Budai Vár (Budapest Castle)

Click below for a full screen 360° view of the scene with Flash, to read more on Wikipedia, or see the location in Google Earth.

Click below for a full screen 360° view of the scene with Flash, to read more on Wikipedia, or see the location in Google Earth.

Halászbástya (Fisherman’s Bastion), Budapest

The walls of this terrace, which commands a spectacular view over the Danube towards Pest, frame the eastern edge of Castle Hill in Buda. Nearby sits Matthias’ Church (Mátyás-templom), with its distinctively patterned roof tiles. Unfortunately it’s closed for extensive restorations at present.

I first visited in 1990, and haven’t been back since 1993. A lot has changed in Budapest since: however the bastion walls still look as new and perfect as they did first time: incongruously bright like wedding cake icing. The panorama over the city has as much impact as it did when I first saw it, but the advent of new technology means I can take it away with me rather than leave it fade in my mind’s eye.

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

Click below for a full screen 360° view of the scene with Flash, to read more on Wikipedia, or see the location in Google Earth.

Click below for a full screen 360° view of the scene with Flash, to read more on Wikipedia, or see the location in Google Earth.

Off the wall: graffiti at the 42spot

I often drive past this old structure, outside Halifax on the Huddersfield Road, and I’ve meant to stop and shoot it for some time. Most of the graffiti is obscured from view by the low wall along the road, so one only catches a glimpse of colour through the gate mesh when driving past, and a few larger pieces poking out above eyeline.

Not sure if it’s an officially condoned legal graf site, or if the authorities just turn a blind eye to the artists who regularly update pieces on here. Pieces get updated and changed regularly, so it’s constantly in use. When I visited there were some very good pieces on display.

[Edit: I recently got a mail from HXurbanart, telling me that it’s known as the 42spot, after the 42crew who started painting it a decade or so ago. No one now claims ownership of the structure, formally a retaining wall for a substation, so it sits in a legal limbo, with no prosecutions for painting. It looks like by being a ‘grey’ area it’s providing a chance to act as an incubator and showcase for some good local talent, and from further afield. Long may it last.]

Click below for a full screen 360° view of the scene with Flash, or to locate it with Google Earth.

Detroit Bridge in Salford Quays

Detroit Bridge, a former railway bridge, was moved from its orginal location to between Huron & Erie Basins in the early 1990s.

Click below for a full screen 360° view of the scene with Flash, to read more on Wikipedia, to see the location in Google Earth, or to view an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch compatible version.

St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge

pano_snow_hebden_square_1500px

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or to view the location in Google Earth.