Category Archives: Architecture

Restaurant Review: Al Orjouan at The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

In this second of the two-part series reviewing the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, we’ll now be focusing on the breakfast buffet at Al Orjouan restaurant. The phrase “buffet at the Ritz” presents quite the dichotomy to cynics.  Buffets are usually … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a two nights-stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in one of The Ritz-Carlton‘s superior rooms.  Additionally, this will be one in a two-part series; the first will be of the hotel and the room, … Continue reading

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The Tianzi (Son of Heaven) Building in Yanjiao, Hebei, China

China is – or at least, until recently was- the world’s petri dish for what I like to call bizarrchitecture.  You have malls with Venetian gondolas (and Somali video games), (empty) towns designed to be spitting images of European villages … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: The Alexander, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Disclaimer: In exchange for this hotel review, I received a two nights-stay in one of The Alexander‘s two bedroom California king suites.  (I had a last-minute need to be in Indianapolis, Indiana earlier than anticipated.  Fortunately, Jake, one of the … Continue reading

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Travel Photography Tip: Look Both Ways

I’ve gotten yelled at by my fair share of security guards for either inadvertently – or purposely – trespassing, and/or taking photos where signs specifically say not to do so.  Whoops.  For instance, at the above Qingjing Mosque in Quanzhou, … Continue reading

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Quirky Japanese Kōban, or Police Boxes

I have a lot of photos from Japan, but this owl-shaped building in Chiba city may be the token entry for kōban (交番) neighborhood police stations.  On second thought, that might be too generous – and incorrect – a term … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: The Sofitel in Ueno, Tokyo

The Sofitel Ueno, overlooking Ueno Park’s Shinobazu Pond, was one of my favorite (weird) buildings in Tokyo…until it was demolished in between late 2006 and mid-2008.  Heck, the Sofitel wasn’t around that long to begin with, opening only in 1994. … Continue reading

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