Urban Decay: North King Street, Dublin 7


A few nice Index kings, images I found:

Urban Decay: North King Street, Dublin 7
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Image by infomatique
Smithfield is an area on the Northside of Dublin not far from my apartment. Historically, Smithfield was a suburb of Oxmantown and lay within the civil parish of St. Paul’s. There is no general agreement on the extent of the area known as Smithfield, but it might be said to incorporate the area bounded by the River Liffey to the south, Bow Street to the east, Queen Street to the west, and North Brunswick street in the suburb of Grangegorman to the north.

The focal point is a public square, formerly an open market, now officially called Smithfield Plaza, but known locally as Smithfield Square or Smithfield Market.

Smithfield Market was laid out in the mid 17th century as a marketplace. Until recently the square was lined with inner city ‘farm yards’ housing livestock. In 1964 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor spent time here, as Burton worked on the film set in Smithfield for the film adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Smithfield "played a role" of Checkpoint Charlie in the movie.

Smithfield was recently rejuvenated under the HARP (Historic Area Rejuvenation Plan). An architectural competition was held and won by McGarry NiEanaigh Architects in 1997. The restoration involved lifting more than 400,000 one hundred and twenty-year-old cobblestones, cleaning them by hand and re-laying them. Following each monthly horse fair at the plaza, despite the best efforts of city council cleaning staff, the cobbles remain stained and grubby, with animal waste to be found permanently staining the plaza.

Contemporary architecture and twelve 26.5 metre gas lighting masts, each with a 2-metre flame, now flank the square. Although the flames are rarely lit, the lighting mast shades are regularly to be seen in different colours, reflecting cultural events throughout the year. For example, they change to a vivid green shade as part of St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

The Smithfield area is also home to the Dublin City Fruit Vegetable and Flower Market. The Fish Market adjacent to it was torn down by the City Council who plan to redevelop the rest of the site.

Smithfield’s iconic tower, and its observation deck, is no longer accessible to the public, as it has long-since been closed due to health and safety concerns.

The Light House Cinema was resurrected in May 2008 in the Smithfield Square, after it had been forced to close its doors on Abbey Street on 27 September 1996. It closed at this location in April 2011 due to difficulties in paying the rent. The Lighthouse Cinema reopened to the public on January 20th 2012.


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Image by mastino70
Coazze :
The country is situated at the end of Sangone and is situated at the foot of his most famous peaks (including Mount Roubinet, m. 2679 and Mount Rocciavré m.2778), it is the natural gateway to the Regional Park Orsiera Rocciavre . Coazze opens onto a sunny natural edged downstream from the course of Sangone.

The network of paths around Coazze is extremely dense (GTA Quota Mille, Piergiorgio Frassati Path); it develops in the Park Orsiera and also outside, towards the mountains and villages offering countless opportunities for walking, hiking and trekking of varying degrees of difficulty.

Visiting the small town of Alpine Coazze in Sangone, it is not difficult to understand how the link with the rural life of the past is still strong.

The Festival of Cevrin Coazze come to the twelfth edition, part of the route proposed by the initiative Taste Val Susa Sangone 2012 in the Province of Turin and renews the appointment with the tradition and taste.

The Cevrin of Coazze is a cheese made from mixed milk (cow and goat) alpine pastures, whose small cylindrical shapes seasoned to cool for two months. The result is a soft, spicy flavor, with notes of hazelnut taste. The simple and genuine goodness of the cheese, king of the Festival of Cevrin Coazze, has earned him the respect and attention of the Slow Food Presidium has called a quality production.
Coazze is far 30 km from Turin westward
Coazze Official Site

Bishop And The Owens Valley
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Image by TranceMist
A view out of my seat on a CRJ (SLC-FAT DL #3765) on July 31, 2008.

I took this photo because it’s an arial of one of my favorite places, even though the photograph itself is fairly poor…

In this photo South is towards the top of the photograph, and thus North towards the bottom.

Visible in the center of the image is the town of Bishop, gateway to the Eastern Sierra and home of the late world-class climber and landscape photographer Galen Rowell. His Mountain Light Gallery continues to flourish in Bishop.

Going directly west (right) from Bishop is highway 168, which climbs up to South Lake, Aspendell and Lake Sabrina, both starting points to fantastic hikes in the Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness and Sequoia National Park.

The hilly area just below highway 168 are the Buttermilks, and the green area below that (lower right quadrant) represents some of the most beautiful scenery in the Eastern Sierra. Shots such as this one were taken there.

I love this particular flight because it begins its descent into Fresno over the Owens Valley and provides fantastic views of Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

Unfortunately, my trip back was not as pleasant.