For towns hoping to preserve any period of history, the trick is maintaining authenticity: castles, churches, shops, and streets – all must fit the time.
Our love affair with historical architecture began in New Orleans, Louisiana. We lived in a classic, hundred-year old shotgun house, and each day walked through the Garden District to St. Charles Avenue to catch the streetcar.
If you enjoy Medieval architecture, all it takes is a view through the City Gate into Old Town Tallinn, Estonia to realize what a treat lies ahead.
I’ve had a lifelong love of science, and it travels with me wherever I go. My natural curiosity and scientific training lead me to look beyond what’s happening and ask why it’s happening. This is fun (for me at least), because it turns the world around me into my own science lab. Here’s an example.
We’ve always been fascinated by doorways and what they have to say. It doesn’t take an architect or etymologist to know that the facade is the face of a building, and if this is so, then the door can be the beguiling lipstick that enchants visitors.
Our first trip to Europe was a whirlwind, 14-day, 6-country Eurail Pass-stoked attempt to see and do everything. Those were the days of boundless energy, endless curiosity, limited time, and scarce funds.
Like most collectors I started small. In fact, in the beginning I had no intention of becoming a collector. But it only took the second photo, and Bam!, I was a gargoyle waterspout photo collector.
Just when I think I’ve seen it all, another weird and wonderful bit of exotica pops up. Quail, chicken, or ostrich?
How could anyone object to this beautiful Russian Orthodox cathedral? It’s certainly a spectacular building, but in Tallinn, Estonia in 1900, it sent a loud-and-clear political message to an unruly Baltic territory: Czar Alexander III and his Russian government were in control.
As travelers we all know that photos can launch a thousand dreams, catapult us to faraway places, and awaken our human compassion. Travel photos are the eyes that let us connect across this wide, wonderful world.
First and foremost, thank you for a wonderful week. Your response has been fantastic. You’ve helped us choose 4 of our 5 entries for Capture the Colour 2013. Yesterday’s winner for the WHITE category
As travel bloggers, photography is a fun hobby for us, and we do our best to include interesting shots that enhance our posts. Like all photographers, we have favorite photos, and it’s always nice to have an opportunity to show them off.