The Historic Line 1 Subway in Budapest: A Photographic Chronology

As the oldest line of the Budapest Metro subway system, Line 1 has been in continuous operation since it was first inaugurated on Saturday, May 2, 1896 — with only the underground railway system in London being in operation longer.

Although I am not exactly an aficionado of subway systems in general — I do have somewhat of an interest in them — I decided that I wanted to explore this historic subway line and experience it for myself. For a number of consecutive years, I used the subway system in New York to commute from where I lived in Brooklyn to Manhattan in order to get to a special high school which I attended; then to college; and to a place of employment after that — commuting at least an hour each way to each of those places.

The need for cost-effective and efficient transportation led to me experiencing rides on subway and rapid transit systems around the world — including but not limited to those which serve…

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Approaching Wadi Shab in Oman

Driving southeast on Highway 17 from the small town of Fins, I noticed that the craggy barren brown mountains to the west contrasted the brilliant aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Oman to the east; and there was little more than that on the almost-deserted desert highway.

I approached the exit to Wadi Shab — which was clearly marked with a brown traffic sign — where…

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Try Traveling To and Visiting THIS Place. I Dare You…

There is one place about which I found out some time ago that may very well be the most difficult place on Earth to visit — and I dare you to try traveling to and visiting this place, which I will reveal later in this article.

Stefan Krasowski of Rapid Travel Chai and I keep in touch occasionally, which included an exchange of e-mail messages some time ago. He informed me that he was planning a trip to the republics of the former Soviet Union which he had not yet visited.

Stefan likes to visit areas of the world to which people do not typically travel — such as…

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Trouble at Customs in Bahrain?

I decided to spend a night in Bahrain on my way from Abu Dhabi to Cairo, as it did not cost me any extra money for the layover; and I thought I would add another country under my belt — despite not there being much to do there, according to my research.

Little did I know that I would have what seemed to be trouble at customs in Bahrain.

Upon exiting the airplane once at the gate after my first flight as a passenger aboard an airplane operated by Gulf Air, I wanted to get to the customs area as soon as possible so that I may have as much time as possible during my overnight stay in Bahrain.

Fortunately, there were not all that many passengers aboard the airplane; so I did not expect to wait in line very long at customs — if at all. Still…

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Faro de Moncloa in Madrid

The sun was being obscured by the thickening clouds on a comfortably cool early October day as I walked northwest along Calle de la Princesa on my way to Moncloa, which is one of the 21 districts in Madrid.

Some of the buildings were defaced with graffiti on this busy straight tree-lined avenue, with merchants selling their wares; blue buses rumbling by in special lanes designated for them and taxi cabs; and people relaxing while taking a break seated at small tables at sidewalk cafés such as Iris Calzados while sipping on their beverages, lazily watching life pass by before them.

Looming in the distance was a structure which piqued my curiosity. It was called Faro de Moncloa; or the Lighthouse of Moncloa. Designed by…

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Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt: A Photographic Essay

She is a lady in waiting — waiting, that is, in the same spot for greater than 4,500 years.

The Great Sphinx of Giza — also known simply as the Sphinx, although there are many other sphinxes in Egypt — is the largest monolith statue in the world created out of limestone. As the oldest known monumental sculpture, she sits, seemingly guarding the famous Pyramids of Giza behind her.

There are still many questions to be answered pertaining to this mysterious work of the ancient Egyptians…

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Zebras: A Photographic Essay

There is no mistaking those distinctive striped equids known as zebras, which abound plentiful in Kenya — especially in the Masai Mara National Reserve, where I went on safari earlier this year.

Zebras tend to be…

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Review: Gellért Hill and Citadella in Budapest

Albeit somewhat cloudy, it was a beautiful autumn day as I walked on the north pedestrian walkway of Erzsébet híd — also known as Elisabeth Bridge in English, which is named after Elisabeth of Bavaria — across the Danube River from Pest to Buda to approach the Gellért Hill and Citadella in Budapest, which offer sweeping panoramic views of the city and its surrounding area in a natural setting.

I enjoy views and I enjoy nature; so it would only seem natural that I would be interested in Gellért Hill, which has been designated as…

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Review: N Seoul Tower

The sun shone strongly on me from an intensely azure sky on that warm autumn day as I trudged up the wooded hill known as Namsan Mountain from the bus stop to visit the observation deck of N Seoul Tower.

Often hidden behind the multicolored canopies of seemingly endless trees peeked the spire of the N Seoul Tower — as if to guide me towards it.

The gardens and works of art in Namsan Park — whose ecosystem is fiercely protected and valued by Seoul-mates — comprise a worthy destination in and of itself without the N Seoul Tower.

After paying…

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Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica: My Visit

Even though the sun was shining, the air was rather steamy; and despite my wearing a T-shirt and jeans, I was sweating because I had been walking much of the day — including along the fortress walls of Intramuros — ever since the flight on which I was a passenger concluded very early that morning.

The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica was the site of an ideal respite where I can relax for a few minutes in somewhat cooler air while admiring the architecture — and its doors were open to all.

I sat in a pew towards the rear of the church and observed…

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