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Wellington waterfront, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa,

10 Capital Cities

Above/featured: Waterfront and Te Papa: Wellington, New Zealand – 12 Oct 2010 (450D).

Two definitions for the noun “capital (city)” are:

1. the city or town functioning as the seat of government and administrative centre for country or region.
2. with modifier, a place associated more than any other with a specified activity or product; e.g., fashion capital of the world.

I’ll go with the first definition. With almost 70% of this planet’s land mass in the northern hemisphere, you’d be forgiven in subscribing to a selection bias for capital cities primarily north of the equator. I was born in the north, but I also spent a good chunk of the last two decades in the south; so, I’ve chosen here 5 capital cities in each of the northern and southern hemispheres.

North & south

Northern hemisphere:

Southern hemisphere:

Northern Hemisphere

Ciudad de México (Mexico City), México

Templo Mayor, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, D.F., Mexico,

Templo Mayor – 9 Mar 2012 (450D).

Templo Mayor, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico,

Templo Mayor archaeological site and museum in the centre of the city – 9 Mar 2012 (450D).

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København (Copenhagen), Denmark

Halmtorvet, Haymarket, Vesterbro,  Himmelskibet, Tivoli Gardens, København, Copenhagen, Denmark,

Halmtorvet (Haymarket), with Tivoli Gardens’ Himmelskibet (Star Flyer) amusement ride in the background at right – 29 Jun 2008 (450D).

Skuespilhuset, Playhouse, Operaen, Opera House, København, Copenhagen, Denmark,

Flanking each side of the harbour are Skuespilhuset (Playhouse) and Operaen (Opera House), shown at left and right, respectively – 29 Jun 2008 (450D).

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Nassau, Bahamas

Junkanoo Beach, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean

Junkanoo Beach – 3 May 2012 (450D).

Bay Street, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas, Atlantic Ocean

City centre, east on Bay Street to Frederick Street – 13 May 2012 (450D).

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Singapore river, Cavenagh Bridge, Anderson Bridge, Singapore,

Singapore river: northeast from Cavenagh Bridge to Anderson Bridge – 3 Jul 2012 (450D).

Singapore Chinatown, Singapore, Chinatown, Pagoda Street, myRTW,

Pagoda Street in Chinatown – 4 Jul 2012 (450D).

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Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan, Stockholms ström, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden,

From Skeppsholmen: Gamla Stan with Tyska Kyrkan (German church) at right – 26 Jun 2008 (450D).

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Southern Hemisphere

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arco chino, Barrio chino, Chinatown gate, Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina,

“中國城”, Arco chino en Barrio chino (Chinatown gate in Belgrano) – 26 Mar 2011 (450D).

Cementerio de Recoleta, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina,

Los mausoleos en el cementerio de Recoleta (Mausoleums in Recoleta cemetery) – 26 Mar 2011 (450D).

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Canberra, Australia

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Cape Town, South Africa

View from Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Robben Island, Cape Town Stadium, Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa,

North overview from Table Mountain – 13 Oct 2012 (450D)..

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Santiago, Chile

Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda, La Moneda, Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Republica de Chile, Chile,

Today, the building at left houses the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda. During the infamous and violent 11 September coup d’état by armed forces over the ruling Allende government in 1973, the La Moneda building was bombed by military air raids. Photo on 20 Oct 2006 (A510).

Mapocho river, Torre Telefónica Chile, Plaza Baquedano, Andes, Santiago, Chile,

Providencia: facing southwest from Puente Pío Nono, towards Torre Telefónica and the snow-capped Andes in the distance – 21 Oct 2006 (A510).

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Wellington, New Zealand

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I made all photos above with Canon hardware: PowerShot A510 (A510) and EOS450D/Rebel XSi (450D). Many of these occurred during a year-long RTW#. Alle Fotoaufnahmen sind mit Wasserzeichen versehen worden. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

Acknowledgements go to Viveka (My Guilty Pleasures) for LAPC no.82 in the week of 1-7 Feb 2020. At the risk of bursting at the seams, I reluctantly left out Berlin, Bratislava, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Madrid, Prague, Washington DC, and Vienna.

17 Responses to “10 Capital Cities”

  1. viveka

    Wow … you have been around – thank yours for the world tour. Great entry and images …. especially the one with the Swedish crown. Stockholm is one beautiful city and I don’t say that because I’m Swedish. The Junkanoo Beach image … priceless – postcard material. Thank you so much for playing

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Viveka, and thanks for stopping by. I have great memories of Stockholm, especially with my visit years ago around summer solstice: lots to do and see during those long summer days and short summer nights. I’m glad you liked the visual travel in my post: The Bahamas really are beautiful and warm, water and skies truly blue. Thanks again for your comment!


    • viveka

      Can you imagining living up in Lapland where in the summer it never gets dark … ??? And never have daylight in the winter ???? *smile Thank you so much for sharing you travel with me.

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    • fotoeins

      I think it would be fun and interesting to spend a few days or a week at northern latitudes in the summertime. I’ve seen documentaries of fly-bys over Arctic Canada, and I’m fascinated by the beautiful barren geography. The endless night in winter would just about end me, however. Thanks again!


  2. pattimoed

    Wonderful post, Henry. Your travels are truly impressive! Beautiful shots, too. I haven’t been to any of these places. Well, that has to change! Thanks for joining us!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Patti. I would be happy if any of these pictures will soon get you to these places for the first time. Are there one or more pictures or places that immediately leap out at you? Thanks again for your comment!


  3. Tina Schell

    Great job Henry. I did a similar year throughout Europe while I was studying in France but sadly no digital images. But great memories😊.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Tina. Although I once lived in Germany for two years, I didn’t have a camera the entire time. I regret this to some degree; even a hazy film camera would have been good enough. Similarly, I have good memories of my time living and wandering about the country. Thanks again for stopping by!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, John. I was fortunate to make a partial encirclement of the globe; I say “partial” because I’ve only made a tangential glance at Africa, and I’ve not yet stepped foot on the Subcontinent or in the Middle East. Thanks for stopping by!

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    • fotoeins

      Thank you, Johanna, for stopping by! Do you have a favourite capital city and do you have a capital city you’d like to visit?


    • restlessjo

      I would probably have to say Lisbon, but the world has so many beautiful cities I’ve never seen and would love to. 🙂

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