Post pictures of your town of birth

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    Aug 25, 2014 9:07 PM GMT
    I was born in San Juan, PR. I was looking at pictures and feeling nostalgic. The old town has colorful colonial buildings and cobblestone streets. It has an old world European charm that's always fascinated me.

    Shot of the city with the Castillo de San Felipe del Morro fortress and the capitol building.
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    La Fortaleza, the governor's palace in the back.
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    San Juan city hall and the Plaza de Armas.
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    Cathedral of San Juan.
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    Mausoleum.
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    Raíces Fountain.
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    Columbus square.
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    Also if you're from Charleston, SC post pics. It looks pretty there!
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    Aug 25, 2014 9:11 PM GMT
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    I remember standing at the fountain there and looking at the disgusting smelling yellowy water.

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    I only lived in the town of my birth a short time. I consider this place more my home as I lived here until I was eight years old. It's a famous spa town called Bad Nauheim where famous and wealthy people such as FDR came from around the world to sample the farty smelling sulpher water.
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    Aug 25, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidhttp://www.bad-nauheim.de/typo3temp/pics/58dca5a3a0.jpg
    I remember standing at the fountain there and looking at the disgusting smelling yellowy water.

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    I only lived in the town of my birth a short time. I consider this place more my home as I lived here until I was eight years old. It's a famous spa town called Bad Nauheim where famous and wealthy people such as FDR came from around the world to sample the farty smelling sulpher water.

    Love it. Makes me wanna visit and yodel and dance polka while there lol.
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    Aug 25, 2014 9:47 PM GMT
    PR too but in Fajardo.



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    Bioluminescent Bay

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    El Conquistador Hotel

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    Aug 25, 2014 9:50 PM GMT
    Nice thread.

    Here are some of my hometown:

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    You have canals everywhere throughout town as can be seen in the pictures. The whole center of town is surrounded by water and bridges. You can do nice boat rides on the canals. It's a nice and cousy place to grow up with some cool pubs and probably one of the safest environments to live.


    Edit: Forgot to mention name. Brugge (Belgium).
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    Aug 25, 2014 10:10 PM GMT
    Truppensturm saidNice thread.

    Here are some of my hometown:

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    You have canals everywhere throughout town as can be seen in the pictures. The whole center of town is surrounded by water and bridges. You can do nice boat rides on the canals. It's a nice and cousy place to grow up with some cool pubs and probably one of the safest environments to live.


    Edit: Forgot to mention name. Brugge (Belgium).

    Oh boating on the canals sounds nice. One of my dreams is to live on the waterfront where I can have a boat on the canals.
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    Aug 25, 2014 10:12 PM GMT
    Insanely beautiful Truppensturm. I'm part Belgian on my mother's side but I've never been there.
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    Aug 26, 2014 1:23 AM GMT
    The Miami few of you know, far from the extremes of tourist areas, urban blight and suburban sprawl. I grew up in the Greater Miami Area just south of the city and Miami Beach, where minimal lot sizes are two acres and the scenery the most beautiful in Florida excepting perhaps Palm Beach. Here are a few pictures of that Miami which most non-natives never imagined existed:

    Everyone knows what a ficus tree is, but have usually only seen them tossed half-dead on the curb in their pots. Here's how they look in full maturity - these banyan trees were planted in 1919 and line Old Cutler Road, a great place to be stuck in traffic:
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    Miami's not all at sea level - here's a beautiful stretch of canal, quarried out of coral rock, in Coral Gables east of The Biltmore Hotel:
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    Looks like the South Pacific, doesn't it? Here's where I learned to swim, at Matheson Hammock, a man-made atoll, at a time when my dark suntanned skin made me so rare and exotic that beachgoers would approach my mother to ask her if my father was Cuban. This photo faces south towards miles of natural, undeveloped coastline:
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    And this aerial photo shows the developed coastline north of Matheson Hammock - the Miami most of you know, that unbridled waterfront development stretching non-stop north to Fort Lauderdale, Boca and beyond.
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    Vintage postcard:
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    To the right, the coral structure is now "The Red Fish Grill," the trendy bistro where Matt Dillon laughed while eavesdropping on Cameron Diaz in the film "There's Something About Mary." To me, it's the old hot dog stand.

    Where egret fly: miles of protected undeveloped shoreline beginning south of Matheson Hammock and Coral Gables in Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay; I took this photo facing northeast, and you can make out the white concrete condos on Key Biscayne as a thin white line on the horizon to the far right, with nearer pink condos in the Gables area far beyond the mangroves in the center, and the Royal Palms you see on the far left beyond the masts are on the property of The Deering Estate. At sunset flocks of white egret swoop low to nest in the mangroves at water's edge, so many that even though you can't tell in the photo, in person even at that distance I could see so many flecks of white amongst the green that I couldn't help but be reminded of gardenia bushes:
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    Same spot looking south at Palmetto Bay and the ocean; when I took my Cuban immigrant friend here he said it was so rural it reminded him of Cuba:
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    Most of you know about Vizcaya, but here's two views of The Deering Estate in Palmetto Bay, built in the twenties:
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    Also on the waterfront is The Barnacle in Coconut Grove; built in 1891, this Victorian home predates even Vizcaya:
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    Plymouth Congregational Church in Coconut Grove, built in 1918:
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    Finally, farther south way off the beaten path and not in the best neighborhood (Homestead) here's Coral Castle, carved in the twenties by hand out of native Florida coral by a Latvian immigrant in homage to his 16 year old fiancee who jilted him right before their wedding:
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    So you see, it's not all South Beach and Liberty City!
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    Aug 26, 2014 4:30 AM GMT


    Is this a contest? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 26, 2014 4:40 AM GMT
    Wow, I love this. So many beautiful pics of places to visit. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Webster666

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    Aug 26, 2014 4:50 AM GMT
    Caneadea, New York
    The Seneca Indians (native Americans) gave it a name which meant "where the heavens rest upon the Earth."

    This is a picture from 1925 that I found on the internet.


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    Aug 26, 2014 5:03 AM GMT
    I've been in Jacksonville, TX since 1993 but my hometown is Palestine TX originally



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    Aug 26, 2014 5:42 AM GMT
    Townsville , Queensland Australia

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    Aug 26, 2014 7:55 AM GMT
    I only lived there when I was a baby. Singal_Hill_oil_Filelds_Long_Beach_Calif

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    The area always makes me think of Googie architecture, which I love because it's so cheesy and so utterly Southern California.
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    Aug 26, 2014 3:29 PM GMT
    Mountainside Hospital where I was born in 1949, Glen Ridge, New Jersey. By weird coincidence, this old pic shows a small red 2-seater on the lower left, that could actually be my own car! Possible there to have my stitches taken out after a motorcycle accident. A quaint old Jersey town, with gas street lighting, large lawns, old trees shading the streets, and Dutch roofs on houses. Although I actually grew up and went to school in neighboring Montclair and Little Falls, which my Dutch ancestors founded, they all looked much the same. It's a world I miss today.

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  • Aleco_Graves

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    Aug 26, 2014 4:19 PM GMT
    Im probably too young to post as I still live in my hometown

    Sunny and Temperamental Cape Town, Probably one of the most eclectic cities in the world when it comes to it's "Vibe".
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    I think its most prominent attraction being one of the worlds 7 wonders of the world, Table mountain.
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    As well as our new Greenpoint Stadium, Watched a few concerts there
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    Ive always been drawn to the beach and our surf scene
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    Historic buildings showing great Edwardian influences like our City Hall: CapeTownCityHall.jpg

    To The Hyper-modern CBD displaying local architectural prowess
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    And Our Ever present Cape Dutch influenced country side, Wine's pretty big here:
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    A great place to spend far too much money is the Victoria Waterfront. I Mainly just window shop there icon_lol.gif
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    This is all very contrasted with the poorer rural areas:
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    You literally drive 5 miles and it feels like your in a new country every time. Its such a mixture of cultures with so many influences its crazy. I can't see myself living somewhere else.
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    Aug 26, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    pazzy said
    drove past there the other day [Glen Ride, NJ]. Crazy how new jersey has some really nice, upscale looking neighborhoods and some third world country looking spots.

    Then you would know the Village of South Orange. My first wife's home, their house just a couple blocks from Seton Hall.

    We were married at the Seton Hall Chapel, when the local Catholic Bishop refused permission for our outdoor wedding at their western New Jersey estate in Stanhope. He assumed we wanted some kind of barefoot hippie ceremony in the 1970s, and refused to let us explain the reality. Hell, we had arranged for an entire orchestra playing Handel outdoors! Which we still had, anyway, but at Seton Hall.

    South Orange had gas street lamps back then, too. These Jersey towns were all very much alike. It was the inner cities, like Newark, that were ugly.
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    Aug 26, 2014 5:48 PM GMT
    scruffLA said

    Is this a contest? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Spot the guy with the unphotogenic place of birth. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 26, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
    pazzy said
    ...you're probably talking about that church by the back entrance of the school or middle of it. don't remember but it's some brown building. people get married there all the time. dunno what that's about. it looks so out of place especially since they're trying to build it up and add more things in that small complex. it kinda looks like a mini city. it's kind of depressing though especially if you drive going down s.o. towards vailsburg. a bunch of nice looking houses for a block and then.. everything starts getting run down when entering vailsburg.

    Actually called a chapel, not a church, close to a side entrance. Not very big, only sits about 300. But has a big enough choir loft that I was able to get a chamber orchestra up there to play Handel. And as we exited following the wedding, they hustled outside to the outdoor garden, that was in full bloom in June, where we had a receiving line. A big circle of chairs had already been set up, where they sat and continued to play wonderful Baroque music we had selected as our guests greeted us outdoors.

    Hippie wedding indeed! I was a goddam Army Captain (I chose not to wear my uniform, though, I thought that déclassé, to draw attention away from the bride). A week later I commissioned her an Army Lieutenant myself, however.

    As for South Mountain Reservation, I know that well, too. I once drove through there after a heavy snowstorm, because it looked so lovely. But my front license plate got torn off from the deep snow (New Jersey has front tags), that I didn't realize until I got home, and I got issued new ones.

    A couple months later the police phoned me. Somebody who found my front plate used it on a car during a bank robbery, and it was identified! But the police were cool about it, just going through the investigative drill. I had reported it lost and had it replaced. Still, what are the chances somebody would find your car's lost plate in a park, and use it for a bank robbery?
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    Aug 26, 2014 8:11 PM GMT
    scruffLA said

    Is this a contest? icon_rolleyes.gif

    U mad bro?
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    Aug 26, 2014 11:49 PM GMT
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    There are more people in my hometown shakespeare shopping for high end antiques and overpriced TEA during a summer day, than people who live there. Strangely, for a place that is ostensibly a farming community in the middle of nowhere, it is particularly high end gay, being beside stratford a town known internationally for fine shakespeare plays yet small enough to have my cousin date justin biebers mom. small towns....


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    Aug 27, 2014 6:42 AM GMT
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    The City, looking past the Golden Gate Bridge

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    Lombard Street, Russian Hill

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    The Castro district / Halloween party night

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    Looking down through the Marina district from Pacific Heights across the bay to Belvedere & Tiburon