Couple of months ago we skipped town to get away from, well you name it. Frigid temperatures, work, responsibility, life in general. We trecked down to beautiful Barcelona on the coastline of Spain to soak in its sandy beaches, warm mediterranean temperatures, and try to do as little as possible.
The water off Barcelona is a gorgeous hue of crystal blue/green. So clear in fact you can often times see your feet underwater on the sandy ocean floor. I brought along a new protective waterproof case for my Canon DSLR and managed to capture a few choice shots that would have been impossible otherwise.
The "High Line" is a shining example of adaptive reuse in Chelsea, New York. Once used by trains to haul freight in and out of lower Manhattan, the mile and a half elevated platform sat dormant for many years and almost met the fate of a wrecking ball on more than one occasion. Local citizens, architects and designers stepped-in however to save the platform and redevelop it as a public space. It alleviates pedestrian traffic on the street, offers outdoor congregation areas, and gives you a much needed, peaceful break from the asphalt jungle humming below.
The High Line isn't all about aesthetics however. It also provides an economic jolt for local businesses and real estate developers looking to attract new customers and tenants. They're easy to overlook, but part of what makes the High Line such a success are the large number of entry/exit points so you aren't stuck walking just from one end to the other. You can drop-out at just about every major street by stair and in some cases elevators even.