Monday, December 27, 2010

Isla Saona: Tattered Fishing Boat


I walked off the powdery white sand beach of Isla Saona, Dominican Republic and into the warm Caribbean Sea.  The marine life below the surface were spectacular to interact with.  Schools of "angel fish" were by far the most captivating to swim with.  Thankfully this well preserved island is a national park and will remain intact for future generations to enjoy! 


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Prague Pattern

Prague Pattern  On a literally freezing day in Prague, Czech Republic my buddies and I walked through the streets, wandering, and searching for the city's secrets.  The old world charm of Prague is striking.  The cobblestones (pictured above) are just one of the many reminders of days gone by in this central European nation.  The narrow streets and dilapidated, yet well preserved edifices keep Prague in a semi-preserved state.  By the end of our visit to Prague I vowed to return, just in a warmer season!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
On a literally freezing day in Prague, Czech Republic my buddies and I walked through the streets, wandering, and searching for the city's secrets.  The old world charm of Prague is striking.  The cobblestones (pictured above) are just one of the many reminders of days gone by in this central European nation.  The narrow streets and dilapidated, yet well preserved edifices keep Prague in a semi-preserved state.  By the end of our visit to Prague I vowed to return, just in a warmer season!


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Denmark: Scenic Kastellet

Scenic Kastellet  On a warm June day in 2010, my friend and I walked across Copenhagen.  One of the interesting sights we visited was Kastellet, an old outpost of Copenhagen.  Denmark has many things to offer, and Kastellet was a perfect setting to enjoy the summer sun, cool breeze, and wildlife.   Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

On a warm June day in 2010, my friend and I walked across Copenhagen.  One of the interesting sights we visited was Kastellet, an old outpost of Copenhagen.  Denmark has many things to offer, and Kastellet was a perfect setting to enjoy the summer sun, cool breeze, and wildlife.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Venetian Knob

Venetian Knob  Although this image was originally exposed with a painted green door and brass handle, this version converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro is more striking.  The doors in Venice, Italy are some of the best I have encountered.  More doors, mailboxes, and door details to come.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Although this image was originally exposed with a painted green door and brass handle, this version converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex Pro is more striking.  The doors in Venice, Italy are some of the best I have encountered.  More doors, mailboxes, and door details to come.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mormon Temple - La Jolla, California

Mormon Temple La Jolla  Perched above Interstate 5 in San Diego, I captured the Mormon Church with a 13-second exposure.  The stoic structure is firmly planted while the streaking traffic, moving clouds, and swaying branches bring motion to this photograph.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Perched above Interstate 5 in San Diego, I captured the Mormon Church with a 13-second exposure.  The stoic structure is firmly planted while the streaking traffic, moving clouds, and swaying branches bring motion to this photograph.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve - Carmel, California

Point Lobos Carmel Cliffs  On a sun-filled, but cold afternoon in the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve I captured this rugged cliff's windswept cluster of cyprus trees.  Carmel, California and Pebble Beach are far off in the distance.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
On a sun-filled, but cold afternoon in the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve I captured this rugged cliff's windswept cluster of cypress trees.  Carmel, California and Pebble Beach are far off in the distance.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Edinburgh Town Hall

Edinburgh Town Hall  The flags were flying high, the sky was brilliant, and the air was crisp.  Edinburgh at its finest!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
The flags were flying high, the sky was brilliant, and the air was crisp.  Edinburgh at its finest!

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Venice: Dilapidated Arches

Dilapidated Arches  While exploring residential districts in Venice, Italy I discovered this stabilized building.  It appears that the arches above the waterline were in need of support and wood beams were used to secure the building's structural integrity.  Many edifices in Venice are sinking, leaning, and crumbling.  Interestingly, this is the first building that I encountered with artificial external supports.    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

While exploring residential districts in Venice, Italy I discovered this stabilized building.  It appears that the arches above the waterline were in need of support and wood beams were used to secure the building's structural integrity.  Many edifices in Venice are sinking, leaning, and crumbling.  Interestingly, this is the first building that I encountered with artificial external supports.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ornate Alley - Venice, Italy

Ornate Alley  It is not every day that I get the chance to walk out my door and head to a far corner of the Venetian islands.  The above photograph was taken in the early morning as residents of Venice were busily walking to work with a coffee in hand and leather briefcases in tow.  After several attempts, I captured the scene without any pedestrian traffic.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
It is not every day that I get the chance to walk out my door and head to a far corner of the Venetian islands.  The above photograph was taken in the early morning as residents of Venice were busily walking to work with a coffee in hand and leather briefcases in tow. After several attempts, I captured the scene without any pedestrian traffic.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Calm Palm: University of San Diego

Calm Palm  The University of San Diego campus is one of the most beautiful in the county.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
The University of San Diego campus is one of the most beautiful in the county.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ironman 70.3: Antwerp, Belgium

Ironman 70.3: Antwerp, Belgium  Congratulations to Ironman 70.3 winners Bart Aernouts (1st place), Marino Vanhoenacker (2nd place), and Dirk Bockel (3rd place).  These champions swam 1.9 km (1.2 miles), bicycled 90 km (55.9 miles), and ran 21.1 km (13.1 miles).    It was inspiring to watch the competitors battle each other, and more importantly themselves.  The Grote Markt of Antwerp, Belgium was the perfect venue for the finish line, shown below.  You can see Bart Aernouts just before he crossed the finish line in 3 hours and 43 minutes.  The iPhone 3G photograph is a little grainy, but my memories of this time are sharp and vivid.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Congratulations to Ironman 70.3 winners Bart Aernouts (1st place), Marino Vanhoenacker (2nd place), and Dirk Bockel (3rd place).  These champions swam 1.9 km (1.2 miles), bicycled 90 km (55.9 miles), and ran 21.1 km (13.1 miles).

It was inspiring to watch the competitors battle each other, and more importantly themselves.  The Grote Markt of Antwerp, Belgium was the perfect venue for the finish line, shown below.  You can see Bart Aernouts just before he crossed the finish line in 3 hours and 43 minutes.

The iPhone 3G photograph is a little grainy, but my memories of this time are sharp and vivid.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sunshine Paraglider

Sunshine Paraglider  With all of the sun and warm weather we have been having in San Diego, a sunset image of a paraglider above La Jolla, California is fitting.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
With all of the sun and warm weather we have been having in San Diego, a sunset image of a paraglider above La Jolla, California is fitting.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Olympic National Park: Sea Star Stacks

Sea Star Stacks  Second Beach, pictured above, was a pleasure to visit.  From the moment I headed out on the muddy winding trail, hilly terrain and thick mossy overgrowth lead me to believe I was about to experience a beach like no other.  In fact, Second Beach did not disappoint.  Plentiful boldly colored sea stars and numerous sea stacks (the eroded cliff pictured in the background) were nice surprises.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Second Beach, pictured above, was a pleasure to visit.  From the moment I headed out on the muddy winding trail, hilly terrain and thick mossy overgrowth lead me to believe I was about to experience a beach like no other.  In fact, Second Beach did not disappoint.  Plentiful boldly colored sea stars and numerous sea stacks (the eroded cliff pictured in the background) were nice surprises.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

K is for Estonian Art Museum


The Eesti Kunstimuuseum (Estonian Art Museum) has one of the most photogenic facades.  Thankfully I stumbled across this out-of-the-way museum while exploring Tallinn, Estonia.  By converting this image into black and white, the architectural elements and stainless steel "K" in the foreground are pronounced.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Venice: First Female Gondolier Granted Permit

According to the BBC, authorities in Venice, Italy granted a woman a full gondolier license for the first time on August 14, 2010.  Congratulations Giorgia Boscolo!  The BBC article "First lady joins official ranks of Venice's gondoliers" can be found here.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Venetian Back-alley

Venetian Back-Alley  Here, the hustle of Piazza San Marco is silenced.  Here, the melodious sonatas sung by gondoliers are silenced.  Here, the essence of Venice can be experienced.  At the time of this photograph on a Thursday morning, silence was only broken by the lapping sounds of water gently breaking at a nearby canal.  Numerous interesting restaurants, shops, neighborhoods, and architectural marvels lay off the beaten path of Venice's main attractions.  Try venturing into the secluded walkways of Venice's backstreets, you will not regret it.   Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Here, the hustle of Piazza San Marco is silenced.
Here, the melodious sonatas sung by gondoliers are silenced.
Here, the silence allows Venice's essence to be experienced.

At the time of this photograph, silence was only broken by the lapping sounds of water gently breaking at a nearby canal.  Numerous interesting restaurants, shops, neighborhoods, and architectural marvels lay off the beaten path of Venice's main attractions.  Try venturing into the secluded walkways of Venice's backstreets, you will not regret it.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Skagit Valley: River of Flowers

River of Flowers  San Diego's bright sunny days remind me of my trip to Washington State.  Seattle and the surrounding areas were inundated with cloud-cover for much of my visit, but my memories are glowing.  The Skagit Valley's tulip and flower farms are one reason for my warm memories.  A slow pace, peaceful open space, nice people, and thick rows of tulips stretching to the horizon are all reasons visitors to Seattle should venture one hour north on Interstate 5 to Skagit Valley's Tulip Festival.  This photograph was taken just before dark clouds rolled overhead and let loose thick watery droplets onto the river of flowers.   Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
San Diego's bright sunny days remind me of my trip to Washington State.  Seattle and the surrounding areas were inundated with cloud-cover for much of my visit, but my memories are glowing.  The Skagit Valley's tulip and flower farms are one reason for my warm memories.  A slow pace, peaceful open space, nice people, and thick rows of tulips stretching to the horizon are all reasons visitors to Seattle should venture one hour north on Interstate 5 to Skagit Valley's Tulip Festival.

This photograph was taken just before dark clouds rolled overhead and let loose thick watery droplets onto the river of flowers. 

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Subtle Cemetery

Subtle Cemetery  My visit to this cemetery in Copenhagen, Denmark was enlightening.  Since Denmark is such a small country and Copenhagen is built-out with very little vacant land, the residents use cemeteries as gathering places.  In the United States cemeteries and parks are seen as distinctly different.  However, the Danish use their scarce land for both laying the deceased to rest and as a place for the living to relax.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
My visit to this cemetery in Copenhagen, Denmark was enlightening.  Since Denmark is such a small country and Copenhagen is built-out with very little vacant land, the residents use cemeteries as gathering places.  In the United States cemeteries and parks are seen as distinctly different.  However, the Danish use their scarce land for both laying the deceased to rest and as a place for the living to relax.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Balboa Sunburst

Balboa Sunburst  A warm day at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
A warm day at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

First Edinburgh Rays

First Edinburgh Rays  It was refreshing to breathe soothing cool air after traveling for the better part of an entire day from humid Venice, Italy to Edinburgh, Scotland.  This is the first view I had of Scotland once off of a vehicle.  The deep blue sky and the sun's warm rays were a welcome reminder that every long travel day culminates in new experiences.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
It was refreshing to breathe soothing cool air after traveling for the better part of an entire day from humid Venice, Italy to Edinburgh, Scotland.  This is the first view I had of Scotland once off of a vehicle.  The deep blue sky and the sun's warm rays were a welcome reminder that every long travel day culminates in new experiences.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Louvre, Pyramid, & Water


Sometimes photographers get lucky and other times we work hard to get the shot.  This photograph was a combination of the two.  I was out shooting with my Nikon when other people were eating dinner and enjoying Paris' nightlife.  Hanging around the Louvre at the "right" time was key.  I was lucky because virtually all the Parisians and tourists cleared out of the Louvre's courtyard.  The resulting image is near absent of people, save for a few shadows and blurry figures in the distance.  Diligence put me in the right place to take advantage of my surroundings, and what wonderful surroundings they were.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tallinn Town Square


This photograph of Tallinn, Estonia is representative of the colorful and well preserved nature of Old Town.  The entire old quarter looks to be stuck in another century.  A castle, churches, red-tiled roofs, belfries, and vibrantly painted structures were all indicative of a time past. 

When I began planning my trip to Europe I knew "far-off" places were a must and Tallinn's old world atmosphere truly brought that criteria to life.  This square is a gathering place for locals and tourists alike.  The town hall is on the right and the colorful buildings at left house wonderful open-air cafes.  In the morning, vendors fill the cobblestone streets to sell their goods. 

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

London Heathrow Terminal (LHR)

London Heathrow Terminal (LHR)  The beginning of my journey took me through London's sprawling Heathrow Airport.  Once I navigated the airport complex and arrived at my terminal, I was greeted by pleasing modern minimalist architecture.  This terminal even had funky red leather padded sofas (pictured in the background) for guests to lounge on!  Nice touch.  As much as large airports are a bother, this terminal provided a nice respite from an otherwise long travel day.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
The beginning of my journey took me through London's sprawling Heathrow Airport.  Once I navigated the airport complex and arrived at my terminal, I was greeted by pleasing modern minimalist architecture.  This terminal even had funky red leather padded sofas (pictured in the background) for guests to lounge on!  Nice touch.  As much as large airports are a bother, this terminal provided a nice respite from an otherwise long travel day.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Piazza San "Empty" Marco


Piazza San Marco is the most visited attraction in all of Venice, Italy.  The masses that flock to Piazza San Marco during the day take something away from the essence of the Venetian square.  By visiting San Marco Square before sunrise I was able to visit this remarkable piazza without the buzz generated by hordes of onlookers.  A remarkable experience!

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Guess Who is Back?

After 53 days abroad I am back in the United States.  My excursion was simply stellar!  Look for new images in the coming days.  Thank you to all of my readers who kept up with my travels.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kastellet - Copenhagen, Denmark

This flower-lined dirt path leads to St. Alban's Anglican Church on Kastellet, a former military fortification, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Italian Hygene: A Conundrum

Why do Italians (in Venice, Italy) adorn plastic gloves to select produce when they openly cough and sneeze without covering their mouths? I cannot reconcile this contradiction.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mauritshuis & Dutch Parliment - The Hague, The Netherlands

(Mauritshauis Museum at left, Dutch Parliment or Het Binnenhof at right)

Mauritshauis Museum is quite possibly the most interesting, albeit small, museum I have visited. Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring was proudly on display in a gorgeous room adorned with hardwood floors, wood paneling, and green fabric-covered walls.

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) created 36 paintings. I have seen 20 percent of Vermeer's work thus far in my travels! As a photographer I fully apprecite how Vermeer captured shadows and beautifully washed his subjects in bright, at times iridescent light. Studying Johannes Vermeer's paintings would be beneficial for any portrait photographer.

Numerous paintings by Rembrandt Harmenson van Rijn (1606-1669), another master of light, were prominently on display at Mauritshuis, including the last self portrait he painted in 1669. The fast-paced day proved fruitful for many educational and sightseeing adventures!

This photograph was taken on a camera phone at Madurodam, a miniature city, in The Hague, The Netherlands. These two buildings are scale versions of much larger buildings. After just visiting the two buildings above I can attest to the attention to detail that the artisans at Madurodam who fabricate each replica building.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I visited Amsterdam during college with two good friends. At that time the Rijksmuseum, built in 1885, was being refurbished. Still today, as I visit Amsterdam for the second time, the Rijksmuseum is under construction. The paintings are beautiful, but unfortunately the full
collection is not on display. However, I saw one of my favorite paintings, a moonscape by Van der Neer.

The Rijksmuseum pictured above is a miniature replica housed at the open-air Madurodam in The Hague, Netherlands. The real Rijksmuseum currently is clad in scaffolds and has cranes above the roofline.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

World Cup - The Netherlands vs. Uruguay

Audience of Dutch fans watching the World Cup at the Paradiso concert venue in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The air was electric with intense national pride.

Goal! Red lights flashed and people cheered as Holland scored each goal in the World Cup semifinals. A perfectly placed header, from a far distance, was the most exciting goal of the night. Check the Internet for replays, my words will not do this goal justice.

World Cup Frenzy - The Netherlands vs. Uruguay

Chaos in the streets of Amsterdam. A sea of orange. Public transportation was delayed. Emergency services were slowed. Broken glass everywhere.

The Dutch went nuts last night after The Netherlands beat Uruguay 3 to 2 in the World Cup semifinals.

Small Building, Big Sky - The Hague, The Netherlands

Madurodam was coined The Netherlands' smallest town because all of the buildings, vehicles, bridges, and people are miniature. The gothic structure pictured above is actually a scale model of a real building in The Netherlands.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Hague - Flags of the World 2

These flags in The Hague, Netherlands were a beautiful sight on a sunny afternoon.

Tomorrow's World Cup semifinals will be exciting to watch in Amsterdam
with the boisterous orange-clad fans.

Hello Netherlands - The Hague - Flags of the World 1

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Colorful Venice

This image was shot on an iPhone 3G through my sunglasses.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hello Edinburgh, Farewell Edinburgh

An iPhone photograph of the Edinburgh skyline.

London Gatwick Airport Overpass

The ceiling just feels like it is flowing.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Farewell Venice

As I sail off to the airport, a photograph of the gondola repair center seems appropriate. St. Trovaso's bell tower is in the background.

Venice, you were good to me again. Thank you! My solo travels are off to a great start!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Colors of Venice

The building on the right is more yellow than this image depicts, but in person the colors are great on this Venetian backstreet! Candy-colored buildings enhance the scene set by gelatto stands, bakeries, and dulcerias (I just might have made this word up).

Graffiti: Don't Touch My Radio

Roaming the backstreets of Venice earned me this prize, a bell-bottom sporting graffiti dude. This character is used in other graffiti throught the Venetian islands.

Lattice View - Venice, Italy

This image was taken near Palazzo Ca' Foscari and Museo di Ca' Rezzonico on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Palazzo con Pilings - Venice, Italy

This image was taken near Palazzo Ca' Foscari and Museo di Ca' Rezzonico on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Distinctly Venetian

Buildings in Venice were built with bricks and usually included the type of window shown above. At the crossroads of the world, Venice's architecture reflects Turkish, Middle Eastern, and Roman influences.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My Venice View

The view from my room is pretty good, especially for $100 per night!

Hello Venice

My view from the vaporetto on the way in to the Venetian islands.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Aggressive Pastry at SIA Smilšu Pulkstenis Bakery


On our second day in Riga, Latvia, and first day of good weather, my friend and I decided to walk the city, enjoy the architecture, and try a new pastry shop. On our journey we came across SIA Smilšu Pulkstenis, a bakery with less flair than Boulangerie Bakery (which we tried on our first day), but more interesting desserts. SIA Smilšu Pulkstenis was perfect for an afternoon snack.

The first dish I tried was small and tasty. This little chocolate covered roll could nearly be classified as savory with an overtly challah and seseme seed flavor. This simple dessert was presented nicely and was a nice snack. I wanted something a little sweeter, so I decided on a piece of a tart.


The pastry shown above was less than stellar. The browned coconut topping was a bit soggy and it lacked flavor. The berry layer of this tart was, well, tart. Perfect. Finally the third layer, the crust, might as well have been left out all together. The crust was moist and rather bland. Overall this dish was a sour mush. So natuarally I needed to try another dessert.

Although the pastry might have lacked what I was looking for, the open air dining was fabulous. The heavy-set wood tables, padded chairs and large umbrellas created an enjoyable setting amongst pastel painted art nouveau buildings.


Finally I settled on a meringue sandwich covered in white chocolate and filled with a liquour-flavored creme. Each bite from first to last were great. All of the flavors played well with one another. Aside from a nice punch of sweetness, the meringue and creme had an undertone of egg nog.

After three desserts down I asked my buddy if he thought I was crazy for trying three pastries and he replied, "No. You just have an aggressive pastry style." Well put. Pastries seem to taste better in Europe and I have a fascination with outdoor dining on cobblestone streets. So why not? These experiences are hard to come by. When I come back to Riga in several years I will seek out SIA Smilšu Pulkstenis Bakery in Old Town Riga.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Farewell Vilnius

Vilnius' backstreets are interesting to explore. Graffiti, haggard buildings and interesting sights are around each corner.

Dear Lithuanian Transportation Operators,

Departing early does not mean you are better than punctual. Although I respect your ability to run a tight shift, leaving the station early only hinders those that also plan their days precisely.

Thankfully I arrived at the correct platform at 7:44am because my 7:50am train departed at 7:46am.

Sincerely,

Pre-poned in Vilnius

Vilnius Town Hall - Vilnius, Lithuania

National Museum - Vilnius, Lithuania

The Lithuanian National Museum has a slightly curved facade stretching 130 meters because it was built atop the 14th century city wall.

Advice: Take Lithuanian currency because this museum does not accept euros or credit cards.

Studded Door- Vilnius, Lithuania

The metal studs and weathered wood create a nice pattern.

Door Window Window - Vilnius, Lithuania

A building in the old Jewish ghetto of Vilnius, Lithuania.

Hello Vilnius

This photograph was snapped on the fly with my iPhone. I might be getting better with this simple camera.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Farewell Riga

I seem to be visiting the Scandinavian and Baltic countries during many graduations and weddings. This arrangement is fitting for these joyous occasions.

Monday, June 21, 2010

En Verden af Brod Bakery - Copenhagen

After having a healthy annas (pineapple) yogurt, cheese, and crackers just an hour before, En Verden af Brod bakery smelled too good to pass without going in. I had a few extra Danish Kroner to spend before I departed Copenhagen for Bergen, Norway, so why not look?

The 13 kroner I spent on a pastry was by far the best money I spent in Copenhagen! I ordered a "fransk snegel" pastry. The crispy cinnamon roll was covered in chocolate and provided just enough spice and sweetness!

I recommend visiting this bakery the next time you are in Copenhagen!

Window Over Door - Riga, Latvia


On my first rainy day in Riga, Latvia I tried to focus on capturing building details. The above image was taken on a backstreet in a dilapidated area of Old Town. The exposed brick and off center wood window struck me as interesting.

Asymmetrical Door Detail - Riga, Latvia

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hello Riga


I arrived the Riga Coach Station during a rainstorm which made navigating an adventure. On my way to the hostel I came across this fine building on a side street. The bright yellow color and intricate carvings helped brighten an otherwise dreary day.

Farewell Tallinn

As the rainclouds roll in I must say goodbye Estonia and hello Latvia!

Grandmother & Grandchild - Tallinn, Estonia

Kadriou Park Pond - Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's Waterfront - Tallinn, Estonia

Entrance to Maarjamae Palace - Tallinn, Estonia

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Touring Tallinn - Maiasmokk Bakery


My first day in Tallinn, Estonia was marked by intrigue and pleasant surprise. I did not know what to expect from a former Soviet-bloc country, but upon arrival I was rewarded by experiencing the colorful Old Town Tallinn.

While in Old Town I visited Maiasmok, a great bakery with an old world flair (as shown in the wood moldings and mirrored ceiling). The atmosphere was fabulous in the Maiasmok bakery. I enjoyed a Kook "Puuviljakorv" or tart. The custard filling was replaced by a slightly salty creme filling. This is but one experience I am thankful for!