Thursday, August 19, 2010

going to work

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Altstadt, Cologne Germany

Innenstadt (German: Köln-Innenstadt) is a city district (Stadtbezirk) of the City of Cologne in Germany and the city's commercial and cultural center.
The district was established with the last communal land reform in 1975, and comprises Cologne's historic old town (Altstadt), the Gründerzeit era new town (Neustadt) plus the right-Rhenish district of Deutz. Innenstadt has about 127,000 inhabitants (as of December 2008) and covers an area of 16.4 square kilometres.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lienz, east Tyrol Austria

lienz, originally uploaded by adudi.

Lienz is a medieval town in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It is the administrative centre of the Lienz district , which covers all of East Tyrol. Lienz is located at the confluence of the rivers Isel and Drava, between the Hohe Tauern mountain range in the north and the Gailtal Alps in the south. The municipality also includes the cadastral subdivision of Patriasdorf.
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Downtown Calgary , Alberta Canada

Downtown Calgary at Night, originally uploaded by Jim Boud.

Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.
The city is located in the Grassland region of Alberta.
In 2006, the City of Calgary had a population of 988,193 making it the third-largest municipality in the country and largest in Alberta. The entire metropolitan area had a 2006 population of 1,079,310, making it the fifth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. In 2009, Calgary's metropolitan population was estimated at 1,230,248, raising its rank to fourth-largest CMA in Canada.
Located 294 km (183 mi) due south of Edmonton, statisticians define the narrow populated area between these cities as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor."
Calgary is the largest Canadian metropolitan area between Toronto and Vancouver.
Calgary is a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area. Economic activity in Calgary is mostly centered on the petroleum industry. Agriculture, tourism and high-tech industries also contribute to the city's economic growth. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburg PA USA

Phipps Conservatory "Collage", originally uploaded by visitPA.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a great steel and glass Victorian greenhouse, has been inviting visitors to explore the beauty and mysteries of plants since 1893. Set amidst one of Pittsburgh's largest greenspaces, Schenley Park, Phipps Conservatory stands as a cultural and architectural centerpiece of the city's Oakland neighborhood.
In recent decades, Phipps has evolved into one of the region's most vibrant, thriving cultural attractions, bringing fresh perspectives and artists into our historic glasshouse environment. Phipps has also become a strong advocate for advanced green-building practices, sustainable gardening and a new environmental awareness.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Harrisburg Rail Bridge, PA, USA

Harrisburg has been an important location for statewide transportation since selected as the capital of Pennsylvania in 1812. The canal system and subsequent development of railroads, highways and airlines in the early century played a key role in transforming Harrisburg into a commercial and distribution center for Pennsylvania and the East. The city is centrally located 80 miles north of Baltimore, 100 miles west of Philadelphia, and 100 miles north of Washington D.C.
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Monday, August 9, 2010

High Street, Dunfermline Scotland UK

46/365: yellow car, originally uploaded by xxxrmt.

Dunfermline (Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Phàrlain) is a town in Fife which had official city status until 1970. It is located on high ground five miles from the northern shore of the Firth of Forth on the route of major road and rail crossings across the firth to Edinburgh and the south.

Dunfermline was an ancient capital of Scotland and is the burial place for many in the country's line of monarchs including Robert I and Saint Margaret. The poet Robert Henryson, one of the country's major literary figures, also lived in Dunfermline and was associated with its abbey. Ruins of the former monastic buildings around the abbey, now a parish church, include the remains of the royal palace and are an important tourist attraction.

In modern times, the most famous son of Dunfermline was the wealthy industrialist, businessman, and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. He was the central figure in promoting its early twentieth century urban renewal and his financial legacy is still of major importance.

Traditional industries in Dunfermline's catchment area have principally involved textiles, engineering, defence and electronics. In more recent times this has begun to diversify into the service sectors, including tourism.

According to the recent population estimate (2006), the town has 45,462 people living within its boundaries, this is a substantial rise from the 41,508 people recorded living there in 2001 which has resulted from the major expansion of the town in the east. It also falls under the wider Dunfermline and West-Fife Local Plan area which has an overall total population of around 100,324

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bruges, Flanders, Belgium

water, originally uploaded by ie :: fotografie.

Bruges ( /ˈbruːʒ/ in English; Dutch: Brugge, [ˈbrʏʝə]) is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is located in the northwest of the country.
The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is egg-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. The area of the whole city amounts to more than 13,840 hectares, including 1,075 hectares off the coast, at Zeebrugge (meaning "Brugge aan Zee" or "Bruges on Sea"). The city's total population is 117,073 (1 January 2008), of which around 20,000 live in the historic centre. The metropolitan area, including the outer commuter zone, covers an area of 616 km² and has a total of 255,844 inhabitants as of 1 January 2008.
Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North".
Bruges has a significant economic importance thanks to its port. At one time it was the "chief commercial city" of the world.

Audierne, Brittany, France

Audierne, originally uploaded by kerivoa.
Audierne (Breton: Gwaien) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. The town lies on a peninsula at the mouth of the Goyen river and for centuries was a fishing village, with a wide sandy beach. Visitors can take a boat from Audierne's port of Esquibien to the Île de Sein.
The harbour, formerly important to the local fishing industry, is now essentially a yacht port. Remaining of the fishery is an oyster farm, in which the delicacy can be bought.
Along the harbour stretches the town's main shopping area with its cafés, bars and restaurants, crêperies, boutiques, estate agents and holiday agencies, the town hall, the tourism office, and the regional bus stop. On Saturday mornings there is a farmers' market, which serves as a meeting place for natives and tourists alike.
Audierne is twinned with Penryn, Cornwall.
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Sunrise over Sand Dunes

Sunrise over Sand Dunes, originally uploaded by Abdalla Naas.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Gößweinstein castle, Fränkische Schweiz, Bavaria, Germany

Castle Gößweinstein, originally uploaded by nature1955.

Gößweinstein is a municipality in the district of Forchheim in Bavaria in Germany.
The first record of the Goswinesteyn Castle is from 1076. Prior to 1102 the Hochstift Bamberg became the owner of the castle. The prince-bishop of Bamberg Friedrich Carl von Schönborn (ruled from 1729 until 1746) elevated Gößweinstein's status to a Market. During the Secularization in 1803, the area of the Hochstift Bamberg was transferred to Bavaria.
During the Bavarian territorial reforms in 1978, the formerly independent communities of Morschreuth, Wichsenstein, Behringersmühle, Kleingesee, Leutzdorf, Stadelhofen, Unterailsfeld and part of the community Tüchersfeld were integrated into Gößweinstein.
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Crackpot Hall, Swaledale, North Yorkshire UK

Crackpot Hall, Swaledale., originally uploaded by bingleyman2.

The ruins of Crackpot Hall lie about a mile east of Keld on the northern slope of the dale at grid reference NY906008. There may have been a building on this site since the 1500s when ahunting lodge was maintained for Thomas, the first Baron Wharton, who visited the Dale occasionally to shoot the red deer. Survey work by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has shown that the building has changed many times over the years. At one time it even had a heather or "ling" thatched roof.
The current ruin is of a farmhouse dating from the mid 1700s. It was an impressive two story building with a slate roof and matching "shippons" or cow sheds at each end for animals. The building may also have been used as mine offices, as intensive lead mining was carried out in the area, and there were violent disputes over mine boundaries in the 18th century.
The current building was abandoned in the 1950s because of subsidence. Crackpot Hall has been saved from further decay by Gunnerside Estate with the aid of grants from the Millennium Commission and European Union through the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.In the 1930s Ella Pontefract and Marie Hartley wrote of a wild 4-year-old child living here by the name of Alice.
The name Crackpot is said to be Viking for "a deep hole or chasm that is a haunt of crows"..

Keld is a hamlet in the English county of North Yorkshire. It is situated on Birkdale, in the Yorkshire Dales. The name derives from the Viking word Kelda meaning a spring, and the village was once called Appletre Kelde - the spring near the apple trees.

Keld is the crossing point of the Coast to Coast Walk and the Pennine Way long distance footpaths at the head of Swaledale. Unfortunately it does not contain a shop. There was a Youth Hostel but this closed in October 2006; the building has since reopened as Keld Lodge, a hotel with bar and restaurant.

There is a series of four waterfalls close to Keld at a limestone gorge on the River Swale. These are Kisdon Force, East Gill Force, Catrake Force and Wain Wath Force.

Löderup, Ystad, Skåne, Sweden

At the beach
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Löderup is a locality situated in Ystad MunicipalitySkåne CountySweden with 558 inhabitants in 2005

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -- Lao Tzu Copyright © Demetrios the Traveler

Beylerbeyi Sarayı, Istanbul, Turkey

Beylerbeyi Sarayı, originally uploaded by

The Beylerbeyi Palace — or Beylerbeyi Sarayı in Turkish (Beylerbey = "Lord of Lords") — is located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood of Istanbul, Turkey at the Asian side of the Bosphorus. An Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the 1973 Bosphorus Bridge .
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Colibita Lake, Bistrita Nasaud, Romania

Remember the summer, originally uploaded by pgpdesign (paul).

Bistriţa-Năsăud (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈbistrit͡sa nəsəˈud]; Hungarian: Beszterce-Naszód) is a county (judeţ) of Romania, in Transylvania, with the capital city at Bistriţa.
The county has a total area of 5,355 km². One third of this surface represents the mountains from the Eastern Carpathians group: the Ţibleş, Rodna, Suhard, Bârgău and Călimani Mountains. The rest of the surface represents the North-East side of the Transylvanian Plateau.
The main river crossing the county is the Someşul Mare River River. On the Bistriţa River there is a big dam and a lake.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ponte Vecchio Florence - Tuscany, Italy

Firenze - Ponte Vecchio tramonto, originally uploaded by luca1965.

The Ponte Vecchio ("Old Bridge", Italian pronunciation: [ˈponte ˈvɛkkjo]) is a Medieval bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common.
Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewellers, art dealers and souvenir sellers. It has been described as Europe's oldest wholly-stone, closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge, but there are far older segmental arch bridges such as Alconétar Bridge.
The Ponte Vecchio's two neighbouring bridges are the Ponte Santa Trinità and the Ponte alle Grazie.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Classiebawn Castle, Mullaghmore, Sligo, Ireland

DDIR07-082, originally uploaded by David Ducoin.

Classiebawn Castle (Lord Mounbaten castle) which overlooks the charming resort of Mullaghmore, was built by Lord Mount Temple in 1874. The estate descended to the Mountbattens through the wife of the seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, a step-daughter of the Prime Minister Lord Viscount Palmerston, who resided in the castle and who also built Mullaghmore harbour back in the mid-nineteenth century.
The castle is now privately owned and not open to the public.

County Sligo (Irish: Contae Shligigh) is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. It is located in the province of Connacht. It was named after the town of Sligo (Irish: Sligeach) which is the anglization of the Irish Sligeach meaning Place of the Shells. The population of the county is 60,894 according to the 2006 census.
Sligo is the 22nd largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and 25th largest in terms of population. It is the fourth largest of Connacht’s 5 counties in size and third largest in terms of population.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Haines Shoe House - near York, Pennsylvania USA

Haines Shoe House - near York, originally uploaded by visitPA.

The Shoe House, built in 1948, was by far "Colonel" Mahlon N. Haines' most outlandish advertising gimmick. It is a wood frame structure covered with wire lath and coated with a cement stucco. It measures 48 ft. in length, 17 ft. in width at the widest part and 25 ft. in height. The interior consists of five different levels and contains three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen and living room.
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Savoy, Rono-Alpes, France

savoie 8, originally uploaded by sylvain.landry.

Savoie (Arpitan: Savouè d’Avâl, English: Savoy) is a French department located in the Rhône-Alpes (Rôno-Arpes) region in the French Alps.
It is one of the two departments of the region of Savoy that was annexed by France on March 24, 1860 after the Treaty of Turin, the other being Haute-Savoie. For history before 1860, details of the annexation and reasons for the current separatist movement in the departments, see Savoy.
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la Boqueria, Barcelona Spain

L1000638, originally uploaded by marios savva.

The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, often simply referred to as La Boqueria, is a large public market in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and one of the city's foremost tourist landmarks, with an entrance from La Rambla, not far from the Liceu, Barcelona's opera house. The market has a very diverse selection of goods.
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