Aborigene

Every time coming to Sydney, Australia, and getting to the Circular Quay, we can see these guys – plying didgeridoo, allowing people to take photos and generally making great unique Australian feeling of this wanderful place. This photo from our recent (November 2016) trip.

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Roads

We can’t avoid roads. Sometimes we hates them, sometimes we just accept them as an necessary evil, just to get us from one place to another.

But how often we see the roads and their beauty, something created by humans, which is blending to the surraunding landscape, and it is almost impossible to imagine this view without this thin line, connecting us with our future – beautiful and exciting.

 

Boys from Viti Levu

While driving on back country of Viti Levu, Fiji, not far from Nadi we have stambled upon small settlement.

We were surprised to see how clean and tidy the place is – especially in comparison with outskirts of Nadi and Lautoka, also I can’t say Nadi and Lautoka themselves are too full of rubbish. They are not too bad.

But this place, with several small huts, located near small stream and dirt road leading to one of main Fiji attractions – Zip Line (awphully expensive).

At Zip line we have asked if we can walk 1 km treck to see a waterfall (which is half dry at this time of year) and were asked to pay $50 each for the walk (thank you very much!).

But the village have greeted us with smiles and great talk and I was happy to pay boys my money for small photo session – just a small thanks to great people.

Sunset in Marokopa

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Marokopa – it’s a such a remote place on the West Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, on the Tasman Sea. In local camping you, most likely, can meet only local people – from nearby Hamilton. Sometimes from New Plymouth, Tauranga. And sometimes – from Auckland, like us. But this place is great for fishing and swimming, and kayaking. And views – you can judge yourself.

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Autunm colours of lake Tutira

Long time since we went to Hawkes Bay last time and it was long time ago – I am talking 10 years maybe. Well, just two weeks ago we had a great reunion with the area and it was fantastic.
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Colourful reflections of Lake Tutira
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South Waimarama Beach with view on Bare Island (Motu-o-Kura in Maori)

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Classical Kiwi batch in Waimarama

Berlin, September 2014

My so long desired visit to Berlin, was short and busy with events of 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics. Nevertheless I managed to have two short walks around the city and see some of its magnificent landmarks.

The weather both times wasn’t best (actually, it was raining most of the time), so there was little of bright sun and blue sky. But maybe because of this I was able to get some of real Berlin weather.

The city was great – vibrant, accommodating, warm.

I was staying not far from Treptower Park. So this is picture I saw when I got out of the city train at the station.

Treptower Park is a park alongside the river Spree in Alt-Treptow, in the district of Treptow-Köpenick, south of central Berlin. It is a popular place for recreation of Berliners and a tourist attraction.

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Of course, not all the park is like this. This is the world of great alleys and huge old trees, great sculptures and memorial of Soviet Army as reminder to the rest of the World who is really liberated Europe from Nazi’s in WWII (I hope You don’t think it was USA).

DSC_0017-1smThis is Pushkin Alley (for those who don’t know, who is Pushkin – he was greatest Russian poet, living in earlier XIX century).

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One of the side alleys in the park. Quiet and peaceful.

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One of the main park’s attractions and is Its prominent feature is the Soviet War Memorial (sometimes translated as the “Soviet Cenotaph”), built to the design of the Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky to commemorate the 50,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in the Battle in Berlin in April–May 1945. It was opened four years after the war ended on May 8, 1949.

Later this day I have tried to get to the Alexander Platz, but rain has washed me away and next time I was able to get to the city only last day of the conference.

DSC_0086Somehow I decided to get out of the train at Friedrichstrasse to go to the Reichstag. The sky wasn’t looking great but the views were stunning.

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German Parliament – Bundestag.

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Reichstag, built in 1894.

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Memorial to Sinti and Roma victims of National Socialism

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The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch in Berlin, and one of the best-known landmarks of Germany. It is built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel.

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I think this building looks great both in daylight and at night.

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All I had to do after that is to go back, so I went same way – by Reichstag first.

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And great Berlin Dome

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Heinrich Heine Monument

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Maxim Gorki Theater (Maxim Gorki was Russian writer in earlier XX century).

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Berlin Museum’s gallery

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untitled-0121smProbably it is all I manage to make more or less good picture of. Berlin I will remember as a vibrant, colorful, and friendly city – real haven for photographer and traveler. It is pity I didn’t see any of its magnificent museums, but maybe next time?

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