Photo Gallery: The Colonials Of Asuncion, Paraguay

I’ve always had a deep love for decrepit colonial or colonial-style buildings; in fact, I appreciate decrepitude in many things, such as classic cars, port cities, barns and houses (but not men). Even after a week in Paraguay, I’m still constantly reaching for my camera to capture shots of Asuncion’s seemingly endless restored and crumbling historic buildings (many of which are also gothic in style).

I have no idea what most of these buildings are; some are governmental or municipal, others are abandoned or private homes. In a sign of the times, some house modern shops or (god help us all) fast food joints on their bottom levels.

Asuncion is one of the oldest cities in South America, and while all of these 19th and early 20th century reproductions are treasures, there’s just something about the ones that have fallen into disrepair that I find irresistible. Long may they stand, Whopper-free.


Photo of the Day (1.12.11)

Have you ever caught the absolute perfect view of a place? Be it a city’s shape or a cloud’s roll, have you ever felt like you saw something you wish you could share with the world? Those moments are what I live for. They’re why we travel.

A lot of Latin American cities are similar to San Jose, Costa Rica–at least at night. Many of them climb up hillsides and cast a deep orange glow onto the lingering low clouds after sunset. This shot was captured by photographer, Ben Britz, this past summer.

Atop a high hill in San Jose sits a restaurant from where he got this shot. Equipped with live local music and dancing, this place made for the perfect perch for the perfect shot.

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