Oslo

2004 – Oslo, Norway

In December, 2004, I moved back to Oslo to get married there.
The wedding

I married Anton Dimitrov on the 11th of December, 2004, in Oslo.

21 photos.

Toronto

2004 – Ontario, Canada

The weekend before Halloween, I left New York to visit Toronto in Ontario, Canada. From there, I also visited the Niagara Falls on the border to the USA.
Toronto

Since the 1970's, Toronto has been the largest city in Canada, currently with about 4 million people. The city is the administrative capital of Ontario, and is probably most known for the tallest structure in the World, the CN Tower.

11 photos.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls are located on the border between Canada and the USA, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in North America. The falls can be observed from boats that go all the way into the roaming masses of water, helicopters that fly over the falls, tunnels that run under the water and from several observation towers.

11 photos.

Manhattan

2004 – New York City, USA

While I lived in New York from August to November, 2004, I made photo albums from Times Square, Staten Island Ferry and the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.
Times Square

Most of Manhattan has a grid system of strictly parallell streets running east-west, and avenues running north-south. One of the exceptions is Broadway, which cuts across Manhattan and creates more open spaces where it crosses an avenue. Times Square is where Broadway meets 7th Avenue.

10 photos.

Staten Island Ferry

From Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan, there is a free ferry service to one of the boroughs in New York, Staten Island. The ferry offers a great view of Downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, New Jersey and the Statue of Liberty.

10 photos.

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

Since 1974 there has been a Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village/Chelsea on Manhattan. The parade runs up 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 22nd Street.

10 photos.

Svalbard

2004 – Svalbard, Norway

I visited the island group Svalbard on the last few days of May, 2004. Svalbard is only about 1300 km from the North Pole Point, and enjoys midnight sun for four months during summer. In addition to Norwegian settlements, there are also a large Russian settlement, and a smaller Polish one.
Longyearbyen

Pictures from Longyearbyen and surrounding area. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement and the administrative center of Svalbard.

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Ayia Napa

2004 – Cyprus

I arrived in Cyprus for a one week holiday two days after the Greek Cypriots rejected the EU and UN's proposed reunification of the island, stopping the Turkish North from joining the EU on May 1st, with the rest of Cyprus. I stayed in Ayia Napa, but also visited Lefkosia (Nicosia), the World's only remaining divided capital.
Ayia Napa

I stayed in the tourist trap of Ayia Napa. In the summer the town is filled with young party people, but this hadn't quite kicked off by the time I was there. In the middle of Ayia Napa is a monastery and a park, providing a calm refuge from the loud music being played all over the town.

12 photos.

Greek Cyprus

I drove around the island, and visited the small village of Polis on the western end, Pyla, Larnaca, Cape Greco and the divided capital, Lefkosia (Nicosia).

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Turkish Cyprus

Turkey invaded the northern part of Cyprus in 1974, and the country was split in two. The Turkish call it a rescue operation, the Greek an invation and illegal occupation. I entered the territory in Lefkosia, and took a bus to the northern coast.

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The UN zone

A UN buffer zone runs along the border between the Greek and the Turkish areas. Some places this zone is several kilometers wide, and at a small stretch in Nicosia there is no buffer, just a big wall, between the two.

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Lisbon

2004 – Portugal

In March, 2004, I spent three days in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.
Lisbon

I explored central Lisbon, the historical Belém area and the southern bank of the river Tejo, where the famous Cristo-Rei statue stands.

15 photos.

Moscow

2004 – Moscow, Russia

I visited Moscow in February 2004. The thing that impressed me the most was the metro. The stations are wonderfully decorated with marble floors, paintings, statues and chandeliers.
The city

Behind the Italian-built walls of the Kremlin, some old men once held the world's destiny in their wrinkled hands. Another famous landmark is the St. Basil Cathedral, with its colorful cupolas.

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The Metro

What impressed me most in in Moscow, was the Metro. The contrast to the underground in cities like London and New York is striking. And it is inexpensive, too.

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