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Category: World in Pictures

My favorite sights of Wales

Wales is the land of breathtaking landscapes, magnificent castles and quaint towns. We only made one trip there, visiting several places of interest over the course of a few days, and brought back a significant number of photographic memories. I was pleasantly surprised with how many shots I had to…

My favorite sights of Dresden

Dresden has one of the most impressive clusters of magnificent architecture in all of Europe, which left a lasting impression on yours truly notwithstanding the leaden skies that accompanied our only visit there. Here are a few examples. The first is the view from river Elbe onto the edge of…

My favorite sights of Venice

A follow-up photo-essay from more recent trip can be found here. Venice is among the best-photographed cities in our archives, and deservedly so. It is unique, beautiful and utterly amazing. The view from Ponte dell’Accademia towards the church of Santa Maria della Salute and the mouth of the Grand Canal…

My favorite sights of Barcelona

Barcelona is competing with Paris for the title of “the city I know really well despite never having lived there”. But the lion’s share of my exploration of the city of the Basilica of Sagrada Família, one of the defining masterpieces of the Modernist giant Antoní Gaudí, which is finally…

My favorite sights of Budapest

Budapest is a beautiful city, often grand, occasionally quaint and charming, striving to outdo Vienna quite a bit, and reminiscent of Paris in its central Pest area. There are plenty of impressive sights on both banks of the Danube. We’ll start with one of the emblematic sights of the Hungarian…

My favorite sights of Vienna

Once upon a time, before digital cameras and for the first couple of years after converting to digital, our approach to travel photography was: on attempts to capture something grand. Our only to-date visit to Vienna occurred during that period. Although the Austrian capital is one of my favorite cities…

Chichen-Itza

As promised, below is a selection of photos taken on my tour of Chichen-Itza.                 Very impressive, but tinged with disappointment. I was looking forward to climbing to the top of the Great Pyramid, only to learn that visitors have not been allowed…

My favorite sights of Rome

Some people come to Rome for its millenia of history. Others may be attracted by the treasures found in the Vatican Museum as well as a number of lesser known galleries. Yet others explore architectural beauty of its many churches and palaces. Me, I come to Rome for its squares.…

My favorite sights of Paris

My favorite sights of Paris

OK, let’s next pick a city that would present me with a welcome problem similar to what I had with Florence or London – plenty of photographs to choose from. We’ve been to Paris many times, and repeatedly professed our love for the city on the pages of this blog…

My favorite sights of Madrid

A second entry in a row brings me to a city that I undoubtedly like a lot, but somehow do not have a wide range of pictures of to share. With Madrid, the reason for that shortage is somewhat inexplicable, since we have hundreds of good-quality pictures taken there. But…

My favorite sights of Amsterdam

A more extensive photo-essay from more recent trip can be found here. Our itineraries took us to Amsterdam just once on our journeys, and it was during the unfortunate period of time when we did not yet quite catch on to the fact that our main camera produced inexplicably grainy…

My favorite sights of London

When you lived in a given city for several years but you always approached it as a kind of “tourist”, targeting specific points of interest, never failing to admire the scenery, and practically never walking down its streets without a camera in hand, you end up with much more than…

Streetcars

There are certain cities in America that have more than rudimentary tram networks (Boston springs to mind as an example), but in most places if you come across a tram line, it is primarily a curiosity rather than a major mode of transportation. Conversely, many major cities in Europe retain…

My favorite sights of Cracow

Cracow is big enough to offer more than a few points of interest, it is full of wonderful architecture, and it leaves an overwhelmingly positive impression on a traveler of my inclinations. It all starts with the focal point of the Old Quarter, the vast expanse of the Market Square.…

A pavement art picture

The bonus side effect of my recently started new series is that perusing our photo archives I come across an occasional cool picture that I never posted anywhere. For instance, here is a shot of a pavement artist at work. It was taken in Florence, but could have been taken…

My favorite sights of Florence

Boy, this is not a simple task, picking just a few shots of Florence. I’ve been to the city several times and I can never get enough of it, so it is no surprise that we accumulated quite a lot of photographic memories over time. The funny thing is, my…

New York imagery: Madison Square Park

Finding myself for the first time in ages in a place that I used to walk through daily, I could not restrain myself from taking a couple of shots of things reaching for the sky. (Despite less than optimal lighting due to overall weather.) These are couple of perspectives from…

My favorite sights of Munich

Munich does not break into my top tier of favorite cities. I’ve only been there once for a few days, I liked it well enough, it is lively and welcoming, but I do not find it exceptionally beautiful or uncommonly impressive. Perusing my photo archives, I am struck by the…

My favorite sights of Prague

Both within this virtual space (here, for instance) and in meat-space, I never hesitate to proclaim which city I consider to be the most beautiful among all. Prague, hands down! Such opinions are subjective, I realize, and your mileage may vary relative to other places you’ve seen and things you…