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A Swedish Delight: Kungsportsbron

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While enjoying my first trip to Sweden in 2007 visiting my uncle, his wife and my cousin, we ventured across many bridges in Gothenburg, Sweden.This particular bridge is called Kungsportsbron. It is a bridge over the moat in central Gothenburg, connecting Kungsportsavenyn with Kungsportsplatsen.

The bridge is named after the King’s Gate, a city port that was demolished 1836-1839. It was designed by architect Eugene Thorburn in the Italian Renaissance style and was opened August 14, 1901 by King Oscar II. That information brought to you by a combination of Swedish wikipedia and Google Translate.

The stone work and street lamps strike me most when looking at the bridge, but if you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know that I have a thing for bridges and bodies of water.

Thanks for stopping by!

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London from The Eye

London from The Eye

Of my many trips to London, I’ve only been up on the London Eye once. This photograph was taken in March of 2007 and it remains a favourite of mine taken in the city of London. The haze around the city mixes with the colours of the sky so beautifully that it makes me pause every time I rediscover this picture. Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower surrounding the bell, as well as all of the Parliament buildings seem to stand out against the rest of the city, along with Westminister Bridge.

I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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Piazza San Marco in Venice

Piazza San Marco in Venice

This photograph was taken during my spring break from high school back in 2007. My brother as well as my mom were my companions on this trip and this shot is of my brother. We did the typical tourist thing of feeding the birds in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and I really liked this shot of him.

More memories of Europe are really encouraging me to end up there this summer!!

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Millenium Bridge towards St. Paul’s Cathedral

Millenium Bridge towards St. Paul's Cathedral

I thought I would start 2013 off right with a shot of one of my favourite cities on this planet, London. This was taken in 2011, but I am currently in the planning stages of a trip back to Europe (which usually results in London).

This photograph was taken with a fish-eye lens and it seems to exude a feel of the British city that matches my memory of it. There’s diversity in the people, looming and dramatic clouds as well as astounding architecture as far as the eye can see.

Happy 2013 WordPress! I wish each of you a year that see’s you move forward towards your dreams.

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Belfast

In this photograph, you’ll see the Indian Community Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. While I was in the city, I was staying with a super rad guy who lived just a few blocks away from this gorgeous building. As you may or may not have realized, I have a thing for architecture!

The Indian Community Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland, found in the Northern area of the city. This photo was taken near the end of August 2011.

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Berlin

While in Berlin, Germany in the summer of 2011, I stopped to photograph Brandenburg on a couple of occasions. This photograph, however, seems to encompass the right feeling. The huge structure seems to devour the sky and the details of the inner panel are accentuation by the stark contrast. It’s making me miss that German sun!

Brandenburg in Berlin Germany, in July of 2011.

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Maastricht

The second time I went to Germany to visit family, I was with my mother and brother. Back during spring break of 2007, teenage me was just as eager to explore.

My mom’s sister and her cousin decided that we should drive to Maastricht in the southern part of The Netherlands, neighbouring Belgium on the west. Since my aunt and the majority of the rest of my mom’s relatives in the area live in Köln (Cologne) near the west of Germany, Maastricht is just over a mere hour drive.

Our trip to the city only lasted 3 or 4 hours and mostly entailed of some aimless walking around the city with plenty of conversation, as well as enjoying a meal on the patio of a beautiful restaurant in Vrijthof Square. Dutch and German (Deutch) are quite similar, so I was quite lucky to have family to translate for us. These days, I’m learning bits of German to add to what I have learned from my family over the years. While seated at the restaurant, after the sun had gone down, I spotted some gorgeous buildings and had to take a photo. It was later in the evening and back then, I didn’t know much about exposure/shutter speeds to compensate for lack of light. I didn’t even own a tripod! But somehow I seemed to capture the photograph below of two of the most prominent buildings in Maastricht.

The two religious buildings stand side by side. The one on the left is Protestant — the Sint-Janskerk.  The other, pictured to the right, is Roman Catholic — the Sint-Servaas Basilica. The Sint-Janskerk has the tallest tower, in Gothic style, where-as the Sint-Servaas Basilica has four towers, two of which are a strikingly Romanesque style. Both churches are ancient, literally! The Sint-Janskerk’s current buildings date from the 14th and 15th centuries, though the original structure was built in the beginning of the 13th century. Sint-Servaas Basilica’s present buildings date from the beginning of the 11th century, making it quite a bit older. However, history tells us that Servaas, bishop of Tongeren (what is modern day Belgium,) died in Maastricht in the year 384, upon whose grave the structure was soon built.

Maastricht, The Netherlands. This photograph was taken during March of 2007 and it shows an evening shot of Basilica of Sint Servaas and Janskerk Church in Vrijthof Square.

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

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Köln

Köln is a city dear to my heart in the west of Germany. Along with my aunt and an uncle, my mother has quite a few cousins who live in and near the city. In English, people call in Cologne, but I prefer the German spelling! In my most recent visit in the summer of 2011, as usual, I spent a lot of time with my family. I was on a majorly tight schedule, but it was a blast!

I spent a lot of time driving around with my aunt and a couple of my second or third cousins and in the picture I have for you lovely people today, I was blasting through the city’s beautiful center and catching a glimpse of gorgeous architecture all over the place. The picture I chose seemed to capture a beautiful European essence within the cramped street and gloomy sky.

Köln (Cologne), Germany among the cramped streets.

My new format with voting is to stick it on the bottom of posts for the last 7 days of the month. If you haven’t already voted, please do so!

What would you like to see as a theme for the photographs posted in the first week of May? This month’s options are:

–       Aboard Transportation

–       Bodies of Water

–      Vehicles

VOTE NOW! Whichever has the most votes by 11:59pm, Monday, April 30th wins and for the first 7 days of May, my photographs will be a photo-essay in that theme. (If there is a tie, whichever had the most votes first will be chosen.)

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San Francisco

In the summer of 2009 and 2010, I was on tour with a music festival called The Vans Warped Tour on the west coast of the United States and Canada. Today, we visit a day in August of 2009. I was in San Francisco, with a day off from the tour, just hanging out in the city. I wasn’t in the city long enough to make any friends unfortunately, but the stunning landscapes and neighbourhoods that the city offered were plenty to offer my 18 year old mind.

Situated in northern California, nearby cities include Oakland and San Jose. It’s commonly known at the “City By The Bay” and with gorgeous bridges (the “Bay Bridge” as highlighted in this post and the infamous Golden Gate Bridge), steep hills abound and several islands, including Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island, and a small portion of Alameda Island, Red Rock Island, and Angel Island. Also included are the uninhabited Farallon Islands, 27 miles (43 km) offshore in the Pacific Ocean. The mainland portion is surrounded on three sides by water!

A few of the highlights shown below include The Oakland “Bay Bridge” and the pier nearby, beautiful rolling hills, old-school public transportation, and The Ferry Building along the Embarcadero.

The Oakland "Bay Bridge" and the pier out to the water with a view of the skyline, rolling hills near the Castro District, old-school public transportation, and the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero.

The photo of the day today is of The Oakland “Bay Bridge”  and as part of Interstate 80, it’s the direct road route between San Francisco and Oakland. The bridge consists of two main spans of roughly equal length, a western span connecting downtown San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island and an eastern span connecting the island to Oakland. The main part of the western span is a suspension bridge while the main part of the eastern span is a cantilever bridge. While the Golden Gate Bridge is synonymous with the city of San Francisco, I urge you to give this, as well as all other bridges around the world another shot!

The Oakland Bay Bridge leading to Treasure Island.

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Glasgow

In early September of 2011, I visited Glasgow for the first time.  The weather was supper cloudy, as Scotland is most of the year, but I liked it. I stayed with a local named James and to say he was a character would be putting it lightly. During most of our conversations, I was confused. It wasn’t even really what he said… His inflection would constantly confuse me because I couldn’t tell if he was joking or serious. I mean, I knew he was joking because what he was saying was OBSURD… at one point it involved a term called “skelping”. He even spelled it out for me. It’s a verb and it describes the action of cutting holes in a plastic bag containing a loaf of bread, filling the bag with milk, and effectively smacking an elderly person in the face with this make-shift weapon. And all the while as he was explaining this, he seemed completely serious! He’d laugh at my responses, though. I only stayed with him for the first two nights I was in the city, the rest my time there was with a guy named Omair… That, my friends, is a whole story unto itself. Another time I visit Glasgow in photos, I’ll tell you about him!

While I was in the city, I also met up with a long-time internet friend, Dean. I’m racking my brain to remember the alias I first met him under, but I can’t recall. I do remember a picture of a baby in army camo and a helicopter…. Ridiculous. We walked around the city and he was my tour-guide for the day. I got to know Sauchiehall, we walked through a few parks, I admired plenty of buildings (Glasgow’s architecture… Top notch!), and me and Dean even got to check out a movie set! If only I had hung out with him the previous day… That day sucked because I got robbed…. Only time it’s ever happened in my life! Oh well, you win some and you lose some. Glasgow’s beauty and fun shined through!

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The photo in the top left corner is near the area I got robbed, the photos to the right of that are examples of Glasgow's gorgeous architecture, the bottom left are stairs in a park me and Dean passed through, next to it, a cathedral near the edge of the city, then next to that is a photo of Sauchiehall (the infamous shopping street), and lastly, in the right corner is photo of Dean in front of a prop car on a movie set we walked passed while wandering downtown Glasgow.

On the first day I was in Glasgow, I took a stroll around town by myself and my favourite part of that was my walk down the River Clyde. I stumbled across a bunch of bridges, which is always fun for me because I have an affinity for structures connecting two land masses. My favourite, called South Portland Street Suspension Bridge, was built in 1853.

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South Portland Street Suspension Bridge, located in Glasgow, Scotland.

As much as I like the view of the bridge crossing the water as shown above, I loved the brick work done on the entrance of the bridge and this photo works well in fish-eye. You may have noticed that a few of the pictures in the collage are also fish-eye… You’ll keep seeing that here and there. Anyways… Here’s to the details!

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South Portland Street Suspension Bridge, located in Glasgow, Scotland.

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