Pic of the Day – Valparaiso, Chile

PicToday’s Pic of the Day is brought to you by my going through my old laptop and finding a wealth of photos from Latin America that I haven’t posted yet!

Valparaiso, Chile

View of the hills of Valparaiso, Chile

Date Taken: November 5, 2011
Location:  Atop one of the hills (cierros) in Valparaiso, Chile

The beautiful colors of this UNESCO World Heritage Site cheer me up, every time!

Pic of the Day – Texas State Capitol

They say “Everything’s bigger in Texas”, and the state capitol building is no exception. In fact, the statue at the top of the cupola actually makes the Texas Capitol Building, located in the state’s capitol city of Austin, almost 15 feet (4.57 meters) taller than the one in Washington, D.C.

Date Taken: December 8, 2012
Location: Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas

With a winter like we’ve had in NYC this year (coldest February on record since 1934), I am definitely homesick for my second home: Austin, Texas!

Pic of the Day – Gozo, Malta

We signed up for a boat tour on the island of Malta during our honeymoon, which included stops for snorkeling off the coast of Gozo (one of the other islands of the nation of Malta), a stop at the Blue Lagoon, and some lunch onboard. We really enjoyed the tour, even though we ditched the boat and took an amazing speedboat ride back to the Sliema Harbor (more on that later). Here’s one of the shots from that day, from my iPhone:

Gozo, Malta

Date Taken: October 17, 2014
Location: Somewhere off the coast of Gozo, Malta

With highs in the 40’s Fahrenheit this week, you could say I’ve got Malta on my mind.

Pic of the Day – Long Island City, New York

Today’s pic of the day is from across the street from where we live, in Gantry State Park, which runs along the edge of Long Island City, in Queens, New York. You can stroll along the “boardwalk” here and take in some of the best views of Manhattan.

View of Manhattan from Long Island City
Date Taken: September 8, 2014
Location: Gantry State Park, Long Island City, New York
If you turn around from where this photo was taken, you can get a shot of the famous Pepsi-Cola sign that is one of the best-known landmarks for Long Island City. Once the site of the Pepsi cannery, the area has been developed as a higher-end mixed use residential neighborhood. The Pepsi sign was restored and reinstalled after the cannery closed and the residential/commercial construction was commenced.
I love New York!

Pic of the Day – Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

I’m on a roll, folks.  Two days in a row counts as a roll, right? I think so.

Today’s pic of the day is from our New Year’s Eve jaunt to the Emerald Isle (that’s Ireland… in case you’re living under a rock), during a stroll around the south side of the Liffey.

Date Taken: January 4, 2015
Location: Trinity College Campus, Dublin, Ireland
I’ve been to Trinity College maybe 6 times or so out of the dozen or so times I’ve visited Dublin, and it never gets old. I can never help but be envious of the students who actually attend school there. Lucky. But, I guess the Irish are known for luck?


Pic of the Day – St. Julian’s Bay, Malta

I have a ton of photos from so many trips, I thought I’d start posting one every day or so. Today, for my very *first* Pic of the Day… I present (drumroll please)…. St. Julian’s Bay, Malta.

Date Taken: October 16, 2014
Location: St. Julian’s Bay, Malta


This particular photo was taken from an open-top bus tour we took on our first full day on the island of Malta. The weather was amazing, as you can see. Across the water, in the photo, you’ll see a ton of restaurants with open-air dining and a promenade of sorts, where you can enjoy the temperate climate and Mediterranean breezes. We went to one of these restaurants, Spinola Terrace, which I am aiming to post about soon!