Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Baku Modernity

I’m fresh off the plane after a one week adventure in Moldova, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. While I get back on a regular sleeping pattern and sort through my photos, here are some snapshots of an architectural highlight from my trip:

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Center was designed by Zaha Hadid and was completed in 2012.

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The Center is a symbol of modernity surrounded by a green public space; standing in front of it, staring up, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been transported into the future. Continue reading “Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Baku Modernity”

Around Town: Remembering History

I played “tourist” in my city of Washington, DC this week, and re-visited some monuments on the National Mall. I’ve visited the Lincoln Memorial no less than a dozen times, each time noticing new details with a fresh eye, like the Angel of Truth Mural above Lincoln’s engraved speech.  Continue reading “Around Town: Remembering History”

Boston: Doors of the City on a Hill

I traveled to Boston recently and took a lot of pictures (see previous post for more on the City on the Hill). The doors in Boston were much like the people that call the city home: bold, full of character, and a little rebellious.
boston_reddoors_bigandlittleBeacon Hill, Human Door and Hobbit Door?

boston_doors_backbay_blueNorth End, Hull Street #36 / Back Bay #78

boston_multi-doorsBack Bay #13

bostondoors_backbay_orangegreenBack Bay #35 / Beacon Hill #28

boston_found_hotelFound Hotel. Okay fine, those are windows. But they are emergency doors. 

boston_rowhousesBack Bay #53, 51, 49, featuring icicles. 

Boston: The City on a Hill

I took an overnight train to Boston from Washington, DC (photos here), determined to take in as much history and culture in a 72 hour window as possible . Boston is a city rooted in rebellion and revolution, which is a continued source of pride. It is also the city of nicknames: Beantown (baked beans) , The City on a Hill (John Winthrop), The Hub (Oliver Wendell’s The Hub of the Universe), and America’s Walking City. Here are some suggestions for visiting the oldest city in America.

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The View From Up Here

I am a big fan of vantage points when exploring a city, whether it is a new or well-known location. It provides perspective and understanding of a city, its people, and its culture.

Here are some of my favorite “rooftop” shots. Continue reading “The View From Up Here”