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December 28, 2014

England: London, the Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge

Crossing the Thames between the Blackfriars Railway and the Southwark Bridges is the Millennium Bridge. Opened in 2000, the Millennium Bridge creates a convenient walking route between St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern Gallery. Today it is hard to imagine this stretch of the Thames without the bridge. (more…)

December 27, 2014

England: London, Architecture as Art

The Lloyd's Building

The Lloyd’s Building

London is in the midst of a tall building boom. Modern structures are now common and the city has become a hodge-podge of old and new. Some of the modern structures like the Shard and the Gherkin have redefined London’s skyline. Other structures make their impact up close. (more…)

December 23, 2014

London: Leadenhall Market

Inside Leadenhall Market

Inside Leadenhall Market

Occupying a covered space between the buildings in the City of London, it is easy to walk by the historic Leadenhall Market and not notice it is there. In fact, it was easy enough for us to miss it when we knew it was there. Chalk it up to a bad navigation day. With the signs pointing the direction and a map in hand, it should have been easy enough to find. (more…)

England: Dorchester-on-Thames

Sunset along the River Thames

Sunset along the River Thames

 Set back from a bend of River Thames is Dorchester-on-Thames. Settlements have existed in this spot since Neolithic times. In the 7th Century Dorchester became a religious center and in the 12th Century its abbey was founded. Today Dorchester’s abbey is the primary attraction of this small, quiet town. (more…)

December 22, 2014

United States National Monuments: Pipe Springs and Vermillion Cliffs

An ornery resident at Pipe Springs National Monument

An ornery resident at Pipe Springs National Monument

 In Arizona, just across the border from Utah, are two contrasting National Monuments, tiny Pipe Springs and massive Vermillion Cliffs. (more…)

Southwest: Lake Powell by Boat

Shore leave in Navajo Canyon.  We rented a boat at Antelope Point Marina to explore the lake.

Shore leave in Navajo Canyon. We rented a boat at Antelope Point Marina to explore the lake.

In February of 2014 we visited Lake Powell. The enormous reservoir, the second largest in the United States, sprawls between the states of Arizona and Utah. At the time the lake was less than 40% full with the lake surface was over 120 feet below the top of the active storage level. Though the low levels of Lake Powell are troubling, the receding waters reveal a portion of the canyon that has been hidden since Glen Canyon Dam was finished and Lake Powell was filled in the 1960’s. It makes us wonder: How did this place look before Glen Canyon Dam was filled? (more…)

December 19, 2014

United States: San Francisco’s Financial District

The old and the new in San Francisco's Financial District

The old and the new in San Francisco’s Financial District

San Francisco is a city of distinctive neighborhoods. Each area of the city has it own character and its own appeal. As in all cities, some districts are harder to love than others. San Francisco’s Financial District, with its shaded streets between its tall buildings won’t win a casual popularity contest. But if you look closer, the Financial District is more interesting than it deserves to be. Amongst the modern steel and glass monoliths are remnants of the post 1906 earthquake rebuild. The older buildings, the Neo-gothic high-rises and ornate bank buildings of the 1920’s, elegantly hold their place amongst the modern buildings. Oddly, in San Francisco’s Financial District, the old and the new look as if to belong together. (more…)

December 17, 2014

England: London, The Shard

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The Shard viewed from the Thames.

The Shard viewed from the Thames.

An embarrassing truth: The first time that Becky and I saw The Shard, London’s new tallest building, we thought it wasn’t finished. To us it seemed like there was some significant work to do to finish up the ragged top. Perhaps, we thought sadly, in the new reality of the post-Financial Crisis days, the builders ran out of money before they were finished. In fact it seems that the subtleties of the Shard’s neo-futuristic design were lost on us. Construction of the Shard was finished the first time we saw the building. After all, though we didn’t know its name at the time, the building is called the Shard for a reason. (more…)

Ireland: An Almost Forgotten Picture Round Up

The water is cold:  The diving platform in Galway.

The water is cold: The diving platform in Galway.

In the summer of 2013 we toured Ireland by car. It was first and only time visiting Ireland. As luck would have it, we were rewarded with excellent weather, for Ireland. (more…)

England: London Street Art

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With free entry at many of its museums, art is easy to see in London. And in London, as in many cities, art is not confined to the indoor spaces of the museums. Street art, sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, is everywhere. Walking about searching for street art has become a habit of ours. I don’t think we will break it soon. (more…)

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