Jul 30, 2009

Street Scenes: Dog Days of Summer

These two claimed prime real estate on the Coney Island Boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

They sat there for ages never speaking to one another but clearly enjoying one another’s company and the much needed ocean breeze.

Jul 24, 2009

Published Photographs: Hong Kong Skyline Edition

Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most recognizable in the world. It also changes quickly due to new buildings popping up every year which means photos get outdated quickly.

All the more reason to keep going back. These have appeared in a variety of magazines and promotional brochures.

Jul 20, 2009

Beaches From Around The World

If you had to choose between escaping to the mountains or the ocean which would you choose? I’m more of an ocean person but in a perfect world I’d be happy perched along the Pacific Coast on a mountain overlooking the ocean. The best of both worlds is always a good thing.

Believe it or not the Pacific Ocean in Southern California is too cold to take a dip in many months out of the year. But this doesn’t faze surfers who come prepared wearing wet suits.

Further down the coast in Mexico, the waters of Zihuatanejo were the perfect temperature last November.

In order to get this beach view of the Burj al Arab in Dubai you’ll need to pony up to stay at an exclusive beach resort or pay for a day pass. Or if you are like me you somehow manage to walk past the receptionist and cabana boys handing out towels as you enter the beach despite the fact that you are carrying heavy camera equipment and in no way are dressed for the beach.

Known as the Windy City Essaouira in Morocco is a wind surfer’s paradise. It’s the perfect place to sit under an umbrella and take in the ocean breeze.

Jul 15, 2009

Escape From NY Web Travels

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Escape From New York was chosen as a finalist by Tripbase for its Adventure Travel Blog Awards. This blog is in good company and you can check the full list for the Adventure category and many others here.

Earlier this month The Travel Photographer was kind enough to feature my recently revamped photography Web site. Another pleasant surprise. I read TTP daily and wish I were attending the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Manali, India later this month where Tewfic will be an instructor. Don’t miss his beautiful portraits.

And on Monday I was featured in Prêt a Voyager’s Boarding Pass Column. Another must read for me I’ve been reading the column and Prêt a Voyager since inception and it was a delight to take part. I love the way Anne ties together the design world and travel and look forward to following her blog as she moves to Paris in the fall.

Jul 12, 2009

Street Scenes: Corniche Beirut Lebanon

Most large cities have a place where people gather to stroll, strut their stuff and socialize. The magnificent squares in many of Europe’s cities come to mind. In Beirut, Lebanon it is the Corniche.

The waterfront boulevard lined with palm tress hugs the Mediterranean coast. Vendors sell a variety of refreshments including freshly baked bread. Hubbly bubbly pipes, or hookahs, stuffed with flavored tobaccos are available to rent. The best time to visit is late afternoon and early evening. What is the preferred place to stroll where you live?

Jul 7, 2009

Iglesia y Convento de La Recolección Antigua, Guatemala

It’s hard to fathom how large the Iglesia y Convento de La Recolección must have been before an earthquake destroyed it in the 1700s little more than half a century after it was built. Located on the outskirts of Antigua, Guatemala it is one of many churches in Antigua to be destroyed by earthquakes.

Its remains are like an architectural dinosaur in terms of scale. Perhaps its massive size made it too daunting to rebuild. Some of its peers in other parts of town have been resurrected in the aftermath of earthquakes including Catedral de Santiago and La Merced Church.

The ruins, which at one time also included a convent, are located on Avenida de la Recolección about a 10-minute walk from the center of town. The catastrophic site is surrounded by serene well-manicured gardens. If you show up in the late afternoon you might even have the place to yourself.

Jul 4, 2009

Street Scenes: First Family’s Neighbor

Meet the First Family’s neighbor. She isn’t new to the neighborhood. Parked in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. is Concepcion W. Thomas. Since 1981 she has held a 24-hour vigil peacefully protesting nuclear weapons.

Happy Independence Day from the U.S.A. to all of you around the world who fight for what you believe in peacefully.