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Impressions of Dubai

Five-and-a-half hours layover in Dubai gets you about two and a half hours of sightseeing at a canter on a low-traffic day (think Saturday). I probably could have squeezed another hour out of it, but one of my guiding principles in life (passed to me by my late grandfather) happens…

Impressions of Bangalore

Since photography is only a hobby for yours truly, on my recent week-long stay in Bangalore I mostly conducted business other than photography. Nonetheless, I had a bit of time for morning walks in the edge-of-the-city technology cluster area, snapped some reasonable shots through the windshield of our chauffeured car,…

Highlights of Kiev

Here are a few more pictures to complement previous World Heritage entry. Saint Vladimir (Volodymyr) Cathedral is as striking on the outside as any you would ever see. The guide on my Kiev-Pechersk Lavra tour named it without hesitation in answer to my question of which of the Kiev cathedrals…

Milan

Our summer trip to Italy finished in Milan, where we spent a single afternoon and night ahead of the flight back to the US. The Gothic cathedral of Milan is a must-see sight.     And here is a perspective in the opposite direction, with an unusual modern building juxtaposing…

Volterra, Tuscany

Volterra resides on the second tier of Tuscan sights hierarchy. It boasts an Etruscan archeological site and museum that the other locales do not have, but lacks the knockout punch of an attraction such as the leaning tower of Pisa or the many towers of San Gimignano. Nonetheless, it is…

Around Lake Como (cont.)

There are plenty of grand villas and gardens to be visited around Lake Como. Villa Carlotta is among the must-visit destinations. The mansion itself is fairly impressive and holds a reasonable collection of art, but it is the botanic garden that is the main attraction. Built into the steep mountain…

Around Lake Como

When you visit Lake Como, you would be well advised not to stay in just one place. You have to move around, to visit different lakeside villages, to take in as many breathtaking views as possible. The lake is one endless sequence of picturesque spots. Here is a small sampling.…

Sala Comacina, Lake Como

During our stay on Lake Como, we rented a townhouse in Sala Comacina. The tiny village squeezes itself in the space between the shore and the main road, facing off to the only island that graces the lake. Not a destination in itself, Sala Comacina is significantly quieter than nearby…