Category Archives: Travel Pictures

A place in my memory: Quebec City

My predilection for landmark photography notwithstanding, I take a fair number of “picturesque detail” shots. They rarely end up among my favorites, precisely because they tend not to clearly associate with a specific place and therefore rarely support a specific memory. But this colorful picture taken in Quartier Petit-Champlain in Quebec City recalls the wonderful

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Memorable shots: Torbjørnskjer

This picture is of a small island of Torbjørnskjer near the mouth of Oslofjord where it joins with the North Sea. It represents a departure from my usual style of photo-processing. Taken at dawn from windswept upper deck of the overnight Copenhagen-Oslo ferry, it looked unremarkable in its original form. But softening the focus, along

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A place in my memory: Edinburgh

I have reached the end of the stream of photographs from my most recent expeditions, which means that I will be picking up again the loose series of memorable travel shots from my past journeys. There are over a hundred of them in the Lightroom collection that I set aside for this purpose, so you

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Linz, Austria

I focused on Vienna and its Christmas markets on my recent trip to Austria, but also took day-trips to explore Graz and Semmering Railway. I also spent a day in Linz, which was probably a bit of an overkill for the overall trip. Don’t get me wrong – Linz is a pretty and pleasant town,

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Vienna

I ended my favorite sights vignette of Vienna several years ago with a promise to take hundreds of pictures on my next trip to the city. Such trip came about recently – and I fulfilled that promise to a certain degree. I now have a reasonable amount of good shots from the Austrian capital. And

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Madrid

You probably recall that I went to Madrid in late October for the expressed purpose of seeing a football match. Of course, I could not miss an opportunity to improve my collection of Madrid photos. So, I walked around the city and looked in to a number of major points of interest. I’ll start not

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Christmas markets in Vienna

What is so special about Christmas markets, one would reasonably ask, that an otherwise rational man would travel across six time zones and brave freezing weather for a whole week just to see them. Don’t they mean crowds and trinkets, for which aforementioned rational man has no particular affection? Don’t they huddle in front of

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A quick tour of San Francisco

We tacked a few hours of San Francisco sightseeing at the beginning of our recent trip to the California wine country. That time is hardly sufficient to explore anything in depth, but as this was not our first visit to the city – just a first one in many years – we were able to

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Around Sonoma Valley wineries

In addition to spending time in Napa, we also explored its less glamorous neighbor Sonoma. There are decidedly fewer people, lower wine-tasting expenses (including a couple of places that offer complimentary tastings), but also more muted scenery. The latter was not aided by the fact that the weather turned drab on the day we drove

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Around Napa Valley wineries

The law of diminishing returns kicks in pretty quickly when you hop from one wine tasting to another and, like me, never use the spitoon unless you actively dislike the wine that you are tasting. After a couple of flights, distinguishing characteristics of any given wine become nearly impossible to recognize. Photographic pursuits are not

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Balloons over Napa Valley

For a variety of reasons, taking a ride in a hot-air balloon never featured in our past travels. I can make many excuses for that, but the fact remains that we were missing out on something pretty breathtaking. And we were aware of that gap on our traveling resume, by virtue of many enthusiastic recommendations

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A few more from Barcelona

We gave ourselves less than 24 hours at the conclusion of our recent Costa Brava vacation to immerse in the vibrancy of Barcelona. That amount of time is grossly insufficient, but thankfully we have been to Barcelona before and could pick just a couple of specific targets to make even such a short stay worthwhile.

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