Posted on January 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Urban scenes around the world
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. (more…)
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Posted on September 21, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Sail away …
The harbor in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ours was the smaller, blue-hulled boat, and we were thankful.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Long before railway stations and airports, intrepid explorers set out on their adventures from seaside cities where the port was the center of commercial, civic and cultural life.
In many coastal towns, harbors are still the hub, with roads and train tracks radiating outward to carry goods to inland destinations. It doesn’t take much in the way of imagination to conjure up exotic destinations when you’re standing at a quay looking at ships flying foreign flags. So it was fun compiling a few of my favorite harbor shots for #FriFotos. Join the fun by uploading your favorite harbor scenes, tagging them with #FriFotos and join in the Twitter conversation.
Dusk falls over the harbor of Cassis, France.
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Posted on June 15, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
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! (more…)
Filed under: daily photoblog, Europe, photography, Travel | Tagged: Albania, Corfu, Gjirokastre, Italy, Naples, photography, rooftops | Leave a Comment »
Posted on February 26, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Some not-so-secret spots …
The waterfront of Naples, Italy glitters beneath Mt. Vesuvius.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A couple of days ago I overheard a travel conversation. The topic was Europe and someone made a disparaging comment about Naples being a hotbed of crime and poverty, ending with, “”I’d never want to go there. I immediately though of the last time Leigh and I traveled through the bustling port city on the Italian boot, and how much we enjoyed our short stay, when we explored the waterfront and used public transportation to visit Pompeii. The lesson, of course, is that every city has its good side (and its dark underbelly). Along with oodles of history, Restaurants in Naples dish up some of the best pizza on the planet, thick with black olives and anchovies. Read more about our short Naples sojourn in this Summit Voice story and get some more ideas for planning your summer travel in the rest of today’s photoblog. (more…)
Filed under: Europe, Travel, West | Tagged: Austria, Jamaica, Moab, Mondsee, Naples, photography, Travel | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 21, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Around the world with Summit Voice
Old Town Corfu, a world heritage district.
SUMMIT COUNTY — I often view cities and towns merely as portals to the countryside beyond, but some towns have a distinctively pleasant aura, inviting travelers to linger and explore. Some are well-known tourist havens, others are obscure settlements that just happen to be at a rail crossroads. Here are a few recent favorites from the Summit Voice travel archives.
The old town square in Frankfurt, Germany.
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Posted on November 29, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
A few places to visit …
Fishermen in the harbor of Saranda, Albania.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Since today’s Summit Voice features a couple of stories on European tourism, we thought we’d include a photo essay showcasing some of our favorite spots around the Mediterranean. Check out the related stories:
Europe tourism exceeds expectations so far in 2011
U.S. travel to Europe continues slow rebound
Filed under: Europe, Morning photo, photography, tourism, Travel | Tagged: Albania, Mediterranean, Naples, Sarandë, travel tourism | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 14, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
Here and there …
The Naples waterfront glows in this evening scene.
SUMMIT COUNTY — A few favorite scenes from the Summit Voice travel archives. Most of the images link to travel features, so have fun exploring a few interesting areas with us. (more…)
Filed under: Europe, Travel, world news | Tagged: Albania, Corfu, Ionian Sea, Mondsee, Naples, Salzburg, Sarandë | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 23, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
When the lights go down in the city …
Promenade lights in Piran, Slovenia.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Streetlights have long been a favorite subject for photographers and painters — think about Edward Hopper’s famous Diner painting. There something about balancing natural lighting with the sometimes surreal glow of artificial sources to create an aesthetically pleasing image. It’s not always easy, but when it’s done right, the results can be magical.
Lights are the subject of this week’s edition of the popular #FriFotos Twitter chat, a day-long event open to anyone willing to post a photo and hashtag it with #FriFotos. Here are some night-light shots from close to home and far away. (more…)
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Posted on May 16, 2011 by Bob Berwyn
What goes up …
Looking out of a Naples hotel window across the alley, I was captivated by all the little details in this scene, from the blue pushbroom on the overhang to the pink kid's toy, to the empty pair of shoes at the bottom.
SUMMIT COUNTY — There’s a reason the most cameras show a standard view in horizontal format in a 3:5 ration. That’s about what the human eye sees, unless it’s drawn to some sort of vertical structure — think redwood tree. But when Leigh and I visited Naples a couple of years ago, it felt like the city was built vertically on the steep hillsides hugging the Mediterranean coast. The image above captivated me from the moment I took it, just because of the rich detail of city street life, and I didn’t even notice all the tiny details until I looked at a large version on my computer screen. So today’s photoblog features a few more images all taken from rooftops or hillsides, looking at the world in vertical kind of way. Let your eyes wander up and down instead of back and forth for a change. (more…)
Filed under: Europe, Morning photo, photography, Travel | Tagged: Corfu, Europe, Italy, Naples, Summit County photography, Travel, vertical format photography | 2 Comments »
Posted on August 1, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Humans seem drawn to disaster zones
Naples, on the flanks of Mt, Vesuvius, at dusk.
By Bob Berwyn
After a long day of slogging around the Roman ruins of Pompeii last year — past the House of the Chaste Lovers, to the House of the Small Fountain, and, finally, the House of the Faun — I had to ask myself: What can we learn from a bunch of crumbly old buildings perched precariously on the flanks of Mt. Vesuvius, near Naples, Italy?
Along with the fact that glittery sneakers, purple hair and leggings seem to be in fashion in Europe these days, I can’t help but think that we never seem to show enough respect in the face of nature’s awesome powers. The Romans knew that Vesuvius was an active geologic area, but that didn’t stop them from building a metropolis in the danger zone — sound familiar? San Francisco, anyone? (more…)
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