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Morning photo: Streetscapes

Urban scenes around the world

Shoppers stop to chat in downtown Corfu on a rainy evening in the Ionian Sea.

Shoppers stop to chat in downtown Corfu on a rainy evening in the Ionian Sea.

FRISCO — Being a mountain-dweller, I often “forget” to take pictures when I’m in a city. Sometimes it’s because I’m just too busy gawking at the — for me — unusual sights. That mode changes when I’m traveling for pleasure, however. Instead of thinking about the next interview with a source, or trying to cook up an interesting story leead, I shift gears and look for those moments or street corners that say something about a city. So choosing pics for this week’s popular #FriFotos Twitter chat was a bit more of a challenge than sometimes. When I first saw the theme, I scratched my head for a minute, unsure of exactly where to look in the archives. But since I often think of cities as transit points or portals to other destinations beyond, I was able to retrace my steps and find a few urban shots. Join the fun — grab your urban shots, upload and tag them with #FriFotos to share with the world.

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The main square of Linz, Austria serves as a car-free social zone.

Can anyone guess in which northwestern European capital city this street is in?

Can anyone guess in which northwestern European capital city this street is in?

The Main Street in the heart of urban Venice.

The “Main Street” in the heart of urban Venice, post-processed to make it feel like a painting.

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When I first glanced at this Naples image in my camera’s tiny LED display, I almost deleted it as a random street shot. Almost, but not quite. Back at home, when I viewed it on my computer screen, I was captivated by the multitude of details and seemingly random bits of color. Click on the image a couple of times to see it full size.

This is an urban scene I don't see very often in my mountain hamlet of Frisco, but residents of Buenos Aires regularly take to the streets to express their political and social views.

This is an urban scene I don’t see very often in my mountain hamlet of Frisco, but residents of Buenos Aires regularly take to the streets to express their political and social views.

Hanging in the capital city of an eastern European republic and my dad's hometown. Any guesses?

In the capital city of an eastern European republic and my dad’s hometown. Any guesses?

City Street, Buenos Aires.

City Street, Buenos Aires.

Naples, Italy, one of the world's great volcano cities, snuggles up to Vesu

Naples, Italy, one of the world’s great volcano cities, snuggles up to Vesuvius.

The Obelisk in Buenos Aires.

The Obelisk in Buenos Aires.

The Bastille Metro stop in the heart of urban Paris.

The Bastille Metro stop in the heart of urban Paris.

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Detail in La Recoleta, one of the world’s classic urban cemeteries.

Residents of Vienna have converted an old river barge on the Danube into an urban neighborhood pool.

Residents of Vienna have converted an old river barge on the Danube into an urban neighborhood pool.

Urban street art along the Danube River in Vienna.

Urban street art along the Danube River in Vienna.

Pompeii was one of Rome's great urban centers until, well, you know ...

Pompeii was one of Rome’s great urban centers until, well, you know …

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