Some Random Photos

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  1. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    For a while I thought I'd like to go through my photo collection and sort out the nice photos from the crappy or redundant ones, but I'm to lazy (also, it's 15 year worth of photos). Well, I kind of started doing that (if looking at around 150 pics can be called that) and I thought I'd share some of them and I'll probably add some more when (if) I get round to looking at some more. :)

    These were from a trip to Rhodes a few years ago (the trip was actually a gift from my company for 5 years of "service" and the first one that I and a certain someone made together :) ).

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    This one is unrelated, the Swedish kanelbullar made to the best of our abilities:

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    Some nice photos there. :)
     
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    I've only been few miles outside of Rhodes (aboard a frigate) and that at night so I didn't exactly see much. I hope one day to visit it.
    The pastry looks delicious.
     
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    It's a lovely island, although I have to say that it's the only place in Greece that I've been to. The namesake city has a wonderful fortress with mixed Byzantine/Greek, Venetian, Ottoman and Jewish heritage (including the palace of the Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller) and around it are various bits from ancient Greece (the photos 2 through 5 from the original post are from the city's acropolis). We also visited Lindos, which has a nice "white village" at the bottom, topped by a hill with remains of a medieval fortress and surrounded by absolutely stunning bays and beaches (the Saint Paul's bay seems to be a very popular place for the British to get married), as well as a few very nice beaches along the Rhodes-Lindos route and visited the water park (it's a good one!).

    In the spirit of randomness, I went for a walk the other day and snapped a few photos. First we bumped into these guys:

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    And on the other side, a piece of brutalist architecture:

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    And the old power plant. Built before WW II, it has been defunct for around 50 years. Recently a designated monument, it's in a pretty sorry state:

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    Here's what it looked like when it was new:

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    Its crane in its present state gives me a distinct Half Life 2 vibe:

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    Yeah, that crane gives me a S.T.A.L.K.E.R vibe.

    Speaking of going places I will be visiting my parents in Botswana next year (around the middle of the year). I will be staying with them for two months so it'll be nice to see my two little sisters again, one of whom just got married, and my friends who still live in the country. :)
     
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    That "brutalist architecture" building reminds me a bit of a building in Wales.
    I like the style.
     
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    There's a church here in Saskatoon that looks kinda like that building.
     
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    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    Oh yeah, the style certainly has its own aesthetics and character! This particular building belongs to a sports and recreation center (I believe that it was the administrative building), although the space inside it is currently leased to some private companies.
     
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    Due to the angle, that "brutalist architecture" building looks like it's not all that level. ;)
     
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    I have to brag a little! I had a great vacation for the past two weeks. :) The two of us went to Egypt, to a really nice hotel south of Hurgada. We really enjoyed the beach, the weather (+40°C is fine when the humidity is low and all you have to do is lay in the shade or swim and you have a good, factor 50 sun cream), the fishes and corals, I got to bang my head on the ceiling of the main tunnel of the Great Pyramid... :D

    The amount of pictures and videos we brought back is completely crazy, but I'll try to post a few pics that I like from time to time. :) For start, it's just a few pics from the hotel / resort: the view from our room, the water feature on the way to the beach (the building on the right is the hotel's Greek restaurant) and the quiet zone of the hotel beach:

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    That there resort looks beautiful. You must have had fun! @IvanV
     
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    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    I caught this beauty from my balcony by pure chance as I was getting ready for work this morning. I'm not even sure what species it is. I guess that it looks like a pigeon, but the pigeons in my city don't normally look like that.

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    Looks like a dove of some sort... They and pigeons are related.
     
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    As I mentioned, I was on a trip to Italy recently and I'm now combing through the photos and trying to cull them just a little bit (so that I only have three photos of everything I saw there and not five). As I do that, I'll try to pick a few that I find interesting and share them here. :)

    We spent the first week in Naples. The first urban settlement on its territory was a Greek colony founded in the 8th century BC and slightly later renamed Neapolis, from which the city got its modern name. The remains from the antiquity pop up here and there, but aren't as omnipresent as in Rome. On the other hand, the city center is still sufficiently old and well preserved that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As such, it gives an opportunity for a lot of walking through streets and among buildings from days long gone, but still very much alive, with temperamental but good spirited inhabitants.

    Also, there are all sorts of delicious food on almost every step, as well as drinks. (A decent sized, well chilled Aperol Spritz to go for 2€? Yes please!)

    On the subject of food, I present you a traditional little pizzeria called L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, or to be more precise, I present you the queue in front of it:

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    Except, that's just the people who are waiting to get a table. Here is the takeaway queue:

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    Yes, all of those people on the left of the street are waiting for a pizza here. We were unaware when we first came here, but it's an old, traditional pizzeria that managed to get into the Michelin Guide and being a place where Julia Roberts gets her pizza in Eat, Pray, Love probably hasn't hurt its popularity either.

    Of course, we turned around and found something else to eat (at least that's easy in Naples), but we were passing by just before the opening on another day and, since the line was much, much shorter, we thought that we might as well see what the fuss is all about. To their credit, with all the popularity, they still keep to the tradition and sell "people's food", meaning it's very simple and affordable. They offer only margarita, marinara and cosacca and any of them only costs 5€. We got one margarita and one marinara and, well, margarita was excellent, but I can't say that it was a completely new experience, but marinara, simple as it is (tomato, oregano, garlic and olive oil) was incredibly flavourful and a small revelation, as we normally wouldn't order something of such a humble description (and I can say that, when we ordered the same pizza elsewhere a few days later, it was a good place and a good pizza, but it just wasn't the same for either of us). So, props to Da Michele for not getting corrupt by the popularity and staying true to the tradition in the best possible way, with simple, cheap, yet delicious food. BTW, sorry about the photos of the pizzas, we were hungry and they smelled great, so we found a bench in a small park and made a mess of them before we thought of snapping pictures. Trust me, though, while they aren't much to look at, they were a real treat.

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    And now a little history, the church of San Gregorio Armeno (Gregory the Illuminator, the founder of the Armenian Apostolic Church). Actually, I didn't get to see much of the church as it has its own opening hours, but I did get into other parts of the complex, as this is also a convent.

    Stairs to the convent:

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    If you look at the two "boxes" left and right of the door, you'll find these "wheels":

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    The nuns living in the convent, which was most likely founded somewhere in the 10th century (possibly on the spot of an even older church), were at some point obliged to stay cloistered inside. During that period, the wheels were used to get things in and out of the convent.

    Once inside, this is the sight that greets you:

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    I really love the serenity of these spaces, but this one, with it's beautiful, lush garden, is like a small patch of Eden.

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    Besides the fountain shown before, there is other beautiful artwork strewn around the cloister

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    Part 2 of San Gregorio Armeno (and I only wanted to post a couple of pics of it... :rolleyes:)

    A dome as seen from the cloister:

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    The choir of the church is accessible from the cloister. The choir itself is very ornate (as is the main part of the church) and it houses some beautiful organ pipes which are a little too close to the screen that separates the choir from the church, so it's not that easy to snap a good photo of it:

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    I was also able to snap a photo of the interior of the church through the screen:

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    Finally, the bell tower, as seen from the street over which it arches, connecting the buildings on both sides, and I do believe that both of them belong to the convent (not the greatest shot, but the light was really challenging).

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    And just one more picture, of a completely random building, just so that you understand why I spent the first couple of days over there repeating "Look at that! Oh, it's beautiful!" :D

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    Nice trip and that pizza .... :)
     
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