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Snap Shot Wednesday: Atocha Train Station, Madrid

Snap Shot Wednesday: Atocha Train Station, Madrid
This week, we’re back with the Snap Shot Wednesday feature. Showcasing Madrid’s most important transport terminal, the photo above gives you a glimpse of the interior of Atocha train station. Besides connecting Madrid to various destinations all over Spain and the rest of Europe, Atocha plays an important role in Madrid’s infrastructural development. From the outside, the Atocha train station is an outstanding landmark. The brown brick exterior, typical of Spanish traditional edifices, complements...
May 12th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, Photos, transport

Sydney Photo Friday: Kookaburra Feasting in St Ives

Sydney Photo Friday: Kookaburra Feasting in St Ives
Some of my favourite Photos captured around Sydney don’t feature the impressive architecture or the stunning natural landscape. Instead I love shots like this, the ones featuring some of our gorgeous wildlife residents. This one, snapped in the suburb of St Ives, captures a kookaburra enjoying a tasty feed of tree frog. It might be a bit gruesome, but it’s also very cool. Image source: Dicktay2000 @ Flickr ...
May 7th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: featuredarticle, Photos, wildlife

Sydney Photo Friday: Mortuary Station

Sydney Photo Friday: Mortuary Station
Despite spending plenty of time around Central Station, I’m afraid I’ve never noticed Mortuary Station which sits close by. Apparently between 1869 and 1937, trains left this station and traveled to Rockwood Necropolis cemetery. But soon a time came that people preferred to drive the relatively short distance, and the line was cancelled. The State Rail Authority recently restored this beautiful building, but it doesn’t have a job as yet. I’d love to see it become a funky café, or even an...
April 30th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: architecture, Photos

Snap Shot Wednesday: Madrid’s Commercial Hub

Snap Shot Wednesday: Madrid’s Commercial Hub
... an excellent peek into the multi-faceted city. Old and new, weathered and contemporary edifices stand side by side. After having featured several Photos on the city’s historical jewels in the previous weeks, I am showcasing Madrid’s modern technological front. This is Plaza de Castilla, Madrid’s busy commercial hub, home to thousands of companies, banks and organizations. The two signature slanted buildings – Puerta de Europa – are the city’s icon and represent the heart of the financial...
April 21st, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, featuredarticle, Photos

Sydney Photo Friday: Opera House at Dawn

Sydney Photo Friday: Opera House at Dawn
I don’t care how many times you’ve seen it: the Sydney Opera House is truly magical. Add all the vibrant colours of dawn and you’ve got even beauty. I love this photo. If you’ve never been to Sydney, consider this a note that you need to visit. And if you’re a local, let it remind you what a stunning backyard we have. The Sydney Opera House at dawn Image source: Pete Gaylard @ Flickr ...
April 16th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, landmarks, Photos

Snap Shot Wednesday: Catedral de la Almudena

Snap Shot Wednesday: Catedral de la Almudena
Unlike most Spanish cities, Madrid did not have a cathedral until 1879. For the Catholic nation, a city with no cathedral was extremely unusual – almost every city, not to mention, a major one, has its own unique cathedral. The idea of building a cathedral in Madrid was only born after the decision to move the Spanish capital from Toledo to Madrid. Today, we are dedicating our Snap Shot Wednesday special to the modern Catedral de la Almudena, specially dedicated to the city’s patron saint, Santa...
April 14th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 0
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XXX from Amsterdam with Love

XXX from Amsterdam with Love
Ubiquitous triple X is not a reference to Amsterdam’s Red Light District or the porn industry, but an emblem granted to the city by Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian. He borrowed large amounts of money from Amsterdam to finance military campaigns. In return, the Emperor granted Amsterdam the right to use his personal imperial crown in the city’s coat of arms. This sparkling red blue and gold XXX crown is still atop The Westerkerk spire. Local traders started using XXX as a sign to denote quality....
April 12th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Amsterdam photo, amsterdam souvenir, Photos

Snap Shot Wednesday: Spring in Retiro Park

Snap Shot Wednesday: Spring in Retiro Park
Today’s Snap Shot Wednesday brings us to the lungs of Madrid: Park Retiro. A refreshing green zone alarmingly close to the city centre introduces clean and crispy air to the metropolis. It’s spring and you can see it from the faces of locals who lounge on its greens and revel in the sunshine. Temperatures are at a pleasant high, skies clear and air balmy – a perfect time to head to Park Retiro for some leisure fun. But there’s more to the park than just a place for relaxation. Crystal...
April 8th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 4
Filed under: Outdoors & Recreation, Photos

Snap Shot Wednesday: Egyptian Debod Temple in Madrid

Snap Shot Wednesday: Egyptian Debod Temple in Madrid
It is quite an intriguing sight: right in the palpitating heart of Madrid stands an ancient Egyptian temple, alongside skyscrapers and towering edifices, including the Plaza de España as featured in the photograph above. The calm waters surrounding the temple clearly reflect the contrast between old and new, historical and modern and the stark difference between Egyptian and Spanish backgrounds. Historical Background The Debod Temple was originally built near Aswan, Southern Egypt, dedicated to...
March 31st, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 3
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FotoFest 2010

FotoFest 2010
I can’t paint or draw, but I can pick up a camera and point it at things…and so I do, with varying degrees of success.  As a (very) amateur photographer I am always on the lookout for exhibits featuring photography. FotoFest is a Houston-based international non-profit organization working in photographic arts and education. Their thirteenth FotoFest Biennial started on March 12 and will continue through April 25 at over 100 locations in and around the city. In addition to photography...
March 29th, 2010 | Christina Uticone | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Events, Photos, The Arts

Amsterdam Photo: Holland Casino

Amsterdam Photo: Holland Casino
If you want to line the Dutch public coffers, join the punters at Holland Casino, (and thank you for paying tax which, in the end, will benefit me too). Gaming in the Netherlands is legal, but the minimum age is 18. Holland Casino is a black-and-white heap of Post-modern design. Entrance is through a colonnade topped with a frieze bearing the inscription: Homo Sapiens non urinat in ventum – wise men don’ t pee in the wind. Holland Casino is a two-story building – slot machines on the ground...
March 26th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Amsterdam photo, Photos

Sydney Photo Friday: Queen Victoria Building

Sydney Photo Friday: Queen Victoria Building
It might house a shopping centre, but Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building is actually one of my favourite examples of architecture in the city. It was built in the late 19th century in the Romaneque Revival style, and surprisingly it was always meant to be a shopping centre! It originally housed coffee shops, tailors, hairdressers, and florists. Later the concert hall became a library, and the building began to house council offices rather than shops. Perhaps its life as a boring office block took...
March 26th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: architecture, Photos, shopping centers

Snap Shot Wednesday: Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid

Snap Shot Wednesday: Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid
Today on our photography special, we are featuring Madrid’s iconic gate: Puerta de Alcalá. Standing at the crossroads of the city’s arteries – Calle de Alcalá and Alfonso XII – the gate used to be the main entrance to the walled city. One of the most important kings in Spanish history, King Carlos III, ordered the construction of this monumental gate, to function as a yesteryear’s red carpet. In 1778, the gate was inaugurated. Today, the neo-classical monument stands...
March 24th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 1
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Sydney Photo Friday: Camperdown Cemetary Lodge

Sydney Photo Friday: Camperdown Cemetary Lodge
This charming lodge at Camperdown Cemetary is a gorgeous example of Colonial neo-Gothic style architecture. It’s not very big, but there are three rooms and an attic inside. It reminds me a lot of the house Snow White and the seven dwarves may have lived in! The Moreton bay fig you see in the front of the shot was actually planted in 1848 to commemorate the lodge’s roofing. That tree is actually the oldest in the surrounding area, so it’s pretty special indeed! Image source: TTaylor @ Wikipedia...
March 19th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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Snap Shot Wednesday: The Royal Palace of Madrid

Snap Shot Wednesday: The Royal Palace of Madrid
This stunning image features a Renaissance fountain that stands before the majestic Palacio Real (Royal Palace) in Madrid’s city center. This official residence of the King of Spain (although he doesn’t live there) is only used for state ceremonies and is opened to the public. History With hundreds of chambers embellished with royal jewels, the Palace is testiment to the Spanish history.  Royal armoury and the famous throne room are the main highlights of the palace. It also houses...
March 17th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, featuredarticle, History & Information, Photos

Snap Shot Wednesday: Nightlights of Downtown Madrid

Snap Shot Wednesday: Nightlights of Downtown Madrid
This is the first of my upcoming Snap Shot Wednesday series where I’ll be showcasing some of the best shots taken in Madrid or around the city. Today’s feature brings us through the snazzy night lights of Gran Via in downtown Madrid. Gran Vía: the main drag that runs through the heart of the city erupts with energy in the day and puts on an elegant glow by night. Madrid’s trendiest boutiques and stylish hotels line the boulevard while retro stores, independent design studios and...
March 10th, 2010 | Nellie Huang | Read More | Comments: 4
Filed under: featuredarticle, Photos, Restaurants & Bars

Amsterdam Photo: What Tourists Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Photo: What Tourists Do in Amsterdam
Whenever I spot the IAMSTERDAM logo, I cannot ignore it. I always take Photos of this Amsterdam icon. I am not the only one. Passing tourists nudge each other and clamber up, on and around the giant red and white letters. IAMSTERDAM is a two-metre tall (6.5 ft) and twenty-four-metre(26 yards)long wall of letters. Its permanent location is at Museumplein (map), opposite the Rijksmuseum. A second set pops up in unexpected places. Yesterday I stumbled upon IAMSTERDAM at Nieuwmarkt. (map) photo credits:...
March 8th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Amsterdam photo, Just a Bit Weird - Fun & Quirky Places, Photos, things to see in Amsterdam

Sydney Photo Friday: Anderson Stuart Building

Sydney Photo Friday: Anderson Stuart Building
Sydney has so many beautiful buildings, but when you pass them every day, it’s easy for them to seem commonplace. For the next couple of Fridays, I plan on reminding my readers just how beautiful the architecture of Sydney is. This is Anderson Stuart Building, a stunning building housing the Medical School at the University of Sydney. Just think how inspired you’d be stepping through the doors of such a majestic building! Image source: Sumple @ Wikipedia Commons ...
February 26th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
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Photo Op: Homo Monument

Photo Op: Homo Monument
  Amost all Amsterdam bridges have their name inscribed on the railing in beautifull 1930s letter type. The bridge spanning Prinsengracht is named after Niek Engelschman, founder of COC, The Dutch Association for Integration of Homosexuality. COC is the oldest gay movement organization in Amsterdam. The triangle in the background is the Homo Monument. This pink triangle straddles the square behind Westerkerk. The monument commemorates gay men and lesbians who were imprisoned and executed during...
February 12th, 2010 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Amsterdam photo, gay friendly, Photos

Sydney Photo Friday: Noisy Miners Search for a Drink

Sydney Photo Friday: Noisy Miners Search for a Drink
Some of my favourite Photos captured around Sydney of late have featured our feathered residents. While many regard these noisy miners as pests, the animal lover in me just can’t see it that way. These curious birds were spotted looking intently at a tap in a St Ives park. I’m not quite sure whether they’re thirsty or whether they’re just confused about the tap. Either way, they’re super cute! Image source: Dicktay2000 @ Flickr ...
February 12th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: birds, Photos