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Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge in Toronto – CAN

December 7th, 2018

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2018 – Volvo XC40 at Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge in Toronto Canada

2018 – Volvo XC40 at Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge in Toronto Canada

2018 – Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge in Toronto (Google Streetview)

2018 – Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge in Toronto (Google Streetview)

The Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge is a bascule bridge and Warren truss in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Located in the industrial Port Lands area, it carries Cherry Street over the Toronto Harbour Ship Channel and opens to allow ships to access the channel and the turning basin beyond. There are two bascule bridges on Cherry Street. The other, smaller bridge, crosses the Keating Channel, while this bridge crosses the Ship Channel.

The bridge was built in 1930 by the company of Joseph Strauss and the Dominion Bridge Company. The north side of the bridge has 750-ton concrete counterweights that allow the bridge to pivot to open. The bridge uses 500 tons of steel in its construction. The bridge is designed to carry two lanes of traffic. It cost CA$500,000 ($7.95 million in 2017 dollars) to build. It was officially opened on June 29, 1931 by Toronto Mayor William Stewart. The bridge was listed under the Ontario Heritage Act by the City of Toronto in 1992 as architecturally historical.

The city spent CA$2.5 million to refurbish the bridge in 2007. The Toronto Port Authority made further repairs from December 2012 to September 2013 at a cost of CA$2 million.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.blogto.com.

Big thanks to Chao, for finding this place in Toronto!

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Craneway Pavilion on Harbour Way South in Richmond – USA

December 7th, 2018

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2017 – Volvo XC40 in Craneway Conference Center at the Craneway Pavilion on 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, CA, USA.

2017 – Volvo XC40 in Craneway Conference Center at the Craneway Pavilion on 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, CA, USA.

2017 – Volvo XC40 in Craneway Conference Center at the Craneway Pavilion on 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, CA, USA.

2018 – Craneway Conference Center at the Craneway Pavilion on Harbour Way South in Richmond

2018 – Craneway Conference Center at the Craneway Pavilion on Harbour Way South in Richmond

The Craneway Conference Center is located in the Craneway Pavilion on Harbour Way South in Richmond, USA. This location is historically known as the The Ford Richmond Plant, formally the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant in Richmond, California.

As state-of-the-art as it is historic, Craneway Pavilion is a 45,000 square-foot facility in an award-winning, architecturally significant Ford Assembly Plant building dating back to 1931, with an adjoining 20,000 square-foot open-air patio, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces. Additional conference space with break out rooms available.

Craneway’s atmosphere and amenities set the stage for special occasions, meetings and cultural highlights—of every size and every stripe—as unforgettable as San Francisco Bay Area itself.

The Ford Richmond Plant, formally the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, in Richmond, California, was the largest assembly plant to be built on the West Coast and its conversion to wartime production during World War II aided the United States’ war effort. The plant is part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It currently houses the Craneway Pavilion, an event venue.

Built in 1930 during the Great Depression, the assembly plant measures nearly 46,450 m². The factory was a major stimulant to the local and regional economy and was an important development in Richmond’s inner harbor and port plan. Ford became Richmond’s third largest employer, behind Standard Oil and the Santa Fe Railroad. It is also an outstanding example of 20th-century industrial architecture designed by architect Albert Kahn, known for his “daylight factory” design, which employed extensive window openings that became his trademark. The main building is composed of a two-story section, a single-story section, a craneway, a boiler house and a shed canopy structure over the railroad track.

To ensure that America prepared for total war by mobilizing all the industrial might of the United States, President Franklin D. Roosevelt banned the production of civilian automobiles during WWII. The Richmond Ford Assembly Plant switched to assembling jeeps and to putting the finishing touches on tanks, half-tracked armored personnel carriers, armored cars and other military vehicles destined for the Pacific Theater. By July 1942, military combat vehicles began flowing into the Richmond Ford plant to get final processing before being transported out the deep-water channel to the war zones. The “Richmond Tank Depot” (only one of three tank depots in the country as the Ford plant was then called, helped keep American fighting men supplied with up-to-the-minute improvements in their battle equipment. Approximately 49,000 jeeps were assembled and 91,000 other military vehicles were processed here.

In mobilizing the wartime production effort to its full potential, Federal military authorities and private industry began to work closely together on a scale never seen before in American history. This laid the groundwork for what became known as the “military-industrial complex” during the Cold War years. This Assembly Plant was one cog in the mobilization of the “Arsenal of Democracy” and a historic part of what is today’s industrial culture of the United States.

After the war, the devastation to the local economy as a result of the closing of the Richmond Shipyards would have been crippling had it not been for the continued production of the Ford Plant. The last Ford was assembled in February 1953, with the plant being closed in 1956 and production transferred to the San Jose Assembly Plant because of the inability to accommodate increased productivity demands.

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged the plant. After the earthquake, the City of Richmond repaired and prepared the Ford Assembly building for rehabilitation and selected Orton Development as the developer of the rehabilitation project. In 2008, after the building’s rehabilitation was completed, tenants including SunPower Corporation and Mountain Hardwear made the building their new home. The craneway of the building is also used for banquets, weddings, and corporate events.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and craneway.com.

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Hamilton Gears Warehouse on Dupont Street in Toronto – CAN

December 7th, 2018

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2018 – Volvo XC40 at former Hamilton Gears Warehouse on 950 Dupont Street in Dovercourt Park, Toronto, Canada.

2018 – Volvo XC40 at Hamilton Gears warehouse at 950 Dupont St in Ontario

2018 – Hamilton Gears Warehouse on Dupont Street in Toronto (Google Streetview)

2018 – Hamilton Gears Warehouse on Dupont Street in Toronto (Google Streetview)

Hamilton Gears Warehouse is located at the corner of Dupont Street and Dovercourt Road in Toronto, Canada.

The building, at 950 Dupont St., was once the home of the Hamilton Gear and Machinery Co. It was just one of dozens of manufacturing plants that once lined Dupont St., just north of Bloor St.

Today, the plants are gone, and the area is more of a home to car repair shops and hardware stores than upscale bars and restaurants.

“Enterprises, as great as Eastern Airlines or as lowly as a corner store, will often die pathetically, with no ceremony or celebration of their achievements. Dupont Street in Toronto at the close of the twentieth century is an open graveyard of such industries, most of which collapsed without so much as a pauper’s funeral,” wrote Toronto Star editor Alfred Holden in a 1998 essay for Taddle Creek Magazine.

“Their skeletons lie exposed. They are the parking lots, warehouse loft condos and retail joints of the post-industrial age.”

Holden wrote that everything from the machinery needed to open and close the pilot’s canopy over the cockpit in the supersonic Avro Arrow jet to the gears that transmit power to the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre were made at the Hamilton plant.

In 2014, there were plans the a popular Toronto craft brewery named Bellwoods Brewery would be expandingand putting new life into a this once mighty building and neighborhood. The had set its sights on a 20,000-square-feet warehouse at Dupont St. and Dovercourt Rd. as the future headquarters for its brewing operations.

In 2016 shoe Vans moved in. “The west-side street is back at it again as the latest incarnation of the House of Vans gets ready to move into the Hamilton Gears warehouse.

Located at 950 Dupont St., this massive warehouse will eventually become the next Bellwoods Brewery outpost. Before then, the House of Vans will set up shop temporarily, from March 16 to April 2 (in 2016).

This branded mega-facility will feature a skatepark, art gallery and musical performances, though the lineup hasn’t been released yet.”

For the famous Dupont street, a wave of redevelopment is planned!

More information at urbantoronto.ca and www.thestar.com.

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Dovercourt Road in Toronto – CAN

December 6th, 2018

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2018 – Volvo XC40 R-Design at Dovercourt Road in Toronto in Canada.

2018 – Dovercourt Road, under the railway in Toronto (Google Streetview)

2018 – Dovercourt Road, under the railway in Toronto (Google Streetview)

Dovercourt Road is a street in Toronto, Canada.

Dovercourt Road starts at Davenport Road in Davenport and crosses Dovercourt Park, Bloorcourt Village, Dufferin Groove towards West Queen West where it ends at Sudbury Street.

It crosses the Bloor–Danforth Line knwon as Line 2 Bloor–Danforth is a subway line in the Toronto subway system, operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). It has 31 stations and is 26.2 kilometers in length. It opened on February 26, 1966, and extensions at both ends were completed in 1968 and again in 1980.

The most travelled part of the line is located in Old Toronto’s midtown area known as Yorkville. In this area, the subway also connects to Line 1 Yonge–University at Spadina, St. George and Yonge stations. Towards the east, the line runs parallel to Danforth Avenue serving areas such as Greektown and the East Danforth, it then continues further to the east through a very short stretch in East York to its eastern terminus in Scarborough, where it connects to Line 3 Scarborough. To the west, the line continues along Bloor Street serving many communities such as The Annex, Bloor West Village, an extremely short stretch in York, and the area surrounding the line’s western terminus located in Etobicoke.

The line runs primarily a few metres north of Bloor Street from its western terminus at Kipling Avenue to the Prince Edward Viaduct east of Castle Frank Road, after which the street continues as Danforth Avenue. Just east of Main Street, the line begins to deviate northeast from Danforth Avenue and runs grade-separated until its eastern terminus, slightly east of Kennedy Road on Eglinton Avenue. The subway line is closed nightly for maintenance, when Blue Night Network bus routes serve the route.

Dovercourt Road takes its name from the once-prominent Denison family, whose land holdings included a stretch of the street. Neither a main thoroughfare nor a sleepy residential enclave, there’s something quintessentially Toronto about Dovercourt. At various points in its history, the street seemed on the brink of becoming more developed, particularly when it was home to a streetcar route, but aside from little hubs of activity at main intersections (notably Queen, Argyle, College, Bloor and Hallam), it never really happened en masse.

To the north, Dovercourt was originally home to poor English migrants who lived in shack-like structures spread around what is now Dupont. As industry developed on that street and along Geary Avenue (formerly Main Street) around the turn of the 20th century, Dovercourt Park became a bonafide neighbourhood, the heart of which was located at the intersection of Hallam. Surprisingly, both streets were served by streetcars at the time, and there was arguably even more traffic at the intersection in the 1920s than there is today.

Dovercourt and Argyle, once home to the Ideal Bread Company (now a rather nice condo), also feels like a mini-hub thanks in part to the presence of Luna Cafe. Ditto for the intersection at Foxley, which is home to Julie’s Cuban and one of those classic residential Toronto variety stores. I’ve always liked this stretch of the street for the degree that it speaks to an older version of the city, one in which corner stores and lunch counters could be found scattered in neighbourhoods off main streets.

If there’s a stretch of Dovercourt that’s been preserved the most over the years, it’s to be found between College and Bloor, where stately homes are set back from the road and look pretty much the same as they did in the 1950s (see photo below). It’s a shame not to have an old picture of the Matador to share here, but the latest iteration of 466 Dovercourt will retain the iconic sign, so there’s no need to get too mournful.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.blogto.com.

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Lefty O’Doul Bridge at 3rd street in San Francisco – USA

December 6th, 2018

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2017 – Volvo XC40 on Lefty O’Doul Bridge at 3rd street in San Francisco, California, USA.

2017 – Volvo XC40 on Lefty O’Doul Bridge at 3rd street in San Francisco

2017 – Volvo XC40 on Lefty O’Doul Bridge at 3rd street in San Francisco, California, USA.

2018 – Lefty O’Doul Bridge at 3rd street in San Francisco (Google Streetview)

2018 – Lefty O’Doul Bridge at 3rd street in San Francisco (Google Streetview)

Lefty O’Doul Bridge is a bridge on the 3rd street in San Francisco, USA.

The Lefty O’Doul Bridge (also known as the Third Street Bridge or China Basin Bridge) is a drawbridge connecting the China Basin and Mission Bay neighborhoods of San Francisco, carrying Third Street across the Mission Creek Channel. It is located directly adjacent to AT&T Park.

It opened in 1933 and was renamed in 1969 in honor of the famous baseball player Lefty O’Doul.

The bridge carries five lanes of traffic. During normal conditions, the two easternmost lanes carry northbound traffic, the two westernmost lanes carry southbound traffic, and the center lane is reversible. Before, during, and after events at neighboring AT&T Park, the two easternmost lanes are closed to vehicles and used exclusively by pedestrians, while the remaining two easternmost lanes are reversible.

The bridge was seen in a chase sequence in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill.
The bridge was also a key story point in the 1973 Clint Eastwood movies Magnum Force (during the climax involving a car chase), and in The Enforcer in 1976.
The bridge was also seen in the 2015 movie San Andreas starring Dwayne Johnson and Alexandra Daddario.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.foundsf.org.

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Bellevue Strandbad on Strandvejen in Klampenborg – DK

December 6th, 2018

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2017 – Volvo XC60 at Bellevue Strandbad on Strandvejen in Klampenborg, Danmark

2017 – Volvo XC60 at Bellevue Strandbad on Strandvejen in Klampenborg, Danmark.

2017 – Volvo XC60 at Bellevue Strand in Denmark

2018 – Bellevue Strandbad on Strandvejen in Klampenborg (Google Streetview)

2018 – Bellevue Strandbad on Strandvejen in Klampenborg (Google Streetview)

Bellevue Strandbad or Bellevue Beach is located on Strandvejen in Klampenborg, just 10 kilometers north of Copenhagen in Denmark.

The beach is very popular with locals during the summer months and can be reached in just five minutes’ walk from both Klampenborg S-train station and Dyrehaven.
The beach is 700 meters long and has both lifeguards and freshwater showers on the beach.
The beach is just off the picturesque fishing village, Tårbæk, and right next to Strandvejen at the Arne Jacobsen-designed Bellevue Theatre.

Klampenborg is a northern suburb to Copenhagen, Denmark. It is located in Gentofte Municipality, directly on Øresund, between Taarbæk and Skovshoved. Like other neighbourhoods along the Øresund coast, Klampenborg is an affluent area with many large houses.

Arne Jacobsen-designed lifeguard tower Bellevue Beach

Klampenborg is known for a cluster of building projects by the Functionalist Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. These include Bellevue Beach, the Bellavista housing estate and the Bellevue Theatre, all completed between 1932–36 as some of the earliest Danish examples of Modernism. The area also includes a Jacobsen-designed restaurant, now called Jacobsen, which reopened in 2009 after thorough restoration and to good reviews.

Due to Bellevue Beach, Klampenborg is also a popular beach destination in summer, although the area draws fewer Copenhageners since the inauguration of Amager Beach Park and the Copenhagen Harbour Baths in 2005.

Klampenborg is also the main gateway to the extensive Deer Garden forest park, one of the most popular (semi-)natural areas in the Copenhagen area, known for its large deer population and ancient oak trees. The entrance, one of many, is located right next to Klampenborg Station and is marked by a red-painted wooden gate. In connection with the park lies the oldest operating amusement park in the world, Dyrehavsbakken, also located close to the station.

More information at en.wikipedia.org, www.arkitekturbilleder.dk and www.visitdenmark.com.

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Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona – ES

December 3rd, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 331
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2017 – Volvo XC40 at Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona, Spain.

2018 – Volvo XC40 at Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona, Spain.

2018 – Volvo XC40 Inscription T5 AWD at Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona Spain

2017 – Volvo XC40 at Registro de la Propiedad de Barcelona Nº 03 on Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona, Spain

2018 – Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona (Google Streetview)

2018 – Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona (Google Streetview)

2018 – Carrer de Joan Miró in Barcelona (Google Streetview)

2018 – Carrer de Joan Miró and Av. d’Icària in Barcelona (Google Streetview)

Carrer de Joan Miró is a street in Barcelona, Spain. This street runs from Carrer de Ramon Turró to Carrer de Salvador Espriu.

The street is named after Joan Miró. Joan Miró i Ferrà was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established in his native city of Barcelona in 1975, and another, the Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, was established in his adoptive city of Palma de Mallorca in 1981.

Earning international acclaim, his work has been interpreted as Surrealism, a sandbox for the subconscious mind, a re-creation of the childlike, and a manifestation of Catalan pride. In numerous interviews dating from the 1930s onwards, Miró expressed contempt for conventional painting methods as a way of supporting bourgeois society, and declared an “assassination of painting” in favour of upsetting the visual elements of established painting.

Joan Miró

Joan Miró was among the first artists to develop automatic drawing as a way to undo previous established techniques in painting, and thus, with André Masson, represented the beginning of Surrealism as an art movement. However, Miró chose not to become an official member of the Surrealists in order to be free to experiment with other artistic styles without compromising his position within the group. He pursued his own interests in the art world, ranging from automatic drawing and surrealism, to expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction, and Color Field painting. Four-dimensional painting was a theoretical type of painting Miró proposed in which painting would transcend its two-dimensionality and even the three-dimensionality of sculpture.

More information at en.wikipedia.org and www.fmirobcn.org.

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Rue Pierre-Semard in Paris – F

December 2nd, 2018

International Volvo Photo Locations Part 330
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2016 - Volvo V90 at Rue Pierre-Semard in Rochechouart in Paris, France. Part of Volvo Cars’ new V90 campaign features footballing legend Zlatan Ibrahimović.

2016 – Volvo V90 at Rue Pierre-Semard in Rochechouart in Paris, France. Part of Volvo Cars’ new V90 campaign features footballing legend Zlatan Ibrahimović.

2016 – Volvo V90 at Rue Pierre-Semard and Rue Rochambeau in Paris, France. Part of Volvo Cars’ new V90 campaign features football legend Zlatan Ibrahimović.

2018 – Rue Pierre-Semard and Rue de Bellefond in Paris (Google Streetview)

2018 – Rue Pierre-Semard and Rue Rochambeau in Paris (Google Streetview)

Rue Pierre-Semard is a street in 9e arrondissement in Paris, France. This street has a bridge crossing it with Rue de Bellefond.
Rue Pierre-Semard leads to Rue Rochambeau with the Square Montholon.

The street pays tribute to Pierre Semard (1887-1942), trade unionist, general secretary of the Federation of Railway Workers and leader of the PCF (Parti Communiste Français or the French Communist Party).

2018 – Rue Pierre-Semard in Paris (Photograpy by Thomas Schlijper)

Construction of the Square Montholon began in 1862, costing 160,000 francs, at the time of building of Rue Lafayette, and opened in 1863.
The square comprises two terraces and is encircled by a Louis-Philippe-style fence. The central grass garden is home to two hundred-year-old 30 m tall oriental plane trees as well a marble statuary group by Julien Lorieux dedicated to the young working women of the quarter.
A fountain with a bronze sculpture, “The Bear, the Eagle and the Vulture”, was removed and melted down in 1941 or 1942, during the Nazi occupation of Paris.

The 9th arrondissement of Paris (IXe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France.

The arrondissement, called Opéra, is located on the right bank of the River Seine. It contains many places of cultural, historical, and architectural interest, including the Palais Garnier, home to the Paris Opera, Boulevard Haussmann, and its large department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. The arrondissement has many theaters including Folies Bergères, Théatre Mogador and Théatre de Paris. Along with the 2nd and 8th arrondissements, it hosts one of the business centers of Paris, located around the Opéra.

More information at fr.wikipedia.org, www.mozasaguirre.com and en.parisinfo.com.

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Caja Vital Kutxa HQ on La Biosfera Ibilbidea in Vitoria-Gasteiz – ES

December 2nd, 2018

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2012 – Volvo V40 R-Design at Caja Vital Kutxa Bank HQ

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2012 – Volvo V40 R-Design at Caja Vital Kutxa Bank HQ on La Biosfera Ibilbidea in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava in Spain.

2012 – Volvo V40 R-Design at Caja Vital Kutxa Bank HQ on La Biosfera Ibilbidea in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava in Spain.

2018 – Caja Vital KutxaBank HQ on La Biosfera Ibilbidea in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

2018 – Caja Vital KutxaBank HQ on La Biosfera Ibilbidea in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Caja Vital Kutxa Bank HQ is located on La Biosfera Ibilbidea in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. This is the headquarters for the local savings bank. The building reproduces the scale of the surrounding small woods, a park of the Natura 2000 networking programme.

The floor plan has a chromosome shape with four arms. The structural concept is based on pairs of exterior metal supports, clad in stainless steel composite panels. One of the arms has been conceived as a 26 meter cantilever. In this case the concept changes and the pairs do not have any structural function.
A double height hall located in the heart of the building has its two façades enclosed by a work of art. They have been constructed with bright red polyurethane panels with a manually painted biological pattern.
The idea is to identify the building as a live organism in motion. A black skin made of glass protects the inhabited spaces behind the stainless steel pairs.

2018 – Caja Vital KutxaBank HQ on La Biosfera Ibilbidea in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Kutxabank is a bank based in the Basque Autonomous Community of Spain. It was officially founded on 1 January 2012 out of the merger of three Basque financial institutions operating on their respective provinces: Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa (BBK), Gipuzkoa Donostia Kutxa (Kutxa), and Caja Vital Kutxa (Vital).

Vitoria-Gasteiz is the seat of government and the capital city of the Basque Autonomous Community and of the province of Araba/Álava in northern Spain. The dwellers of Vitoria-Gasteiz are called vitorianos or gasteiztarrak, while traditionally they are dubbed babazorros (Basque for ‘bean sacks’).

Vitoria-Gasteiz is a multicultural city with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, healthcare, architectural conservation, aeronautics, vehicle industry, oenology and gastronomy. It is the first Spanish municipality to be awarded the title of European Green Capital (in 2012) and it is consistently ranked as one of the 5 best places to live in Spain. The old town holds some of the best preserved medieval streets and plazas in the region and it is one of very few cities to hold two Cathedrals. The city also holds well known festivals such as the Azkena rock festival, FesTVal, Vitoria-Gasteiz jazz festival, and the Virgen Blanca Festivities.

Vitoria-Gasteiz’s vicinity is home to world-renowned wineries such as Ysios (by Santiago Calatrava) and the Marqués de Riscal Hotel (by Frank Gehry); relevant heritage sites including the Neolithic remains of Aizkomendi, Sorginetxe and La chabola de la Hechicera; Iron Age remains such as the settlements of Lastra and Buradón; antique remains such as the settlement of La Hoya and the salt valley of Añana; and countless medieval fortresses such as the Tower of Mendoza and the Tower of Varona.

More information at www.archdaily.com, www.mozasaguirre.com and en.wikipedia.org.

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När Fyr on Närsholmen near När on Gotland

December 2nd, 2018

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2016 - Volvo XC60 at Närsholmen near Stånga on Gotland

2016 – Volvo XC60 at Närsholmen near Stånga on Gotland

2018 – När Fyr on Gotland

2018 – När Fyr on Gotland

När Fyr is a lighthouse on the peninsula Närsholmen near När on Gotland, Sweden.

När Lighthouse is a Swedish lighthouse located outside the village När on the southeast side of the island Gotland. It was constructed in 1872, the sketchings were made by architect John Höjer. It is located in a nature reserve and birding area. It is a listed building in Sweden.

The light originally carried a kerosene lamp and it was updated with electric power in 1961. It was also automated that same year, and the rotating lens was replaced by a modern one. It is owned by the Swedish Maritime Administration.

När is a settlement on the Swedish island of Gotland, with 413 inhabitants in 2014. Formerly a socken, on 1 January 2016, it was reconstituted into the administrative area När District.

Gotland is Sweden’s largest island. The province includes the islands of Fårö and Gotska Sandön to the north, as well as the Karlsö Islands (Lilla and Stora) to the west. The island of Gotland and the other areas of the province of Gotland make up less than one percent of Sweden’s total land area.

The island’s main sources of income are agriculture along with food processing, tourism, information technology services, design, and some heavy industry such as concrete production from locally mined limestone. From a military viewpoint, it occupies a strategic location in the Baltic sea.

More information at fyr.org and sv.wikipedia.org.

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