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January 4, 2011

Catching up on photos

Filed under: Trips — Charles Engelke @ 10:33 pm
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I maxed out my free Picasa photo storage in early 2009, and figured I’d wait and see if Google raised the limit before buying storage.  Then I pretty much forgot about it.

Which is too bad, because 2009 was Laurie’s sabbatical year and we did more travel than ever before, which led to lots of photos.  I started going over them during the Christmas break and decided to catch up posting some of them, and now the first ones are up.  Of course, I had to shell out all of $5 to get 20GB of space for year…

First up, our quick spring break trip (before the sabbatical began) to Barcelona.  Here’s Laurie in Montserrat on a day trip outside the city:

Montserrat near Barcelona

May 20, 2008

The Coolest Urinal

Filed under: Vacation 2008 — Charles Engelke @ 1:11 pm

At least, the coolest one I’ve ever seen:

Cool CPH Hilton Urinal

It’s a black marble fountain, or waterfall, that starts flowing when you walk up to it.  I don’t know why I like it so much, but I do.  It’s in the public men’s room of the Copenhagen Airport Hilton.

Finding a neat urinal wasn’t the main highlight of the day, though.  Laurie found the great yarn shop she visited a few years ago:

Copenhagen Yarn Shop

She bought a lot of unusual and special yarns.  The cashmere/silk blend is really luxurious feeling.  We couldn’t remember exactly where the shop was, so I took a picture of the opposite corner to remind us if we get back to Copenhagen:

Yarn Shop Corner

The corner of Krystalgade and Fiolstræde, not far from the Nørreport train and metro stations.

July 25, 2007

More vacation photos

Filed under: Vacation 2007 — Charles Engelke @ 10:49 pm

I didn’t have time to post pictures during part of the trip, so here are a few more rounding out our trip.

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July 14, 2007

Arriving in Paris

Filed under: Vacation 2007 — Charles Engelke @ 8:53 pm

We got into Paris this afternoon, and really hit the jackpot. Here’s our room from the door.

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What’s that stuff in the window? Oh…

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July 6, 2007

Tallinn, St. Petersburg, and Helsinki

Filed under: Vacation 2007 — Charles Engelke @ 12:22 pm

I haven’t had Internet connectivity for a few days, so this post catches up on three cities.

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June 30, 2007

Starting out in Copenhagen

Filed under: Vacation 2007 — Charles Engelke @ 7:16 am

We just spent two and a half days in Copenhagen, to start our summer vacation. The first day we arrived early in the afternoon, and it was raining and just dark, dank, and uncomfortable. Well, maybe not that bad, but since we walked from the train station to our hotel in the rain, it felt that way. I thought it would be at most a quarter-mile, but it was more than twice that far, so we got twice as wet. We were exhausted from the flights (Laurie and I were on different planes, on different airlines, to get good ticket deals), so we broke my self-imposed rule of staying up until at least 8:00, and went to sleep around 4:00… and slept until 6:00 the next morning!

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June 28, 2006

Pisa

Filed under: Vacation 2006 — Charles Engelke @ 2:29 pm

Today we saw Pisa, famous for its leaning tower:

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But the tower isn’t alone. It sits on a stunning green “Field of Miracles” with three other beautiful buildings. One of them is a cathedral (the Duomo) right next to it:

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Galileo went to church here, and got bored during the service. The chandelier in this picture is a replica of the one that was there in Galileo’s day, and it was swaying as he watched it:

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He timed the period of the sway by counting his pulse, and started working out some laws of motion. You can’t see it in this picture, but there’s a cable halfway down the chandelier support, anchoring it to the wall. Sure, it might just be for electricity, but I think it’s to keep it from swaying and inspiring another troublemaker like Galileo.

June 26, 2006

Pantheon

Filed under: Vacation 2006 — Charles Engelke @ 3:59 pm

On our last full day in Rome, we saw the Pantheon. It was built over 2000 years ago, and rebuilt only slightly more recently. It looks interesting from the outside:

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Inside, it’s more impressive:

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But it’s the dome with an opening at the top that blows you away:

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This was the largest dome ever built anywhere until 1960 (so says the tourist guide, anyway). It’s the prettiest for sure. The light from the opening illuminates different sections throughout the day:

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So I made Laurie pose in the light. It’s a bit dazzling, but a pretty nice picture:

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Colosseum

Filed under: Vacation 2006 — Charles Engelke @ 3:41 pm

On our first full day in Rome took a tour. The tour wasn’t very good because the guide rarely told us anything about what we were seeing. (When in Rome, don’t deal with Vastours.) But what we saw was fantastic. The highlight was the Colosseum.

As you enter, you can look through the arches into the interior:

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Once you’re inside, the view through the arches outside is beautiful:

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Though the structure was plundered over and over again for materials, there’s still plenty standing, and it’s plenty impressive:

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We ended our tour on top of the Capitoline Hill, looking over the ancient city, with the Colosseum in the background:

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The Appian Way

Filed under: Vacation 2006 — Charles Engelke @ 3:28 pm

There’s a new Appia Way in Rome, but the original, 2300 year old one is still there, and still used. I walked a tiny bit of it today. (I would have done more, but it is hot here right now!)

This sign isn’t original, of course. They didn’t used to call it “Antica” after all.

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They’ve excavated some of the original paving stones in this stretch.

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But to get a sense of what it might have been like long ago, you have to look off to the side of the road:

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April 7, 2005

Woman Photographs Swan, Finds Hand Stuck in Ice

Filed under: Vacation 2004 — Charles Engelke @ 8:27 pm

The AP reports that a “Swedish woman who photographed a swan in
the river outside the royal palace in Stockholm made a grim
discovery when the film was developed: a hand sticking out of the ice.”

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May 6, 2004

Green stamps of the 21st century

Filed under: Vacation 2004 — Charles Engelke @ 9:08 pm

When I was a kid (in fact, even when I was a grad student), grocery
stores gave you green stamps with your purchase (or brown and yellow
plaid stamps if you shopped at Winn-Dixie). The more you
spent, the more stamps you got. You dumped the stamps into a
drawer, and when you decided you needed a new waffle iron, you
dragged them out, unstuck them from each other, and pasted them
into a book. If you had enough books, you took them to a
redemption center and traded them for your waffle iron.

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