dante's Death Mask

Florence Baptistery, Florence:

Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Triumphal Quadriga or Horses of St Mark's.

Hagia Sophia,    Istanbul, Constantinople, Istanbul was Constantinople; Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople; Been a long time gone, Constantinople; Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night,   Istanbul, Turkey.

Tomb of Enrico Dandolo, Istanbul.

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul.

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I really only enjoy thrillers that -- like Dan Brown's books -- feature strong, intelligent female characters. I'd appreciate any recommendations that fit this bill. 


  1. I just read "Flint" by Paul Eddy. Not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for but I enjoyed it.

  2. Every girl in Constantinople lives in Istanbul not Constantinople so if you've a date in Constantinople she'll be waiting in Istanbul.

    Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why'd they change it I can't say. People just liked it better that way!