Buenos Aires - 12-13 August and 18-22 August 2011
Buenos Aires is a planned city (like Paris, in many ways) with three major streets cutting across the city grid, beginning here, at the Plaza de Mayo.
The middle of the picture looks West. The major street seen at the left is the Diagonal Sur (Av. Pres. Julio A. Roca), and the one at the right is the Diagonal Norte (Av. Pres. Roque Saenz Pena). At the end of the Diagonal Norte you can see the Obelisco (shaped almost exactly like the Washington Monument in Washington, DC), located in the Plaza de la Republica. The building with the columns at the extreme right of the picture is the Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires.
Asunción, Paraguay - 14-15 August 2011
NOTE: The name of the country is sometimes spelled Paragua'y or Paraguái, reflecting a theory of how the country was named: a combination of the name of an ancient chief (Paragua) and the word for river (y). Asunción is really just a short form of "Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción"
This is the view of Asunción from my 7th-floor hotel room. You are looking toward the NorthWest, with the Bahía de Asunción on the right and the Rio Paraguay in the distance. Across the river (i.e., to the West) is Northern Argentina.
Iguazú Falls - Argentina Side - 16 August 2011
The following "tour" around the Falls begins at the long walkway (magenta on this map) to the Garganta del Diablo -- I'll use the Spanish form, since we're on the Argentina side at this point. That walkway begins at the small railway station at the top. (The railway is shown as the dotted line around the right.) From there, we'll take the railway down to the lower right for the orange Circuito Superior (upper circuit) and the blue Circuito Inferior (lower circuit). Finally, we go across the Rio Iguazú for some late-afternoon views from the Brasil side.
For what it's worth, I can't stress enough how important it is, if you take the time to visit this natural wonder, to go to both sides to take in the views. The trouble and expense of getting a Brasil visa is well worth the experience you will have. (The Argentina visa is just as expensive, but can be obtained at the airport on arrival.)
It is interesting to note that the Westernmost part of Africa's great Victoria Falls bears the name "Devil's Cataract". Click here to see my attempts to photograph Victoria Falls in 2006. To return to this page, click your browser's "Back" button.
Here is my summary of the comparisons. The falls at Victoria are pretty much single-level, and in a straight line. At Iguazú, the falls are multi-level and arranged more like a horseshoe. Iguazú's longest drop is about 82 metres, while Victoria's is 108. The comparison chart at the Victoria Falls Wikipedia page notes further that Victoria is about 1,708 metres wide, while Iguazú is about 2,700 metres wide.
Iguaçu Falls - Brasil Side - 16 August 2011
Cairo - 25-27 August 2011
One of the tourist attractions is a night-time son-et-lumière show with lasers, amplified music and other un-natural stuff. The chairs are (obviously) for the audience, not an original feature of the Giza Necropolis.
England and Scotland - 28 August - 9 September 2011
Another surprising part of this church's long history is the fact that, in 1656, Rev James Guthrie, the conservative minister at the time developed a dislike for one of his more liberal colleagues, so he put up a wall that divided the nave (West end) from the Choir (East end), creating two separate churches. Guthrie was executed for treason in Edinburgh in 1661, but the wall remained for nearly 300 years, until 1935 when the Church was restored to its original unity.