SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: HÖPE

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“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Hang in there, the train’s comin’

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Christo Rey. Est. 1938

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On Children
by Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet 
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
for they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,
for life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
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“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” Frank Lloyd Wright
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Old Fire Station 6. Est. 1915. Now the Firehouse Museum. Located in Little Italy.

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Tin Roof Bar housed in the historic Carriage Works building, est. 1890.

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Scripps Building, est. 1907.

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Built in 1914, a designated historic site. Now houses 72 homeless veterans, at-risk youth, and ex-cons. 
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Built in 1913 and houses the Gaslamp Plaza Suites.

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Old Snyder Building, est. 1923.

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29sep19. San Diego, CA

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: SMURF LOVE & “STARBUCKS ENTERPRISE”

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“The Smurfs” is a Belgian comic franchise by artist Peyo. This is street artist Space Invader’s homage to the comic in the heart of Brussels…

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Fire

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Remnants of the first city walls from the 12th or 13th century…
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from 1695, having been rebuilt…

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Knock, knock, knocking on Heaven’s door…

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Royal Theatre of the Mint. Built in 1700. Renovated three times since,  in 1856 , 1985 , and 2017.

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The coolest looking Starbucks I’ve ever seen.

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Starbucks Enterprise

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23aug19. Brussels, Belgium.

MONS, BELGIUM: AS A GIRL PONDERS…

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City Centre, Main Square

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An 85m long and 16m high wooden sculpture called “ The Passenger “ occupies the Rue Nimy in the old city centre. The artist Arne Quinze’s 
“The Passenger” symbolises the flow of people and their cultural evolution occupying the Rue de Nimy’s since its origin in the 13th century. Functioning as the main entrance toward the Grand Place of Mons. One of the most important commercial trading center to the province of Hainaut during Middle Ages.

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Maison Losseau: “Inside this house is the finest example of Art Nouveau in Mons and was built under the direction of the lawyer Léon Rousseau. Everything is well though-out, balanced and harmonious. Each room has a flower as its theme. Before the first world war, it was the only house in town with electric lighting and a lift.” 

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Maison de Style “Régence” – “This house in Rue de Nimy is one of the best examples of Regency style in Mons. All the openings, three upstairs windows, a central door and two ground-floor bay windows are decorated with symmetrical and similar shells. The perfect proportions make this house a precious and refined masterpiece of Mons Regency architecture.”

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14jul19 Mons, Belgium

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: NEIGHBORING SOLITUDES

All companionship can consist only in the strengthening of two neighboring solitudes, whereas everything that one is wont to call giving oneself is by nature harmful to companionship: for when a person abandons himself, he is no longer anything, and when two people both give themselves up in order to come close to each other, there is no longer any ground beneath them and their being together is a continual falling… Once there is disunity between them, the confusion grows with every day; neither of the two has anything unbroken, pure, and unspoiled about him any longer… They who wanted to do each other good are now handling one another in an imperious and intolerant manner, and in the struggle somehow to get out of their untenable and unbearable state of confusion, they commit the greatest fault that can happen to human relationships: they become impatient. They hurry to a conclusion; to come, as they believe, to a final decision, they try once and for all to establish their relationship, whose surprising changes have frightened them, in order to remain the same now and forever (as they say). ~Rainer Maria Rilke

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this may be the most beautiful building in the city. it’s a school. 

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a soda 
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this church is perpetually embraced by the clouds. 

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2may19. San Jose, Costa Rica.

HEREDIA, COSTA RICA: CITY OF FLOWERS

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Heredia is one of Costa Rica’s most historical cities. It was founded in 1705. Its nickname is “City of Flowers.”

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El Fortin, what’s left of an old Spanish fort.

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Cultural center, Escuela República de Argentina.

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Old Post Office.

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Monument to Volunteers: pays respect to those who served in the volunteerism movement of the 1860’s with the founding of The Red Cross and other organizations. 

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Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción. Standing since 1797.

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Old Colonial architecture.

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20apr19. San Jose, Costa Rica.

FRANKFURT, GERMANY 🇩🇪: (HÖCHST) CASTLES 🏰 AND STUFF

Justinuskirche or St. Justin’s Church is the oldest building in Frankfurt. The church dates back to the Carolingian era and was first consecrated in 850. The three-naved church was modified during the fifteenth century, although it still retains much of its original design. The choir however was completely rebuilt in a late Gothic style. The bombastic altar was created in the eighteenth century in the then popular Baroque style. http://www.aviewoncities.com/frankfurt/hochst.htmThe white painted watchtower of the Höchster Schloß towers over the old town. Originally built in the fourteenth century, work on the castle continued during the following centuries and at the end of the sixteenth century it was expanded with a new structure in Renaissance style, the Neue Schloß (new castle). In 1908 the dilapidated complex was acquired by the local industrial magnate Adolf von Brüning, who opened the castle’s park to the public. Since 2002, the complex is owned by the German Foundation for Monument Protection. http://www.aviewoncities.com/frankfurt/hochst.htm

21oct18. Höchst, Germany 🇩🇪