Spend five minutes – or an hour – with this fabulous photo essay about one of my favorite places, the Faroe Islands. Really nicely done.
… of the Arctic Russian Kola Peninsula here in the Calvert Journal.
“The Boeing 787-9 with 49 people on board took 19 hours and 16 minutes to fly from New York to Sydney, a 16,200-km (10,066-mile) route,” says the BBC.
Just a couple of new shots of lovely Tallinn, Estonia from back in August, first the old town, then a two-photo stitch from the top of the Viru Hotel. Click ’em for much bigger versions at EarthPhotos.com.
The first time we visited Kyiv was in the month of March. There’s quite a difference in summer. Here are just a few low-res snapshots from day one. No post-production, no links to larger versions yet, just a few random shots from walking around town.
Dollars? Euros? Rubles?
The Maidan Square looks lovely at night.
At Maidan Square.
St. Sophia’s Church. Parts of it date from 11th century, most from 18th.
St. Sophia’s Church detail.
Along the Dnieper River.
Pedestrian bridge across the Dnieper.
Friendship of Nations arch, from 1982, Soviet era.
Behind the lucky couple, St. Michaels Monastery. Unlike St. Sophia, which is a museum piece, St. Michael’s holds services.
And the exterior of St. Sophia.
Thirty years ago this month some two million people joined hands forming a human chain across all 676 kilometers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The cinematic stunt was the Baltic cri de coeur for freedom. We visited KGB museums in both Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, and I’ll have a piece on the progress the Baltic states have made away from Communism in my next Three Quarks Daily column.
We’ve moved on to Ukraine now. I’ll leave you with these three photos from Riga for now:
These are hangars down along the Daugava River built by Nazi Germany for zeppelins. Since the whole zeppelin thing didn’t take off, they now house the central market.
A portion of the iconostasis at the Riga Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, dating from the late 1800s, on the lovely Esplanade park. The Soviets used it as a planetarium and restaurant.
Riga’s town planners were generous with their green space. Here are flowers in Kronvalda Park.
This slow trip around the world began in April and has comprised Vietnam, Thailand, Finland, Russia, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and, currently, Ukraine. Collected photos are here.
Just a very quick swing through Germany, Poland and Estonia this week, while still Finland-based and largely off duty through July. Wrocław, Poland (Breslau when it was German) seems to be largely off American tourism radar, and there appear to be few Americans here.
It’s just a straight four hour ride east from Dresden. Would be easy to include on any trip to the much more popular (for Americans) Berlin, Dresden and Prague.
This morning I climbed the bell tower of St. Elizabeth’s Church to show you these views of the Old Town and the Oder River:
Photos from this slow trip around the world, which started in April in Vietnam, are collected here.
New monthly travel column is up at 3 Quarks Daily. Read it here.