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Place Bellecour, Lyon, France,

Fotoeins Friday: Louis XIV gazes at Fourvière (Lyon)

The rider and horse appear they’re about to hop off the pedestal and gallop to the church and tower in the distance. The equestrian statue of King Louis XIV stands proudly at the centre of Place Bellecour (literally, “beautiful heart square”) in Lyon, France. In the distance on Fourvière hill the 19th-century La Basilique Notre Dame (Notre Dame Basilica) and Tour métallique (metallic tower) soar. Everything pictured here is part of the city’s Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1998).

I made the photo above on 13 Jun 2010 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/800s, f/8, ISO200, and 55mm focal length (88mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada,

World Rivers Day: 50+ rivers from around the world

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

The fourth Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

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Alhambra, Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia, Spain,

UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Around the World

Since 1995, I’ve been fortunate to experience significant travel: first as green graduate student on my first (of many) trips to Chile; followed by the opportunity to live and work in 3 countries on 3 continents inside a span of 10 years. I didn’t give much thought about their relative importance at the time, but I’m lucky to have visited a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

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