To close out the Sunday Snapshots for 2013 is a shot from Glacier Bay in Alaska. As the focus of Alaska’s Inside Passage, a day sailing through Glacier Bay consists of the obvious glaciers (giving the bay and the national park their names), but it was the views of snowcapped mountains contrasted by gleaming blue waters that caught my attention.
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As I recently mentioned in my post on Christmas Traditions, there is nothing like staying close to home during the holiday season and basking in all the goodness that comes from seeing your city and home decorated festively. Just this week I saw one of my favorite Boston landmarks decorated for the season and figured it would be the perfect photo to share leading up to Christmas this week. The Boston Public Library is one of my favorite buildings to wander through in Boston and one of those days exploring this historic building I found out it was one of the first public libraries in the United States to allow people to borrow books and take them home to read. An attraction to be sure not to miss when you visit Boston!
Even if you have not seen it in person, you have heard about it. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world and one of Rome’s most famous sights. A lasting example of ancient Roman architecture, the Colosseum was used for public processions, executions, re-enactments and most famously, gladiator battles. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this iconic symbol of ancient Rome was one of my favorite attractions in Europe and one that I would love to return to!
Nestled into the mountain top in Catalonia, Spain sits a distinct rock formation containing a Benedictine monastery. Montserrat, the spiritual center of Catalonia, attracts pilgrims and tourists alike to experience their monastic community 30 miles outside Barcelona. The main attractions include the Basilica and La Moreneta (the statue of the Black Virgin), but once seeing those make sure you explore the rest that this unique community has to offer. A strenuous hike led me and my friends to the top of the mountain looking out over the Catalonian landscape. All visitors to Barcelona should make sure they branch out of the city to explore this unique monastic community and breathe in the mountain air.
On the southwestern edge in the famed County Clare lies one of Ireland’s top natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher. As one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions, many visitors to Emerald Isle have seen the magnificent vistas of the Irish countryside and coast that are afforded at the maximum height of 702 feet. While it feels like you are at the edge of the world, I was fortunate enough to visit on a clear June afternoon and got a glimpse of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
As soon as the cold weather starts to settle here in Boston, I immediately start thinking of warmer destinations. I relive past warm weather trips where coats, gloves and tights were not part of my wardrobe. Last night, I had my first moment. On our way home from a Friendsgiving (a Thanksgiving with friends) in Avon, CT, it began to snow. This first dusting of the year meant two things a) it is going to be a long winter and b) bring on that warm weather destination dreaming.
Today’s Sunday Snapshot is from Captiva Island, Florida where I spent a blissful six days last February. This trip was especially enjoyable because of timing. I left just hours before Nor’Easter Nemo dumped almost 25 inches of snow on Boston. So while family and friends were snowed in, Max and I were taking a sunset cruise through Captiva Island. This is one of my favorite photos as it captures the beautiful reds, oranges and yellows of the sunset just as a fellow catamaran was passing by.
To all of you experiencing the cold weather now, I hope this offers you a little reprieve!
The Venetian canals get me every time. In a city dominated by waterways, big and small, there is no shortage of beautiful canals. At the same time, in a city flooded with tourists, there is something incredibly peaceful (and triumphant) in finding an empty canal. I love how the stone and brick buildings have begun to crumble and show the age and character of the city. Stay tuned for more posts in the upcoming weeks about my trip to Venice!
As we approach Veteran’s Day tomorrow in the United States, I thought that an appropriate photo for this week’s Sunday Snapshot was of the Washington Monument. Standing at 555 feet high, the monument is one of the most prominent structures in Washington D.C. and honors the country’s first president, George Washington. This is one of my favorite views of the Washington Monument taken from the top of the US Capitol Building. In the background you can also see the reflecting pool and the Lincoln Memorial.
Mount McKinley towers 20,237 feet above sea level making it the highest peak in North America. As the most prominent attraction in Denali National Park, it was of the upmost importance to get a glimpse of it during my stay in Alaska. However, it is estimated that due to the weather, only one in three visitors are able to view the entire mountain. Chances of a partial view are slightly higher at 40%, but luckily I visited on a beautiful, clear June morning and had unobstructed views of Mount McKinley.
Driving about 60 km outside Florence, Italy takes you to medieval walled town of San Gimignano. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its towers as well as its medieval architecture and atmosphere that still exist today. However, the outside edge of this hill town provides stunning views of the countryside that are best viewed at sunset.