2014 Favorites – Cities

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15 countries….21 Cities..  Since my New Year’s resolution in January of 2014 was to visit a new country every month, I can happily say “Mission Accomplished”.. But where do those trips rate?  This is difficult because every trip was awesome.. it just so happens that some places ranked higher on the awesomeness scale..

Athens from Acropolis

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We started off the year going to Greece.. followed by Cyprus, Spain, the Czech Republic, Austria, Turkey, Sweden, Romania, Poland, Latvia / Estonia, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy… Unfortunately Croatia (at the end of the week) will miss this years cut..

This is where it gets difficult..

#1 – Stockholm, Sweden    <— Past Posts from Stockholm

There are a couple reasons I chose Stockholm..

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The photographic opportunities were amazing.. The city, itself, while being a walking friendly place, has an impressive public transportation system.

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Stockholm is the definition of New Age technology meets Old World charm..

#2  Barcelona, Spain  <– Past Posts from Barcelona

For me, the difference between Barcelona and Stockholm, as a tourist, is negligible. Good food..good people and a wonderful year-round climate, makes it a great city to visit.

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#3  Riga, Latvia   and   Tallinn, Estonia   < —- Past Posts from Riga and Tallinn

What a wonderful trip this was…Able to see two world class UNESCO site filled cities in one 5 day trip.. Needless to say, modern amenities and old world architecture make this an easy choice..

Riga

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Tallinn

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So there are the top 3 from last year…although technically it is 4…

Now the Not Best trip…

Larnaca, Cyprus

To be honest.. it was a good trip. Not one of the best, but a lot of that was my fault for planning a trip in the really really OFF season

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Beautiful scenery..interesting city..but almost no people..and no people meant almost everything was closed for the season.. It was difficult to even find a place to eat..  I will return to Cyprus on another trip..during a different time.. who knows, maybe it will move up the list..

Happy Travels!!

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Shot of the Day – Graffiti in Barcelona

I am a big fan of old abandoned places.. and if they are derelict and covered in graffiti, street art and music or movie posters.. all the better..

Burned (color)

When we were in Barcelona, exploring the narrow alleys and side streets, we came across an open plaza and this scene..  The building had obviously burned, at some point in the past, and had since been layered in street art and music posters..

I love stumbling across scenes like this… I have always believed that the best photographic opportunities, when traveling, come when you least expect them.

A copy of this print will be on display in Ploiesti, Romania at the Museum of Art starting Aug 19, 2014..  It is also available here at my Fine Art America website.. stop by and check it out….

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Shot of the Day – Reflections in a Dark Pool

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It is amazing some of the things you can find to shoot.. surreal and beautiful at night. This was a little park, I don’t know the name, in Barcelona. I was actually lost (or temporarily misplaced) and trying to get back to the hotel around midnight..Path looked familiar so I followed it to this scene.. and I am glad I did; Proof that there is a lot more to find than just landmarks and icons. Everywhere you may go, there are little gems hidden waiting to be discovered..  Search them out.. just happen upon them … get lost like I did.. and be ready.. You never know what is around the next corner

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Shot of the Day – Barcelona (Off Season)

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There is something to be said for traveling in the “Off Season” …  If you don’t like huge crowds of people and elevated “tourist” prices … If you just want to relax and explore without competition.. Try traveling before the hordes arrive.. or after they leave..

This was the beach near our hotel in Barcelona..a few people, the water was a little chilly in mid March, but the weather was magnificient and there was almost noone in sight up and down the beach.

The same could be said for the city.  There were alot of people, Barcelona is a large metropolitan area, but not overly so.. walking tours were easier.. public transportation was less crowded and most prices were lower than expected..

So avoid the crowds and act like a local..

Happy Travels

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