Arthur Lee

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Koei's Uncharted Waters. Sid Meier's Colonization. Europa Universalis. These are the computer games my parents said I've wasted my time on, but they have given me the passion for world history, especially in the Age of Exploration. In this statue were the key people who made it all possible, and then their kinsman enslaved millions of people in the distant lands with darker skin colours. . . .
#Lisbon #Lisboa #Portugal #Europe #statues #history #navigators #colonization #ageofexploration #monuments #travelgram #instatravel #sept2017

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Standing at the most Western point of Europe. One photo is taken with micro 4/3 mirrorless camera. The other is taken with sub RM1000 China camera. Guess which is which.
#edgeofthecontinent #cabodaroca #Lisbon #Portugal #Europe #coasts #sunset #seaside #travel #travelgram #instatravel #cliffs #sept2017 #xiaomimimax #smartphonephotography

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"I'll have what she's having" - what Portugal probably said to the American bridge engineers
#Lisbon #Lisboa #Portugal #Europe #bridges #architecture #structure #25deabril #sunset #travelgram #instatravel #sept2017

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Crossing over from Spain to Portugal and got greeted by Jesus. Yes at the top is not a rolled-up tarp, but the outstretched hands of a standing tall Jesus statue.
#Lisbon #Lisboa #Portugal #Europe #statue #jesus #architecture #travel #travelgram #sept2017

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Buildings stretched out in a semicircle shape to symbolise reaching out open arms and inclusive
#Seville #Spain #Andalusia #Europe #españa #plaza #sept2017 #architecture

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Key highlight in Seville, after days of seeing churches, castles and palaces. Weather here was scorching hot even in late Sept. You won't see many people standing outside under the sun.
#Seville #sevilla #Spain #Andalusia #Europe #españa #plaza #sept2017

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Finally something beyond cliché postcard photos of tourists sights. One of my favourite photos with an abstract play on geometry, lighting, shadows, colours and (almost) horizontal symmetry.
#Granada #Andalusia #Spain #Europe #alhambra #greek #architecture #abstract #lightandshadow #sept2017 #xiaomimimax #smartphonephotography

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16th century royal palace for the emperor, though it was never quite completed
#Granada #Andalusia #Spain #alhambra #renaissance #architecture

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The age of smartphones has changed how I consider the framing of my photos in terms of landscape or portraiture. In the past, horizontal landscape photos fit well on wide screen monitors, but now it will look awkward on vertical tall smartphone screens. People are unlikely to rotate their smartphones to view landscape photos in its full glory.
Also I used to get annoyed when people take videos on portraiture mode. Not anymore. Vertical portraiture mode is now the default mode how everyone consumes fast media.
#Granada #Andalusia #Spain #Europe #alhambra #moors #arches #architecture #carvings

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The day right after I wrote about growing inequality that will be passed on to the next generations, the world learned about the Paradise Papers and how the super-rich hired lawyers to stash their wealth so that they can skip their civic duties and be even richer.
So here's a pic of Iberico hams, taken in a butcher shop during my night stroll in Granada.
#Granada #Andalusia #Spain #Europe #streets #butcher #ibericoham #markets #travel #abundance #sept2017 #xiaomimimax

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Patricians and Plebeians. Feudal Lords and Serfs. Samurai and Peasants. Aristocrats and Commoners.
Throughout the history of human civilizations, we have the caste systems. Although our modem day societies have much eliminated nobility by birth, it is still far from being a meritocratic one.
The elites now form family dynasties by hoarding wealth and establishing rentier economy. All their grandchildren and their grandchildren will inherit not just rentier companies and trust funds, but also connections to other elite families.
It's the same game, just different name.
If we truly want a fair meritocratic society, it's time to establish inheritance or estate taxes.

#Granada #Andalusia #Spain #Europe #inequality #houses #hills #sept2017

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A paradise within a self-sufficient fortress on a hilltop overlooking the lands as far as eyes can see
#Granada #Andalusia #Spain #alhambra #fortress #castle #medieval #moors #gardens #villas #sept2017

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And now back to our regular scheduled programming of more Spanish Gothic churches.. #toledo #Spain #Europe #cathedral #church #gothic #architecture #medieval #sept2017 #xiaomimimax

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One of my favourite photos in my trip to the Iberian peninsular. The colors and the classical buildings reminds me of Bioshock Infinite sceneries. ~Will the circle be unbroken~

#toledo #Spain #Europe #streets #cathedral #church #alley #path #sept2017 #potd #travel #bioshockinfinite #travelgram #instatravel #perfectweather #xiaomimimax

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At first I wondered how impractical it was to stayed within a walled city. True you may have safety, but walking uphill and downhill and then taking the long way to the limited gate entries would take too much time and effort for daily tasks.
Then I remembered only the rich with slaves stayed within the walls. They walked only to the nearest olive and wine parties down a few blocks. Their slaves were the ones who carry the water and supplies up and down the hill.
#toledo #Spain #Europe #walledcity #fort #moats #castle #medieval #hills #armory #ancientdefense #sept2017

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There's the Palacio Real, Madrid.... and there's Real Madrid

#Madrid #Spain #Europe #palace #royal #plaza #stadium #football #real #sept2017

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Bullring stadium with Islamic arches.
Also the place where pickpockets attack. They squirt dirty brown-green liquid at you. While you're shocked and disgusted by the mess on your clothes of what you believe is massive bird droppings, the pickpockets will help themselves with your belongings. You'd be too distracted to notice your bags being opened. Some will even offer help to clean while rummaging through your pockets.

#Madrid #Spain #Europe #stadium #bullring #plaza #travelphotography #instatravel #travelgram #lasventas #sept2017

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