The family came from a village in Czechoslovakia and I believe he later lived in Prague, so I always assumed it was something from that city.
Today I happened upon it and recalled that there was some writing on the back of the photo. Since it is in Czech I broke out The Google Translate and tried to read the writing. I tried many variations of the words, and didn’t really get anywhere beyond the first phrase:
“Kostel sv. Marka celý s mramoru”
“Church of Sts. Mark all with marble”
(Aside: My most vivid memory of Uncle Joe was on his visit to New York in the 1970′s or so, when he brought us all small gifts from back home. I still have the toy antique car that he gave me.)
Back to “Church of Sts. Mark” – a quick look around the Googles and I immediately found photos of St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice – a perfect match.St. Mark’s is located just off the Grand Canal in Venice, and was completed in the present form around 1071.
A very nice reference on the history of the Basilica can be found over at the Sacred Destinations web site.
I would love to have a motorcycle like Uncle Joe’s (not to mention his cool leather riding outfit) and take a cross country trip as his photo appears to suggest.
I should also add that my sister reminded me that Uncle Joe was an architect – which brings to mind an even more romantic vision of his traveling around post-WWII Europe on a motorcycle visiting architectural marvels.
*My WordPress theme does not seem to like links in photo captions. So, here is a link back to the Wikipedia User Tetraktys, the owner of the contemporary St. Mark’s photo at bottom. It is worth a click, as he has many beautiful photos on his profile.