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Fotoeins Friday: Calton Hill in silhouette, Edinburgh

8 November 2012.

In the magical city of Edinburgh, I’ve been told I’ve been fortunate to see the sun. And so it is, with the late-autumn afternoon sun that I find myself on the north side of Calton Hill with a beautiful expansive view of the Firth of Forth river estuary to the north. But I turn around and I want this, the same silhouette someone would’ve seen in centuries past. From left to right respectively are the grand but uncompleted National Monument, the telescope-shaped Nelson Monument, and the City Observatory. Calton Hill is part of Edinburgh’s inscription as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 8 November 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/1600-sec, f/8, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-ahs.

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

Plugging 20 UNESCO 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).

I’ve written about 5 UNESCO sites in Germany and there’s more to come. Meanwhile, here below are a list and short descriptions of 20 additional UNESCO WHS from around the globe:

  1. Australia: Blue Mountains (Katoomba)
  2. Australia: Fremantle Prison
  3. Australia: Sydney Opera House
  4. Argentina: Iguazú Falls, Iguazú National Park
  5. Brazil: Iguaçu Falls, Iguaçu National Park
  6. Brazil: Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves (Curitiba)
  7. China: Historic Centre of Macao
  8. Czech Republic: Historic Centre of Prague
  9. Czech Republic: Kutná Hora
  10. Denmark: Kronborg Castle (Helsingør)
  11. France: Historic Site of Lyons
  12. Italy: Cinque Terre
  13. México: Historic Centre of México City
  14. México: San Miguel de Allende
  15. New Zealand: Te Wāhipounamu (South Island)
  16. Spain: Alhambra, Generalife, & Albayzín (Granada)
  17. Spain: Cathedral, Alcázar & Archivo de Indias in Seville
  18. Sweden: Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm)
  19. United Kingdom: Old & New Towns of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  20. USA: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Big Island)

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Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Scotland’s Referendum – Leave or Stay?

Next Thursday (September 18) is a big day in the United Kingdom.

The people of Scotland will vote on a referendum with a simple question – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Do they wish to secede from the United Kingdom: yes or no? A simple majority of cast votes will be sufficient. As this post goes live, the polls suggest a tight race, right up to voting day. Additional extensive coverage of the origins to the independence movement and what independence might mean to Scotland, the rest of the UK, and Europe are found on the BBC News and The Guardian.

Results: NO 55% vs. YES 45%, as Scotland decides to remain within the Union.

I made this shot in the quiet of The Mound in Edinburgh’s city centre on 8 November 2012 during my year-long RTW; more about my memorable Edinburgh visit here. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5Cx.

The kingdoms of Scotland and England (including Wales) merged to form the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland joined to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The Irish Free State separated in 1922, leaving behind The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

2 Days in Edinburgh

What happens over two days in Edinburgh?

I had an opportunity in early November to visit a friend in Edinburgh, Scotland; the city was a place I’d been looking forward to visiting for some time.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone the weather was cool, wet, grey, and windy … except when it was cool, dry, clear, and windy. The weather summary might have appeared something like: “mostly cloudy with rainshowers, accompanied by fresh westerlies and occasional clear spells.”

But coming from Vancouver, Canada, I really should be made of sterner stuff. Besides, the Old and New Town areas in Edinburgh were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Here below a few highlights:

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