Friday, November 6, 2009

St. Louis, Missouri

The first time I went to St. Louis was when I was in high school.  It was nice to go back and see the city with more adult eyes.  I stayed at the four seasons and was very happy with the hotel (especially since the conference budget covered the costs).  Unfortunately, I didn't have time to go to the top of the arch; luckily I did when I was here before.
St. Louis Missouri
View from the hotel's pool
Four Seasons Hotel - St. Louis

Gateway to the West - The Arch in St. Louis

Monday, August 24, 2009

Oviedo Images

Here are three random photos I took while I was in Asturias Spain this summer. I like the combination of the three. I like the lines, cirlces, colors, texture and lighting. I hope you like them too. (1# window, #2 rental car, #3 Univeristy of Oviedo sidewalks)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Iguazu Falls - The Power and the Wonder

Iguazu Falls and a little of the jungle

Iguazu Rainbow

Iguazu Falls looks towards San Martin Island

Iguazu Falls after a hearty rainfall

Monday, August 3, 2009

Iguazu Falls

View from the Sheraton Hotel inside the park.  It was worth the money to be able to be next to the falls.  You could hearing from from the balcony.  You could see the animals.  You could walk around after the park was officially closed.  You could be the first one out on the trails in the morning.  The first pictures are views from the hotel.  The last two photos are my favorites.  I them took up close to the falls (Devil's Throat).  If you have never been it is hard to imagine the power, size and volume of Iguazu Falls.  This should be on your bucket list, no matter what.

View from our balcony

Iguazu Falls - Devil's Throat

Iguazu Falls - The Drop

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Argentina - Corrientes and Resistencia


 I spent a few days in Corrientes and Resistencia with friends.  It was nice to spend time in a less touristed area of Argentina.  I really enjoyed the sunset by the river; great conversation, beautiful view, calm breeze.  I made this made base camp for some side trips to Paraguay and to Iguazu.

Bridge General Belgrano
Bridge General Belgrano

Bridge General Belgrano over the Paraná River

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is big, lovely, exciting, edgy, passionante, fun, and I love it. :)
Palacio del Congreso

Floralis Genérica

Floralis Genérica

Friday, July 31, 2009

Buenos Aires - La Boca

I had a great day with a good friend exploring La Boca.  It was very enjoyable and highly recommended.

The Colors - La Boca

The light - La Boca

The textures - La Boca

The entertainment - La Boca

The Barrio - La Boca

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Asuncion Paraguay

The Government Palace - Asuncion

The Government Palace - Asuncion

Guards in Asuncion

My Hotel in Asuncion, Paraguay

El Cabildo in Asunción, Paraguay

I'm spending a couple days in Paraguay and I have to say that Asunción is an interesting capitol city. It has a lot of beautiful historic buildings and areas. There are also many old buildings in need of repair and I would love to see them restored and maintained. One beautiful old building is the Cabildo. This pink colonial building is very much worth a visit. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of its simple clean colonial beauty.

El Cabildo Asunción, Paraguay

Stairs in El Cabildo in Asunción, Paraguay

Window in El Cabildo in Asunción, Paraguay

Art in Asunción, Paraguay

Cathedral in Asuncion

La Catedral Metropolitana de Asuncion

(Left - One of the side naves in the cathedral)
(Right - Paseo Comuneros)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Livramento & Uruguaiana, Brazil

I left Uruguay through Rivera and the northern border. Rivera and Livramento are virtually the same city. To cross from one country to the other is as easy as walking across the main park. After a few days on the border I headed into Brazil. I spent a day or two in Uruguaiana (Brazil) which is right on the border with Argentina. It is a pleasant little city and was a nice stop before returning to Argentina. (Picture to the right is the Cathedral in Uruguaiana. Picture above is a building in Livramento)

Brazilian police horse having a break under a tree (Livramento)

The River Uruguay looking at Argentina from the Brazilian shore

Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay

A good friend from Montevideo came with me for a tour of the national government building El Palacio Legislativo. It truly is an amazing building. The stone and wood working inside and outside are wonderfully artistic. The details are astounding and everywhere. And, the library, oh the library, it is simply an enchanting room. I would love to spend an afternoon reading in it; in one of the big leather arm chairs surrounded by books, statues, history and the most enticing smell... the smell of knowledge and wisdom written on paper and bound in leather.

The Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay
Library in the Palace - notice the inlaid wood

Detail above a door in the Legislative Palace - solid stone

Detail of a gate at the Legislative Palace

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Teatro Solis - Montevideo Uruguay

Teatro Solis is such a wonderful and beautiful place. I was lucky enough to get to visit there this year and to be acompanied by one of my most favorite people. Gracias Lila.

Teatro Solis - Montevideo

Teatro Solis - Montevideo

La Casa de Guerra

This house has a very special place in my heart, life and mind. It has been in many dreams. It fills me with happy memories and good feelings. It is my sanctuary and my peace.
La Casa

La Casa
La Casa

La Casa
La Casa