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    This is where I live.

    This is the town where I live.

    Please post your own pictures as well if you wish (I know most of you have walkie-talkies with cameras in-built so it should be very easy to take pictures).

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    Lock 54 Grand Union Canal looking towards port of Berkhamsted and Lock keepers cottage. When I moved to the neighbourhood, the cottage was still occupied by "boat people".
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    Turnover bridge. Where the towpath changes side, this design of bridge allows the horse to cross without being untied from the boat.
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    Same bridge taken from east side. This section of canal was opened in 1798, and the way to Birmingham 1805.
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    Berkhamsted School, founded 1541. Berkhamsted was a very wealthy market town from the middle ages allowing many schools to be built. Graham Greene attended this school where his father was headmaster.
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    An Eton fives court outside the school. What connection it has to Eton I'm unsure...
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    Berkhamsted Church of St. Peter. Oldest parts of structure date from early 13th Century.
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    Great photos Clayton! It looks a very beautiful part of the country. Will dig out some of mine when I get a minute.
    " … if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it."
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    My city is made of three towns intertwined (pretty much continuous) in what is called the North Carolina Triangle, made of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill (in between, the smaller towns of Cary, Apex, and Carrboro are also part of the metropolitan area). All together we are about 1,450,000 people.

    Raleigh:

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    Raleigh:

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    Raleigh:

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    Chapel Hill:

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    And this is the opera house in Raleigh:

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    A few more.

    Durham:

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    Durham:

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    Durham:

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    Carrboro:

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    Chapel Hill:

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    Chapel Hill:

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    Chapel Hill:

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    The opera also performs in this theater, in Chapel Hill:

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    Raleigh at night:

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    Raleigh:

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    Cary:

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    Apex:

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    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); January 14th, 2014 at 02:50 AM.
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    Opera Lively Site Owner / Administrator / Chief Editor Top Contributor Member Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)'s Avatar
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    Local sports - you've seen the baseball stadium in downtown Durham above. This is one of the three football stadiums, the Kenan in Chapel Hill:

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    The smaller but cute Wade Wallace Stadium in Durham (this belongs to the team I support):

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    The third one is the Carter-Finley in Raleigh:

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    Then, we have the PNC Arena in Raleigh,

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    here set for basketball:

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    And here, for ice hockey:

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    The Dean Smith Stadium in Chapel Hill:

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    And the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham (this one belongs to the team I support):

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    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); January 14th, 2014 at 03:58 AM.
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    Oh, and I've shown the opera house in Raleigh and the one in Chapel Hill, forgot about the one in Durham (DPAC):

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    The operetta company (mostly Gilbert & Sullivan) performs here, also in Durham (Carolina Theater):

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    The facade of the opera houses in Raleigh and Chapel Hill are in other posts above. Here is the interior o these venues:

    Chapel Hill

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    In Raleigh, the Performing Arts Center has three theaters, all three used by the opera company for various performances. Fully staged operas are presented in the huge Memorial Auditorium:

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    Concerts, recitals, and concert opera are presented in the Meymandi Concert Hall:

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    Chamber opera and semi-staged opera are presented in the intimate Fletcher Opera Theater, with good acoustics:

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    Looking at the Facade, the Fletcher is on the left, the Memorial occupies the center of the building, and the Meymandi is on the right:

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    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); January 14th, 2014 at 03:52 AM.
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    Wow! Amazing arts and sports facilities, especially considering the population.
    I love the theatres, they have a classical elegance but also look like they have all the benefits of modern architecture and they each have character.
    I like how all the public spaces look so well cared for as well.
    Thanks for the post; I now know the North Carolina Triangle is a very pretty area.

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    Yes, I'm a big fan of my city. Some people might think, "what is Alma doing in a Southern state like North Carolina, especially coming from New York City and after having lived in Paris? It must be a cultural desert." Not so, not so. Actually the North Carolina Triangle is one of the most progressive and developed areas in the nation, consistently ranking in the top 10 (sometimes ranking first) in all sorts of indicators of quality of life, business atmosphere, healthcare, cultural diversity, low crime, etc., etc. What happens is that the population is highly educated and well paid, which is why, in spite of being a relatively small metropolitan area, we have such world class facilities (people have the disposable income to attend them). Our area has the highest concentration of people holding doctoral degrees per square feet in the entire nation. The three major universities - Duke (nicknamed the Harvard of the South, one of the top 10 universities in the nation) in Durham, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the oldest and one of the best public universities in the nation), and North Carolina State University in Raleigh (a school that is very strong in the technological fields), plus the huge facility called the Research Triangle Park which sits right in the middle of the metropolitan area (the center of the triangle made of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill), lead some of the cutting edge research and development university-corporation partnerships, with 163 R&D firms ranging from the national headquarters of IBM and Lenovo to advanced bio research with big pharmaceutical industries. Wink wink, the cell phone was invented here. With this concentration of smart and well paid people, there is a hunger for good art, good restaurants, etc., and this is how and why our operatic season last year had something like 23 different operas being performed, plus some 17 major recitals and galas, in some 40 events (each with a number of performances in their runs). And it's not only opera - we have a film festival, jazz, a famous dance/ballet festival, Broadway traveling musical theater, two excellent symphonic orchestras, and so on. We are also at close driving distance of some other metropolitan areas in the state that have a lot to offer as well - the nice ocean beaches in the Wilmington area, the ski resorts in the Asheville area with its art galleries, golf courses, spas, Blue Ridge mountains; the incredibly artsy city of Winston-Salem with one of the best conservatories in the country, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in association with the Fletcher Opera Institute, Piedmont Opera and the Winston-Salem Symphony, and the wealthy Charlotte (one of the banking centers in the nation) with more state-of-the-art performance venues, the fabulous Opera Carolina, sports facilities (NFL, NBA), and top restaurants. This is why we are nicknamed "the Southern tip of Heaven."
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    It sounds like a lovely place to live and suitably artsy. I love all the trees as well, it must look gorgeous in the autumn.
    Natalie

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    Auckland often ranks among the top cities in the world for quality of life; and certainly it's an easy place to live, but when you look at Alma's list of arts events it is severely lacking in that area, particularly in view of the fact that we have a comparative population size. I guess that the country has a much smaller catchment base and has a wider range of population in terms of interests and education, and sport is the main thing here. If the newspaper wants to paint someone as a thoroughly good guy, they'll say he's a rugby player. Some pretty places:

    Rangitoto, one of our 57 volcanic cones, and the most recently active. The worry is not the 57 that exist, but where the next one might form, hopefully not building up steam under my house.



    Our closest city beach, lots of cafes and restaurants as well:



    This is the beach where "The piano" was filmed - about 40 minutes drive away from where I live. You can go on lots of bushwalks in the regional park in these hills.



    The central city with the marina in front. You have to like the water to live here:

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    Here is the Town hall were a lot of concerts take place:



    And the awfully ugly Aotea centre where you can see the occasional opera:



    They showed Xerxes in the much prettier Civic Theatre which is a '20s wild extravaganza. In this picture you can't see the hundred of tiny lights in the ceiling that make it look like the night sky.

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    Natalie

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    My main local walks, all a few minutes away - Orakei basin, a vocanic formation



    Waiatarua reserve, a wetlands in the middle of the city, loads of birds:



    Cornwall park,



    which has a fully functioning farm (gotta have sheep in here somewhere)



    and of course another volcano:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Auckland often ranks among the top cities in the world for quality of life...
    What a beautiful place.

    I don't care what you say about access to opera;

    I definitely think I'm living in the wrong part of the world now...

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    All that, and the Lord of the Rings, too (other island?)! Looks gorgeous!

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    I assume most folks are familiar with the famous sites and memorials in my hometown of Washington, DC. So, thinking about it, I thought I would show some other interesting sites here in DC:

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    This photo of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument is interesting because the scaffolding on the Washington Monument was designed by Michael Graves and has just been removed after repairing the Monument due to damage resulting from the earthquake in August, 2011.

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    This is my street (forgive the pouring rain) my house is next to the first house with the turret toward the top of the photo.

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    This is McMillan Park, about 6 blocks from my house. The towers are the remnants of the city's 19th century water filtering system. The site currently is slated for development and is a highly controversial project among many here in the neighborhood.

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    A little rehab job dating to a little, um, incident in 1814.

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    Turned out pretty good, though, considering!

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    Above is the Octagon, where First Lady Dolley Madison fled during the fire.

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    This nondescript house is the Mary Surratt house (left), and is where the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln was hatched.

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    This is Ford's Theater, where the plot ended with Lincoln's demise.

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    The interior of Ford's Theater today. The box at upper center with the bunting was Lincoln's box, and where he was shot.
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