Travel

Amsterdam Time-lapse 4K by Dennis Bernhard

This past November I got to spend three days running around Amsterdam taking in all the sights and sounds the city has to offer. The canals and architecture are impossibly scenic. It’s a bustling city full of cars, bikes, trams and smiling people. And like a scene straight out of a movie, you can stumble upon a giant chess match between two old men.

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The World-Famous Pacific Park by Dennis Bernhard

The World-Famous Pacific Park against the setting sun.

The World-Famous Pacific Park against the setting sun.

I’ve wanted to create this photo for a while and it came together perfectly. The lights and motion of the rides set against a background of dark clouds and a setting sun.

I still find it astonishing that there is a theme park on a pier, but it sure it pretty.

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The View From Palisades Park by Dennis Bernhard

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This week’s posts are from the first stop on my December trip. It all started with a day in LA.

I hadn’t spent much time in Santa Monica so I decided to spend the afternoon there. I started in Palisades Park which provided this amazing view of the hills meeting the ocean.

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The Taj Mahal Grounds by Dennis Bernhard

The sun rising over the Taj Mahal

The sun rising over the Taj Mahal

While the actual Taj Mahal is by far the biggest draw, the area and other buildings on the grounds of the Taj Mahal are very beautiful as well.

If you go early you are treated to an amazing sunrise. The pollution might not be great for the lungs, but it does help provide some beautiful openings and closings to the day.

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Orange Glow on the Taj Mahal by Dennis Bernhard

Orange glow from the rising sun on the white marble of the Taj Mahal.

Orange glow from the rising sun on the white marble of the Taj Mahal.

As the sun continued to rise in the air it started to cast a beautiful orange hue on the white marble of the Taj Mahal.

The fog had started to burn off but was still lingering in the air.

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First Look at the Taj Mahal by Dennis Bernhard

First sighting of the Taj Mahal

First sighting of the Taj Mahal

I traveled to India at the end of December. I’ve always wanted to experience Indian culture and food at the source, but my main motivation for going was to see the Taj Mahal.

You can see parts of the Taj Mahal from different areas around the city but it’s nothing compared to walking through the gates, into the dark interior of the entrance and seeing the beautiful, white shimmering building for the first time.

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The Oriental Pearl Tower by Dennis Bernhard

The Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl Tower

The Oriental Pearl is a beautiful building all of the time but especially at night. The lights add a spaceship like feel like to the needle like building.

There is a very cool Shanghai history museum in the bottom of this building as well.

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Yu Garden by Dennis Bernhard

Koi pond in Yu Garden

Koi pond in Yu Garden

Another of my favorite spots in Shanghai was Yu Garden. This is an ancient garden in the middle of Shanghai. It’s incredible how you can go from the hustle and bustle of one of the most populated cities on the planet, into one of the most serene and peaceful areas I’ve ever been to (minus all the tourists).

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The French Concession by Dennis Bernhard

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Shanghai has a very interesting history of semi-colonization. As part of that there is an area called the French Concession. As the name sounds, it is an area of Shanghai that was run by the french starting in the late 1800s.

This was my second favorite part of Shanghai. It’s has a completely different look to it. The tree lined streets really make you feel like you are walking through Paris.

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