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Category: North America

Impressions of Savannah

A true southern belle, Savannah. A city that combines serenity and vibrancy, beauty and history, with the sound of music on every corner and square. It is proof that even something as inherently rigid as a grid street plan can be in fact gorgeous. Probably the most lasting impression of…

Middleton Place, Charleston

There are several points of interest up Ashley River from Charleston, reachable by car in about 25 minutes from the town center. We only budgeted a few hours for a visit to a single plantation and chose Middleton Place, a “sister” property of Edmondston-Alston House that we also visited while…

Impressions of Charleston

Charming is the word I would associate with Charleston first and foremost. The city has a number of impressive edifices and well-maintained historic mansions, but it is the simple charm of its streets lined with a mix of architectural styles that stays with you as the lasting impression. Here is…

Montmorency Falls

Montmorency waterfalls and the surrounding park are an excellent half-day trip destination when you are in Quebec City – or even full-day depending on how much you want to take advantage of available activities. The falls are higher than Niagara by good 30 meters but visually, of course, may be…

Night shots of Quebec

I am admittedly not dedicated enough as a photographer to frequently attempt what true enthusiasts undertake habitually: Carry a tripod, get up before sunrise to catch majestic vistas, etc. I also happen to like capping any day of sightseeing with a nice dinner accompanied by a fair amount of wine,…

Shop signs in Quartier Petit Champlain

Quartier Petit Champlain in Quebec City is very compact, with just a few narrow streets full of shops and restaurants. It seems just a touch amusement-park artificial but is no less delightful for that.     Every establishment in the area has a colorful sign above the entrance. Here is…

Chasing World Heritage: #86 (Quebec City)

Qu├ębec City is the only town in North America to have preserved its defensive ramparts and its historic center presents one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city. That gives the city a shade of a European feel which is quite welcome by these particular europhiles. Here is…

Chateau-sur-Mer, Newport, RI

Here is a picture I am pretty fond of, from our recent trip to Newport.     A “dramatic-popper” and then a vignette presets in Lightroom followed by Lab Color sharpening in Photoshop combined to create a pleasing result out of an unremarkable shot. Feel free to enlarge and compare…

Philadelphia Flower Show 2011

Recalling wonderful times in Europe when we rarely hesitated to get into a car and drive someplace for enrichment or entertainment, we took a trip to Philadelphia today for the flower exhibition at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Here are a few quick shots.              …