Chichen-Itza is one of the most well known of the Maya ruins on The Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. Chichen-Itza, which means Mouth of the Well of the Itzas is named so because of the sacred cenote that exists on the edge of the archaeological site, and the Itzas that came to live and rule in the city.
Uxmal is the Maya word for the place of plentiful harvests. Ux meaning harvest and mal meaning a repeated number or action. This site is located in the center of the Puuc region where there are a few very fertile hills, the only hills in the landscape for hundreds of kilometers across the Yucatan peninsula.
Tulum means The Walled City. The wall itself is an unusual feature of the city, being only one of two walled cities found so far on The Yucatan peninsula. The ruins are heavily fortified on three sides by a twenty-foot thick by thirteen-foot high wall, with the fourth side dropping off of a spectacular cliff into the Caribbean. It was known for its strong fortifications and its location as an ancient watch point, guarding the trade routes from both sea and land and even serving as an important center of commerce for the region.
Cobá is a beautiful, rustic, site that has barely begun its restoration. Many of its buildings remain as a heap of rocks covered in vegetation and trees. The groups of buildings that have been restored are sometimes more than a kilometer apart, connected by sacbes, or white roads.
Saint-Denis was the first Gothic Cathedral to be built in France over the grave of Saint Denis. The cathedral holds the remains of most of the Kings and Queens of France, including Marie Antionette and Louis Seize.
Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV's confessor, Father François d'Aix de La Chaise and sits in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. Walking its paths will take you past the graves of some of the most famous people in history.
Mosharabi at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France. Traditionally, mosharabi are windows between rooms that let in air flow to control temperature. In this case, they solar workings of the windows control temperature within the building.
Les Alyscamps is an old burial site in Arles in the South of France. The road leading to the Romanesque church is lined with sarcophagi and is a peaceful place to walk. Vincent Van Gogh made a number of paintings of this place during his time in Arles.
Images taken at Mono Lake, October 2016. Most images were taken early in the morning as the sun was rising, or late in the evening towards sunset. Therefore some images might have strong lighting or high grain.
"The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three-hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey from the historic town of Napa, through one of the world's most well known wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena, and back." -- from the Nappa Valley Wine Train web site.
Dolni Bezdekov is a small village about 17-kilometers outside of Prague. It happens to be the village where my Grandfather was born and spent part of his childhood. I went there for genealogical research.