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2011 – Valley of Mexico

The Valley of Mexico is a highlands plateau of around 2200 meter in central Mexico. The valley has been inhabited for at least 12,000 years. Mexico City is today one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.
From above

Mexico City metropolitan area has over 20 million inhabitants, and the smog that goes with that.

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Centro

Centro is the historic center of Mexico City.

18 photos.

Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa, just west of the historic center, is known for shopping, nightlife and gay community.

11 photos.

Lomas de Chapultepec

Lomas de Chapultepec is home to some of the biggest mansions and wealthiest people in Mexico.

16 photos.

Teotihuacan

22 photos.

Machu Picchu

2011 – Peru

I traveled to Peru to see Machu Picchu. I also stayed in Lima and Cuzco.
Lima

23 photos.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It was unknown to the outside world until 1911, and is now considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

60 photos.

Bolivia

2011 – Bolivia

I was in Bolivia for almost a week during a trip to South America.
La Paz

La Paz is the highest capital in the world. The elevation is between 3,000 and 4,100 meters over sea level.

27 photos.

Moon Valley

About 10 kilometers from downtown La Paz is a valley where over the centuries the elements have created a somewhat odd work of art.

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2011 – Panama

On a 4 hour stopover in Panama City, I had the time to go and see the Panama Canal.
Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a 77 kilometer long canal connecting the Pacific with the Atlantic ocean.

10 photos.

Hudson Highland

2011 – Hudson Highlands, New York, USA

The Hudson Highlands are mountains on both sides of the Hudson River in the state of New York.
Bull Hill

Bull Hill, also known as Mount Taurus, is a perfect place for a day trip from New York City. It is located near Cold Spring, about an hour train ride from the big city.

24 photos.

New York City

2011 – New York City, USA

New York was in 2011 hit by both hurricane Irene and my birthday party.
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Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and U.S. and Norway–based architecture firm Snøhetta collaborated in September to create urban soundscapes that explored the relationship between space and sound.

23 photos.

9/11 remembered

The 10 year anniversary of the attacks against the World Trade Center was marked several places in the city, including at Ground Zero.

28 photos.

Hurricane Irene

After sweeping through the Caribbean, Hurricane Irene made a direct hit on New York City on August 28th. But it was downgraded to a tropical storm just before reaching the city.

13 photos.

Manhattanhenge

Twice a year, the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid of Manhattan. This is referred to as Manhattanhenge, or Manhattan Solstice.

7 photos.

4th of July Fireworks

I watched the 4th of July fireworks from my windows.

10 photos.

Birthday party

I invited my relatives to celebrate my 40th birthday in New York.

27 photos.

3 Queens and a Lady

All three of Cunard Line's luxury ocean liners were gathered in New York on January 13th.

6 photos.

Lancaster

2011 – Pennsylvania, USA

Pennsylvania is just a short bus or train ride from NYC, so a good place for a weekend trip.
Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, and the second largest city on the US east coast. It is known as the birthplace of the USA, as the Declaration of Independence was signed here.

19 photos.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary was based on the principles of reform rather than punishment. When the building was erected in 1829 it was the largest and most expensive public structure ever constructed in the United States. The prison was a big tourist attraction, and bacame a prototype for more than 300 prisons worldwide.

9 photos.

Lancaster

Lancaster was the capital of the United States for one day, September 27, 1777. The Second Continental Congress met here while fleeing the British who had captured Philadelphia.

9 photos.

Oslo

2011 – Norway

I made a trip to Norway in May.
Oslo

Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. I was there for Constitution Day, May 17. The Norwegian constitution dates from 1814, and it is celebrated with children's parades all over the country.

35 photos.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

2011 – Caribbean

I went on a one week cruise onboard the largest cruise ship in the world, the Allure of the Seas, in February, 2011. We sailed the Caribbean, and made stops in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten and the Virgin Islands.
Bahamas

The cruise ship made a stop in Nassau in the Bahamas. The Bahamas is the third richest country in the Americas, after USA and Canada.

19 photos.

British Virgin Islands

I visited the island Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, where I swam with dolphins.

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Sint Maarten

We stopped in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten, and from there I went to Maho Beach, which is next to an international airport.

10 photos.