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Baku, The Walled City

Some snapshots from my recent June trip to Baku, Azerbaijan. I spent an afternoon wandering The Walled City of Baku, the archaic part of the city positioned on the edge of the Caspian Sea and surrounded by a 12th century wall.  Continue reading “Baku, The Walled City”

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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”

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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We Made History

We made history [“HERstory”]. I joined 590,000 others on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington in Washington, DC. We were joined by 600 protests in sister cities, including 3.3 million marchers in U.S. cities. To this amazing Wordpress community: did you march? If so, where? I would love to hear about it. Continue reading “We Made History”

Treasure Island: Views of Gold

Bay Bridge, San Francisco

Each trip I take to San Francisco involves some routine activities: Philz Coffee, favorite pizza joint, and a SF Giants Game. However, I always manage to stumble upon a new spectacular view of the city — in SF it isn’t difficult.

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San Diego: June Gloom Edition

Downtown San Diego

In June I packed my bags and flew across the country to San Diego, California, with high hopes for a weekend filled with sunshine and warmth. Reality did not meet my high expectations. Don’t let the blue sky in the first photos fool you. That was a “white whale” moment. The hospitality and unique neighborhood identities made up for it.

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