PhotoPOSTcard: Dubai’s Burj AlArab Icon

Dubai’s Burj Al Arab has become the city’s most recognizable icon, which is saying a lot considering that this city has an abundance of uniquely shaped buildings. The sail shaped hotel sits on its own little island, and is the only (self proclaimed) seven star hotel in the world. The only way to experience the inside of the hotel is with a reservation for a room, a meal, or afternoon tea (which is what I did – more about that later).

At sunset, it looks like it is ready to set sail into the distant seas.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa at Sunset

In a city of superlatives, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tops them all – literally. The name means Khalifa tower, and at 2722 ft, it has been the tallest structure in the world since 2008. Continue reading “PhotoPOSTcard: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa”

PhotoPOSTcard: Standing in the Clouds in Dubai

Sunrise view from Burj Khalifa

Sunrise view from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

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PhotoPOSTcard: The Library Of Congress Great Hall Took My Breath Away

“I cannot live without books” – Thomas Jefferson

When I quickly stepped into the Library of Congress Great Hall for the first time this winter, I was stopped short in my tracks. I expected a dull space with floor to ceiling books, or maybe something like New York city’s Public Library. I did not expect such a bright and subtly colorful space. Despite its grand scale, it has a delicate and airy feel. There is art and color and design everywhere. From the elaborately carved grand staircases, to the many paintings on the walls, to the murals on the ceiling, to the stained glass ceiling, to the mosaic floors. Yet despite the extensive ornamentation, it actually all comes together beautifully in a harmonious and even calming whole.

Next time I will stay longer and sign up for some of the tours.

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Rose

 

PhotoPOSTcard: Winter Sunset Over the Washington Monument

Sometimes mother nature creates a perfect moment that just doesn’t need much help. A beautiful winter sunset over the Washington Monument.

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Rose

PhotoPOSTcard: Winter Sun Set Over the Jefferson Memorial

Spring, when the cherry blossoms are blooming, is the most popular time to visit Washington DC’s tidal basin. But winter can be just as beautiful, and certainly less crowded and more peaceful. 

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PhotoPOSTcard: Want to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

“If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you”

Since it was built, New York’s Brooklyn Bridge has become a symbol of ultimate gullibility.

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PhotoPOSTcard: World Trade Center Oculus – Not Your Typical Train Station

 

If you are heading to visit the 9/11 memorial in New York City, the first space you will experience is the Oculus – the train station terminal located at the World Trade Center. From the outside, the Oculus looks like a large white dove taking flight. On the inside, the Oculus is an all white, modern, large, open space. I found the bright and airy building with its soaring architecture very uplifting, not unlike being in one of the large Gothic cathedrals in Europe. A fitting prelude to the somber and peaceful 9/11 memorial.

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Rose

 

 

 

PhotoPOSTcard: I Left My Heart in San Francisco

All great cities have an iconic piece of architecture that uniquely identifies them at a glance. Paris has its Eiffel Tower, London has Big Ben and Rome has the Colosseum. In the USA, one of the most recognizable structures is San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Colorful Portrait Session in Gion

As my husband and I walked around the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan early one morning, we came upon this colorful couple posing for formal photos. There were about four or five people involved with the staging and photography, posing the couple this way and that, fixing creases on the clothes, moving the umbrella slightly to the left, changing the white umbrella to a red one. Then it was time for photos of just the young woman by herself, with the husband?, fiance?, boyfriend? hanging out in the background, looking pretty bored. I presume this was a special and happy event for the two of them, but neither one cracked a smile the whole time. I sure hope they lived happily ever after.

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Rose