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Where in the World (325)

Where in the World (325)

The building featured in the distorted image of last week is a cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It is notable for its numerous architectural styles beginning with the Norman style and including Moorish, Gothic, Baroque – in particular, Spanish Baroque – and Neo-Classical; a veritable encyclopedia of architectural styles. The list of architectural styles tells you a little about the history of the city and its occupiers. The place you are most likely to find Norman, Moorish and Spanish Baroque styles in the same place is the Island of Sicily. This particular cathedral is found in the city of Palermo. Congratulations then to Tim (@timofnewbury),  Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) and Dave (@travelling_dave). This week the distorted image is of a building of note in the city to be identified. It is however not the city’s most iconic and best-known site so…

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Where in the World (324)

Where in the World (324)

Google “Dragon Bridge” and you will be presented with two bridges that have that name, at least in the first page or two of search results. One is in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and features very European style dragons of the type St George killed. The other bridge features a very oriental style dragon of the type featured in last week’s distorted image. The dragon in the latter bridge is part of the stylised support of the bridge and can be found in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang It would seem that because the bridge was so unique that it was fairly easy to identify the part of the world the city was located in and with or without the help of Google easy enough to identify the city as Da Nang. Congratulations then to Tim (@timofnewbury), Atul (@pixodentist),…

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Where in the World (323)

Where in the World (323)

Dominated by high-rise buildings the distorted photograph could have presented quite a challenge if they were the sole focus of efforts to identify the city. As those readers who regularly follow “Where in the World…” know it is often the smaller details that can reveal the identity of the city. In this case, the bridge featured in the photograph is probably the clue that helped the most. It is the Erasmus Bridge (or Erasmusbrug) over the River Maas in Rotterdam. Judging by the number of answers preceded by “I think…” or “I’m not sure…” this week was slightly more challenging than some of the recent distorted cities. Congratulations to those who rose to the challenge and identified the city correctly as Rotterdam: Tim (@timofnewbury), Atul (@pixodentist), Jackie (@JackiesJourneys), Dave (@travelling_dave) and Todd (@toddunctious). There is very little to go on in…

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Where in the World (322)

Where in the World (322)

The fortress or castle on the hill above this city is one of the more recognisable features of this city. The architecture is Baroque and is another clue to the city’s identity. The castle is the Hohensalzburg Fortress and overlooks the Austrian city of Salzburg. Congratulations to Tim (@timofnewbury), Atul (@pixodentist) and Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) who all identified the city as Salzburg. This week’s distorted image is a skyline dominated by a cluster of modern buildings and a well known bridge. Good luck.. I   As usual, you can leave your answers in the comments below or on my Twitter feed (@lethers) with the hashtag #WITW322. If you are on Twitter then you can Direct Message me with the answer which will be hidden from other readers. Alternatively, email me with the answer here. Please use the hashtag #WITW322. It makes finding the answers in…

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Where in the World (321)

Where in the World (321)

Apart from the colour, it would be easy to mistake the red structure for a similarly shaped structure in Paris. Closer examination reveals however that it is not the Eiffel Tower. It is, however, well-known in the city in which it stands. The Tower is known as the Tokyo Tower which of course immediately identifies the city. Congratulations to Davide (@travelling_dave), Tim (@timofnewbury), Atul (@pixodentist), someone at Global Grapevine (@globalgrapevine), Janette (@travchats), Beverley (@bevsackville), Paul (@paulnamphotog) and Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) who all identified the city as Tokyo. This week’s distorted image is a skyline dominated by a fortified structure overlooking the city beneath it. That in itself narrow the possibilities down somewhat while the architecture will help in the identification process still further. On a personal note, this week’s city is a favourite of mine and one which I have visited…

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Where in the World (320)

Where in the World (320)

The larger building on the skyline is one of the world’s most iconic buildings and is the biggest clue to the city’s identity. The Parthenon sits on the Acropolis, a hill that rises up out of the City of Athens. Congratulations to Davide (@travelling_dave), Tim (@timofnewbury), Atul (@pixodentist), someone at Global Grapevine (@globalgrapevine) and Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) who all identified the city as Athens. The distorted image for this week is a skyline featuring a notable structure of the city. However, care needs to be exercised as there is another well-known city with a similar structure that it could be mistaken for. As usual, you can leave your answers in the comments below or on my Twitter feed (@lethers) with the hashtag #WITW320. If you are on Twitter then you can Direct Message me with the answer which will be hidden from…

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Where in the World (319)

Where in the World (319)

The lighthouse in last week’s distorted photograph is quite distinct and most people identified it correctly as Smeaton’s Tower. It was on the same prominent stretch of high ground known as The Hoe where a certain Francis Drake was enjoying a game of bowls when the Spanish Armada was heading up the English Channel. He finished his game before setting sail and defeating the enemy. The city is Plymouth, UK. Congratulations to Davide (@travelling_dave), Tim (@timofnewbury), Atul (@pixodentist), Beverley (@bevsackville) and Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) who all identified the city as Plymouth, UK. The distorted image for this week is a skyline featuring the city’s most iconic structure. It is the city’s most photographed building as well as being its most visited. As usual, you can leave your answers in the comments below or on my Twitter feed (@lethers) with the hashtag #WITW319….

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Where in the World (318)

Where in the World (318)

Last week’s distorted city seemed to be a little more challenging if the number of correct answers are anything to go by. Notre Dame de Fourviere is the distinctive building in the top right quadrant and below it is Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. The full name of the latter, obviously, gives the identity of the city as Lyon. Congratulations to Davide (@travelling_dave) and Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) who both identified the city as Lyon, France. The distorted image for this week is a skyline featuring the city’s most, if not only, iconic structure. Certainly it is the most recognisable of the city’s famous sights and the one most often seen in guidebooks, tourist brochures and postcards. As usual, you can leave your answers in the comments below or on my Twitter feed (@lethers) with the hashtag #WITW318. If you are on Twitter then…

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Where in the World (317)

Where in the World (317)

There are few cities with such a high density of skyscrapers as pictured here. What few there are mostly in Asia which narrows down the possibilities somewhat. The prominent high rise building at the top of the distorted photograph is a fairly distinctive shape. Some recognised the body of water that is visible in the distance as Victoria Harbour. The city is Hong Kong. Congratulations to Davide (@travelling_dave), Tim (@timofnewbury), Todd (@toddunctious), Atul (@pixodentist), Janette (@travchats), Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) and someone from Global Grapevine (@globalgrapevine) who all identified the city as Hong Kong. The distorted image for this week is a city skyline seen from across one of its two rivers. Good luck in your identification process. As usual, you can leave your answers in the comments below or on my Twitter feed (@lethers) with the hashtag #WITW317. If you are on…

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Where in the World (316)

Where in the World (316)

Most people used the warship HMS Belfast to identify the city. A decommissioned Royal Navy light cruiser she is now moored on the River Thames just upstream from Tower Bridge. Both the iconic bridge and HMS Belfast are often photographed together in the frame. This photograph, however, was taken from the bridge. The BT Tower on the skyline is also a helpful clue in identifying the city as London. Congratulations to then to Bev (@BevSackville), Davide (@travelling_dave), Tim (@timofnewbury), Todd (@toddunctious) and Jackie (@JackiesJourneys) who all identified the city as London. The distorted image for this week is another skyline but seen from a less usual viewpoint. However the clues are all still there even if a little more difficult to spot.   As usual, you can leave your answers in the comments below or on my Twitter feed (@lethers) with…

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