Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer (or, Chasing Usain)

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge theme is summer; for the past several that has meant chasing Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man. This was taken from my press seat when he returned to the track a few hours after his 100 meters world record at the 2009 World Championships …

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Berlin Quickie

Here’s a 4min&8sec vidblog from Berlin, the latest in my small –but growing!– Piran Cafe City Quickie series. Berlin has long been on my short-short list of favorite European capitals – I’ve visited about a dozen times over the past eight years and always feel revitalized by the city’s unique …

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Five Minutes to Midnight

This is a detail from Slovenia’s offering to the United Buddy Bears exhibit that was on display on the Ku’damm in Berlin from 26 June through 3 October. Said Berlin-based Slovenian artist Marjan Kekec-Ogradni who painted the bear: Our unique globe is composed by the four elements air, water, fire and …

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June Pic(k)s

Spotted these gems at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof on a busy Monday morning on my way out. Crisis or not, I could easily find better ways to spend €30 or €50. Anyway, they made me chuckle, so they made the cut for my personal favorite pics shot in the merry month …

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Among EU Capitals, Berlin’s Roads the Safest, Ljubljana’s Most Dangerous

Finally, something beyond my anecdotal rants about the maniacs that are on the roads in Slovenia. According to a study of accident rates in EU capitals released Wednesday by the European Transport Safety Council, Berlin has the safest roads in 2007, with 1.64 deaths per 100,000 residents, just ahead of …

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September pic(k)s

September was brutal. Between the 1st and 26th I spent just four nights at home while bopping between eight countries across seven time zones. I’m still recovering. And I also took nearly a 1000 pictures. This one, of a woman enjoying a smoke break from the tedium of her job, …

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30 Second Cheap Hotel Advisor – Berlin

Sachsenhof Motzstraße 7 Berlin Stayed 4 nights, 15-19-Sep 2007 Roomy! Airy! I really enjoyed this place. Great location, just a short walk from the Nollendorfplatz U Bahn stop, nice neighborhood, and a sushi place across the street run by a friendly Vietnamese. Big minus is no internet access, but there’s …

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Gadling pic of the day

This shot of the Holocaust Memorial, or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, was selected as Gadling‘s Photo of the Day today. Thanks! More about the memorial here. Sobering, provocative, and in an ethereal sort of way, quite relaxing. A must-visit. Berlin, 17-Sep-2007 Holocaust Memorial, originally uploaded by pirano.

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Post card from Berlin

Been in Berlin the past several days, quickly becoming my favorite European city. This is Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, recently rennovated, but it still breathes history. Berlin, 16-Sep-2007 Berlin Olympic Stadium, originally uploaded by pirano.

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