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Morning photo: Alleys

Come for a stroll …

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An inviting alleyway in the old town of Corfu, designated as a world heritage district.

FRISCO — While yesterday’s photo essay offered a bird’s eye view of city rooftops, today’s edition is at ground level, taking a look at some alleys around the world. By definition, an alley, or alleyway, is a narrow lane, path, or passage way, often for pedestrians only, which usually runs between or behind buildings, often in the older parts of towns and cities. For a traveler or explorer, that’s a pretty prosaic point of view. We prefer to see alleys as a pathway to adventures in unknown destinations. After all, what could be more inviting than a narrow, winding cobblestone path, beckoning to the unknown. Continue reading

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Morning photo: Rooftops

Up high …

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Salzburg in the sun.

FRISCO — I don’t ever really think consciously about getting a picture of a city’s rooftops, but inevitably on our treks, Leigh and I end up at an overlook somewhere — maybe on a hill or in a church steeple — where the city below unfolds like a street map. In some cases, you can see how a town grew organically, near a shallow river crossing, or from a central market place. Other times, you can sense how man imposed his will on the landscape, imposing a strict grid pattern over the contours of the land. I’m a big fan of getting the view from a good vantage point to help explore a new destination, or rediscover familiar territory, so next time you visit a new city, look for the high ground! Continue reading

Sunday travel anthology

Calderas, Corfu and … cream cheese?

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Sunrise over the Danube River. bberwyn photo.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — In between fretting about Colorado River flows and reporting on the travails of endangered lynx and sage-grouse, it’s good to get out and see the world. It helps look at issues in a global context — and so many issues these days are global. Of course, not every story is environmental. Sometimes, travel comes down to the simple task of trying to find a Frisbee in Rome … Travel: Around the world with a Frisbee.

Searching for roots can give travel great meaning, and if it involves a bit of Cold War cloak and dagger and European history, so much the better … Travel: Cold War memories along the Danube.

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Leigh Wadden at the edge of the Wadden Sea, Texel Island, The Netherlands. bberwyn photo.

Or, you can search for the roots of your family name, perhaps linked somehow with one of the world’s great estuarine wetlands, inhabited by talking bumblebees … Travel: Mystery meat and talking bees on Texel.

Travel doesn’t necessarily require a passport. There are plenty of adventures to be had within a few hundred miles of anywhere, especially when you set out for the remote hinterlands north of the Grand Canyon with what you know is sketchy starter in your engine … Travel: Karma and climate change in the Southwest.

Little things can be the most memorable, like buying a big box of blueberries from a roadside vendor at a dusty, nowhere crossroads in Slovenia, then eating on the train while watching a blazing Adriatic sunset … A Balkan sampler: Blueberries and mopeds in Slovenia.

The lure of far-away places can reward with the unexpected. When you miss the ferry in Corfu — twice — you get to know a place a little better … Travel photo essay: World Heritage preserved in Albania.

And there’s probably nothing better than introducing your kids to the wonders of the world with a trip focused around one of the planet’s greatest sporting events … Travel: Father and son with World Cup fever.

Morning photo: Views

From St. Louis to Antarctica …

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View from the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

FRISCO —This week’s edition of the popular Twitter chat #FriFotos is all about views, so I combed the archives for some my favorites, both near and far. As a photographer, I’m always looking for views, or for an opportunity to make a view. Sometimes, all it takes is a few steps in one direction or another; other times, it requires a total reset, unless you don’t mind a bunch of powerlines interfering with the vista. As always, I’m looking forward to seeing views from around the world. Join in the fun by picking your own favorite views, tagging them with the #FriFotos hashtag and uploading to Twitter via your favorite channel.

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A grand view of the Grand Mesa from the Grand Valley, near Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Morning photo: Old stuff

Relics …

The stones of this abbey courtyard in Austria tell their own story.

FRISCO — In a change of pace from the recent series of Summit County scenics. we’re digging back in the archives and looking for some old stuff — not just old photos, but photos of old things, like the centuries old courtyard of an Austrian abbey founded several centuries before Columbus set sail to the New World. Traveling in Europe and visiting some of the ancient monuments always gives me a fresh perspective on history, helping me understand the transient nature of what appear to be even the most urgent current events. As much as we may haggle and shout over the topic du jour, it’s always worth considering the bigger picture. Continue reading

Photos: Rooftop views …

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High above the rooftops of Gjirokastra, Albania. Click for more.

SUMMIT COUNTY — What with uranium milling court decisions, wildfires, global warming and drought here in Colorado, my day-to-day reporting duties have been keeping me quite busy. But I couldn’t resist a quick assemblage of some of my favorite rooftop views for the ever-popular #FriFotos Twitter chat, always a great way to end a busy week. Shout-out to @EpsteinTravels for the weekly dose of inspiration! Continue reading

Morning photo: World Heritage

Around the world with Summit Voice

Corfu has a reputation as a hedonistic hotspot for northern Europeeans, but with cultural roots stretching all the way back to the Byzantine era, the old town's designation as a World heritage site is well-deserved. Click on the pic for more.

SUMMIT COUNTY —UNESCO’s World Heritage program is one of the worthwhile tourism endeavors that I’m familiar with. By choosing landmarks with cultural or environmental significance, the organization draws attention to some of the planets most cherished sites. In Colorado, Mesa Verde is the only World Heritage site so far, and the “black helicopter” crowd isn’t making it easy to suggest additional spots. I don’t really catalog the sites I’ve visited — in fact in some cases, I’m not even aware that a place is listed as such. But most of them are pretty cool places to spend a few days whether they’re listed or not.

The entire Dutch island of Texel is listed as a World heritage site for its extensive and undisturbed coastal dune ecoystem. Click on the pic for more.

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