Monday, February 28, 2011

Stairway to Heaven - Bergen, Norway

Stairway to Heaven
While on a leisurely hike up Ulrikin in Bergen, Norway, I came across this steep stone outcropping. Just after I "snapped" this photograph, by hand-holding a neutral density filter in front of the lens, a family popped up and walked down the face of this stone stairway.  A stairway to heaven?  I think not, but the hike up Ulrikin was one of the most enjoyable, and scenic, outings I have ever been on.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Berlin's Schloß Charlottenburg

Schloß Charlottenburg  Schloß Charlottenburg is a baroque castle that was built for Queen Sophie Charlotte in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I, her husband.  The castle weathered WWII bombing and has been restored to its full gilded glory.  Although some travel websites state that admission to Schloss Charlottenburg is free, please be prepared to spend at least 20 euro per person for admission, including an audio guide.  If you are traveling on a tight budget, Schloss Charlottenburg is not worth breaking the bank, but walking around the outside of the castle is worth the trip!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Schloß Charlottenburg is a baroque castle that was built for Queen Sophie Charlotte in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I, her husband.  The castle weathered WWII bombing and has been restored to its full gilded glory.  Although some travel websites state that admission to Schloss Charlottenburg is free, please be prepared to spend at least 20 euro per person for admission, including an audio guide.  If you are traveling on a tight budget, Schloss Charlottenburg is not worth breaking the bank, but walking around the outside of the castle is worth the trip!


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day: Doge's Gondola

Doge's Gondola  Happy Valentine's Day!  This image of a passing gondola in Venice, Italy is fitting for today.  In the background you can make out the domes of Chisea di Santa Maria della Salute (at right) and Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore (at left).  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Happy Valentine's Day!  This image of a passing gondola in Venice, Italy is fitting for today.  In the background you can make out the domes of Chisea di Santa Maria della Salute (at right), Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore (at left), and the rose colored glass of Piazza San Marco's lamps (at right).


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yellow Baltic Bicycles

Yellow Baltic Bicycles  Across Latvia I found bicycles painted yellow and locked to street signs and lamp poles.  This was interesting on the first run-in.  I became more curious on the second time.  Then these bicycle encounters became even more interesting due to the volume of yellow bicycles in the city.  I have my theories about this occurrence, but I am still unsure as to the true reasoning for having yellow bicycles strewn across Riga, Latvia.    If you have any input, please share.  Thank you!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Across Latvia I found bicycles painted yellow and locked to street signs and lamp poles.  This was interesting on the first run-in.  I became more curious on the second time.  Then these bicycle encounters became even more interesting due to the volume of yellow bicycles in the city.  I have my theories about this occurrence, but I am still unsure as to the true reasoning for having yellow bicycles strewn across Riga, Latvia.  If you have any input, please share.  Thank you!


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)