Nanwan Beach

Nanwan
Nanwan [南灣] is located in Pingdong [屏東] – Taiwan’s southernmost county.

Here are a few pictures from our recent trip south.  We were blessed during the trip with fabulous weather.  Although it was summer vacation for students, most of the places we went were largely free of crowds.  Perhaps most people were inside avoiding a suntan or busy going to full-day English summer camps like the unfortunate children who attend the school I work at.
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Singapore Selects – Night Shots

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Singapore’s night skyline

Here’s a small collection of night pictures taken during our short trip to Singapore. We were there for an extending weekend to attend our friend’s wedding.  Luckily, we had a free day to do some exploring on our own.  Enjoy!

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Easter in Salzburg

Easter in Salzburg
Several thousands of hand-painted Easter eggs caught my eye while strolling down Judengasse on a fine evening in Salzburg.  Easter in Salzburg offers several varieties of hand-painted Easter eggs all year round.
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Innsbruck Images

Innsbruck
Here’s a half-dozen shots from our day-trip to Innsbruck.  We discovered shortly after arriving to the train station that there were Oktoberfest celebrations going on which meant a lot of parades, sausages, and beer.
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Patscherkofel

Innsbruck
We needed to get the most bang for our buck from our 24-hour Innsbruck Card so we hopped on the Patscherkofel Cable Car for beautiful views and fresh air.  Patscherkofel is a mountain which stands 2246 m [7639 feet] above sea level in western Austria, south of Innsbruck.
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Salzburg Castle

Festung Hohensalzburg
Salzburg Castle [Festung Hohensalzburg] holds a commanding position on Festungsberg Hill.  It is one of Europe’s largest medieval castles.  This fortress was built in 1077 by Archbishop Gebhard to protect Imperial troops of the Holy Roman Empire.  Ring walls and towers were built by Burkhard II of Weißpriach in 1462.  The castle was further expanded under the reign of Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach [1495 to 1519].
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Five Images from Cesky Krumlov

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One of three bears that guard Krumlov Castle

Cesky Krumlov is a lovely town located on the Vltava River in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic.  Our short stay in Cesky Krumlov was the highlight of our trip for Cathy.  This historic town is absolutely gorgeous and the buildings are impeccably well-maintained and restored.  We easily walked the old town several times and never got bored.

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Dihua Street

Dihua Street 2010
Yesterday, I visited Dihua Street [迪化街], Taipei’s biggest Chinese New Year market.  The last time I visited was during Chinese New Year, so most of the crowds and many of the stalls were already gone.  This time was extremely busy.  Despite how crowded it was, everyone was in a good mood and in the holiday spirit.  If you visit, be sure to go on an empty stomach, because most of the vendors give out plenty of free samples.
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Petřín

Metro Station

Petrin Hill lies in the center of Prague and is covered almost entirely with parks.  The summit can be reached by a twenty to thirty minute walk or by a ride along the funicular railway from Ujezd Street in Lesser Town [Malá Strana].
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