Great Places

Barcelona, Spain From Monument a Colom

The Monument a Colom (Christopher Columbus Monument) stands at the foot of Las Ramblas, near the Barcelona Harbor. It was built in 1888 to honor the explorer and his discovery of America. The statue stands atop a sixty-meter-tall column (197…

Star of India, San Diego, California

The Star of India was built in 1863 at Ramsey in the Isle of Man. She was first known as Euterpe, the muse of music. This full-rigged iron windjammer ship made excursions between Great Britain and India and then to…

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California

The Hotel del Coronado is a luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, California, across the bay from San Diego. This beachfront property was developed in the mid-1880’s during San Diego’s first real estate boom. When it opened in 1888,…

Parc de la Ciutadella Fountain, Barcelona

The fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella is commonly known as the Cascada, which refers to the triumphal arch at the center of the waterfall and fountain. The original structure was designed by Josep Fontsère and his student, Antoni Gaudi.…

Fish by Frank Gehry, Port Olimpica, Spain

Fish is a landmark in Port Olimpica, Spain. In the Catalan language it’s known as Peix. This sculpture sits at the base of one of the tallest buildings in Spain, Hotel Arts. Renowned architect Frank O. Gehry was commissioned to…

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Mt Washington

Mount Washington is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s south city area. The best (and easiest!) skyline photos of Pittsburgh can be taken from here because of the elevation of the hill overlooking the river valley and the location of downtown…

Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam

Description: This “floating” market on the Singel began in the 1860’s when nurserymen would sail up the Amstel to sell flowers and plants directly from their boats. Today, the 15 stalls are permanently moored and sell a huge variety of…

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

Description: Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is one of the most beautiful small parks in America and a favorite subject for local photographers. The park offers 1,367 acres of towering red rocks and magnificent views of Pikes Peak.…

Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Description: The Arc de Triomf was built in 1888 as the main entrance to the Exposición Universal de Barcelona. This beautiful arch was designed by the Catalan architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas in what is known as the Mudéjar style,…