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The Parc in Use

Posted by Sam Valentine on July 29, 2018 at 6:20 PM



Image: Daniel Vorndran


With the high drama of waterfalls, craggy bluffs, and a cliff-top temple, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont could be confused with a theme park. Perhaps the artificial rock ...

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Posted by Sam Valentine on June 5, 2018 at 8:30 PM



Image: State Library of Victoria (colorized and cropped)


Imitation rock and faux boulders are not usually something to write ...

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Light and Shadow in the Tuileries Garden

Posted by Sam Valentine on February 25, 2018 at 5:15 PM


Images: Bertrand Guay and Sam Jacob


One of the best demonstrations of dueling Parisian light and shadow can be found at the Tuileries Garden just west of the

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Ville de Lumière / Ville de l'Ombre

Posted by Sam Valentine on January 28, 2018 at 6:45 PM


Even before leaving the airport, a visitor gets a sense that something is up in Paris. A portion of it -- surely -- is that you have just arrived in a famed city among throngs of people who have come see if "Grand Paris" lives up to its reputation.



Image: Sam Jacob


Paris is affect...

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Second Glances in Budapest

Posted by Sam Valentine on December 30, 2017 at 4:45 PM

It may already be obvious to the reader that I have an admiration for works of art and

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A Town of Details: Prague, Czech Republic

Posted by Sam Valentine on November 27, 2017 at 9:10 PM


Image: Sam Jacob

 

When speaking to a person who has visited this Bohemian capital, the name "Prague" is often said with a knowing inflection. Sometimes this change of pitch is misinterpreted as snobber...

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Blended Details in Granada, Spain

Posted by Sam Valentine on November 1, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)



Images: Sam Jacob and Sam Valentine


Studying built environments outside the United States reveals differences not only in architectural styles but also in cultural expectations.

In my previous

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Water from the Rock: Visiting the Alhambra

Posted by Sam Valentine on October 1, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (1)


Image: Salvador Fornell



Crouched atop a foothill of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Alhambra is many things at once: a castle, a palace, a fortified city, a museum, and a complex of gardens. Gazing upo...

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Through the Billowing Bench

Posted by Sam Valentine on August 12, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)


Image: Bing Maps


Parque Güell in Barcelona, Spain is a landscape like none other I've experienced. It is a challenge to describe this Anto...

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Tea with a View

Posted by Sam Valentine on July 17, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Image: Elena Svirya


Having landed in Morocco a few hours prior, my friend and I pushed through the bustling market streets of Tangier to find a good sunset perch. Our trek took us up and over hills, twisting through the ancient

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