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Photo of the Day – A Chicago River Nightcap – Chicago, USAAlthough often referred to as the second city, there is certainly one thing Chicago can boast above New York City – the epic Chicago River. The Chicago River perfectly slices into Chicago’s mass of high-rises and provides incredible points of view to truly feel the size of some of the World’s best architecture.
This was one of my first ever HDR photos – probably my 3rd ever actually. I think it does a pretty good job of showing off the towering lights that you can be submersed in while wandering the streets of downtown Chicago.
Photo of the Day – Coming Down From A Sugar High – Rio de Janerio, BrazilUpon exiting perhaps the scariest tram ride of your life, the dividends start paying out immediately. The view back towards Rio from the platform is absolutely breathtaking. Look left and your eyes can wander up the full length of the famous Copacabana beach. Focus straight ahead and you can explore the heart of the city, one that goes ignored by most of the tourists who head straight from the airport (far out of right side of the frame) to the steamy beaches. If you squint your eyes and look very closely off in the distance on the right, you can even see Cristo standing tall atop Corcovado mountain, looking over all of the wonder that is Rio de Janeiro and protecting for all to enjoy forever.
Hopefully by now your hands have managed to dry off from the nerve wrecking ride up. Take out your camera and snap away!
Photo of the Day – City on the Hills – Hong Kong, ChinaThe Hong Kong skyline is unparalleled in the number of buildings that shoot up from the edge of Kowloon Bay to the steepest parts of the nearly mountains that make up Hong Kong island. I remember taking the tram up to the top and being blow away by the sheer number of buildings. And I’m not talking about small 30 or 40 story buildings (ha!), I’m talking about 60+ story buildings!
Photo of the Day – Twisting To The Sky – Infinity Tower – Dubai, UAEEverywhere you turn in Dubai, there is something in front of you that defies imagination. This spiraling, over 1,000 foot tall tower on the Dubai Marina was one of the most impressive things we saw on our short visit to Dubai earlier this year.
Photo of the Day – South Beach View of Miami – Miami, USAMost people heading to South Beach immediately head to the beach to check out the ocean view. I personally find the view over the harbor back to downtown Miami to be far more interesting. If you look off into the distance you can spot several cruise ships loading up with passengers to float down to the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean.
Photo of the Day – Hello Romans – St. Peter’s Square – Rome, ItalyMy favorite part of visiting St. Peters Basilica was climbing to the top of the dome and looking out across St. Peters Square with the feeling that, for a brief second, the entire city of Rome was looking up at me as if I was the pope! You have to climb quite a few stairs to get up there, but I highly recommend putting in the effort while you’re taking in the Vatican.
Photo of the Day – Tropical Chicago Beach View – Medal of Honor Park – Chicago, USAI landed back into Chicago at 2am last night after several weeks on the road working and traveling to two beautiful national parks (Yosemite & Grand Teton). Right now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. Chicago during the summer is one of the most fun and beautiful places I’ve ever been. The city is very alive, with an endless number of activities going on every weekend that you can easily jump into.
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to bike along the lake past the various beaches that make up the coast from my apartment on the north side of the city towards downtown. There is a small and somewhat hidden park that you can find right before you hit Navy Pier called Medal of Honor park. The park is never crowded and it offers some of the best views of the city, including a full length look at the famous Hancock Building rising above the “tropical” summer Chicago water.
Back Home in the Good Ol’ USAAfter 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, RussiaOn 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.
Photo of the Day – City of Darkness – New York City, USAI have written about this park before (here and here), but this is the picture that made me fall in love with this location (map). I took this shot from Gantry State Park and whether you are going to the park to take photos or to relax, it is well worth it.
This shot was taken on a particularly overcast night where it stormed about an hour after I left. The thick clouds give this impression of imminent doom, but also help to highlight the skylines colors (even as muted as they are!).
I could write several thousand words easily on the buildings that are in this picture. Just another reason why the New York skyline is AbsoluteVisit #69!
Photo of the Day – Eiffel Tower Sunset View of Paris – Paris, FranceHere is another photo from the solo trip that I took to Paris for a weekend back in December. Paris could easily be the easiest place in the world to take beautiful photos. You can see the other five POTD pictures I already have posted here, here, here, here and here. Of course the Eiffel tower was an Absolute Must Visit on this trip!
This trip was really my first experience at traveling alone. It’s actually not all that bad, but it can get lonely at times, especially when traveling in a country where you can’t speak the language.
The wait to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower is often over an hour and on this particularly sunny winter day the line was LONG. I was really not in the mood to stand in silence for the two hours waiting to get to the top so I came up with a plan to avoid the misery.
I stood near the end of the line pretending to take photos and waited for two English speaking Americans to get in line. I very casually (and very calculated) stepped in line right behind them and joked “Do you have any idea how long this takes”? Of course the English connection led to us instantly becoming friends, which meant I had friends to keep me company for the next two hours!
In this photo you can see the River Seine cutting through the heart of Paris. Look even closer and you can see the Eiffel Tower’s shadow extending right through the middle of the photo.