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Ancient Illumination – Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy


Photo of the Day – Ancient Illumination – Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy

With the change in our travel plans came a rare opportunity to do something I usually can’t do for long periods of time – visit family! Now you may be wondering what that has to do with travel, but I’m here to tell you :) Lucky for me, my Mom moved to Florence, Italy in 2010. Florence is home to two different AbsoluteVisits – #47, The Florence Cityscape and #94, The Uffizi Gallery! So, here I am in Florence for two weeks which will be jam-packed with exploring everything Florence has to offer.

First up, the Ponte Vecchio! This beautiful bridge never gets old to look at and explore. This time, my Mom and I happened to be getting around town well after dark when I captured this shot. I shared a couple photos of the bridge previously (here and here), but you can see how different it looks at night in this photo.

I hope you enjoy this photo and I’ll have more coming from one of the most beautiful places in the world (and easiest to take photos of!).

Ancient Illumination - Ponte Vecchio - Florence, Italy

Two Bridges One City – New York City, USA


Photo of the Day – Two Bridges One City – New York City, USA

There are 9 bridges that will take you into Manhattan, but here are 2 of the most famous. On the left is the Brooklyn Bridge and on the right, the Manhattan Bridge. Ironically they both take you to Brooklyn AND Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge park sits just between these two bridges and is not only a great place to bring a camera, but an awesome place to take in “the city” from outside of “the city”.

On that note, New York also serves as one of the most famous places to celebrate New Years Eve! So, have an awesome New Years Eve and may all your travel dreams come true in 2013!

Two Bridges One City - New York City, USA

A Golden Gate Kinda Morning – San Francisco, USA


Photo of the Day – A Golden Gate Kinda Morning – San Francisco, USA

The sun is burning bright from the East as the dawn of a new day begins. My girlfriend Anne and I woke up around 4AM to make sure we caught this epic sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge. I know I must sound like a broken record by now, but I love sunrises! There is something so special to me about waking up with a sunrise especially when you can have one as beautiful as this.

It was a Monday morning when I took this photo and as much as Monday mornings suck while driving into work, I can’t think of a better path to be driving in on. With the sun coming up over San Francisco to your left and the Pacific Ocean gaining light from the new born sun on your right you would be thinking about anything but work.

A Golden Gate Kinda Morning - San Francisco, USA

Close-up with the Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy


Photo of the Day – Close-up with the Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy

Ponte means bridge and Vecchio means old in Italian. There are many many bridges that cross the Arno, but none like the Ponte Vecchio. This bridge is adored by locals and tourists alike and is a favorite of mine for walking on, taking photos from and taking photos of.

Most photos of the bridge you’ll find are taken from another bridge – like this one. But for this shot, I really wanted to show off how cool this bridge is. As you can see, there are building structures of various depths hanging off the edge of the bridge only held by what seem to be spindly and unstable pieces of hundred year old wood. But, this is why I love it!

With the bridges classic Tuscan yellow painted walls and green shutters, I can’t get enough of this bridge. And, although the bridge itself is not an AbsoluteVisit, it is certainly a must visit when you find yourself in Florence (Florence Cityscape – AbsoluteVisit #47)!

Close-up with the Ponte Vecchio - Florence, Italy

The Bridges of Florence – Florence, Italy


Photo of the Day – The Bridges of Florence – Florence, Italy

The Florence Cityscape is intriguing for many reasons, but one of them is certainly the bridges that cross the Arno River. One of my favorite things to do from this vista (Piazzale Michelangelo) is to look down the river and study each and every bridge. There are 8 bridges in this photo, do you see them?

The Bridges of Florence - Florence, Italy

Purple Haze at the Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn, New York, USA


Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a fantastic time ringing in our Independence Day. I will be in San Francisco and I hope wherever you are it is full of fun, family, friends, and fireworks :)

Photo of the Day – Purple Haze at the Brooklyn Bridge – Brooklyn, New York, USA

I have shared quite a few photos of the Brooklyn Bridge (here and here) or photos from around the Brooklyn Bridge (here and here) so it should come as no surprise that I love this bridge as much if not more than those from all over the world. With such a special day here in the US, I thought it was only appropriate to post something from the US. Happy 4th … again!

I took this particular shot after a very long walk through Manhattan and then over the Brooklyn Bridge with a good friend of mine (hello Dan!). We managed to cap off this exhausting walk with a couple of brown-bagged store bought beers and this incredible view. In fact, remembering back on that evening the scene was overcast and not particularly interesting until this layer of fog rolled in giving the city a mysterious feel to it.

Purple Haze at the Brooklyn Bridge - Brooklyn, New York, USA

Manhattan Orange – New York City, USA


Photo of the Day – Manhattan Orange – New York City, USA

Even when I was taking this photo I knew it would be something special. It was a surprisingly warm late winter evening and my first trip ever to Brooklyn Bridge Park. In fact, I have posted a few other photos from this night as well – here, here and here.

Although taken from Brooklyn Bridge Park, this is The Manhattan Bridge. Although not as old and not as famous, The Manhattan Bridge still stands in a similar style and grandeur to that of its neighbor, The Brooklyn Bridge. And, if you look closely just underneath The Manhattan Bridge, you’ll see the Williamsburg Bridge (near where I live!).

What makes this picture for me is the awesome AbsoluteVisit orange color that illuminates the East River thanks to the lights affixed to the bridge itself. And no, that is not some rouge, extra-terrestrial vehicle in the top-right. It is an incredibly bright moon that helped to give the river its shiny skin.

Manhattan Orange - New York City, USA

The Moscow Kremlin at Night – Moscow, Russia


Back Home in the Good Ol’ USA

After three long flights (Dubai to Cairo to NYC to San Francisco – almost 20 hours of flying) Will and I find ourselves sitting in a Starbucks outside of San Francisco, just several minutes away from getting back to the daily grind at our current technology consulting jobs. We had an absolute blast traveling over the last 10 days and we hope that you had fun following us through Russia and Dubai. While this trip is over, there are many more trips planned and we look forward to sharing those with soon!

Speaking of trips, Will and I are always looking for exciting travel destinations. If you have been to a particularly amazing place that you think we absolutely (pun intended) need to check out, please share your travel experience with us so we can make plans to check it out!

Photo of the Day – The Moscow Kremlin at Night – Moscow, Russia

On our last night in Moscow, Will and I strapped on all of our camera gear and hit the streets in search of some great pictures that would show what Moscow looks like under the dark sky. Our adventure took us first through the Moscow Subway as Will described yesterday. After exploring several magnificent subway platforms we took what had to be the world’s longest escalator back up to street level and started walking back towards the AbsoluteVisit #50 – The Moscow Kremlin and our hotel.

Our walk led us down the Moscow River where we found several bridges that we were able to walk across and get great views of the Kremlin brightly lit up at night. Here is my favorite picture that I was able to take from the bridges. You can even see the top of AbsoluteVisit #45 – St Basils Cathedral.

The Moscow Kremlin at Night - Moscow, Russia

A Golden Gate Reflection – Baker Beach, San Francisco, USA


Photo of the Day – A Golden Gate Reflection – Baker Beach, San Francisco, USA

Baker Beach is a phenomenal lookout to one of the most famous bridges in the world, The Golden Gate Bridge. I had never been to Baker Beach prior to this trip, but I now consider it my favorite way to check-out the bridge and naturally highly recommend it!

The beach is fairly un-crowded which makes for easy walking, exploring and pretty much whatever else you want to do. Just be aware that Baker Beach is also known for tanning nude!

Enjoy the sites and one of, if not the most beautiful way to see one of the world’s most beautiful bridges.

A Golden Gate Reflection - Baker Beach, San Francisco, USA

A 667 Year Old Bridge – The Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy


Photo of the Day – A 667 Year Old Bridge – The Ponte Vecchio – Florence, Italy

At 667 years old, the Ponte Vecchio is extremely old! In fact, it was the only bridge remaining in Florence (The Florence Cityscape is AV #47) after World War II and was originally built in the year 996 CE.

I helped my Mom move to Florence in September of 2010 and found this incredible view in front of me while bouncing around town doing some errands. The bridge, which is laden with jewelry shops, is always beautiful, but with picturesque clouds, a great reflection, and the perfect sky-blue, this scene really speaks to me.

This photo actually brings me to an interesting point about exploring while traveling. There are many things in many cities that are amazing to actually experience. In this case, walking the Ponte Vecchio is what I’m talking about and while that in itself is great, stepping outside of the normal perspective to check something out will give you a whole new perspective!

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