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This website is one geography professor's way of helping himself remember what he's seen. It consists of well over 15,000 photographs, many with detailed captions and varying degrees of information, wisecracking, and opinion.

A little browsing will reveal areas of strength or weakness. On the weakness side, people seem to be most interested in pictures of other people (narcissistic creatures!), and there aren't many good ones here. In addition, regional coverage is uneven, with lots on parts of Asia (India!), Africa (South Africa!), the United States (Dallas!) and even Europe (Venice!) but disgracefully little on Latin America, apart from very minor ventures to Mexico City and Trinidad.

The site is particularly strong, on the other hand, in its coverage of religious monuments (Khajuraho!) and the relics of European colonialism (Rangoon!). It contains thousands of pictures of traditional cities (Historic Cairo!) and rural landscapes (Bali!), and by way of counterbalance there's a lot on modernization (Dubai! poor Dubai!).

Anyone interested in exploring the site for these topics may find the following suggestions helpful:

Religious Monuments, arranged from west to east across Eurasia, include Cordoba: the Mesquita (Spain), Ely Cathedral (United Kingdom), Paris 1: Gothic (France), Three by Balthasar Neumann (Germany), Rome: More Churches and Florence: Churches (Italy), Istanbul: Religious Architecture (Turkey), Historic Cairo (Egypt), The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and The Haram (Jerusalem), the Bad Shahi Mosque and Wazir Khan's Mosque (Pakistan), Khajuraho and Varanasi (Northern India); Ellora, Sanchi, Sanchi, Hampi, Ramappa, Kanchipuram, and Ranakpur (Peninsular India); Anuradhapura, Polonnuwara, and Buduruwagala (Sri Lanka), Pagan (Burma), Angkor (Cambodia), Borobudur (Indonesia), Baodingshan and Foguangsi (China), and Nara: Horyuji (Japan).

For the relics of Britain's empire in Asia, try New Delhi, Calcutta, Shimla, and Naini Tal (Northern India), Mumbai and Chennai (Peninsular India), Colombo and Kandy (Sri Lanka), Rangoon and Moulmein (Burma), and Singapore. For the British Empire in Africa, try Accra (Ghana), Khartoum (Sudan), Nairobi (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Harare (Zimbabwe), and Johannesburg (S. Africa). For the Portuguese Empire, try Macao (China), Goa, Bassein, and Diu (Peninsular India), and Ihla de Mozambique (Mozambique). For the German Empire, see Bagamoyo (Tanzania) and Swakopmund (Namibia). For the quasi-colonial European treaty ports in China, see Shanghai: The Bund , Gulangyu, and Shantou. For American colonialism (European colonialism at one remove), see Manila: City Beautiful (Philippines). For the Americas see Mexico City and Port of Spain (Trinidad).

For traditional rural landscapes, try Dujiangyan and Yunnan Village: Hengdi (China), Banaue (Philippines), Mt. Merapi and Bali (Indonesia), Bundelkhand (North India), Traverse of the Deccan (South India), Gurugal Oya and Lamesuriagama (Sri Lanka), Chaprot and Mills of Swat (Pakistan), and Jebel Akhdar and Al Ayn (Oman).

For traditional cities, try Rothenburg (Germany), Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic), Marrakech (Morocco), Historic Cairo (Egypt), Jerusalem, Sana'a (Yemen), Lahore (Pakistan), Khiva (Uzbekistan), and Lijiang and Pingyao (China).

For modernization, try Dessau and the Bauhaus (Germany), Dubai (U.A.E.), Muscat (Oman); Chandigarh, Gurgaon, and Noida (North India), New Chennai and Hyderabad Cyberabad (Peninsular India), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand), New Suzhou and Hong Kong (China), and Soviet Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Dallas is treated in depth, as are Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.

A very few of the photos on this website (mostly photos of the San Joaquin Valley) date from the 1960s, and several groups (mostly of rural areas in Morocco, the Nile Valley, and parts of South and Southeast Asia) are from the 1980s. Most of the photographs of what used to be called the Holy Land date from the 1990s. Since 2002, photos have been added in these groups:

Additions in 2003 included Alpine Austria, Belgium (Bruges and Brussels), Spain (Andalucia), Germany (Heidelberg and Trier), Italy (Venice and Florence), and Thailand.

Additions in 2004 included the UAE (Dubai), Oman (Muscat and Jebel Akhdar), the Eastern United States (Washington, D.C), the Western United States (Glen Rose and Las Colinas), North India (Calcutta), Peninsular India (Hyderabad, and Sanchi), Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura), Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva).

Additions in 2005 included Belgium (Tervuren), the Netherlands (Maastricht), Japan (Tokyo), the Philippines (Manila), the Western United States (Central Pacific Railroad and Grass Valley), Peninsular India (Udaipur), and expanded coverage of Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Mumbai, and the monuments around Agra.

Additions in 2006 included Japan (Nara and Horyuji), Pakistan (Lahore), the United States (Oklahoma City), and the UK (Liverpool, Manchester, Cambridge, and Wigan).

Additions in 2007 included Egypt (Historic Cairo, Paris on the Nile, and Skirting the Delta), China (Guangzhou, Gulangyu, Thames Town and Citta di Pujiang), Greece, UAE (expanded coverage of Dubai), Yemen (Sana'a, Aden, and Shibam), and North India (Lucknow , Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar, Konarak, Puri, Chandigarh, and expanded coverage of Shimla).

Additions in 2008 included expanded coverage of Egypt (Luxor Temple, Karnak, Medinat Hapu, the Ramesseum, Temple of Hatshepsut, and five tombs in the Theban Necropolis), Jordan (Jerash), Dallas (Texas, Western U.S.), Almora District and Naini Tal (Northern India), Bassein Fort, Pune, and Mahabaleshwar (Peninsular India), expanded coverage of Trinidad, Imperial Berlin (Germany), and Vienna (Austria).

Additions in 2009 included additional pictures for Morocco (Marrakech), Australia (Northern Territory), Malaysia (Kuching), Peninsular India (Old Goa and Panaji, Bijapur, Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole, and Karnataka road trip), China (Taiyuan, Jinci, Tianlongshan, Foguangsi, Pingyao, Urumqi, Turpan, and Kashgar), and Vietnam (Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon/HCMC, and Cantho).

Additions in 2010 included Eastern U.S. (New York City), Western U.S. (Big Bend), Peninsular India (Aurangabad, Deogiri Fort, and Ellora), Italy (Siena, San Gemignano, and Giglio), United Kingdom (Ironbridge), Belgium (Mons and the Ascenseur de Strepy), South Africa, Namibia, and Mozambique.

Additions in 2011 included Kenya, Tanzania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, Japan (Return to Yokohama), Germany (Berliner Moderne, Berlin Discovers Glass, Dessau and the Bauhaus, Speyer Cathedral, and Rothenberg ob der Tauber), the UK (Kedleston Hall and 10 folders on London), and the Western U.S. (Los Angeles 2011 and San Diego).

Additions in 2012 included China (Macao, Shantou, Shanghai Checkup), India (Diu and Diu Fort, Hampi), Italy (Rome: More Churches), Spain (Madrid and Toledo), and Mexico City.

Additions in 2013 included Poland (Warsaw and Krakow), Ghana (Accra, Cape Coast, Elmina), South Africa (Western Cape), Malawi (Blantyre), Czech Republic (Cesky Krumlov), Botswana (Gaborone), and India (Chennai)

Additions in 2014 included Eastern U.S. (Central Pennsylvania), Northern India (Delhi additions), UK (Birmingham), Zimbabwe (Bulawayo), and South Africa (Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, and Grahamstown).

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