Melbourne is a city designed without a central public square. Various attempts to build one have been in process since the 60’s. In 2001 Federation Square was completed. It is almost eight acres of open area pavement and modern designed buildings for the arts and public events. Similar to Millennium Park in Chicago, Federation Square is built on a foundation created above unsightly train tracks. Continue reading
Taking a ride through Central Park in NYC, the John Lennon tribute, known as Strawberry Fields, was pointed out. It is across the street from the prestigious Dakota Apartments where he and Yoko lived and where John was shot by a crazed fan, Mark Chapman. Continue reading
Porto, Portugal was built along the Douro River in northern Portugal. This view is of the oldest section, Riberia, which is largely dedicated to the port wine and tourist industry. The bright yellow billboard near the center of this photograph is the Sandeman trademark of one of these wines.
Bullfighting would be more likely associated with Madrid, Spain than its architecture. However, the draw for me was some uniquely designed buildings and staircases. The bullfights had ended about a month before my arrival.
Valencia, Spain is home of the Valencia orange, many olive groves and birthplace of famed futuristic architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava. One of his larger installations is in Valencia, named the City of Arts and Sciences.
The Segrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Basilica designed by Antoni Gaudy. It is one of four major architectural designs in Barcelona, Spain by the famous artist-architect and has been under construction since 1882.
Our previous attempt to visit Yellowstone National Park was thwarted by the sixteen-day government shutdown in the fall of 2013. It was to be a fall color tour with reservations at the beautiful Yellowstone Lodge and four other national parks. For this 2015 trip we felt happy to snag a couple of open nights at Grant Village due to a cancellation. Continue reading