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A briefest of Dallas impressions

A briefest of Dallas impressions

In between my fabulous foreign adventures, I occasionally travel for business. In that rare happenstance, especially when I find myself in a place completely new to me, I try to carve out a bit of time to explore. Right before Porto, my destination for a good portion of a work…

A WH fix in Chicago: Robie House

A WH fix in Chicago: Robie House

A couple of weeks ago I was on a business trip in Chicago. This being my first long-distance foray since Austin, I had to incorporate a bit of sightseeing into the itinerary. As may be easily predicted these days, I focused on the World Heritage places that I had not…

A few from Austin, TX

A few from Austin, TX

On a business trip – what a concept, no!? – a couple of weeks ago I landed in a part of these United States that I had never been to before. In the Texan capital for less than 2 days, I could carve out an hour and a half in…

High Line, New York

High Line, New York

Having descended from the Edge, I took a stroll along the length of New York’s High Line. The elevated park has been around for nearly a dozen years now, but I had very limited familiarity with it to-date. The walk thus progressed very neatly the theme of my second day…

Views from the Edge

Views from the Edge

On another day of my January staycation (first mentioned in the previous post), my targets in Manhattan included sights in Hudson Yards and Chelsea that I never explored before. Starting with one of the newest attractions in the City – the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere called…

Afternoon in Central Park

Central Park, January

At the end of last month, I took a week off work, for reasons none other than I would lose a perfectly useable vacation week if I haven’t done so. It was my first staycation in recorded memory, a type of holiday that has never held a lot of appeal…

On a boat in Camden harbor

On a boat in Camden harbor

Restaurant reservations aside, a sunset cruise on a tall boat was the only pre-arranged bit of entertainment on our road trip along the Maine Coast. Late September evenings are already quite cold at those latitudes when you are on open water, but bundling up and taking ample advantage of the…

Snippets of Maine (cont.)

More snippets of Maine

Continuing from the prior entry, here is another limited selection of pictures from various Maine locales taken during the September trip. Main Street in Camden. View to the Camden Public Library from the green of Harbor Park. The opposite views over Camden Harbor. The tall ships seen in the above…

Fragments of Maine

Snippets of Maine

Our itinerary along the Maine coast was structured as a road trip with a lot of comparatively small stops. There is no particular narrative that lends itself to such an approach. This tranche of visuals represents brief impressions of a quartet of such stops in different parts of the state…

Portland, Maine

A few impressions of Portland, Maine

The biggest town on our recent itinerary along the Maine coast hosted us the longest. Not long enough for a proper exploration, but long enough to form a good impression. Old Port and downtown area are full of architectural features of the kind that we always find delightful. Every block…

Mount Desert Island, Maine

Mount Desert Island, Maine

“Acadia National Park” is probably the more common way to identify the location of Mount Desert Island. It is not without reason, as the national park is a non-contiguous entity with several areas covering large portions of the island (and a couple of other islands as well). Not all of…

Lighthouses of Maine

Lighthouses of Maine

Lighthouses are among Maine’s best-known points of interest, and on our recent trip we specifically marked out a few for a visit. With just a couple of exceptions, they all turned out to be true highlights of the trip. Our first stop was the Portland Head Lighthouse. One of the…

Doylestown, PA

Doylestown, PA

You would have to go all the way back to mid-January for my last post not related to overseas travel, and even that was an output of a multi-day trip. Appearances notwithstanding, we do occasionally get out and about for short trips in our local area. Here is a recap…

Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Spontaneity has not been much of a feature of my traveling exploits lately, but the Christmastime trip to Washington had a bit of spontaneity in it. It was originally conceived as an opportunity for moms to do things with kids, and my participation in that was vague at best. Just…

Cranbury, New Jersey

This past Sunday was a brilliant after-snow day begging for an outdoor activity. In my case, it meant finding a picturesque locale to test out a new camera that I had recently acquired. The historic town of Cranbury – which I inexplicably have never visited before even though my house…

Red Bank, New Jersey

The fall of 2017 has been generous on gorgeous weekends and a few weeks ago we spent one such afternoon in the pretty town of Red Bank, less than half an hour away from our home. This was not our first visit to town but it was the first where…

A postcard from Chicago

DuSable Bridge leading practically into the Tribune Tower is one of the most commonly taken perspectives in Chicago, to a point where it deserves the designation of iconic. My take on it is neither original nor superior to any other photographs of this view. It scores pretty high on my…

A bit of Philadelphia

One of Kimmy’s volleyball tournaments took place a couple of weeks ago in Philadelphia. I have been to the City of Brotherly Love many times before, but always with a very specific intraday purpose in mind, which limited my photographic exploits. This time around, I gave myself a bigger window…

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…