Near and Far: Europe and California

VENICE – Tops: California, Bottoms: Italy

I badly wish to go back to Europe. But I can’t complain as much. Not only that I’ve been very blessed to have gone there, the place I’m currently in ain’t too shabby for my travel fix. Plus, it really isn’t hard to cross-culture here in California.

Villas – Design of Getty Villa {Bottom) is inspired by The Villa of Papyri in Herculaneum (Top).

I really enjoyed the neat idea I came up with when I Merge: Herculanem and Getty Villa. And so, I tweak it a bit for my entry of Near and Far. The images in this post are places in California where you can imagine or reminisce different locations in Europe. Not what the challenge is looking for, but I’ve been known as a notorious  WPC rule-breaker.

Spanish Footsteps – Top Right: Rodeo Drive, California, Top Left and Bottom: Rome, Italy. Related post: Journey

I like to know. Anything around your area, or places you’ve been to, that resembles, comparable to, or is based from another location or site from a different country?

Alcazar Garden – Left: Sevilla, Spain, Right: Balboa Park

The next one is with the help of sister, Analyn. She’s quite a globetrotter as well.

Danish – Tops: Solvang, Bottom: Copenhagen, Denmark (picture courtesy of my sister)

This post is part of Flashback Friday. *sticks tongue out*



Here is Loni. Check out her Yosemite posts. Check out her Venice post. Check out her Mud Run post. Check out the one where she got on TV. Check out her Anniversary post and the different places her and her husband have gone to. Check out her Academy post. Check out food, places of mainly California, and her wide-eye impressive photographs. My favorite however is  her 100th post where she showed her “Loni Exhibit”, These are some of my favorite things. Go ahead and Check out how Loni Found Herself.


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    • I think that’s the one who I think they didn’t really do that of a good job resembling to the original. Anyhow, it’s still a nice find and it’s awesome to compare both. 😀

  1. I love it when you merge photos from several different places. You are a master at this Rommel! Since I have not been to Europe yet, you are quenching my thirst until I get there. Thanks! 🙂

  2. What happened to the comment I left here….? Ok, maybe I’m seeing double now! 😆
    Keep the great photos coming… I’m looking forward to getting a wide angle lens for my other Canon. 🙂

    • Well, thank you for the awesome posts. I haven’t gotten around the places you’ve been to but I’ll get to it in time. I picked up a lot from your blog.

  3. Yes, it’s amazing to see how the culture of Andalusia has shaped California’s architecture, place names and landscape. (I think our palm trees came from there or other Moorish lands.) Great post.

    • Hmmmm … Well when I first looked at the collage, I did find the palm trees highly noticeable from both locations that I wondered about it for a bit. Sounds interesting.
      Thanks for the input, torreywall.

  4. your pics make me want to go back to Europe as well. i so love the comparison you have on 2 places… great observations. can I borrow your idea on one of my next posts? 🙂

  5. Interesting observations. I need to visit Venice, CA again sometime soon 🙂 The last time I was there was when I was a teenager, when a $5 palm reader told me I would be great with kids and a great writer someday. Hopefully I won’t let her down…

    • I would love for you to go there, and see how you and Matthews photograph it. You’ll love their garden and all the scenery, for sure. It’s part of the city, but still had that charm.
      By the look of your blog, I know you didn’t disappoint the palm reader.

    • European would not approve. But definitely, California offers variety than any European countries. Let me know if or when you plan to be here so I have something to look forward to. 😀

    • I know! They are doing good with all these revivals. The Spanish footsteps in Rodeo Dr. is not so much, but it’s great that they did resemble it to the one in Rome.

  6. I quite understand your wish to go back to Europe. I wouldn’t mind visiting California at some point. Rommel, I like your perspective very much. Wonderful comparison from different points of world!!

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