We had a trip to Prague in January – for Jayne’s birthday – we don’t buy Christmas or birthday presents, we travel instead. We left snowy England for a very, very dull and grey Czech Republic. Yet again I was on a photographic downer looking at the weather forecast, grey is the colour that haunts me. Fortunately it was dull grey and not burnt highlight inducing bright grey.With the grey sky acting like a big diffuser I was going to have deep shadow and contrast to deal with. We had three very short spells of broken cloud which gave us a bit of sun and colour, which I managed to more or less anticipate so we managed to be in decent locations every time – generally somewhere high.
We had been upgraded to a five star hotel, apparently our original choice was flooded. We got compensation and five star hotel upgrade– a first for me. The Art Nouveau Palace has a beautiful interior, with beautiful rooms, the breakfast room was fantastic, as was the breakfast it has to be said. We were able to have an early breakfast so were out on foot just after eight. It was very cold – and dull! We spent the whole week well wrapped up. It drizzled for a day, but never really wet us, it snowed for a day, again we didn’t get wet and the snow didn’t settle. We walked 65 mile, spending plenty of time checking buildings and their interiors out – and coffee shop and bar interiors it has to be said. Although it was dull and sometimes wet I decided that the Camera was staying in my hands for the whole trip. Whenever I put it in my backpack for one reason or another I regret it.
Again, I didn’t look at any photographs of Prague before we got there, I like to just walk and discover, with the DK guidebook in my pocket (which is full of photos it has to be said). We like to get off the beaten track and see the grittier side of the places we visit – within reason! Prague has an incredible tram network, over 1000 trams – with many of them Tatra Eastern Bloc machines. The system seems chaotic but in reality it is incredible with one of the largest networks and highest usages in the world. The trams and cars frequently share the same road space with very little in the way of drama, none of the inexplicable and pathetic constant horn blowing one finds in many countries. Once it became apparent that buildings with a grey blanket as a background were going to be a bit un-inspirational I decided that the trams would be a good focal point instead. Where I have photographed one of the older trams against a background without clues it is easy to imagine that the photos were taken fifty years ago.
The train network also provided photo opportunities. The rolling stock ranges from old Eastern Bloc to very modern double decker’s and pendolinos. There are three stations although we visited the main station and Smichov. The main station interior is art deco and has been renovated by a private company. The exterior and the platforms are very rundown with a grim eastern bloc 1950’s feel –but it works! We discovered to our amusement that we could just walk across multiple lines, no health and safety, just keep your eyes open and don’t walk under a train – you’ll make a mess. Smichov station was grim, it didn’t help that it snowed all day and was grey and bitter. We felt like we were in a 50’s film set in Russia, broken concrete platforms and dereliction. With both stations there was another world underneath them. The underground Metro is running seamlessly and efficiently away beneath your feet. I didn’t have any problems taking photos anywhere but I was very open and obviously a tourist, I didn’t act covertly or suspiciously. There was only one occasion I was stopped and that was in a shopping centre – full of CCTV cameras filming everyone else!
We discovered old and beautiful- and very large- shopping centres hidden away in quite a few places. Brass framed windows and doors, shops thriving, there was a massive camera shop with thousands of second hand cameras, too much to look at. Many of the landmark buildings prevent photography, some make a small charge, some encourage it, the DK guide book gives a good indication regarding camera use. Nothing stops many people though, they just shoot away regardless, usually wanting a picture that includes their self. Prague is surrounded by low hills and has a fair few towers that you can pay a few pounds to go up, so viewpoints are plentiful. I think we visited most of them. I read about the Zizkov Tower, which looks like a Soviet rocket on the horizon and we headed straight for it – after crossing the rail lines! Set in a quiet residential area, there wasn’t a soul about. Two beautiful girls on reception and we parted with a few pounds, into the lift and were on the observation deck with no one else up there. There are fantastic views over the city, but! It is through two layers of not very clean glass so you go for the view rather than sharp panoramas. Still a fascinating place, with a nice café bar and very clean toilets – there are toilets everywhere, usually manned with a fee. Places are well staffed compared with home were three students are supposed to run a 20 screen multiplex cinema.
Graffiti was prominent, no matter how grand the monument, some moron would have daubed it. How do they get away with it in a 24 hour city centre with a strong police presence? The place is very clean, constantly being swept. What did surprise me, was that many buildings, that looked grand and built of stone, from a distance, were actually rendered with very low quality brickwork concealed. When restored the building look very impressive, others are missing the outer render from ground level to a fair height.
I need to cut this short really, I like to put a background story to the photos and although it would be better to individualise it to a specific photo or group of photos I don’t have the time to do that. I do try to give specific detail in the title bar after I have uploaded, this is time consuming enough although I’m pretty proficient at it by now. There are many things I would like to write that should be of interest to anyone thinking of going to Prague but I’ll have to let the pictures do the talking. As usual I am unlikely to be selective enough with my uploads, I’m not very good at leaving photos out so I just upload and be damned.
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Shanghai! What a crazy cool place… It has 200% the energy and activity of New York… Very fun and exciting. It was good to have a local group of friends to show me the best haunts… of course I was a bit of a drain since I had to carry my camera around… but… comon of course!
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O Canal Itajurú tem cerca de seis quilômetros de extensão e liga a Laguna de Araruama ao oceano Atlântico. Do seu lado esquerdo encontra-se o Mercado de Peixe, no bairro Jacaré, e a Rua dos Biquínis, no bairro Gamboa. À direita, o bairro boêmio Portinho, o noturno Boulevard Canal, e o bucólico bairro São Bento. Nele esportes náuticos como vela, canoagem, jet ski e outros são praticados. O setor pesqueiro e de artesanato (feira) também o compõe.
Seu monumento mais famoso é a ponte Feliciano Sodré, inaugurada em 1926, em homenagem ao governador do Estado naquele ano. Na época tratava-se do maior vão livre do Brasil, o que permitia a navegação dos veleiros de sal por sua parte central. Até 2005 era o único ponto de acesso às praias do norte da cidade, quando foi inaugurada a ponte Márcio Corrêa, ao lado, duplicando a capacidade de escoamento do trânsito. http://www.cabofrio.rj.gov.br/canalitajuru.aspx
Cabo Frio é um município brasileiro do estado do Rio de Janeiro. Localiza-se a 22º52’46" de latitude sul e 42º01’07" de longitude oeste, a uma altitude de quatro metros acima do nível do mar. Faz divisa com Armação dos Búzios a leste, Arraial do Cabo a sul, Araruama e São Pedro da Aldeia a oeste, e Casimiro de Abreu e Silva Jardim a norte. É o sétimo município mais antigo do Brasil e o principal da Região dos Lagos. Possui 190 786 habitantes, segundo estimativa realizada pelo Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística em 2011. É muito conhecido por suas atrações turísticas, como a Praia do Forte. História
A ocupação humana das terras onde viria se estabelecer o município de Cabo Frio teve início há mais ou menos 6 000 anos, quando um pequeno bando nômade de famílias chegou em canoas pelo mar e acampou no Morro dos Índios, então uma pequena ilha rochosa na atual barra da Lagoa de Araruama e ponto litorâneo extremo da margem de restinga do Canal do Itajuru.
Conforme as evidências arqueológicas encontradas nesse sambaqui, que mais tarde seria abandonado pelo esgotamento de recursos para sobrevivência, o grupo nômade dispunha de tecnologia rudimentar e baseava-se numa economia de coleta, pesca e caça, onde os moluscos representavam quase todo o resultado do esforço para fins de alimentação e adorno. Há mais de 1 500 anos, os guerreiros indígenas tupinambás começaram a conquista do litoral da região.
Os restos arqueológicos das aldeias tupinambás na região de Cabo Frio ("Três Vendas", em Araruama e Base Aérea Naval de São Pedro da Aldeia em São Pedro da Aldeia) e também nos acampamentos de pesca ("Praia Grande", no Arraial do Cabo) evidenciam uma adaptação ecológica mais eficaz que a dos bandos nômades pioneiros. O profundo conhecimento biológico da paisagem regional, em particular da Lagoa de Araruama e dos mares costeiros riquíssimos em recursos naturais, fez com que o pescado se tornasse a base alimentar dos tupinambás, reforçada pela captura de crustáceos, gastrópodes e moluscos.
A vegetação de restingas e mangues da orla marítima oferecia excepcionais possibilidades de coleta de recursos silvestres, o que levou ainda à horticultura de várias espécies botânicas, destacando-se a forte presença da mandioca no cardápio, bem como ao domínio das técnicas de cerâmica. A caça, atividade masculina exclusiva, era muito importante como complemento de proteínas na dieta alimentar dos grupos locais.
Os índios tupinambás batizaram a região de Cabo Frio como "Gecay", que era o nome do único tempero da sua cozinha, feito com açucar grosso cristalizado. Nos terrenos onde viria a se estabelecer a município de Cabo Frio, foram encontrados quatro possíveis sítios tupinambás. Os dois primeiros,na praça Porto Rocha, uma das crenças dos indios era se eles entregarem o seu coração eles livrariam seus filhos da forca espiritual, entao a Praça ditada acima era onde os indios faziam rituais de sacrificios a deuse que eles acreditavam,o Morro dos Índios e a Duna Boavista, apresentam indícios de serem acampamentos de pesca e coleta de moluscos, enquanto o terceiro, a Fonte do Itajuru, próxima do morro de mesmo nome, era a única forma segura de abastecimento de água potável e corrente disponível na restinga.
Na referida elevação junto à fonte, o atual Morro da Guia, acha-se o sítio mais importante da região e um dos mais relevantes do Brasil pré-cabralino: o santuário da mitologia tupinambá, formado pelo complexo de pedras sagradas do Itajuru ("bocas de pedra" em tupi). Sobre estes blocos de granito preto e granulação finíssima, com sulcos e pequenas depressões circulares, os índios contavam histórias do seus heróis feiticeiros que ensinavam as artes de viver e amar a vida. Quando estes heróis civilizadores morriam, transformavam-se em estrelas, até que o sol decidisse enviá-los ao Itajuru, sob forma de pedras sagradas, para serem veneradas pela humanidade. Caso fossem quebradas ou roubadas, todos os índios desapareceriam da face da terra.
Em 1503, a terceira expedição naval portuguesa para reconhecimento do litoral brasileiro sofreu um naufrágio em Fernando de Noronha e a frota remanescente se dispersou. Dois navios, sob o comando de Américo Vespúcio, seguiram viagem até a Bahia e depois até Cabo Frio. Junto ao porto da barra de Araruama, os expedicionários construíram e guarneceram com 24 cristãos uma fortaleza-feitoria para explorar o pau-brasil, abundante na margem continental da lagoa.
Este estabelecimento comercial-militar pioneiro, que efetivou a posse portuguesa da nova terra descoberta e que deu início a conquista do continente americano, foi destruído, em 1526, pelos índios tupinambás, em função das "muitas desordens e desavenças que entre eles houve".
Os franceses traficavam pau-brasil e outras mercadorias com os índios, na costa brasileira, desde 1504. Durante as três primeiras décadas do século XVI, praticamente restringiram sua atuação ao litoral da região nordeste. A partir de 1540, por causa do rigoroso policiamento naval português nestes mares, os franceses exploraram o litoral e levantaram os recursos naturais de Cabo Frio. Em 1556, construíram uma fortaleza-feitoria para exploração de pau-brasil, na mesma ilhota utilizada anteriormente pelos portugueses, junto ao porto da barra de Araruama. A Maison de Pierre ("Casa de Pedra") cabofriense ampliou e consolidou o domínio francês no litoral sudeste, iniciado com o Forte Coligny no Rio de Janeiro, um ano antes.
Cabo Frio (Cold Cape) is a Brazilian municipality in Rio de Janeiro state, founded by the Portuguese on November 13, 1615.
The city’s economy is mainly based on tourism, as most of the cities situated in the called Região dos Lagos (Lake’s Region). The city is usually visited by people from Minas Gerais, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro city. Recently the city entered in the route of the greatest cruise ships.
Some of the tourist attractions in the city are the Feliciano Sodré bridge, the Nossa Senhora da Guia chapel, the church of São Benedito, located in Passagem neighborhood, the Nossa Senhora da Assunção church and the Municipal Theatre. Forte beach
There are nine beaches in Cabo Frio: Forte Beach (praia do Forte), Peró beach (praia do Peró), São Bento beach (praia São Bento), Siqueira beach (praia do Siqueira), Sudoeste beach (praia do Sudoeste), Dunas beach (praia das Dunas), Foguete beach (praia do Foguete), Palmeiras beach (praia das Palmeiras), and Unamar beach (praia de Unamar).
Associação Desportiva Cabofriense, founded in 1997 is a well known football (soccer) club of the city. The club plays at Correão stadium. Another football club, called Esprof Atlético Futebol Clube, founded in 1995, is also from the city.
As of (2005), its population is 159,685 (2005) and its area is 401 km². The elevation is 4 m. Cabo Frio has a tropical climate, and is frequented by abroholos in the summer months.
In the last years the population increased, with investments obtained by the municipality with oil royalties from Petrobras, and an elevated number of retired citizens coming from Rio de Janeiro city.
Cabo Frio is famous for their outstanding shrimp pasta that is featured in many travel magazines. The main beach, the Forte Beach, has 4 km of white sand. Its name comes from the Portuguese Fortress of the 16th century situated in the north rock.
The Buzios municipality is only 15 km away, with very exclusive and sophisticated nightlife.
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Verbier is a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, in the canton of Valais. It is part of the "Four Valleys" ski area, which includes the ski resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, La Tzoumaz, and Thyon. Verbier is recognized as one of the premiere "off-piste" resorts worldwide. Many top skiers have settled in the resort in order to take advantage of the steep slopes, varied conditions and vibrant nightlife. Verbier is also a popular holiday destination for celebrities, including Sarah Ferguson, Diana Ross, James Blunt and The Crown Prince Couple of Denmark: Frederik and Mary.
Verbier is located in the Val de Bagnes, in the Valais region of Switzerland. The resort lies on a south orientated terrace at around 1,500 metres facing the Grand Combin massif.
Verbier only has one access road, which starts in the town of Le Châble.
The Grand Combin is a mountain in the western Pennine Alps in Switzerland. With its 4,314 metres (14,154 ft) high summit it is one of the highest peaks in the Alps and the second most prominent of its range.
The Grand Combin is also a large glaciated massif consisting of several summits, among which three are above 4000 metres.
The Alps (French: Alpes; German: Alpen; Italian: Alpi; Romansh: Alps; Slovene: Alpe) is the name for one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east, through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west. The word "Alps" was taken via French from Latin Alpes (meaning "the Alps"), which may be influenced by the Latin words albus (white) or altus (high) or more likely a Latin rendering of a Celtic or Ligurian original.
The highest mountain in the Alps is Mont Blanc, at 4,808 metres (15,774 ft), on the Italian-French border. All the main peaks of the Alps can be found in the list of mountains of the Alps and list of Alpine peaks by prominence.
The Alps are generally divided into the Western Alps and the Eastern Alps. The division is along the line between Lake Constance and Lake Como, following the Rhine. The Western Alps are higher, but their central chain is shorter and curved; they are located in Italy, France and Switzerland. The Eastern Alps (main ridge system elongated and broad) belong to Austria, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Switzerland.
The Alps are a classic example of what happens when a temperate area at lower altitude gives way to higher elevation terrain. Elevations around the world which have cold climates similar to those found in polar areas have been called alpine. A rise from sea level into the upper regions of the atmosphere causes the temperature to decrease. The effect of mountain chains on prevailing winds is to carry warm air belonging to the lower region into an upper zone, where it expands in volume at the cost of a proportionate loss of heat, often accompanied by the precipitation of moisture in the form of snow or rain.