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Lombard Street

[San Francisco, California, USA]
Lombard Street light painted.
Lombard Street is known for one of its sections, which has eight sharp, consecutive turns, making this street the most winding street in the world. The street’s design arose from the idea (dated 1922), to make hill’s natural grade of 27% less challenging for vehicles and pedestrians.

Laval

[Quebec City, Quebec, Canada]
Laval’s University courtyard.
Canon 5D + M42 Pentacon 30 f/3,5.

Green maverick

[Jeju Island, Korea]
Inside Sunrise Peak crater.

Multi level

[Nikko, Japan]
One of the most beautiful wood-carvings I’ve ever seen, created as multi-level construction, with amazing level of details, being somehow unusual for Japan culture – therefore belonging to Japan’s “must see” list.
On this picture: wood-carvings located under temple’s roof construction in Nikko complex.

Foo Lion

[Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong]
Chinese guardian lion, also known as Foo (or Fu) Lion – it was believed that it has powerful mythic protective powers. Foo Lin’s have traditionally stood in front of e.g. temples. Some of them, have a single large pearl in mouth, which are opened only partially, so that the pearl can roll inside the lion’s mouth but it is sized is such a way, that the pearl cannot be removed.

Passageway

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Montreal’s subway station passageway – somewhere under Place Bonaventure.

Tough challenge

[Seoul, Korea]
Although this situation might look somehow dramatic, this picture was taken out of the context as the parent was standing just out of this frame, trying to convince this little boy to keep smiling, as there were family photo session ongoing.

Spiral decor

[Odawara, Japan]
Odarawa castle gate’s roof: amazing balance between level of details and simplicity.

Focus

[Hakone, Japan]
After few minutes of staring through the window at the archers practice, I was invited to their premises, to be able to take some pictures. The atmosphere was really amazing: I was afraid to take pictures and to interfere archers ritual with camera’s mirror clapping. Shooting ritual was felt to be treated almost like sanctity. Uncommon, amazing experience.

Teamwork

[Dublin, Ireland]
Rugby game on Dublin’s University sports field.

New bright idea

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
Message of this picture can be described by one word: contrast.

Bag-mascot

[Tokyo, Japan]
Subway is exciting – you never know whom you can meet there – especially in Tokyo.
It was hard not to stare at this young couple and their mascot. Yes – it was alive. Yes – it was wearing a scarf.
I love Japan!

Bay Bridge

[San Francisco, California, USA]
Night photo session on jet-lag, once again: this time under the bridge.

Tree Energy

[Seoul, Korea]
Once I’ve noticed this older man in one of Seoul’s parks, first thought was that he must be “tree energy drainer”, as he was standing still like this for a longer time. Even though it might sound funny, try to google “tree energy” – plenty of people can feel it, actually. Have you ever tried?

Tokyo International Forum directions

[Tokyo, Japan]
In case you get lost: go ahead!

Rusty number

[Montreal, Quebec, Canada]
This is definitely not the most representative picture of Montreal – which is nice city for sure. Anyway, such details make memories from your journeys more lively.
This picture was taken few blocks from Montreal’s old town.

38th parallel north

[DMZ, Korea]
Vista point at Korean DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) between North and South.
Korean DMZ is a 4km wide strip of land between North and South Korea, crossing the 38th paralel north and serving as buffer area.
This is the most heavily militarized border in the world.

This spyglass was pointed towards North Korean fake-city: nice attempt to convince tourists that North Korea is wealthy and well prospering land of happiness.
Price: 500KRW (~0.33Euro)

Clown’s number

[Quebec City, Quebec, Canada]
Found in Quartier Petit Champlain in Quebec City.

Forest Canyon Overlook

[Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, USA]
On the Train Ridge Road (US34) – experiencing alpine tundra and waiting for more stormy clouds. Stop #5 – Forest Canyon Overlook.
For sure Train Ridge Road is one of the most scenic America’s roads and the highest continuous highway in USA. It was not possible to get much further, as the road was still closed for winter season (picture taken in May).
Quite unusual to get at this elevation (11716 feet, which is over 3,5km) with such comfortable road.

Girls havin’ fun

[Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong]
Mahjong – simple things can give you a lot of fun. No age limitation. Wanna join?

Yellow hope

[Death Valley National Park, California, USA]
Death Valley – saline, cracked shell. It is the hottest and driest of the national parks in USA, with temperatures reaching 50°C. The only water you can find here is very salty and not drinkable, of course. Even thought, some plants have adapted to this environment – impressing determination to survive.

U2 karma

[Dublin, Ireland]
Something for U2 fans: grafitti on the wall of old(?) U2 studio at Hanover Quay, Dublin.

Police line-up

[Seoul, Korea]
Young Police squad practise in front of Deoksugung palace.
I’ve seen similar sights many times during my Seoul trip. Still do not know what is the story behind, but it was quite puzzling and somehow distressing, each time.

Deoksugung

[Seoul, Korea]
At Deoksugung, also known as Gyeongun-gung, Deoksugung Palace, or Deoksu Palace.
One of my favourite places in Seoul.