When you studied geography, I'll bet you never learned about the Republic of la Boca, one of the most colorful places in Buenos Aires, Ask the artist about this one. Image #07254.
Windows in La Boca
This image combines the classic lamp post with one classic window, while the other window and the wall are contemporary. La Boca is one of the most interesting and colorful neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Image # 07255.
The tango was born in Buenos Aires, on the waterfront at La Boca. The lore has its origin as a way for the male stevedores to pass their time between arrivals of sailing ships to unload. It was not initially a romantic dance. Enter ladies and all that changed. Image # 07256.
Coca Cola in La Boca
As many millions of Coca Cola bottles as we have all seen around the world, this one is truly unique. It is in the colorful La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Image # 07257.
Alvear Palace Spiral Stairs
The Alvear Palace is an exquisite hotel in Buenos Aires. While the hotel has excellent elevators, the artist fell in love with the elegant spiral stairs. Image # 07259.
The Shore of Lago Roca
This is Lago Roca, the southernmost lake in all of the Americas. The bottom of the mighty Andes range is in the distance. Image # 07261.
What a view from the upper deck of Belasco de Baquedano in Mendoza! Their malbec vineyards are located at the base of the Andes in Lujan de Cuyo. Many award-winning wines began their life in these vineyards. Image # 07411.
Finca Decero likely has the most spectacular vista in all of Mendoza. The artist fell in love with the composition, as all the elements contributed to this complex panorama. After a gourmet lunch on their balcony, paired with delicious wines, the view got even better! Image # 07415.
Vina Cobos is a special place, in Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza. Created by American Paul Hobbs with two partners, Vina Cobos has a uniquely contemporary winery with snow-capped mountains not far beyond the vineyards. Their wines are highly regarded and among the best in Mendoza. Image # 07425.
Belasco de Baquedano
Driving into the Belasco winery, you are filled with anticipation. Leaving the property, this is the impressive view that greets you from their front door. Image # 07426.
Perfect Place for a Piano
The circular barrel room at Salentein winery in Mendoza has an elegant grand piano! Can you imagine sipping exquisite malbec as you sit amid the barrels and listen to a classical pianist filling the air with beautiful music? Image # 07427.
Welcome to Casarena
Bodega Casarena in Mendoza produces excellent wines. They also have a superb restaurant that serves wine-paired Asian fusion lunches produced by Chef Mun. This is a must-do place for any visitors to Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza. Image # 07428.
Ten days before harvest, these vines are nearly ready to be harvested. They have no idea that the view from Catena Zapata is of the snow-capped Andes and unique in the world. Image # 07429.
Barrels at Catena Zapata
The barrel room underneath the winery at Catena Zapata is impressive. It is also very dry, so twice each day staff members take a hose and wet down the barrels and tile floors, to increase the humidity which will keep the barrel staves from drying out. Image # 07430.
Clos de Chacras
The 90-year old Clos de Chacras winery looked even prettier in the gentle rain that saturated its colors. Located outside Mendoza, the wines are excellent and so is their gourmet lunch. Image # 07431.
La Boca Colors
In the old port of Buenos Aires, the quaint neighborhood of La Boca boasts the most colorful houses in the Americas. This is also the place where the tango was born, and its pulse infuses the city with passion. Argentina has a fascinating fabric of life, intertwining the history, the food, the economy and the nightlife in this European-feeling city. Image # 06750.
Blue Bench in La Boca
In the old port of Buenos Aires, the quaint neighborhood of La Boca boasts the most colorful houses in the Americas. This is also the place where the tango was born. Imagine the stories this bench could tell... Image # 06751.
Artist Wayne Hill made this photograph of the southernmost lake in all of the Americas. Not too far from the southernmost city, Ushuia, this beautiful Patagonian lake is bordered by the bottom of the Andes mountain range in Argentina. Image # 06752.
Welcome to Ushuaia
Near the bottom of Argentina, Ushuaia is the departure point for excursions to Antartica. It boasts the southernmost airport in the Americas. Image # 02308.
Everywhere you look on the Schonbrunn Palace grounds there is evidence of a grand heritage. This element sits on top of the main wing. Image #07335.
Impressive Summer Residence
Empress Maria Theresa's dreams of creating a Habsburg Versailles at Schonbrunn resulted in this magnificent baroque palace with more than 1,400 rooms. Image # 07336.
The fountain Gardens
The Schonbrunn gardens are among the most extensive in Europe. This image shows a small portion of the exquisite grounds. Not bad for a back yard! Image # 07337.
Opulent State Rooms
Inside the Schoenbrunn, this is one of the smaller state rooms leading to the private apartments, fashioned as it looked during the residence of Emperor Franz Joseph. These ornate rooms, starting with the parquet floors, form a vivid backdrop for the displays of Persian art and Gobelin tapestries. Image # 07338.
Schonbrunn Summer Palace
One of the most impressive symbols of Imperial Austria is the Schonbrunn Summer Palace. It is the crown jewel in one of Europe's grandest cities. This was home to Marie Antoinette in her young life. This imposing facade greets visitors who cross the expansive entrance courtyard. Image # 07339.
The Practice Court
The renowned Lipizzaner horses rehearse daily, as if achieving perfection is a moving target. New skills are taught and timing with other horses is emphasized at the Spanish Riding School. Impressive! Image # 07340.
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Opulent baroque elements somehow come together in this unmistakable sanctuary. Image # 07341.
Kaiser Franz Joseph I
This statue symbolizes the Imperial Vienna that is displayed on buildings and statues around Vienna. Image # 07342.
What do you imagine is going through the minds of these historic busts of past literary greats, as they look down on visitors to Vienna and theater goers entering this famous theater? Image # 07344.
The Hofburg Theater
The statues and busts surrounding the Hofburg Theater represent a who's who of the performing arts in classical Vienna. Image # 07346.
Durstein on the Danube
The approach to the village of Durnstein from the Danube is impressive. This historic area was spared during WWII, and sits on a prominent curve in the river. High above the village was the hilltop castle where Richard the Lionhearted was held for ransom during the Crusades. Image # 07347.
Arches Lead to Arches
The Schloss Hotel in Durnstein is the place to stay. Situated on a high knoll overlooking the Danube, it looks like the places you see in travel magazines. I walked into the yellow arch and saw a Mercedes 300SL Gull Wing on the right - and lost interest in the hotel itself. Image # 07348.
An Inviting Courtyard
This looks like a lovely place to stay and/or dine while in Durnstein. Image # 07349.
The simplicity of this windowed corner caused me to linger and admire it. Image # 07350.
Cathedral on the Danube
This small village in the Wachau Valley does not seem large enough to support this impressive cathedral. A nice juxtaposition between the classic cathedral and the vineyards on the steep hillsides behind it. Image # 07351.
Primitive but Powerful
Imagine the years of labor invested in this fortress beside the Danube. The castle guarded the river approach into the Wachau Valley and has been well preserved. Image # 07352.
The Bridges of Bruges
Little disturbs the impression that the clock stopped in Bruges centuries ago. The quaint city enjoys meandering canals crossed by stone bridges. Image # 06900.
Center City in Bruges
Little disturbs the impression that the clock stopped in Bruges centuries ago. The quaint city enjoys meandering canals crossed by stone bridges. These restaurants face the Grote Markt (marketplace) which is the medieval heart of the city. Image # 06901.
Door in Bruges
This was my favorite door in Bruges. After you visit the beer museum, return to this door and count the coats of paint... Image # 06902.
Shades of Cinnamon
Little disturbs the impression that the clock stopped in Bruges centuries ago. The quaint city enjoys meandering canals crossed by stone bridges. Bruges offers a charming blend of twelfth-century brick guidhouses and winding canals. Image # 06903.
Little disturbs the impression that the clock stopped in Bruges centuries ago. The quaint city enjoys meandering canals crossed by stone bridges. Image # 06904.
Dawn in Bruges
Little disturbs the impression that the clock stopped in Bruges centuries ago. The quaint city enjoys meandering canals crossed by stone bridges. Image # 06905.
Little disturbs the impression that the clock stopped in Bruges centuries ago. The quaint city enjoys meandering canals crossed by stone bridges. Image # 06906.
Shop Window in Bruges
The lace in Bruges is exquisite, as is the chocolate, the beer, the pretzels, and the memorable scenery along the canals. Image # 08020.
BERMUDA & CARIBBEAN
Ready for the Day
Ever wonder what stories these beach chairs in Barbados could tell? Image # 07147.
Welcome to the Gansevoort
The Gansevoort Resort on the Turks & Caicos is a relaxing place to unwind and do very little. This is the view from the open air lobby across the palm-lined pool toward the beach and the ocean. Image # 07387.
Shades of Blue
As you sit or walk along the beach on the Turks & Caicos, looking out at this endless expanse of the Caribbean WILL cause your pulse to drop. Guaranteed. Image # 07388.
Does This Beat Staying in Your Office?
What great variety awaits you at the Crane Resort in Barbados: cactus, calm pool and the ocean beyond. Image # 07391.
Walking the Beach
Two great ways to start the day at the Crane Resort in Barbados: a fresh latte and a walk on the beach. Image # 07392.
What a treat to relax by the pool at the Crane Resort in Barbados. In snowy February! Image # 07393.
Mt. Pele on Martinique
Should you ever grow tired of sunbathing in paradise, there are plenty of Caribbean adventures that await. Hike through the rain forest to Mount Pele, a dramatic reminder of Martinique's volcanic heritage. Image # 35476.
Bermuda's dozens of beaches are tinted a pleasing light pink, the serendipitous blending of finely crushed white coral and scarlet shells. Covering a mere 22 square miles, tiny Bermuda encourages visitors to wander about its manicured island. Rumors about pink beaches in Bermuda are true. You should be here right now. Image # 36242.
Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda is a delightful escape. There's a reason Bermuda boasts some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Locals say that it's due to the breakdown of red organisms that once grew on the underside of the coral reefs. It doesn't matter once the turquoise water is close and the pink sand flirts with your toes. Image # 36243.
Approaching St. Lucia
St. Lucia has a unique profile, with its dramatic Pitons. A wonderful island on which to unwind. Image # 07142.
Outside Freeport in the Bahamas, the lovely Paradise Gardens awaits. Take a day off from swimming with dolphins, water sports and sunbathing, and experience Bahamanian paradise. Image # 36286.
Many of the lovely older buildings in Bermuda feature wonderful adornments along with their pastel colors. Image # 08296.
Dawn in Peggy's Cove
The bait house in Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia is a compositional anchor in the most photogenic harbor in all of Canada. While often photographed in sunshine, I prefer the mood of early morning, with its frequent fog and gentle light. Do you hear the gulls? Image # 35343.
Spirit Island on Maligne Lake
In the Canadian Rockies east of Jasper, Maligne Lake sits surrounded by dramatic mountains. I traveled several hours by boat to reach tiny Spirit Island, located at the far end of the lake. This image was my reward. Image # 02383.
My grandfather Roy Whitman lived near here, in a rural part of Nova Scotia. These primary colors sure brighten an overcast day! Image # 06252.
The Light at Peggy's Cove
One of the iconic places in Nova Scotia is tiny Peggy's Cove, anchored by this famous lighthouse. Image # 06257.
The Harbor Mist
This is Peggy's Cove, without the tour busses and tourists. Just the cove, a few fishing boats, and the Harbor Mist. Image # 06269.
I have found Old Quebec a charming area to visit. This excellent restaurant with its timeless facade lives in the shadow of the renowned Chateau Frontenac. Image # 06701.
In the Bow Valley north of Banff in the Canadian Rockies, the artist had two close encounters with beautiful elk. This was one. Image # 02407.
On Vancouver Island, north of Victoria, Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. This gem was created by Jenny Butchart from an old quarry, and the lush flowers show their appreciation for the moist Pacific air. Beautiful by nature. Image # 08021.
Done for the Day
This old lobster boat may be done for the day, or done for good. She has served her master well. If you are a working boat, Peggy's Cove is the perfect place to relax. Image # 35251.
Down East Bait House
The bait house in Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia is a compositional anchor in the most photogenic harbor in all of Canada. While often photographed in sunshine, I prefer the mood of early morning, with its frequent fog and gentle light. Do you hear the gulls? Image # 35252.
Peggy's Cove Coastline
This image shows the rugged coastal terrain near Peggy's Cove. While pretty to look at, these rocks are not friendly to boats. Image # 35386.
Lake Louise is a must-see destination in the Canadian Rockies. You will not be alone, but it is worth it. Make the gentle hike from the Chateau around the lake to have tea at the remote alpine tea house. Image # 36828.
Lake Louise is beautiful but gets most of the attention. Not far from Banff, Morraine Lake is smaller, more intimate, and is a lovely destination. Keep it our little secret. Image # 36829.
Along the Icefields Highway north of Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, I viewed this graphic alpine lake framed by clearing clouds. The mirror surface was occasionally punctuated by a loon looking for breakfast. Image # 36831.
Meet a Local
I was exploring a trail around a small lake near Jasper, when he saw this handsome local. Image # 36894.
Flowers at Lake Louise
I was a bit frustrated by the soft light on the distant mountains and the lake, so was delighted to work these flowers into the foreground. Image # 36901.
This is one of my favorites of all the lakes in the Canadian Rockies. In the center of the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks, Morraine Lake was chosen to appear on the back of the Canadian $20 bill, so it has been a favorite of Canada as well. Image # 36936.
In the Canadian Rockies, west of the unforgettable Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper, this rugged peak testifies to the dramatic terrain in that region. On the Columbia Icefields nearby, the mass of glacial ice is over 1,000 feet thick, and is surrounded by waterfalls, rushing rivers, imposing cliffs and snow-capped peaks like this one. Image # 37182.
This small working lobster boat was a well-built hull, on top of which was built a small enclosed cabin for the many mornings that are cold and rainy. The softness of this light belies the harshness of the job the boat is meant to do. Image # 39107.
This outdoor-oriented city is in the far southwestern corner of Canada, very close to the ocean and majestic mountains. Image # 08141.
Miss Peggy's Cove
The blue working lobster boat on the left enjoys a prominent spot in the tiny harbor, and loves to the photographed. Image # 08024.
Waterfall at Butchart
The world-renowned Butchart Gardens deserve their reputation. This is the Ross Fountain, one of several water features. This is one of the top reasons to visit Vancouver Island. Image # 08292.
This magnificent garden began as a limestone quarry on Vancouver Island, and was completed in 1921. The ever-changing gardens have a Sunken Garden, Italian Garden, and water features. Image # 08293.
In the Sunken Garden
This magnificent garden began as a limestone quarry on Vancouver Island, and was completed in 1921. The ever-changing gardens have a Sunken Garden, Italian Garden, and water features. Image # 08295.
Dawn at Emerald Lake
This intimate lake is truly a gem. Walk around it, canoe on it, sit beside it - and inhale the balsam fragrance along with the tranquility. Image # 08360.
The Cellar at Underraga
Built in 1885, this underground cellar stores the liquid treasures of Underraga, wines that stand the test of time. Image # 07262.
Help from the Devil
The Concha Y Toro winery is one of the oldest in Chile, sourcing grapes from the Aconcagua and Colchagua Valleys near Santiago. Their wine Casillero del Diablo has a fascinating story - email the artist for it. Image # 07263.
The ends of the Earth
Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Advanced hiking around the Paine massif takes you through the kind of wild rugged terrain you'd expect to find at the ends of the earth. Image # 07389.
Path to Paradise
Most of the wild places in our world are far from the hand of man. Yet this primitive boardwalk allows access to this magical place without destroying the tundra and fragile landscape. Linger and enjoy Torres del Paine National Park. Image # 07390.
Colorful houses of all shapes and colors cling to the steep hillside overlooking the harbor in Valparaiso. Image # 07391.
Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers, Patagonia is a collection of unbelievable rugged landscapes. The crown jewel in Patagonia is the Torres del Paine National Park. Recharge your spirit. Image # 07392.
Too Rugged to be Real
Torres del Paine has jaw-dropping vistas of monolithic rock spires and jagged snowy peaks. Add in the huge expanse of the Patagonia Ice Field, tranquil azure lakes and golden grasslands - this unquestionably is one of the all-time best wilderness destinations in the world. Image # 07393.
Torres del Paine National Park
This setting is the centerpiece of the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. This truly is a magical place, filled with breathtaking sharp peaks and primal landscape. Image #07394.
Early morning in Torres del Paine brings the latitude-with-attitude weather, blowing north from Antarctica. The frigid fire-hose-force wind for which Patagonia is known makes holding onto the tripod a necessity. Yet this view rivals any on earth. Image # 07395.
Los Cuernos del Paine
The Los Cuernos (horns) del Paine, and the Torres (towers) del Paine, are impossibly steep and totally impressive at sunrise. Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park. Image # 07396.
Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park. This fantastic geographical form appears lifeless, yet there are thousands of guanacos roaming the land, a wild cousin of the llama. There are also pumas and more than 100 species of birds, including flamingos and condors. Image # 07397.
Gateway to the Glacier
Deep canyons and towering pinnacles punctuate this amazing landscape. Occasional avalanches reshape the upper reaches of the French Glacier, a spectacular mass of ice and snow. Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park - here is paradise just before sunrise. Image # 07399.
The Horns of Paine
The Horns of Paine, located within Torres del Paine National Park, have stood here for more than 12 million years. They were formed by huge glaciers that eroded away the outer sedimentary layer of rock, exposing the inner core of granite. Image # 07400.
A Chilean Fjord
The southern coast of Chile is impressive, with the snow-covered Andes revealing glaciers and feeding into fjords. Image # 07401.
Frozen Advance of Time
Numerous glaciers travel very slowly from the towering Andes to the Chilean fjords. They have carved the landscape and seem oblivious to time and technology. Perhaps they have a lesson for us. Image # 07402.
A Good Day at Torres del Paine
The wind can be fierce, but so far this morning it is moderate. What an amazing place! Image # 07402.
Just east of Santiago, five noted wine valleys are filled with vibrant wineries. One of the most respected is Undurraga, driven to consistent success by their Chilean vintners. Image # 07403.
Santiago Wine Prayer
Just when you thought there was no way to move forward, you came into this shop and saw this sign. Amen. Image # 07432.
Dine at La Tasca
This is one of the finer restaurants in Punta Arenas, in southern Chile. Quite an historic facade. Image # 02444.
Realtors might say these houses are homes with a view. Parents might say "do not wander on the side of our house!". These are a few of the colorful houses in this port city. Image # 02455.
Chevys and Fords make up the majority of American cars in Cuba. These are taxis, waiting for you to pick one and take a ride. Image # 08072.
The Bacardi Home
This elegant home was built by Emilio Bacardi, the principal founder of the rum empire. Built 120 years ago, it is now a museum in Santiago. Image #08384.
The Blue Chevy
In Santiago, this aging lady sat patiently near the square, hoping for a good samaritan to hire her for a ride. Image #08383.
The Fishing Boat
In the bay near Santiago, this tiny boat enables its owner to fish. All larger boats in Cuba have been confiscated - so none will be tempted to escape to Key West. Image #08385.
Dining at the Hotel Nacional
This is the main dining room of the legendary Hotel Nacional. If the walls could talk, we might learn of the famous people who have dined here. Image #08382.
Here Come the Limes
Nearly all the American cars from the fifties are taxis. Nearly all goods delivered to restaurants and bars are brought by creative yet primitive transportation. Limes are absolutely essential for Cuban cocktails. Image # 08073.
The Orange Chevy
This 1951 Chevy did not leave Detroit wearing an orange color, but thanks to Cuban creativity it sure wears one now! Cuba is a unique place where cab drivers make more money than doctors, and where a meal in a restaurant can easily cost a month's state salary. Image # 08074
Take a T-Bird in Salmon
This 1956 Thunderbird is rare in Cuba. A beauty - but harder to survive as a taxi without a back seat. Image # 08075.
I was walking the streets of Havana, looking for "art". This aged blue Chevy caught my eye, parked in front of that blue wall. Then - the man walked by, totally oblivious to me and to the fact that he was wearing blue. In this case, the "art" found me. Image # 08375.
Please Pick the Blue Pontiac!
This vintage Pontiac leads the line of American taxis hoping to lure a tourist to take a ride for tips. You should do it. Image # 08076.
One Hot Buick!
This gorgeous 1959 Buick was the epitome of style, both front and back. Image # 08077.
The Red Imperial
What a great contrast between the restored American convertible and the pastel restored buildings in Havana! Image # 08078.
The Red Imperial
What a great contrast between the restored American convertible and the pastel restored buildings in Havana! Image # 08079.
The Red Pontiac
This classic Pontiac is sporting what used to be called a "continental kit" with the spare tire exposed. Very unusual. Image # 08080.
The Purple Ford
This 1958 Ford convertible sports a unique shade of purple, and is a popular taxi in Havana. Image # 08081.
Spare Tire Heaven
This 1958 Ford has what used to be called a "Continental Kit", as this spare tire cover was initiated by Ford's classy cousin, the Lincoln Continental. Image # 08082.
The '57 Chevy
You can almost hear the Beach Boys when looking at this hot 1957 Chevy in Havana. Image # 08084.
The Red Chrysler Imperial
This stunning 1957 Chrysler Imperial has been lovingly restored and is now a star in Havana taxi service. Image # 08083.
The verdant Vinales Valley
Cuba is much more than cigars and vintage cars. In the foreground is a thriving organic farm, while in the valley beyond stretches lots of lush acreage that has plantings of sugar cane, coffee and other tropical foods. Over 800 miles long, Cuba is a beautiful island, and it will face pivotal change. Image # 08085.
Elegant Dinner at Xanadu
If you are lucky enough to be invited to dinner at the duPont estate called Xanadu, accept the invitation knowing it will be a very memorable evening. Image # 08086.
Table for Two?
Walking through a cobblestoned street in old Havana, I found this cool table just waiting for me to sit and enjoy a light meal. What music would I hear? Image #08380.
The Wine Cellar
The underground wine cellar at Xanadu was beautifully built, and stocked with excellent wines for the VIP government visitors. I have no idea how the cellar was cooled before electricity became reliably available. Image # 08087.
Celebrities at the Hotel Nacional
Dozens of American celebrities are pictured on the walls of this lounge near the main bar in the Hotel Nacional. This large collage shows recognizable stars from the 1950s. A life-size bronze statue of Nat King Cole stands near this lounge. Image # 08088.
The Hotel Nacional
Opened in 1930 to cater to the international elite, the Hotel Nacional overlooks the sea from a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the years before Castro shuttered the hotel's casino in 1960, this was the premier hotel in Cuba. It hosted a who's who of 20th century American celebrities, and many have their pictures on the walls of the cocktail lounge. Image # 08089.
Ernest Hemingway lived in Finca Vigia for 20 years, where he is said to have written The Old Man and the Sea. This path leads from his expansive home to his swimming pool and cabana. Let's walk and see if he is still there. Image # 08090.
Hemingway spent lots of time on this marlin sport-fishing boat, Pilar, which is restored and on display at Finca Vigia. Image # 08091.
Elegance in Pastels
There are many lovely buildings in downtown Havana, most in need of restoration or fresh paint. This row shows the benefit of that restoration. Image # 08092.
Excellent use of Caribbean colors gives restored buildings a cheerful facade. Image # 08093.
In an early morning walk, this handsome building stopped me in my tracks. Beautifully restored, I wonder about its history and current use. Image # 08095.
When you want a tour of the cobblestone streets in old Havana, this may be the best way to do it, as there are many streets that are inaccessible to the flashy America-car taxis. Image # 08096.
This historic door must have secrets inside, but you and I will never know. Image # 08094.
There is a timeless beauty in some classic scenes like this one in the old section of Havana. Image # 08097.
There are hundreds of restored American cars in Havana. This was the only T-Bird that I saw, just tempting you to hire it as your taxi. Image #08381.
There are numerous installations of public art in Havana, much of it excellent. Here is one of my favorite sculptures that conveys the animation of conversation between good friends. Image # 08098.
Havana Cigar Shop
In this Havana shop, lots of cigars are for sale, including the Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta and Cohiba brands. Cuban cigars may well be the best known of all exports, although the sugar cane is the most lucrative for the country. Image # 08099.
An Elegant Dinner
If you are looking for a lovely venue for dinner, right on the beach, try the Club Habana. Like most restaurants, this is owned by the government, yet it is still a classy experience. A dinner here can easily cost more than a month's state salary. Image # 08100.
This hot blue Pontiac is running thanks to its small Russian diesel engine! Image # 08101.
The Green Buick
The restoration of the American cars of the 1950s involved cannibalizing parts, inventing paint colors, and a little magic to keep these antiques in running condition. Did you notice that this Buick Special is green? Image # 08103.
The Blue '59 DeSoto
This pretty lady is unusual, as most restored American cars are Fords and Chevys. Image # 08104.
The Elegant Chrysler Imperial
This 1957 Chrysler Imperial as endured modifications but has retained its elegance. Image # 08107.
The Green Chevy
This 1940 Chevy travels through Havana wearing a coat of paint that Detroit never dreamed of! Image # 08105.
The Red Imperial
This 1957 Chrysler Imperial is very unusual in Havana, as most of the restored American cars are Chevys and Fords. Image # 08106.
The White '52 Ford
This 1952 Ford advertises its heritage with a painted ID rather than with a flashy color. Image # 08102.
The Castle at Cesky Krumlov
The river gracefully circles the village of Cesky Krumlov, as the colors of autumn soon will match the colors in the tile roofs. Image # 07265.
Reflections in the Vltava
The name "Cesky Krumlov" translates to "crooked meadow", based on the twisting meander of the Vltava River. Image # 07266.
This delightful shop is known for memorable gingerbread, jams and brandy. The shop name should be changed to: Life is Good! Image # 07267.
Pastels and Cobblestones
The side streets in Cesky Krumlov seem to be locked in past centuries. Let's take a walk and see what treats we can find... Image # 07268.
The Cesky Window
This window, wall and lamp have a timeless quality that caused me to sit on a bench across from it and wonder what stories the window could tell... Image # 07269.
Clean and Inviting
This shop owner has prepared the entrance to be colorful and contemporary, inviting you to open that door and explore. Image # 07270.
Along the Prague Canal
Near the Vlatava River, a canal meanders between buildings that have taken advantage of the waterway. Grab a seat at the bistro on the lower right, sit with a cool Riesling, and contemplate life. Image # 07271.
Rooftops of Prague
Climb to the top of the St. Nicholas bell tower and you will be rewarded with a fascinating view of the center city. Image # 07272.
This is the most popular mode of transport in Prague, and perhaps in all of Europe. I was on foot simply looking for art. Image # 07273.
This is part of the Strahov Monastery on a hill above Prague. The ceiling frescoes above the baroque bookcases are at least as impressive as the collection of books within them. Image # 07274.
The Monastery Library
The magnificent woodwork in Prague's Strahov Monastery frames a priceless collection of literature about the Bohemian and classic worlds. More than 280,000 titles are protected in this remarkable library. Image # 07275.
Prague Municipal House
In center city Prague, the Municipal House is the city's most prominent Art Nouveau building. The exterior and interior feature exquisite embellishments, including this partial view of Smetana Hall. Image # 07276.
Bridges over the Vltava
The Vltava River bisects the center of Prague, and a variety of bridges connect various sections of this wonderful city. Image # 07277.
View from the Palace
Aristocracy in Prague knew how to live right. This is the view from the grounds of the Lobkowicz Palace, complete with vineyards and a splendid panorama of the city. Image # 07278.
The Astronomical Clock
Every hour there is a fascinating mechanical performance by the Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city. Every daylight hour finds at least 600 visitors watching for the next performance. Image # 07394.
The Lennon Wall
This long wall is living art in Prague, honoring a hugely influential artist. By the people and for the people, and it changes every hour. Image # 07606.
Dozens of times each day, new "art" is added to this whimsical wall in Prague. Image # 07607.
The bridge at Castle Combe
This is regarded as the prettiest village in England. Most of these properties are hundreds of years old, including the prominent Roman Bridge. If you choose to own this large-format panoramic image, the artist will tell you a remarkable story about how this image was made. Image # 06000.
On Gold Hill
This is the oldest part of the village in Shaftesbury, England. Most of these properties are hundreds of years old, including two houses with the traditional thatched roof. In the distance is a timeless tableau of the English countryside. Image # 06716.
Welcome to Chewton Glen
Chewton Glen is England's loveliest country getaway, sitting serenely surrounded by immaculate gardens and barbered lawns, on the fringe of the historic New Forest, a 100-square-mile preserve put aside by William the Conquerer in the year 1079. Located near the Isle of Wight on the south coast, it is a relaxing escape from the rest of the world. Image # 06915.
A few yards from the historic Oxford campus, flat boats called punts are waiting for you to float on the river Thames. Movement is controlled by a pole, and the whole adventure is called "punting". Now you know. Image # 06938.
A few yards from the historic Oxford campus, these colorful skiffs created a fascinating pattern that attracted the artist's eye. Rent one and enjoy the Thames. Image # 06939.
The Manor House Hotel
The Manor House Hotel in Castle Coombe is situated on a large pastoral estate, offers impeccable service and is known as a special destination all over the U.K. Image # 07496.
Classic Phone Booth
This red booth is becoming very hard to find, as mobile phones have taken over the world. This one was happily living in the Cottswolds. Image # 07498.
Courtyard at Oxford
The campus at Oxford University looks just like you would expect it to look - dignified, traditional, manicured. Linger in the hushed sanctuary of this grassy quad. Image # 07499.
Welcome to Oxford
Oxford has more than 30 campuses throughout the town, each with its own buildings, grounds, faculty and traditions. Walk through this entrance gate to Oxford University, and you will feel more intelligent. Go ahead... Image # 07500.
The Guilded Gate
The gilded gate to Oxford University is very imposing. Do you have the key? Image # 07501.
As I was walking through a nice residential section of London, I saw this classic car, and realized I should not even think about going near it. Image # 07502.
Roses by the Door
There is an elegance to the simplicity of this house front, located facing the stream in the village of Castle Coombe, in Wiltshire. Image # 07503.
Lords of the Manor
This large estate was turned into an upscale inn, known as Lords of the Manor in Upper Slaughter, in the Cottswolds. It was delightful, and would be spectacular for a wedding or large family reunion. Note the steep pitch of the roofs, to bear the weight of the stone tiles. Image # 07504.
The Swan Hotel in Bibery is a highly recommended destination in the Cottswolds. The sound of the waterfall masks the sound of traffic, and the gardens are very inviting. Image # 07505.
A Road in the Cottswolds
Perhaps I am numb to the traffic around Washington, D.C., but this scene is beautiful! This is the main road in a tiny village in the Cottswolds. Do they even have a rush hour? Stone defines the Cottswolds region, and every one of these homes is built from stone. Image # 07506.
This old house in the Cottswolds was built when the only heat came from three chimneys, and the roof was the classic thatch. Image # 07507.
A House in the Cottswolds
For many people, the Cottswolds region is the essence of traditional England. Stone gives the region much of its character, and this lovely stone home attracted my eye because of the landscaping. I do not want to know how many rooms it has... Image # 07508.
The Thatch Cottage
There are very few cottages that still have a thatched roof. This style was used hundreds of years ago, and is very expensive to install and maintain. It sure caught my eye as I was walking in the Cottswolds. Image # 07509.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Image # 07510.
What time is It?
London's Elizabeth Tower, commonly called Big Ben, is among England's most iconic landmarks. Each of the four dials is seven meters in diameter, and a special light above the clock faces is illuminated when Parliament in in session. Image #07511.
The London Bridge
The London Bridge that spans the River Thames was the subject of the popular nursery rhyme "London Bridge is Falling Down". This is the latest in a series of bridges, and opened in 1973. Image # 07512.
On the London Bridge
The London Bridge is more substantial when you are on it than it appears from a distance. I imagine the view from the top floor is impressive. Image # 07513.
Pelter Bridge in the Lake District
The Lake District is generally serene, and this timeless arched bridge typifies the gentle tranquility of the beautiful region. Image # 07988.
Sheepscape in the Lake District
The only element in the Lake District that is more plentiful than sheep is ... the number of stones in the thousands of stone walls. The combination makes for a restful setting. Image # 07989.
A Tree in Windermere
This solitary tree provided just the artistic anchor I needed for this composition in the Lake District. Lovely soft light. Image # 07990.
Lake District Duckscape
The boat house was placed into position. Soft light prevailed. All I needed was a center of interest. This handsome duck obliged, and I simply waited for it to swim into the right spot. Finally, a fine duckscape! Image # 07991.
Lakescape in the Lake District
I love the soft light of early morning, combined with calm or no breeze, to enhance the gentle mood of this lakescape. In this beautiful country, Wordsworth's poems are still very present to thoughtful minds. This is a great place to relax, recharge, take a cruise or take a hike. Image # 07992.
Begun in AD 122, the thick stone wall built by the Emperor Hadrian stretched across the rugged far north of England. It is a remarkable survivor from Roman Britain, where it protected Roman soldiers from invading tribes. Please do not mention this wall to Donald Trump. Image # 07993.
Stretching along the Brighton beach are more than 100 of these brightly painted 8'x8' wooden huts. Each is owned by a family, and is used to store beach umbrellas, blankets and unruly children. If you are interested, there are usually one or two for sale. Image # 07994.
Winding through the windswept Northumberland countryside, Hadrian's Wall is Britain's most important Roman relic. It once formed the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. Even today, as a ruin, the wall is an awe-inspiring structure stretching 73 miles from coast to coast. Image # 07995.
This is my field. Not yours. Any questions? Image # 08039.
The City Hotel
This is a closeup architectural view of the Domina City Hotel in Tallinn. Image # 05983.
On the Corner
This historic Tallinn building has been beautifully restored. The coats of arms indicate that it probably has some role in the country's government. Image # 07517.
Pink on the Corner
This corner residential building in Tallinn is not just pink - it is two-tone pink! Image # 07518.
The Main Square in Tallinn
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, and this large square is the hub of activity for the city and for visitors. Image # 07519.
The Russian Orthodox Church
This was the most impressive of several attractive churches in Tallinn. Image # 07520.
Eastern European Architecture
This upward view of the front of the Russian Orthodox Church in Tallinn shows its intricate detail. Image # 07521.
This elegant-looking restaurant in Tallinn was not open for lunch when I walked by. I probably saved money! Image # 07522.
The Hotel Barons
This is one of a dozen hotels in Tallinn that have retained their charm, often building a modern structure above the historic base. Image # 07523.
I saw these historic wagons parked in a cobblestone courtyard, made this photograph, and could not find anyone who spoke English that could tell me their story. Image # 07524.
The Domina City Hotel
This is one of Tallinn's finest hotels, and looks imposing from every angle. Image # 07526.
The Red Door
This was one of the most interesting doorways in an upscale residential section of Tallinn. Image # 07527.
The Green Door
Whoever lives in #68 has a flair for color and presents a lovely image to people walking by. Image # 07528.
This handsome church clearly reflects the years of Russian dominance of Tallinn. Image # 07529.
This important building is part of the government of Estonia, is located in Tallinn, and indeed is pink. Image # 07530.
This restaurant had a fascinating menu of mostly local cuisine, plus the chance to dine outdoors - both of which I prefer when on travel. Image # 07531.
This is the entrance to a small shopping center in the heart of Old Town, Tallinn. Image # 07532.
The sign of the Fish
The impressive entrance to this seafood restaurant suggests that the cuisine inside will also be impressive. Image #07533.
A Street in Tallinn
Many of the streets in Tallinn are paved with stone, and the city has a "walkable" feel to it. Image # 07534.
The Flowering Pig
This creative window treatment lured me in for a meal, and the cuisine was equally creative. Image # 07535.
This is one of the most interesting doorways in Tallinn. Image 07536.
The Cologne Cathedral
The magnificent 13th century cathedral in Cologne has one of the finest Gothic interiors of any in the world. It contains remarkable medieval stained glass. The two 510-foot high west spires were only added in 1880. Image # 06950.
Menage a Trois
After you have walked through the historic center city of Heidelberg, it surely is time for bratwurst and a cold beer. Your table is waiting. Image # 06951.
A Corner in Cologne
In historic Cologne, one intersection has an interesting building on each corner. Here was the artist's favorite of the four. Image # 06979.
Castle on the Rhine
The imposing Burg Sooneck castle was formerly an abbey destroyed in the 13th century, and has given its grounds to terraced vineyards, sloping down to the Rhine River. Image # 06980.
The Burg Stahleck Castle
On the south side of the Rhine sits the Burg Stahleck castle which has given its grounds to terraced vineyards, sloping down to the Rhine River. Mentioned in literature in the 12th century and blown up by the French in 1689. It is now a hotel, surrounded by lush vineyards. Image # 06981.
Heidelberg is a great walking city, and its skyline is compressed in this view from across the river. Image # 06982.
Skyline of Heidelberg
The renaissance castle high on the hill above Heidelberg dominates the skyline. Built over 200 years starting in the 16th century, it features a huge wine barrel. The first "big barrel" in the cellar of Heidelberg Castle was built in 1591. Today's tourist attraction, the barrel built in 1751, is even bigger: More than nine yards long and eight yards high, it has a capacity of 55,345 gallons of wine. In former times, the wine growers had to pay their share of taxes by delivering wine to the castle. Image # 06983.
View from the Castle
From the medieval castle high above Heidelberg, the skyline of the city is primarily rooftops. The first "big wine barrel" in the cellar of Heidelberg Castle was built in 1591. Today's tourist attraction, the barrel built in 1751, is even bigger: More than nine yards long and eight yards high, it has a capacity of 55,345 gallons of wine. In former times, the wine growers had to pay their share of taxes by delivering wine to the castle. Heidelberg is a great walking city. Image # 06984.
The Lowen Apotheke has a classic German facade. Image # 06985.
Hotel in Heidelberg
The classic front of a Heidelberg hotel is sure inviting. Image # 06986.
This is the Ehrenfels ruins, built early in the 13th century as a customs fort. The treasures of the Mainz cathedral were stored here in the middle ages; it was destroyed in 1689. The steeply terraced vineyards near Ruedesheim lead downhill to the Rhine. Ancient castles all along the Rhine still supervise the ripening of grapes. Image # 06987.
Castle and Vineyards
The Rhine Gorge has dozens of impressive castles, most surrounded by Riesling vineyards. This is the Furstenberg castle near Bacharach, Germany, Its impressive stone walls were built to manage the steep terrain. Image # 06988.
The Terraces at Ruedesheim
Imagine the work to create these stone terraces, and then the challenge of managing the vineyards on them. Image # 06989.
Working the Vines
The next time you enjoy a dry German Riesling, think about the many hours of labor to prune and groom the vines long before harvest. Image # 06990.
Geometry of the Vines
Here in ingenious use of rugged terrain near Ruedesheim. Vineyards take advantage of excellent drainage as they approach the harvest. Image # 06991.
Along the Rhine
The variety of buildings along the Rhine is fascinating. This hotel faces the river and is backed by vineyards. The "615" refers to the metric distance from the beginning of the Rhine in Lichtenstein, as it flows through northern Germany through the Netherlands to the North Sea. Image # 06992.
Old Passau Castle
How old does a castle have to be before it can be called old? This restored castle sits high above the Danube - the date shows it was actually built in 1499. Image # 07376.
Passage in Passau
These gentle steps invite you to explore, to see what lies ahead in charming Passau. Image # 07377.
Gift Shop in Passau
If this shop in Passau does not have the Bavarian souvenir you seek, you don't need it. Image # 07378.
The Pipes of Passau
The architectural center of Passau is St. Stephan's, a 13-century Italian Baroque cathedral. With more than 17,000 pipes, the cathedral's organ is thought to be the largest in Europe. Image # 07379.
Along the River Inn
Passau sits between the Danube and the River Inn above and is subject to floods. See the flood line on the white watch tower and imagine the devastation raging rivers deliver. Image # 07380.
Pension in Passau
This is the view along the Danube that invites you on an early morning walk before the fog lifts. Image # 07381.
Castle on the Danube
Imagine the novel you could write if you were staying in a corner "suite" of this ancient castle adjacent to the Danube, enveloped in fog and history. Image # 07382.
The Bears of Regensburg
This was my favorite window display in Regensburg. I would have bought the whole thing if I could have taken it as carry-on. Image 07383.
Pastels in Regensburg
Regensburg is close to Prague and is the northernmost point in the Danube River. It is a walkable, picturesque village. Image # 07384.
The Clock Tower in Regensburg
World War II left Regensburg largely undamaged. There are numerous historic buildings that are clustered near the classic clock tower. Image # 07385.
Regensburg on the Danube
These buildings all back up to the Danube and are the first view you see crossing the footbridge over the river. Image # 07386.
Ruedesheim is very a walkable village with the vineyards very close by. Image # 07398.
Munich is proud of its numerous breweries, beer gardens, festivals and beer halls - the most famous of which is the Hofbrauhaus. This noisy place has been lively since 1808. Their glasses are the largest in Munich, and so are the crowds of tourists. Image # 07593.
The Schleissheim Palace
Dating from the 1500's, this classic palace in Oberschlossheim has extensive gardens and a very large complex of buildings. Image # 07594.
The Bavarian town of Oberammergau has become famous for hosting its passion play every ten years. Many of the storefronts have excellent paintings on their walls honoring aspects of this religious production. Image # 07595.
The Oberammergau Passion Play
This is the front of the open-air theater that hosts the world-renowned production by town inhabitants once every ten years. In 1633, the region suffered from the ravages of the bubonic plague. The residents vowed that if God spared them from this deadly disease, they would produce a play honoring the life and passion of Jesus. First produced in 1634, it is now offered over five months in every year ending in zero (the next production will be in 2020). Image # 07596.
This is perhaps the most famous castle in the world, and was the model for Disney's Magic Kingdom. Started in 1869 by King Ludwig II, it was never completed. Located near Fussen, it is built on the side of a rugged mountain, and is well worth your visit (and you will not be alone). Image # 07597.
Like a Fairy Tale
Shy King Ludwig II wanted to build this amazing castle to allow himself to withdraw from public life. Ironically, more than a million visitors come to the Neuschweinstein refuge every year. So much for good intentions. Image # 07598.
The Hohenschwangau Castle was completed in 1837 as the hunting residence of King Maximilian. His son King Ludwig lived there while he was building his own castle nearby, the more famous Neuschwanstein. Image # 07599.
The view from the Zugspitze
The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, at 9700'. Located near Garmisch on the border between Germany and Austria, on a clear day you can see four countries. Have lunch at the top and enjoy the remarkable view. Image # 07600.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a resort town in the mountains of southern Bavaria. Skiing, outdoor sports and platinum credit cards abound here. This town hosted the Winter Olympics in 1936. Many buildings show excellent paintings on their walls. Image #07601.
The Prettiest Pharmacy
I cannot imagine a more beautiful apothecary shop! This one is in medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Image # 07602.
Coffee on the Square
This Cafe faces the central marketplace in old Rothenburg. It is a great spot to people-watch. Oh, and the coffee and pastries are excellent as well. Image # 07603.
If You See a Fork in the Road, Take It
Part of the Romantic Road in southern Germany, this spot conveys medieval Rothenburg at its best. The town dates from about 1100 AD, and has had a variety of rulers. Now, tourism rules - in another hour these streets will be filled with visitors. Image # 07605.
Look at this important symbol of Berlin. It invites you to pass through the gate several times. Well worth the time! Image # 07608.
The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century triumphal arch that has become the iconic symbol of Berlin. This is a powerful place if you can get here before the crowds. The American Embassy is just off to the left, and Starbucks is behind you on the right... did I say early? Image # 07610.
The Gate at Dawn
The Brandenburg Gate is a truly impressive structure - by day or at night. While it is often surrounded by crowds and tour buses, it was all mine at 5am. After I finished my martyr duty, I did notice an open Starbucks two minutes away from my tripod... Image # 07609.
These horses anchor the top of the imposing Brandenburg Gate. It was built by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a symbol of peace, and completed in 1791. Image # 07611.
The Elbe River in Berlin
Berlin has nearly 1,000 bridges - even more than Venice! There is an impressive amount of major construction all over the city, a symbol of prosperity, modernization and rebuilding. Image # 07612.
The Bench Awaits
The morning fog at the Schleissheim Palace gives the grounds a mysterious quality. I suggest sitting on the bench until the fog burns off. Image # 08108.
The Erectheon on the Acropolis
Greece is filled with symbols of its classic heritage. Trace the birth of Western civilization as you reflect on these ancient treasures. This section of the Erectheon is a temple on the Acropolis, with a section for Poseidon and a section for Athena, goddess of wisdom. These female statues are replicas to protect the originals from damage. Image # 02598.
Ouzo in La Plaka
It is easy to work up a thirst on a hot afternoon walking through the Plaka in Athens. Here is colorful relief, just be sure you know how to find your hotel after your refreshments. Image # 02606.
The Mykonos Coast
The Greek island of Mykonos is a great place to be, and your eyes will take in a feast of details. I was wandering the labyrinth of narrow streets of Chora on this picturesque island, looking for "art", and fell in love with this view of what they call the Venician coast of Mykonos. The warren of narrow streets was meant to confuse pirates who plagued the island for several centuries, and today confuse visitors coming out of tavernas trying to find their way back to their hotel. Image # 02616.
A B&B in Santorini
This is one of the many delightful B&Bs that populate the island of Santorini. Vivid colors, warm and friendly people, to-die-for views. Image # 02645.
The Santorini Gate
It is easy to see why Santorini is so enchanting, with the Aegian's most unique landscape of all Greek islands. I invite you to step out of your cave-like apartment and walk through this doorway to overlook the caldera in Thira, the island's official name. Thirty six grape varieties grow in its rich volcanic soil, and Santorini produces delightful white wines. In every time zone, we can still discover something timeless. Image # 02647.
The Greek island of Mykonos is a great place to be, and your eyes will take in a feast of details. I was wandering the labyrinth of narrow streets on this picturesque island, looking for "art", and fell in love with this stairway. Image # 02650.
The Blue Cart
Vivid colors, bright sunlight, and this Mykonos hand-cart is ready for duty! Image # 02651.
The Bells of Santorini
Santorini is a magical island south of mainland Greece. The bell towers of several churches have created iconic images you have seen in travel brochures. Being there is much better than reading any brochure. Image # 02656.
A Santorini Courtyard
Walk along the narrow sidewalks on Santorini, then step into an intimate courtyard. Enjoy the table for two with someone special. Image # 02660.
The Oia Pool
Relax in the early morning light by the pool in Oia on the Greek island of Santorini. Look out across the caldera to the yachts that come to visit. You are already here, and this will be another wonderful day. Image # 02663.
Afterglow in Santorini
Most of the romantic Greek island of Santorini is adapted to the steep terrain of the crest of the caldera. This blue gate admits you to a lovely restaurant, with its kitchen in a cave, and your table is down many stairs. After enjoying a wonderful meal and delightful wine, the most vivid memory is of the remarkable sunset. Oh, and then how many stairs you have to climb to get back to the gate? Image # 02680.
The Acropolis at Night
The Acropolis in Athens is remarkable in any light, and especially impressive at night. The Parthenon and Erechtheion glow when illuminated after dark. Built in the fifth century BC, the Parthenon stands as a powerful symbol of classical Athens and is regarded as the birthplace of democracy. Image # 07282.
The Castle in Rhodes
The large castle in Rhodes is very well preserved. This is one small section that has survived twenty centuries and multiple rulers. Image # 7306.
The Acropolis at Lindos
Lindos was an important trading center on Rhodes from the 10th century BC. In classical times, the acropolis was dominated by the massive temple of Athena Lindia, which even today is impressive. Image # 07307.
Four Bells in Santorini
Santorini is among the most spectacular destinations in the Mediterranean. It is a fascinating landscape of vineyards, whitewashed chapels and volcanic cliffs. I followed my ears as the sun was setting, and found this family of bells. They conspired to send their sweet sounds all across the caldera. Image # 997A9A.
Dramatic lines define the roof of the St. Mathias Church near Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest. Image # 07353.
Wonderful patterns fashioned in mosaic tiles decorate the ceiling of the sanctuary in St. Mathias Church in Budapest. Image # 07354
Inside St. Mathias
Intricate designs created by mosaic tiles fill the interior of the church in Budapest. Image # 07355.
The roof of St. Mathias
Anchoring Budapest's Fishermen's Bastion is the St. Mathias Church, with a distinctive roof. Image # 07356.
The Knight at Fishermen's Bastion
This statue is impressive and imposing, but think about the weight that poor horse has to carry! Image # 07357.
Many of the great warriors and leaders from Hungary's violent history are immortalized in Heroes Square in Budapest. Image # 07358.
The Lion at the Chain Bridge
The rising sun awakens the lions on the east side of the Chain Bridge in Budapest. Image # 07359.
The Opera House Ceiling
When you are attending an opera, go ahead and people-watch to see who is there with you. But also admire the ornate ceiling, featuring years of elaborate and artistic work. Image # 07360.
The Opera House
The Opera House in Budapest is magnificent! Image # 07361.
The Opera House
I feel sorry for the cast in the opera, who have to compete with the elegance of this ceiling! Image # 07362.
The Opulent Opera House
The elegance and opulence of the Opera House in Budapest shines in sharp contrast to the oppressive times the country survived only a generation ago. Image # 07363.
The Foyer of the Opera House
Entering the Budapest Opera House, do you feel the excitement of anticipation, before another great operatic performance? Image # 07364.
Victorious at Heroes Square
This battle warrior is exuberant and triumphant in his chariot! Heroes Square in Budapest is an important place to visit. Image # 07365.
Buda by Day
The Buda side of Budapest comes alive in early morning, with many interesting buildings anchored by steeples. Image # 07366.
This is one of the most playful of the sculptures along the shore of the Danube River. Shakespeare's sculpture is nearby. Image # 07367.
Riverboats and Romance
Riverboats anchored along the shore show off their lights, as if to give atmosphere to the couples walking hand-in-hand along the river. Image # 07368.
The Parliament in Budapest
Hungary's Parliament is the country's largest building. It is 888 feet long, 315 feet high, with 691 rooms. Image # 07369.
Budapest by Night
Budapest by night is a magical sight. The lights on the bridges and river shores define the space. Most of the drab detail visible in daylight is gone. Image # 07370.
The Chain Bridge
This dramatic bridge was built over ten years, from 1839-1849, and appears even more impressive at night. Image # 07371.
The Fishermen's Bastion
When seen from below, the neo-Gothic Fishermen's Bastion is an impressive combination of buildings and invites your visit. Image # 07394.
One of the most complex elements in the Fishermen's Bastion is this section that seems to be an inspirational model for a Disney building. Image # 07395.
View Through the Arches
Peer through these arches and admire the Pest side of Budapest. Image # 07396.
Icelandic Fishing Boat
The Old Harbor in Reykjavik lies between the city and the mountains. This fishing boat is smaller than most of the other working boats in the harbor, but it must know how elegant it looks while resting before its next trip. Image # 07148.
At Iceland's impressive Lava Waterfalls, the strong flow of water seems to seep out of the broad lava formations. Image # 07149.
Rooftops of Reykavik
The view of the city and the nearby mountains is spectacular from the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral. Image # 07150.
The Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral is a spectacular architectural landmark inside and out. An imposing statue of Nordic explorer Leif Ericson guards the front of the courtyard. From the observation deck near the top, you can enjoy a 360 view of Reykjavik below. Image # 07151.
There are numerous geyser spouts all over Iceland, visual symbols of a very hot core underneath the surface. The irregular eruptions take patience to photograph, as this one lasted only two seconds. Image # 07152.
If this is spring in Iceland, imagine how cold winter must look. Greenland is actually icier than Iceland, but this glacier field will do for now. Image # 07964.
The Hilton in Reykjavik has a very contemporary staircase. I first enjoyed it as "art", then after a fine bottle of wine, I saw it as a major challenge to climb up to my room. Image # 07965.
A little-known but impressive fact about Iceland: nearly all buildings are heated by the hot water generated from thermal features and piped across many miles to reach their destination. Image # 07966.
These two waterfalls traverse the Gullfoss Gorge in Iceland's main national park. Hard layers of basalt laval form the edges of both waterfalls, formed soon after the mid-Ice Age. Image #07967.
The Sun Voyager
This wonderful sculpture sits near the main harbor of Reykjavik, and indeed beckons the sun to linger. Image # 07968.
Adare Milk Wagon
This is a beautifully a nostalgic milk wagon in Adare, Ireland. Located in County Limerick, this is regarded as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. This image is reminiscent of life before technology took over. Family names are very important here. Image # 06806.
Bunratty Folk Village
Here is the main street in Bunratty Folk Village, an historic folk park near Shannon, Ireland. It offers a wonderful view of life before technology took over. Image # 06807.
This is the southern tip of the country, near where the transatlantic cable first reached Europe. It remains a beautiful and unspoiled place. Image # 06916.
Water Pump in Adare
I doubt that this pretty water pump is still in use, but after a few pints I'll bet somebody will try . . . Image # 08112.
I love doors and windows, and here I found them both. Image # 08113.
One of the most revered Irish songs honors the epicenter of good times in Killarney, Rosy O'Grady's time-worn pub. Stop in and have a pint. Ask the artist about being one of the twelve founding families of Ireland... Image # 36298.
In southwestern Ireland, farmer really have to work to coax a living from the windswept soil. Image # 36302.
This lovely window in Bunratty has the required lacy inside as well as the flowers on the sill. Image # 36311.
More than a Window
Start with a window, add lace and bottles inside, add flowers on the sill, then barrels on the ground... Image # 36312.
Irish Milk Wagon
What a classic look at traditional farming, when the farmer has to drive his milk to market on a horse wagon. Image #36313.
The Blue Door
This classic door looks very old yet very well cared for. One of many charms of Adare. Image # 36462.
Irish villages are full of colorful shops, nearly always with the family name over the door. This butcher is a descendant of one of Ireland's oldest farming families. Image # 36466.
There are many stories held within a traditional Irish cottage with a classic thatched roof. We may never know. Image # 36471.
The Food Wagon
It must be time for lunch - this place looks inviting! Image # 36473.
Kylemore Abbey is one of the Emerald Isle's most beautiful castles. Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle, in Connemara, County Galway. Image # 38115.
John Foster's Wagon
I love nostalgia, which I often see in the rear-view mirror. In the Bunratty Folk Park in Ireland, this historic village shows the look of a much earlier time. Before you enjoy a pint, you may wish for a ride in the wagon. After a few, you may think you can pull it. Image # 38116.
Of Cows and Castles
Much of the Dingle peninsula in western Ireland is very rural and seems timeless. The only stress in this scene is possible concern by the cows that the artist and his tripod might stay. Image # 39017.
The Kenmare Boat
Kenmare deserves your time - and is proof of the Irish proverb that what fills the eye fills the heart. This boat is waiting for you, after a recent coat of paint. Bring your own oars. Image # 39007.
The renowned Torc Falls are near Killarney in southern Ireland. Magical, lush and inviting. Image # 39008.
When you are in Ireland, I guarantee you will develop a case of thirsty. In Bunratty, here is your help desk. Image # 39009.
The Blue Door in Adare
Adare Village calls itself the most beautiful village in Ireland. This restaurant caught the artist's eye as I was wandering through the town. Yes, it indeed is blue. Image # 39010.
In southern Ireland, the lush and green Dingle Peninsula has many times more sheep than people. Image # 39011.
The Cliffs of Moher
Here are the renowned Cliffs of Moher in western Ireland, offering a rugged greeting to the Atlantic. Image # 39012.
Muckross House near Killarney is a special preserve. The large lake in front of the mansion sure is inviting. Image # 39015.
The renowned Torc Falls are near Killarney in southern Ireland. Magical, lush and inviting. Image # 39108.
Every village needs a place like this, so when you need your oven rebodied, keep McInerney & Sons in mind. Image #39109.
An Irish Street Corner
The corner postal telegraph office is often a place to gather, compare stories, and hope for mail from anywhere else. Image # 39111.
This man has seen a lot in his eighty years of herding sheep in rural Ireland. Just ask him. Image # 39112.
I wonder if there is any connection between these two businesses... Image # 36320.
The Hay Gatherer
No machinery in sight - this job is done entirely by arm power. Image # 36467.
AMALFI, POSITANO & POMPEII
High above the fabled Amalfi coast, in the tiny village of Ravello, lies a collection of elegant homes and hotels. This is the view from the Il Giardino of the renowned Villa Rufolo, looking out over the southern coast below. This spot is one of my favorite vantage points in all of Italy. Image # 04728.
Evening in Positano
John Steinbeck wrote "Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone." I regard Positano as the jewel on the Amalfi coast. As the sun has set, the sun worshipers have gone and romantic dinners are beginning. The view is to die for as candlelight illuminates al fresco evenings. Imprint this view from the premier hotel in Positano, Le Sirenuse, where Steinbeck stayed in 1953. Remember that Limoncello is the color of Amalfi. Image # 06816.
Positano from Le Sirenuse
It is hard to keep your eyes on the serpentine Amalfi Drive, thirty miles of hairpin turns and narrow tunnels. Vertical cliffs plunge into an impossibly blue Mediterranean. I regard cliff-hanging Positano as the ultimate refuge on the Amalfi coast. This small village is sculpted from the hills down to the shore of the Bay of Salerno, and is a postcard destination. Viewing it from the premier hotel in Positano is the best. Whether it is gently washing away the strains of life or uncovering a new secret to elating your soul, immerse yourself in this unique place. Image # 06817.
The Pool at Le Sirenuse
This is my favorite escape on the Amalfi coast. If Positano is the jewel along this fabled peninsula, Le Sirenuse is the diamond among the jewels. This is where the world's most visible people come to be invisible. Whether you are gently washing away the strains of life or uncovering a new secret to elating your soul, immerse yourself in this unique place. Inhale the tantalizing aroma of ripe lemons. This is a million miles from reality. Go ahead - you deserve it. Image # 06820.
The Terrace at Le Sirenuse
The best dreams begin after your eyes open. I regard Positano as the jewel on the Amalfi coast. The steep village is poised on the shore of the Bay of Salerno, and is a postcard destination. The pool of Le Sirenuse is a lovely oasis of elegance and discretion, with lemon trees and flowers in bloom. From the terrace, you can work on your book or your tan, or watch the dramatic view below. Or wonder why you should ever leave. Life is very good! Image # 06821.
The Pool at Villa Caruso
The Amalfi coast is breathtaking (especially if you are driving), and one of its gems is Ravello. It is a magical escape high above the town of Amalfi. The infinity pool at Villa Caruso offers discreet privacy and spectacular tranquility. Image # 06825.
Flowers of Ravello
Ravello is a magical escape high above the town of Amalfi on the Amalfi coast. The large tourist tour buses cannot navigate up the switchbacks, so there are fewer day visitors. Villa Rufolo is the masterwork in Ravello's extensive repertoire of historic showpieces. At the height of its importance in the 13th century it boasted "more rooms than there are days in the year". The terraces of Villa Rufolo are designed around the signature cypress seen here, framed by flowers in the foreground and the distant coast to the east. Why would you ever want to leave? Image # 06824.
The Amphitheater at Pompeii
Pompeii is the city frozen in time by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The excavation is extensive and ongoing. Imagine sitting in this amphitheater in Pompeii, awaiting an orator to enlighten the assembled residents about the affairs of the day. Image # 07168.
This is one of the chambers for communal baths in Pompeii. Was this before the concept of dieting? Image # 07202.
Statues in the Baths
How would you like these men watching you as you enjoyed the baths in Pompeii? Image # 07203.
The Arch and the Bad Boy
This was one of the main arches in the old city of Pompeii. Notice Mount Vesuvius in the background, trying to look well-behaved. Image # 07204.
The Mountain Monitor
There are numerous statues in Pompeii. This one sure looks like his job is to tame the volcano in the background. Good luck with that, Guido! Image # 07205.
School Buses of Sorrento
You have to love the humor in these bus names! Image # 07208.
Columns of Pompeii
The architecture revealed in the ruins of Pompeii is truly impressive. We can only imagine what the original city looked like. Image # 07207.
The Remarkable Ruins of Pompeii
We can only imagine the advanced civilization developed by the residents of Pompeii, before their world ended with the explosion of Mount Vesuvius nearby. A truly impressive place. Image # 07206.
If Columns Could Talk
You cannot really appreciate the size and complexity of Pompeii until you are there, walking amid the restored ruins. It is so worth doing. Image # 08151.
The Courtyard at Villa Cimbrone
High above the town of Amalfi, Ravello presides with a collection of architectural treasures from centuries ago. One of the most impressive is Villa Cimbrone - put it on your list. Image # 04731.
The Boats of Positano
This colorful family of boats is resting until the visitors arrive to take them out for the day. Behind my tripod is the fabled town of Positano, which contain fascinating shops and many, many steps. Image # 04749.
Positano from Above
The Hotel L'Agave sits just west of the town of Positano, high on a cliff. From their terrace there is a lovely view of Positano, and no tourists are visible! Image #04757.
Italian LAKES & Bellagio
Villa d'Este and Lake Como
This is among the most dignified and historic hotels in the lake region, beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Como. It has lovely Renaissance gardens and offers extensive hiking on its grounds. Image #08316.
The Shores of Lake Como
Near the Villa d'Este are magnificent villas that enjoy the treasures of the lake. George Clooney's villa is two hundred yards beyond the curve. Don't even try. Image #08324.
The Gardens of Villa d'Este
Nestled behind the grand hotel are Renaissance gardens with statues and fountains. A great place to hike, to work off the amazing breakfast buffet. Image #08325.
I Will Sit in the Blue One
At the Villa d'Este, their large swimming pool is actually a floating pool, with the heated pool behind the chairs and the lake in front. Image #08326.
Bicycle on Isola de Pescatori
Tiny Isola de Pescatori ("island of fishermen") sits in the middle of Lake Maggiore. This bicycle was the only mode of transportation that I saw, but it would not support me with my tripod and heavy cameras. Image # 02787.
Bellagio and Lake Como
Bellagio anchors the southeastern shore of Lake Como. Find a bench, sit here a while and practice your Italian. Image # 02814.
A street in Bellagio
Walk the cobblestone streets and pathways in Bellagio in early morning, and you will have this memorable village all to yourself. Image # 02820.
Bachus Bistro in Bellagio
On one of the cobblestone streets in Bellagio, the Bacchus Bistro offers a vantage point to the town. Sit under the canopy of flowers, savor a cappuccino or Brunello, and inhale the soul of the lake country. Image # 02822.
Isola Bella is indeed a beautiful island, sitting in Lake Maggiore. Once an elegant private estate, this garden provides a glimpse of aristocratic life in the gilded age of Italy. Image # 02824.
On the southern shore of Lake Garda, I found this historic bicycle just waiting to be taken for a ride. But I had enjoyed too much vino... Image # 08323.
Tied Up in Ponza
I love boats, especially colorful and small. One of the harbors in Ponza gave me a very good time. Image # 07169.
Paradise in Ponza
What a subtle reminder of the memorable qualities of Ponza, an island off the Italian coast. Image # 07170.
Table for Two
After strolling the streets on the island of Ponza, let's sit and have a Pinot Grigio and fresh local seafood. Image # 07209.
Reflections of Ponza
Just like flames in a fireplace, the subtle reflections in water are hypnotic for me. This is the village of Ponza reflected in the waters of the harbor. Image # 07210.
The village of Ponza
Entering the small harbor of Ponza, you are greeted by the pastel facades of many hillside homes. Image # 07211.
Sunrise in Ponza
Each of us has to awaken every morning. Why not do so in a beautiful setting like Ponza? Image # 07212.
Windows of Lipari
Love the geometry in this photograph, on the Italian island of Lipari! Image # 07213.
A Street in Lipari
Strolling the streets of the Italian island of Lipari sure beats a day in the office. Image # 07214.
The Harbor in Lipari
This view of the village of Lipari, an Italian island, combines a small slice of the shops and stores with the tiny harbor filled with small pleasure boats. Image # 07215.
This view of the Italian island of Lipari shows the steep terrain just beyond the village, along with the ruins of an ancient fort on which the cathedral has been built. Image # 07216.
Cathedral in Sicily
This timeless cathedral towered over the village of Erice, near Trapani in Sicily. Image # 07190
PORTOFINO & CINQUE TERRA
Vernazza from Above
From high on the trail, you can see most of Vernazza. The train on the left is very close to the village, which winds up the hill past the colorful umbrellas. Image #08329
Vernazza in the Cinque Terra
The fabled Cinque Terra in Italy is no longer a secret. No cars are allowed, which helps deter the hoards of tourists that visit many Italian treasures. Collectively known as the Five Lands, hidden in tiny coves along the craggy southern stretch of the Ligurian riviera, the five towns for centuries were linked only by mule paths along the cliffs and by fishing boats. The harbor of Vernazza is authentic, in front of the narrow streets with racks of drying grapes and plates of pasta with pesto delivering aromas you cannot resist. Image # 02701.
Boats of Vernazza
Most of these simple boats are used by fisherman, and some carry tourists out of the harbor to see the Cinque Terre. Image #08332.
The Harbor in Vernazza
Looking down on the Vernazza harbor from the steep trail that connects the village with Monterosso to the west, it appears virtually tourist-free! Image #08314.
Vernazza was originally a fishing village. This classic boat still works the Ligurian waters offshore. Image #08331.
Grapes Drying for Dessert Wine
Climbing the stairs to a Vernazza restaurant, I smelled the strong aroma of grapes drying inside a room nearby. These drying grapes, grown on the vineyards of Cinque Terre, will enjoy an afterlife as sweet Vin Santo wine. Image # 08301.
Drying Laundry in Vernazza
Most homes in the village have laundry drying outside, which after you have been there a day or two, seems entirely normal. Image #08330.
Vineyard of Vernazza
Along the steep slopes above Vernazza, grapes ripen in the sun and await the pickers to prepare for the harvest. The grapes have no idea they are growing in a magical place. Image # 08302.
The small village of Vernazza is wedged between the rugged coastline and the high hills above. Vineyards form the upper border, and the buildings look out on the ocean below. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development and the absence of cars. Image # 08303.
A Door in Vernazza
Who knows when this door was built, and the same question about the ancient stairs. Tour books now call this "nostalgic'> Image #08333.
Evening in Camogli
The glow of a Mediterranean sunset illuminates the harbor of Camogli, still a slice of genuine Italy undiscovered by tour buses. Ask the artist for the story behind this photograph. Image # 02748.
Dawn in Portofino
The tiny picture-perfect harbor of Portofino is often the image of Italy featured in the travel promotions. It is a gem, but smaller than it seems in pictures. The Italian riviera is more than an address. It is a collection of iconic travel moments. Just up the hill from this harbor sits the renowned Splendido Hotel, with many stars on their guest list and after the hotel's name. Sit harborside with the artist, enjoy an espresso alongside the pescatori (fishermen) of Portofino. Let's take a ride in the red boat. Ciao! Image # 02742.
Portofino Fishing Boat
The tiny picture-perfect harbor of Portofino is often the image of Italy featured in the travel promotions. It is a gem, but smaller than it seems in pictures. This classic and colorful fishing boat may not survive the competition with the yachts that vie for space and attention here. Viva pescatori! Image # 02740.
Portofino from Above
Viewed from the castle high above the tiny harbor, Portofino still shows off its pastel colors and tidy boat moorings. This jewel needs to be on your list! Image 08317.
The Portofino Harbor
The tiny picture-perfect harbor of Portofino is often the image of Italy featured in the travel promotions. It is a gem, but smaller than it seems in pictures. So how are most of these boats going to get out of the harbor? Image # 02754.
Portofino has an impressive number of buildings that have been transformed using trompe l'oeil, in which skilled painting creates the optical illusion that these windows really exist. Only the lower left window is real! Image # 02723.
Go ahead - touch it!
Here is an example of the magnificent trompe l'oeil paintings in Portofino. After a glass of wine, I had the courage to examine this wall up close - it is only a wall - there is no window! Image # 02724
Head of the Harbor
Portofino began as a small fishing village, but became famous for its picturesque harbor and colorfully painted buildings. Fishermen still work out of this harbor. Image # 08312.
The calm Portofino harbor just after sunrise virtually doubles the visual impact of the boats and colorful buildings around the harbor. Image # 08304.
Who lives in # 9 in Portofino?
This lovely doorway leads immediately to stairs up to apartment #9. Of course I wanted to go up the stairs and investigate. I did not. Image # 08300.
Windows of Portofino
Tromp L'oeil is a strong visual part of Portofino, Italy. Much of what you see here is expertly painted to fool the eye. The flowers are real. The lower shutters are real. The underwear is real. Image # 02715.
Umbrellas and Buildings
At the head of the small harbor in Vernazza, there are colorful umbrellas over two restaurants, with pastel buildings all around. This would be a good time to have a local wine. Image #08334.
Stairs in Riomaggiore
These steep stairs, with no railings, don't quite lead to the bottom unless there is a tall boat at high tide. You are on your own! Image #08335.
The Harbor in Riomaggiore
This village has such a tiny harbor that the fishing boats are hauled up the ramp and stored on the sidewalk! Image #08336.
Here you can see the rugged nature of the Cinque Terre. The rail on the left comes from Corniglia, and leads into the tiny village of Manarola. Some fishing boats are stored up on the sidewalk. Image #08337.
Rome projects a vivid sense of history in this image, with the Ponte Sant'Angelo leading to the Castello Sant'Angelo. Image # 04682.
The Spanish steps
The fabled Spanish Steps and the Fontana della Barcacia, built in 1627. Image # 07218.
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Arrive at dawn and you will have the sculptures all to yourself. An amazing amount of work, completed in 1453. Image # 07225.
The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) is an impressive monument built in honor of the first kind of a unified Italy in 1885. Image # 07220.
A day of cooking in Rome begins at the farm market in Campo di Fiore. Wonderful veggies! Image # 07221.
The Castello Sant'Angelo
The Castello Sant'Angelo was built by Hadrian in AD 130. He was the same guy who built the stone wall all across England! Image # 07222.
Statues on the Ponte
Impressive statues line the bridge across the Tiber, leading to the Castello Sant'Angelo. Image # 07223.
An early morning walk along the Tiber River in Rome will lead to the elegant Ponte Vittorio. Image # 07224.
In the farm market in Campo di Fiore in Rome, there are at least 8 varieties of tomatoes, each with a chef-preferred purpose. Image # 07227.
The Sistine Chapel
While the Sistine Chapel in the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City is impressive, most of us make the long journey through dozens of other art-filled rooms just to see the ceiling. Today is is the room in which the conclave of bishops selects a new pope, under this remarkable ceiling painted by Michelangelo more than 500 years ago! Image #04653.
They were walking across the Piazza della Rotonda. Where were they going? Who was their leader? We will never know... Image # 08242.
Here is most of a wall of the 55,000 seat Colosseum, built in 72 AD to stage gladiator spectacles. Image # 08243.
The Grand Arch at the Colosseum
The Colosseum, built in 72 AD, was ancient Rome's political and legal center. Very impressive! Image # 08244.
Trevi Fountain - Dry
The Trevi Fountain is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. Arrive at dawn and you will have the sculptures all to yourself. I did that - only to find them cleaning it, with no water flowing. An amazing amount of work, completed in 1453. Image # 04667.
The Pantheon was an early Roman temple, and is now a church. It is prominent on the Piazza della Rotunda. Image # 07217.
TUSCANY & FLORENCE
Cradle and heart of the Renaissance, Florence is a proud, aristocratic city whose maze of cobbled streets and piazzas is lined with medieval towers, historic cafes, and fortress-like palazzi. Sensory overload is a real concern. I love early morning light, and this was my portrait of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Image # 04516.
Montepulciano is one of the loveliest hill towns in Tuscany. Surrounded by vineyards and villas, and known for its fine wines, it is just waiting for you to visit. The artist can recommend a memorable villa for your stay... Image # 04528.
These ancient bottles called to the artist at a roadside enotoca just west of Montepulciano. The reds were primarily the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the premier red from the hill town, while the whites were surely vinegar in traditional packaging! Image #04529.
Under the Tuscan Sun
Wandering through Tuscany is close to heaven for a wine-lover. This classic field sits east of Montalcino, and captured my fancy early one morning. Ask me to tell you the story about my wet pants. Image # 06187.
Nikes in Montalcino
Walk through the ancient center city of Montalcino in Tuscany. You will find many enotecas, some tourist shops, and signs of real life as I discovered with these stairs. Image # 08010.
Florence in 1954
This bridge is classic, and has been symbolic of Florence for a very long time. Once upon a time, the Ponte Vecchio was lined with butchers and fishmongers. But the Medicis did not appreciate the stink, so they decreed that only goldsmiths could occupy the bridge. This photograph was made in 1954 by my grandfather, Roy Whitman. Image # 39027.
Classic Tuscan Road
Enjoy this serpentine road winding up the hill, beautifully bordered by cypress trees. Ciao! Image # 06188.
Castello Banfi in Montalcino
The story behind Banfi is fascinating and inspiring - visit their website to learn some of the story of the Mariani brothers... Image # 08284.
Most people do not realize how large and diverse Tuscany is. It includes fabled Florence, some of the best wine country in Italy with Montalcino, Multepulciano and Chianti, and stretches to the ocean with towns like this one. Image # 08284.
Panorama of Florence
Florence is a vibrant city, many art galleries and museums, and very walkable. Image # 04521.
The Arno and Florence
The Arno River runs through Florence, and is the most important river in central Italy. The bridges that span the Arno have lots of character. Image # 04523.
David Presides over Florence
Here is one of the best replicas of Michaelanglo's statue of the Biblical hero David, one of the most loved statues in the world. It was carved from 1501 to 1504 and now resides in the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. Image # 04524.
Vineyards in Multipulciano
Olive trees and four vineyards close by - you could do a lot worse than to volunteer to live in the white house... Image # 04543.
VENICE, Dolomites and Trieste
The Grand Canal
I regard Venice as a magical destination. This is as close to the "main highway" as Venice gets, and is a classic view of the Grand Canal at dusk. Restaurants lining the canal are starting to fill and vini is starting to flow. Timeless. Be there. Image # 06157.
Five miles to the east of Venice lies this enchanting island, with perhaps the most colorful houses on the planet. I asked a restaurant owner about the colored houses. I was told "The ladies of Burano make lace, while the men go fishing. Legend has it that they return from fishing inebriated, and need to know the color of their houses in order to find them." Whether this story is true or created for tourists, it seems to fit. Burano indeed is a memorable little island. Image # 06170.
Take a gondola to Dinner
Where would you like to dine in Venice? Dove che cosa desidera mangiare pranzo? A gondola is waiting to give you a romantic ride, as are dozens of intimate buon ristorantes. Venice is filled with magical moments to celebrate. Will you join the artist for the evening? Image # 04562.
Gondolier on the Grande
Discover the difference a day makes, little things that make big memories of the people and moments you value most. I regard Venice as a magical destination. Uniformed gondoliers gracefully move their guests around the Venician waterways, preserving the timeless feeling of a classic city. The Grand Canal is rarely as calm as this image portrays, as this was made before sunrise. Share an unforgettable experience. Image # 06831.
There are many small canals that connect with the Grand Canal in Venice. It will take many visits to fully appreciate the detail and the sense of romantic history contained in this magical place. Image # 04554.
These iconic boats work all day to serve tourists, and are parked in a secluded spot to rest overnight. Give them another hour, and they will be back in service for another day. Image # 08236.
The Hotel Splendid
This delightful and colorful hotel is tucked away down a canal, but so many of the charming locations in Venice are hidden as well. Image # 08240.
The Terrace at the Cipriani
This legendary hotel is a launch-ride away from the tourists in Venice, and a million miles away from reality. It is an oasis of elegance that becomes more special after a touch of vino... Image # 08239.
Early morning walks in Venice give you chances to see special treats like these sleeping gondolas. Another benefit - tourists are also asleep and the city is quiet. Image # 08237.
These gondolas are still resting overnight, yet the elegant bouquet of tiny yellow roses is raring to go! Image # 08238.
This gilded horse has an important job in serving aboard the gondola. Few horses in Italy can boast of timeless service and so many admiring fans. You should give him a name... Image # 08062.
Piazza di San Marco
St. Mark's Square is high on every visitor's list to see, to walk and perhaps to linger over a drink and listen to live music in the squar. Few visitors get to see this icon from the water. Image # 08063.
The Grande Canal in Trieste
The blend of Italian, Austrian and Slovenian cultures makes this stately Adriatic port unlike any other town in Italy. The Canal Grande in Trieste is the most beautiful of the important areas in the center city. At the head of the canal is the Roman Catholic church of Sant'Antonio. Image # 06829.
Lamp Post in Trieste
I walked around stately Trieste and saw more that resembled Vienna, Austria than the rest of Italy. It is unlike any other town in Italy, and is a blend of Italian, Austrian and Slovenian cultures. The Canal Grande is the most beautiful of the important areas in the center city. Along the canal are classic lamp posts one side and the colorful Palazzo Gopcevich on the other. Image # 06828.
Windows in Trieste
The geometric strength of these windows is emphasized by the angular early morning sunlight. Trieste is a great walking city. Image # 08241.
These beautiful mountains tower over the valley of Alto Adige. Castles and fortresses remain from a much earlier era, long before this South Tyrol region became renowned for skiing. Image #08315.
The Dolomite Range
These rugged mountains overlook vineyards where Gewurztraminer originated, and centuries of spas that helped visitors walk in the altitude and heal with the waters of the region. Image #08318.
The Flowers of San Cassiano
This village in northern Italy reflects a unique blend of Austrian and Italian culture. The villages project wonderful hospitality with lodging and superior restaurants. Image #08321.
The Majestic Dolomite Mountain Range
These dramatic mountains stretch across northern Italy, near Austria's southwestern border. Beneath these towering peaks, local chefs harvest the area's wild herbs, alpine cheeses and game. Image #08319.
San Cassiano and the Dolomites
Beneath these spectacular peaks, flower-studded alpine meadows have no idea they are in the sunlight and shadows of these mountains. Image #08320.
Perhaps the best-known ski destination in the Dolomites is Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. It is a walkable town, yet everywhere you look, the dramatic mountains are looking back at you. Image #08322.
Fishing Boats in Valetta
Valletta is the capital of Malta, an island country just south of Sicily. It is a delightful city steeped in history. The vivid colors of these fishing boats give no indication of the hard work for which they are used in harvesting fish for the many seafood restaurants on the island. Image # 06876.
You Named Your Boat What?
If you don't gotta lotta Euros, paint your little boat vivid colors and give it an amazing name... Image # 07171.
Gozo is a small island that is a part of the nation of Malta. The northern coast is rugged and dramatic. Image # 07181.
Formula for Long Life
This wonderful flag greeted the artist in Victoria, on the island of Gozo in Malta. Great international advice! Image # 07182.
Ready for the Festival
Villages in the Med take their festivals seriously. Here is the main street in Mgarr on the island of Gozo, nation of Malta. Image # 07183.
The Harbor in Valletta
Each island has its "fishing boat personality". Here is the fishing harbor in Valletta, on the island of Malta. Image # 07194.
Near the entrance to the harbor in Valletta is this group of classic buildings. Occupied successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, French and British, Malta has been of strategic importance throughout history. Image # 07195.
Arches in Valletta
In the old section of Valletta, time stands still. Malta's rich heritage is reflected in its architecture. Image # 07196.
Rooftops of Valletta
Most of the time, we are on a street or sidewalk looking up at buildings. To look down on rooftops gives a fascinating perspective. Image # 07197.
Waterfront in Valletta
Amazing contrasts in this view of the harbor in Valletta! Behind the mega-yacht are the medieval walls of the old city. In front are local families practicing for gondola races later in the week. Image # 07198.
Evening in Valletta
The Valletta harbor glows at dusk approaches. The work of the day is done, now it is time to relax and watch the gentle waves reflecting the lights on the water. Image # 07199.
A Street in Valletta
This is one of the loveliest streets in Valletta, with stately residences above lovely shops and tempting restaurants. Image # 07200.
The Walls of Valletta
As you enter the harbor of Valletta, the first impression is the massive walls built centuries ago to defend the city from the succession of invading naval forces. Image # 07201.
Sunrise in Acapulco
For decades, Acapulco has enjoyed the reputation for being a playground of movie stars, most of whom likely never saw the sunrise - unless they were headed back to their hotel after a night of parties. Image # 07537.
Manzanilla has a nice combination of expansive beaches and good restaurants, most featuring local seafood. The Colonial Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in town. Image # 07572.
The La Quebrada Cliff Divers are a group of professional high divers, based in Acapulco. They perform daily shows for the public, diving 115 feet from the cliffs into the seas below. Image # 07573.
The 1963 Elvis Presley film Fun in Acapulco popularized La Quebrada as one of the early extreme sports. During the night, they often dive while holding a torch. Here a pro dives - over two younger divers in training to be allowed to dive from the top. Image # 07574.
Climbing the Cliff
If diving off the cliff was not hard enough, imagine climbing up this cliff barefoot - just so you can then dive into water that varies from 6 to 16 feet deep depending on the tides! The variation in water depth makes the timing crucial for the divers. Image # 07575.
Puerto Vallarta Sculpture
There is an impressive collection of statues and sculptures in Puerto Vallarta, and this one is elegant but one of the smallest. Image # 07576.
Standing on the Corner
Mazatlan has miles of sun-splashed shores and a colorful waterfront promenade. This colorful building faces onto the main plaza in Mazatlan. For some reason, after a cool margarita the colors became even more vivid. Image # 07577
Los Arcos de Cabo San Lucas
One of the visual icons of Cabo San Lucas (commonly called "Cabo') is this distinctive rock formation at the southern tip of Cabo San Lucas, which means "land's end." When the tide is low, a sandy shoal appears and leads through the arch itself, a portal to geology. Image # 07578.
Courtyard in San Miguel
San Miguel de Allende is a delightful city in east central Mexico. It features narrow cobblestone streets, historic architecture and lush courtyards. Image # 39059.
Pelicans love the Cabo San Lucas area, so much that there is a sports beach bar named after them. Image # 39085.
This large sculpted mural faces the main plaza in Guadalajara, honoring the struggle of the common man. Image # 39086.
In nearly every tourist town in Mexico, you will see colorful items that you do not need but buy anyway. A visit to a workshop where these are painted was fascinating. Image # 39087.
Artists at Work
The ladies who paint the details on thousands of trinkets cannot be paid enough! I suspect they are paid very poorly, and I hope I am wrong. Image # 39088.
Window in San Miguel
It is interesting how several strands of flowers add interest to an old window. This was one of many like it in San Miguel de Allende. Image # 39089.
Raising the Flag
The main plaza in Mexico City is known as the Zocalo. It is the historic heart of the country's capital, and can hold nearly 100,000 people for ceremonial occasions. This flag raising happens every morning. Image # 39090.
Copper and More Copper
This display of copper pitchers and vases was an interesting part of the market in Guadalajara. Image #39091.
Bull Fight in San Miguel
Watching a bullfight is not everyone's idea of a pleasant afternoon, yet the costumes and fanfare accompanying the bullfight are fascinating. Bullfighters is colorful costumes perform to taunt the bull, and women in silky red dresses dance with well-trained horses. Image # 39092.
The Harbor in Monte-Carlo
There is no recession in Monte-Carlo. The harbor is filled with multi-million dollar yachts, and there are expensive shops luring visitors to enjoy their wares. It is a beautiful place, and it's easy to see why people have a special fantasy feeling about Monaco. Image # 07173.
The Hermitage Hotel
Monaco is only 3 miles long and 1/2 mile wide. Yet this tiny principality is an architectural buffet. This famous hotel is elegant by day and night. Image # 07174.
Reflection of the Casino
I could not resist portraying the Monte-Carlo Casino, as reflected in a mirrored globe in the park nearby. Image # 07175.
The Caino in Monte-Carlo
The Casino is world-renowned, and those who enter must be dressed in black tie and then pay $25 just to walk in. Citizens of Monaco are not allowed to enter. The artist stood on the street in front, and was allowed to look at the front of the Casino. In casual clothes. For free. Image # 07176.
Monte-Carlo by Night
As night settles over the harbor in Monte-Carlo, the city remains very much alive. Presiding over the harbor is the imposing Palace on the top of the hill. The spirit of Princess Grace lingers. Image # 07177.
The Harbor in Monte-Carlo
Monte-Carlo's legendary harbor remains the unofficial nesting place for Europe's most lavish yachts. Image # 07193.
How the Other Half Lives
These are but a few of the many multi-million-dollar yachts that call Monte-Carlo home. and - yes, if you have to ask, you can't afford one. Image # 07538.
The Quiet Side
On the west side of the Palace, the other side of Monte-Carlo is much quieter. It is more residential without the Casino and the fancy hotels, yet still dignified. Image # 07540.
One of the gems in the Prince's collection, and the newest, is this 2009 Mercedes McLaren. This is the result of a collaboration between Mercedes Benz and McLaren, a British manufacturer of high-performance cars based on Formula One technology. Image # 07541.
The Toys of a Prince
Prince Rainier of Monaco loves classic and racing cars. He has an impressive collection, some of which are on exhibit in this museum. Image # 07542
Guard Your Platinum Card
Do you know the safest way to walk along this street? Go well before the shops open! Image # 07544.
This Casino is known all over the world as a high-end party place. You must wear a tux and pay a healthy cover charge to even get inside, which keeps tourists and artists away. Image # 07547.
Can Granite be Sexy?
These ladies do not abide by the dress code inside, but somehow fit perfectly into this ultra-luxe neighborhood. Image # 07548.
The Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is a luxurious palace style Belle Epoque in the heart of Monaco. The historic hotel is one of Monaco's mail social hubs and the public spaces are always buzzing with chic clientele. Another view in my collection shows its impressive facade at night. Image # 07549.
The Opera House
With the lack of cultural diversions available in Monaco in the 1870s, the reigning prince decided to include an ornate concert hall as a part of the casino, to be the resident home of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo. Image # 07550.
Bring Your Platinum Card
This is the fabled harbor of Monte-Carlo, with the hotels and Casino on the hill in the rear of this image. The palace of the Prince is just to the right behind the camera. Image # 07539.
Path of Fragrant Flowers
Floral composition is close to perfection in the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens. This is flower power at its very best! Image # 04853.
Symphony of Spring
Literally millions of flowering tulips and irises fill the Keukenhof Gardens each spring in the world's largest flower show. This chorus of colors lends a painterly quality to these magnificent gardens. Image # 06839.
Up Close and Personal
Tulips are beautiful from "normal viewing distance", and can be even more impressive the closer you come to looking at the delicate patterns and soft colors. Image # 06841.
Colors of Spring
Walk for more than half a mile in Keukenhof, and for that entire walk gorgeous tulips will follow you and lead you. Image # 06843.
Keukenhof Gardens is the perfect place to slow down, inhale, and allow the serenity of nature to invite us off our treadmill. This is an oasis for the eyes that could inspire composers and poets. Image # 06845.
In reality and in reflection, these delicate Keukenhof tulips are a wonderful antidote to stress. Image # 06846.
It Doesn't Get Any Better
Keukenhof has earned its well-deserved reputation as the best flower garden in the world. Image # 06847.
Keukenhof Gardens present this profusion of color with millions of tulips - truly a feast for the eyes. Add the heavenly aroma of spring in bloom - and linger to celebrate what's right with our world. Image # 06854.
Dawn in Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, with 19 windmills in one area. These timeless windmills are icons of the Dutch heritage of brilliant water management. Image # 06857.
Calm in Kinderdijk
Walk with me along a canal in Kinderdijk, thankfully protected as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the day comes to an end and the visitors leave, the timeless quality of these windmills seems more prominent. Image # 06859.
When I Grow Up...
Every species features a special relationship between mother and child. Including windmills. Here is a young windmill looking to mature and hoping to grow to become as stately as its historic mother... Image # 06860.
As I worked the artistic possibilities near this Leidschendam windmill, I noticed these guard ducks. They had no idea they helped complete this tranquil composition. Image # 06864.
This house on the canal in Leidschendam enjoys "waterfront property" even though it is surrounded by lush farmlands. You are never far from water in Holland! Image # 06865.
Graceful guardians of the windswept Dutch countryside, windmills have become a visual icon of a proud and resourceful country. These three windmills are well over 270 years old, still working, and preside over this timeless landscape. Image # 06866.
Dawn in Leidschendam
Just north of Delft, these three classic windmills reign over farmlands, which protect them from the advance of development. Savor the sweet light of dawn awakening the fields in Leidschendam. Image # 06867.
Sunrise in Kinderdijk
For centuries, there has always seemed to be a windmill on the Dutch horizon. The first eight Kinderdijk windmills were constructed in 1738 to cope with rising water levels. Another eight were added in 1740 to protect the surrounding land from flooding. The timeless sentinels have stood watch over the canals for well over 270 years. Image # 06868.
Sailboat on the Herengracht
To reach this mooring in Amsterdam, the owner of this sailboat had to remove the mast and motor in. Then remount the mast, because no dignified sailboat would allow its mast to be horizontal. Image # 06955.
Vondel Park is one of the prettiest parks in Amsterdam, with trails for jogging and lawns for catching rays or frisbees. Image # 06956.
Teal by the Prinsengracht
There are more bicycles in Amsterdam than in nearly any other city in the world. Most of them are black. The owner of this one had a desire to paint the bicycle multiple colors to make it easier to locate if "borrowed". Image # 06957.
Volendam used to be a fisherman's village on the former Zuiderzee. It's cute looks were discovered, and it is now very popular with tourists on summer days. # 06993.
Along with tulips and canal life, the windmill is an icon of the Netherlands. This restored windmill greets visitors on the road to Volendam. Image # 06994.
Morning on the Canal
Stroll along a canal in Amsterdam. The sweet light of early morning, before the army of bicycles arrives, will awaken your senses to the flowers and reflections and charm of this great city. Image # 06995.
Canal Boats in Amsterdam
The variety of canal boats in Amsterdam is fascinating. Some are large like barges, others are "prettified". Nearly all feature flowers. Image # 06996.
Canal in Jordaan
Just after I made this photograph in Amsterdam, a young boy emerged from the houseboat on the right, waved and called "Bye Papa, bye Papa!" until his father turned from his bicycle to wave back before he rode to work. Image # 06997.
The Prinsengracht Canal
The image along the Prinsengracht Canal combines three of the four icons of Amsterdam: canals, flowers and bicycles. Only Heineken and Amstel are missing... The city is cut by 40 concentric and radial canals that are flanked by streets and 400 bridges. Image # 06998.
Flowers on the Singel
A morning walk along the Singel canal will reveal lots of flowers adding color and cheer to your day. Amsterdam has about 40 concentric and radial canals that are flanked by streets and crossed by 400 bridges. A great walking city. Image # 06999.
Sunday Morning in Vondel Park
Stroll through beautiful Vondel Park early on a Sunday morning, and you will have it all to yourself. Image # 07000.
The Cliffs of Burgess
The Caitlins are a breathtaking collection of cliffs and rolling meadows on the southeastern tip of New Zealand's south island. The Burgess family has farmed this magnificent area for more than one hundred years. Even though movies (Lord of the Rings) have been made right here, very few tourists visit this region, which suits Alan Burgess just fine. Image # 06935.
This is the signature Mitre Peak, presiding over the beautiful Milford Sound in western New Zealand. Located in the south island's Fjordland National Park, its appearance changes with the light and with the tides. It is located at the end of the four-day hike ("tramp") on the famous Milford Tract, or by a beautiful several-hour drive west from Te Anau. There are places you leave - and places that never leave you. This is one. Image # 06789.
High Tide at Mitre Peak
Like most coastal settings, the tides strongly influence the appearance of the shoreline. Milford Sound is one - this spot is very ordinary at low tide, but look at it now. Mesmerizing, for lack of a better word. Image # 06791.
Shades of the Shore
Enjoy the gradations of the beautiful shoreline along the Queen Charlotte Sound, well before the rising sun unified the land. This protected area is west of Picton on the South Island in New Zealand. Linger a while and enjoy the tranquility. Image # 06796.
Sunrise Over Queen Charlotte Sound
Watch the beginnings of a wonderful sunrise over the Queen Charlotte Sound. This protected area is west of Picton on the north coast of the South Island in New Zealand. Linger a while and enjoy the tranquility. With this start, it will be a wonderful day! Image # 06797.
Sailing Past Rippon
Here are the vineyards of the renowned Rippon vineyards, located on the western shore of Lake Wanaka north of Queenstown, New Zealand. It is easy to see why Rippon is often described as the most beautiful winery in the world. This land has been in the Mills family for four generations. Robert Parker rates Rippon in the top five in NZ. Soon after making this photograph, the artist felt obliged to put one bottle of Rippon Pinot Noir out of its misery. To sailing! Image # 06801.
Rippon Winery by Lake Wanaka
Enjoy the vineyards of the renowned Rippon vineyards, located on the shore of Lake Wanaka north of Queenstown, New Zealand. It is easy to see why Rippon is often described as the most beautiful winery in the world. Parker rates Rippon in the top five in NZ. Soon after making this photograph, the artist felt obliged to put one bottle of Rippon Pinot Noir out of its misery. Image # 06923.
The Vineyards of Craggy Range
On the east side of the north island of New Zealand, in Napier, sits the dramatic Craggy Range winery. The name is clearly taken from the towering terrain which presides over the vineyard. Their winemakers believe that finesse and care are equal ingredients to the grapes themselves. The winery makes award-winning meritages, which the artist dutifully tasted so that he could properly make this photograph. Image # 06924.
Terroir at Craggy Range
Terroir is regarded as one of the top restaurants in New Zealand. It is located within the Craggy Range winery, in Napier on the east side of the north island. If you choose to be marooned in a far away place, this would do... Image # 06925.
The Vineyards at Cloudy Bay
The Marlborough wine region on the South Island helped to put New Zealand on the world's wine map. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was the early catalyst in drawing attention to this maturing wine area. Now, there are dozens of highly respected wineries on both islands, just waiting for your discovery. Cloudy Bay was very helpful to the artist, with soft sunlight in the foreground and clouds adding drama to the distant Richmond Ranges. Image # 06926.
The Marlborough wine region on the South Island helped to put New Zealand on the world's wine map. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was the early catalyst in drawing attention to this maturing wine area. Now, there are dozens of highly respected wineries on both islands, just waiting for your discovery. Cloudy Bay was very helpful to the artist, with soft sunlight in the foreground and clouds adding drama to the distant Richmond Ranges. Image # 06926.
On the east side of the south island of New Zealand, these mysterious boulders line the shore for a hundred yards. Image # 06928.
Te Anau Sheepscape
Sheep have a good life in New Zealand. This panorama is near the shores of Lake Te Anau on the south island. Image # 06929.
Tramping the Milford Tract
This is the Milford Tract ('trail") that is a four-day tramp ("hike") through varying terrain but consistently beautiful. It is the quintessential Great Walk for many visitors. The walk takes in lakes, fjords and rain forests on the way from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound, each of which is a magnificent destination in its own right. Image # 06931.
The Dunedin Train Station
This remarkable building is the renowned train station in the center of Dunedin. Opened in 1906, it is the grandest gingerbread house you will ever see! Image # 06933.
Here is the signature Mitre Peak, presiding over the beautiful Milford Sound in western New Zealand. Located in the Fjordland National Park, its appearance changes with the light and with the tides. It is located at the end of the four-day hike ("tramp") on the famous Milford Tract, or by a beautiful several-hour drive west from Te Anau. Somehow, Milford Sound is more than a view... it's a feeling. Image # 06936.
The Otago Barn
Near Dunedin on the Otago peninsula, there are rolling farms where lucky sheep live. The South Island of New Zealand is consistently photogenic, and I sure look forward to my next visit. Image # 06937.
Near the Top of the World
The coast of Norway is varied and beautiful. I traveled north along the entire coast, and went well above the Arctic Circle, to reach the northernmost town in the country. Nordcapp is show here in the summer, and has no rush hour traffic! Image # 05954.
The Oslo House
In Oslo, there is a wonderful museum showcasing the architectural heritage of Norway. This colorful house within the museum grounds has a lovely setting with gardens and patch to explore. Image # 05967.
This Viking ship dates from about 740AD. The vikings helped shape the history of northern Europe. They once controlled half of Britain, sending mariners as far west as Newfoundland, as far south as Gibraltar, and established cities in Ireland. Image # 07471.
This ancient building resides in Oslo's Norsk Folkemuseum, and is an ornate example of a village building that likely was used for gatherings. Image # 07472.
Ahead of Its Time
Ecology proponents recommend planting sod on the roof of a house, to insulate and help the environment. This modest house in the Oslo Norwegian Folk Museum was practicing that technique hundreds of years ago. Image # 07473.
The Telemark Loft
This is an example of the elaborate wooden homes built by the wealthy Norwegians several centuries ago. This one is located in Oslo, in the Norwegian Folk Museum. Image # 07474.
Live Close to the Office
Far up the Norwegian coast sits Tromso, and this fishing trawler is moored next to condos. So the fishing captain can roll out of bed, grab a fresh coffee on the ground floor, and walk to work. Image # 07475.
When you shop for salmon, there is usually a choice between farm-raised and Atlantic-caught. I had never seen a farm that raises salmon, until we cruised slowly by this remote business in Alesund on the Norwegian coast. Image # 07476.
A fascinating part of Oslo is the Old Town, part of the Norwegian Folk Museum, where restored and recreated homes have been assembled to reveal what Norwegian life looked like over 100 years ago. Image # 07477.
Returning to Port
At the end of a rugged day of fishing, it is time to head back to port for a hot meal and a shower. Image # 07479.
Who would imagine that the northernmost village in Norway would look so civilized? The is Nordcapp during its brief time of summer and daylight. It is merely 25 miles west of the border with Russia. Image # 07480.
This is the picturesque entrance to a fjord near Sandnessjoen, Norway. Very few people live in this rugged region, and their only connection to the rest of the country is by water. Image # 07483.
The mountains plunge into the sea in many Norwegian fjords. This one is nicknamed the Troll Fjord, because it is very close to the mythological home of the trolls. Image # 07484.
Living on the Edge
These snowcapped mountains greet arriving boats that are about to enter the fjord near Kristiansund. There is a simple road connecting these houses with their fishing docks, but it is a very long drive to reach larger communities. Image # 07485.
This is what the dramatic coastline of Norway looks like - at 2:00 am on the longest day of the year. I was wearing sunglasses! Image # 07487.
Land of the Midnight Sun
This photograph was made at 3:00am, and I am not sure whether we are watching a sunrise or a sunset. This view is very close to Harstad, near the top of Norway. Image # 07489.
Dawn at the Arctic Circle
This barren beauty greeted me as I sailed gently into the Arctic Circle. Notice the obelisk on the right that marks the point of entry into the Circle. The sun gradually brightened the start of a new day. Image #07490.
This carved troll looks pretty friendly, and very well preserved for being 80 years old. Image # 07491.
Bergen is on the water, and this compact pleasure harbor was a pleasant walk. The industrial harbor is not nearly as inviting. Image # 07492.
Shopping in Bergen
These shops face the harbor in Bergen, and have just what you need for souvenirs, starting with sweaters. Image # 07493.
So much of our retail world is generic and predictable. This strip of shops in Bergen has delightfully different buildings, each one with a distinctive look. Image # 07494.
Watchman on the Corner
These traditional Norwegian shops are near the harbor in Bergen. Notice the man on the corner, watching you. Image # 07495.
The View from the Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is a four-day advanced adventure from Cuzco. This is the view of the Sanctuary as the trail gets closer, making the hike that much more satisfying. Balanced on a small green-carpeted ledge, Machu Picchu is regarded as the soul of the Andes - and inspires awe. Image #06381.
The View from Huayna Picchu
One of the toughest climbs in my life was the scaling of the steep Huayna Picchu that you normally see behind the Sanctuary. The artist in me wanted to find an original view - and here is what I found. You can easily see the switchback road leading up to the Sanctuary, the river on the far right and the dramatic drop off on both sides of the ruins. I would not do that again. Image # 06390.
The Sanctuary at Machu Picchu
The Lost City at Machu Picchu, high in the Andes of Peru, is one of the world's special places. It was built and inhabited more than 500 years ago by Inca people without knowledge of the wheel. Many questions remain since it was discovered in the 1920's. As early morning fog lifts, the visitor ponders how such a thing came to be. This is a place that will make you believe in magic. While it is a man-made wonder, it's almost as if you can feel the spirits of the people who built it and lived here. I sat on this spot at dawn and at dusk, and truly found it to be a sanctuary. Image # 06392.
Approaching the Sanctuary
From every angle, this is a remarkable place. Until you are standing there, you cannot fully appreciate the extreme drop-off on three sides, and the inconceivable amount of physical labor needed to carve the stones, transport them from where they were "quarried", and fit them together into a magnificent master plan. Here is a visual history stretching across the centuries. Image # 07546.
Rainbow over the Sanctuary
Early one morning, as the sun was burning through the heavy mist and fog of dawn, I was greeted by this rainbow. It was perfectly placed, subtle yet powerful in the quiet start to the new day. Image # 07572.