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    Senior Member Top Contributor Member Clayton's Avatar
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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.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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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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    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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    Last edited by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva); January 14th, 2014 at 02:50 AM.
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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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