Favorite pictures

Take a look at the selection of my favorite shots from around the world and click through to my extensive galleries on Flickr.

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Destinations around the world

My personal count of visited sites on UNESCO World Heritage list is over a hundred and will continue to grow.

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Travel notes

A separate section of the site contains my personal travel guides. I am no Rick Steves, but you might find something useful there.

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Empuriabrava

With the largest residential marina in Europe, Empuriabrava is a magnet for people who love amphibious living. The lion’s share of houses back out on one of dozens of canals, and every household here owns at least one boat. The canal network was planned and built in 1960’s-70’s. Its main loop is a popular visitor

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Beget

I used the word tiny to describe both Villefranche-de-Conflent and Rupit recently, but compared to Beget either of those can be called a metropolis. Beget is the tiniest of tiny. The postal stop at the edge of the village has 27 mailboxes, which may or may not be the basis for Wikipedia claim that there

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Camprodon

There are places in the world that are effortlessly picture-perfect. Camprodon, in the Pyrenees an hour and a half away from Costa Brava, is one of those places. The view of its iconic bridge and the houses flanking river Ter is a ready-made postcard. The settlement of this site dates from the late 12th century,

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Rupit

Tiny Rupit regularly features on selections of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia. The mountain village straddles a small gorge, with a hanging bridge connecting its two banks. The old part of Rupit is built on the ridge over the river and looks as if floating in the air from the other side. The bridge

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Grotte des Grandes Canalettes

Just five minutes of walking from the walls of Villefranche-de-Conflent is one of the most impressive cave complexes I have ever seen. Grotte des Grandes Canalettes is a series of caves full of fantastic calcium and stone formations, with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites reaching for each other from above and below. There is a

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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 personal scale of “like a

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A place in my memory: Lake Como

This picture is comparatively minimalist, imperfectly composed, and not related to any specific occurrence. Rather, it offers a general recollection of tranquility that I have come to associate with the incomparable Lake Como. It should be noted that my only to-date stay on Lake Como occurred at the height of the tourist season. There were

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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 to take pictures. In fact,

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A place in my memory: Mottingham

Majority of my readers would most likely not know Mottingham. Do you mean Nottingham, of Robin Hood fame?… Native Londoners may recognize the name of the village but give me a quizzical look as to why I would choose to highlight a rather nondescript location instead of one of hundreds of places that are famous

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A rainy morning in Dublin

My ambitious schedule on the recent trip to the British Isles left me only the morning of the day of the departure for a stroll around central Dublin. To a certain degree, that was appropriate: Dublin is a pleasant enough town, but it is not generously endowed with can’t-miss sights. Two or three museum visits

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A brief look at Manchester, England

My recent trip to the British Isles was centered on a football game. FC Rostov was playing Manchester United in the Europa League playoffs. I have never been a United fan, but their stadium – the Old Trafford, known with a shade of hyperbole as “The Theater of Dreams” – is among the most storied

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