June 2016

Puente Nuevo (Ronda Bridge)

  • Puente Nuevo (Ronda Bridge)

    Published: 30 June, 2016 seen 170 Tourism objects

    The Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) or as we called it - Ronda Bridge is the newest and largest of three bridges that span the 120-metre (390 ft)-deep chasm that carries the Guadalevín River and divides the city of Ronda, in southern Spain. We had a chance to visit the Puente Nuevo at the start of June (temperature that day was about 40 Celsius), for me, as for an eager excelling photographer this was a nice place to put my knowledge in place. Let's start with panoramic photography: Puente Nuevo The architect was José Martin de Aldehuela, who died in Málaga in 1802. The chief builder was Juan…

Siempre Igual Tapas Bar in Ronda

  • Siempre Igual Tapas Bar in Ronda

    Published: 29 June, 2016 seen 75 Restaurant reviews

    We visited Ronda, town in Spain' with one particular goal - to visit and photograph the bridge of Ronda. It was very hot day at start of June. We parked our car in a good distance from our destination and started to explore Ronda. One of our first stops were at Siempre Igual tapas bar. It was already midday, a siesta has been started already so we opted for some tapas.  Siempre Igual Tapas Bar in Ronda Mussel tapas For about 6 EUR, you can get such dish with mussels. Delicious.  Tapas Veggies and octopus... for following dish, price about EUR 1.5 Mini chorizo tapa Price for above tapa -…

Postcards from Spain

  • Postcards from Spain

    Published: 28 June, 2016 seen 33

    I wish I was writting down names of all those lovely places, we visited in Costa Del Sol in Spain, as I marked just the major spots. Today we were heading from Marbela, via Estepona towards Ronda, I made following pictures somewhere in the middle. Pink boat Costa Del Sol beach White village in Spain

How to Renew Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate

  • How to Renew Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate

    Published: 27 June, 2016 seen 432 Servers

    Free SSL certificates from Let's Encrypt certify are issued for a short 3 month term. I first enabled secure HTTPS pages around at start of 2016, and now it's time to renew SSL.  The following tutorial is written for Nginx, but should work for Apache as well (with minor modifications) Stop Nginx​ sudo service nginx stopTo trigger the renewal process for all installed domains, run this command: sudo /opt/letsencrypt/letsencrypt-auto renewStart Nginx ​ sudo service nginx start Now, check from your browser window your site, does SSL certificate validity has been extended for next 90 days,

Summer Solstice 2016

  • Summer Solstice 2016

    Published: 26 June, 2016 seen 81 Home Remodeling

    This is already third Summer Solstice featured on this blog, see how two years ago we made a barbeque on our Tbilisi's balcony and how we celebrated our first Summer Solstice in our newly inherited house, last year. This year we celebrated Summer Solstice second year in a row back in our rural house.  I was pleased to apply my recently developed skills in night photography and experimented with long exposures, HDR and panoramic photography technique tonight. Fire place Made a lovely fireplace this year Our fish pond Maybe it is a good idea to great Summer Solstice near pond next year? Our…

Estepona - Flower City in Costa del Sol (Spain)

  • Estepona - Flower City in Costa del Sol (Spain)

    Published: 25 June, 2016 seen 319 Tourism objects

    Our this year's travels in Spain's Cos del Sol region, took us to lovely, I would even say charming flower city - Estepona. It's hard to recall, was it TomTom device what took us here or it was actually planned to make a stop here, but one I can say for sure - If you are planing a trip in Costa del Sol region - plan a trip to Estepona as well. Streets of Estepona Estepona is a town and municipality in the comarca of the Costa del Sol, southern Spain. It is located in the province of Málaga, part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. Its district covers an area of 137 square kilometers in…

Marbella (Playa de la Fontanilla)

  • Marbella (Playa de la Fontanilla)

    Published: 24 June, 2016 seen 49 Tourism objects

    Marbella is one of the most important tourist cities of the Costa del Sol (Spain) and throughout most of the year is an international tourist attraction, due mainly to its climate and tourist infrastructure.  Last evening I watched an interesting documentary about Julio Iglesias, and in that movie it was told that world famous singer celebrated his wedding at Marbella. Luxury lifestyle, yachts and lovely climate? Probably. In fact during our week long travels in Spain, we made about an hour long stop in Marbela, sipped lovely coffee con-leche, and observed mist. Our car were parked at local…

Drilling Borehole

  • Drilling Borehole

    Published: 23 June, 2016 seen 73 Home Remodeling

    That day finally come - a massive vehicle with drilling device arrived and promised that after some 3-4 days - there will be a drinking water just from the soil in our background. We waited for this day for about a year. It was originally planned to have a water in the first year (2015), we started to manage this property. Lack of the finances stopped us. Anyhow, this is what I told, when we started to manage this rural property:  The house is in a very bad condition and asks for a lot of investments - one of the primary things we are looking to do next - is to change a roof (it is leaky), to…

Playamar beach in Torremolinos

  • Playamar beach in Torremolinos

    Published: 22 June, 2016 seen 88 Tourism objects

    Playamar beach was located close to our hotel (Parasol Garden) in Torremolinos. I had a chance to vist this beach (thus no swimming or sunbathing) during a week long travels in Spain. This beach is characterized by the numerous apartment buildings lining the beachfront. It offers a wide variety of facilities and is very well marked with buoys. A variety of shows and performances are organised here during the summer. Playamar beach Whether you are coming direct from the airport or from any other point on the Costa del Sol, the signs for Torremolinos will not let you go wrong. The…

Hotel Parasol Garden Review in Torremolinos, Spain

  • Hotel Parasol Garden Review in Torremolinos, Spain

    Published: 21 June, 2016 seen 88 Hotel reviews

    Hotel Parasol Garden in Torremolinos was first hotel we booked during our week long trip in our Costa la Sol trip in Spain. After we landed at Malaga airport and picked up our rental car at Malaga airport we headed to nearby located beach resort town of Torremolinos.  The hotel offered full board or all inclusive. We booked full board, as it was for about 15 EUR cheaper than all inclusive. Latter we learnt that Full board means all meals, except drinks, including still water during breakfast, dinner and supper. Luckily we got a cup of coffee next morning.  Hotel Parasol Garden Parasol Garden…

Holiday Inn Berlin Airport Hotel Review in Schönefeld, Germany

  • Holiday Inn Berlin Airport Hotel Review in Schönefeld, Germany

    Published: 20 June, 2016 seen 45 Hotel reviews

    We stayed at Holiday Inn Berlin airport hotel between connecting flight to Spain. At start we didn't planned to stay at hotel at all or to use some cheap hostel in Berlin city center, but after actually landing here in Berlin and visiting Berlin city center, we agreed a hotel is a must have. I was surprised to learn that hotels are way much expensive in Berlin than it is usually, This was one of the rare hotels we reached by foot, after arriving at local train station (located close to the airport) we decided to walk there,  Unfortunately we had no idea which direction we should walk and I…

Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

  • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

    Published: 19 June, 2016 seen 94 Tourism objects

    Berlin TV tower is located close to the Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany.  The tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the administration of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). It was intended as a symbol of Berlin, which it remains today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. With its height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany, and the second tallest structure in the European Union (by a half-metre). I was wondering around Alexanderplatx when noticed this giantic structure. I wasn't prepared good enough to capture…

Alexanderplatz

  • Alexanderplatz

    Published: 18 June, 2016 seen 93 Tourism objects

    Alexanderplatz most probably is Berlin's most famous tourist spot. Alexanderplatz is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm. Berliners often call it simply Alex, referring to a larger neighborhood stretching from Mollstraße in the northeast to Spandauer Straße and the Rotes Rathaus in the southwest. I had a chance to visit Alexanderplatz during a layover between flights to Malaga, Spain. We took a local train from airport and visited Alexanderplatz to spend few hours before checking in at hotel near airport latter this evening.…

How to Photograph the Big Dipper

  • How to Photograph the Big Dipper

    Published: 17 June, 2016 seen 1,036 Digital Photography School

    Have you ever wanted to photograph the Big Dipper? It is on of the easiest and probably the most famous grouping of stars in the sky. Fail short using auto mode on your camera? I hear you - I was there buddy. Once I was laying in warm beaches in Turkey (around Izmir) it was night already, the view around me was just amazing, city lights, sea and stars... I spent all night stargazing and trying to photograph at least something using my camera... well... I ended up with nothing. Back then I had little clue of other shooting modes than auto.  Auto mode is not your best friend during night time.…

Berlin Schönefeld Flughafen station (Railway)

  • Berlin Schönefeld Flughafen station (Railway)

    Published: 16 June, 2016 seen 50 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen (also named simply as Berlin Schönefeld) is a railway station in Schönefeld next to Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport just outside Berlin. The station is served by the S-Bahn lines S9 and S45 as well as the Regional Bahn. It's one of the easiest ways to reach Alexanderplatz and Berlin city center if you are traveling via Berlin Schonefeld airport. The single ride ticket price is around EUR 3, and you can buy them at vending machines in tunnel connecting airport to railway station. Make sure you composter them on platform before entering the train.  Berlin…

Berlin Schönefeld Airport

  • Berlin Schönefeld Airport

    Published: 15 June, 2016 seen 75 Airports

    Berlin Schönefeld Airport ( Flughafen Berlin Schönefeld) )was an international airport near the town of Schönefeld at the southern border of Berlin, the capital of Germany, 18 km (11 mi) southeast of its city centre. On 25 October 2020 the Schönefeld name and IATA code ceased to exist, marking its closure as an independent airport, with large parts of its infrastructure being incorporated into the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (IATA: BER, ICAO: EDDB) as its Terminal 5 with its sections renamed to K, L, M and Q. Schönefeld was the major civil airport of East Germany (GDR), and the only…

My First Star Trail Photography

  • My First Star Trail Photography

    Published: 14 June, 2016 seen 192

    I have wanted to make star trail photography ever since I saw one. It took me some time to actually get out in the dark and capture one, as I knew it wont be so simple as it was with HDR photography.  My equipment for this night's adventure - DSLR camera and a tripod. No remote control (not even a duct tape), I pressed shutter release button, after each 30 second long exposure, by hand this night. It was fun experience, as I choose to shoot from our rural house nearby meadows - distant dog barks, frog noise from pond and a lot of stars.  My first star trails - didn't had much clue what I'm…

How To Stitch Panoramic Photos with Adobe Photoshop (Photomerge)

  • How To Stitch Panoramic Photos with Adobe Photoshop (Photomerge)

    Published: 13 June, 2016 seen 217 Digital Photography School

    I have wanted to write about panoramic photography technique I have been using for a very long time already, today finally I decided to put my knowledge on paper (blog). Panoramic photos are cool and easy way to fake a wide angle lens, you don't have to own fancy DSLR camera and super wide angle lens to fit more into frame. For today's tutorial I'm using my Canon Rebel T5 DSLR camera with kit 18mm-55mm lens. I'm always trying to shoot at widest (18mm) to fit more details in frame.  Tools you will need: A camera, Adobe Photoshop Let's start with basic photography: Single landscape photo (f11…

Postcards from Riga

  • Postcards from Riga

    Published: 12 June, 2016 seen 47

    It was still and tranquil (most probably Friday evening) after visiting my dear grandmother in Riga, I decided to take Riga in night pictures. Experimented with long exposures and HDR photography tonight. View towards Old Riga from Radisson SAS hotel  River Daugava View towards Old Riga Vansu bridge in Riga Classical Old Riga photography River Daugava Riga: Iron Bridge, TV Tower and National Library

Short Day Trip to Lithuania (Curonian Spit)

  • Short Day Trip to Lithuania (Curonian Spit)

    Published: 11 June, 2016 seen 283 Travel guides

    At start of May 2016, we went on a short two day trip to Lithuania, we had no goal or destination planned. Just a spontaneous trip idea. Unfortunetly our car broke somewhere in middle of nowhere (Barta- Rucava road) and we had to stay overnight in Liepaja.  Next morning we booked a rental car and our spontaneous trip started. We visited Palanga, Klaipeda, Juodkrante and Nida on Curonian Spit.  [view:referenced_items=block] Click on markers to see more info [view:referenced_items=block_1]

Apple tree blossoms

  • Apple tree blossoms

    Published: 10 June, 2016 seen 14

    A couple days ago I introduced you with first sprouts in our garden. Today allow me to show first apple tree blossoms from our apple orchard. Apple orchard in mid-May 2016 Apple tree blossom

Akropolis Shopping Mall in Klaipeda

  • Akropolis Shopping Mall in Klaipeda

    Published: 9 June, 2016 seen 308 Shopping Venues

    Shopping and entertainment center Akropolis in Klaipeda most probably is the largest shopping venue in the area. Those of you who have traveled to Vilnius most probably will recognize this brand. I first discovered Vilnius Akropolis in 2003 or something.  Now it is time to put Akropolis Klaipeda on map. We were returning from Curonian Spit and decided to make shopping somewhere in Klaipeda, I noticed few Rimi and Maxima stores when we approached Klaipeda from Liepaja, but after we left Smiltyne Ferry Terminal Akropolis crossed our way. It was time to make a stop. Akropolis shopping mall in…

My Summer Office 2016

  • My Summer Office 2016

    Published: 8 June, 2016 seen 110 Home Remodeling

    Finally I have a good working place, a year ago I had to spend my days in front of house, while two years ago I reported very scenic working place - Turtle Lake in Tbilisi.  After several days of improve back at our rural house, the room meant to be an office / guest bedroom is finally done, except it asks for some interior decors and other details, which makes overall mood. Summer office 2016 Well I haven't done much digital work from here yet, but I hope I will spend these Summer nights not only by trimming grass, but hopefully patching some Drupal modules, developing new things, of course…

Taking the Chimney Down

  • Taking the Chimney Down

    Published: 7 June, 2016 seen 70 Home Remodeling

    This is a task we had, most probably, to do already a year ago, together with roof replacement, but trust me, last year's summer was one of the hardest, as the new home owners we didn't have much clue how to handle all those many things, the house asked us.  So it took about a year before we actually decided to tear town that huge manfetel chimney. Well. I actually hired two workers to help me with it, meanwhile I was in the other part of loft painting and photographing the small room. Chimney to be taken down In past, most probably by time, when this house was built (1890) this chimney was…

Kavine Kolibris in Nida

  • Kavine Kolibris in Nida

    Published: 6 June, 2016 seen 113 Restaurant reviews

    Kavine or cafe Kolibris is located in Lithuanian seaside town of Nida. We paid here a short visit to have a meal. I was not hungry at all this time, so all I tried was just a cup of coffee and milkshake. Girls thus tried some local Lithuanian specialties.  Kavine Kolibris in Nida, Lithuania Soup Some fish soup. I didn't tried, but was told that pretty good one. Ice cream The Bottom Line Kavine Kolibris is a very decent place. Try, you won't regret it.

Another Layer of Paint (HDR)

  • Another Layer of Paint (HDR)

    Published: 5 June, 2016 seen 78 Home Remodeling

    In part 1 I told how we scratched chalk from ceilings and removed old wallpapers, in part 2 I showed how I applied base layer of white paint and did some photography tricks. Today I applied second layer of white paint, both for ceilings and walls, and also mastered a technique, I felt bad about in previous two articles.  I had to use HDR photography technique to get the right exposures of window. Who said a construction worker cannot be a good photographer or vice verse? Second layer of white paint applied I hope that stove in the middle of room will keep us warm in cold winter nights. HDR…

Nida - Resort Town on Curonian Spit in Lithuania

  • Nida - Resort Town on Curonian Spit in Lithuania

    Published: 4 June, 2016 seen 163 Travel guides

    Nida is a resort town in Lithuania, the administrative centre of Neringa municipality. Located on the Curonian Spit between the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea, it is the westernmost point of Lithuania and the Baltic states, close to the border with the Russian Kaliningrad Oblast exclave. It currently has about 1,650 residents. We arrived to Nida just shortly we paid a visit to Juodkrante (both are located on Curonian Spit). One of my first observations about Nida were simple, it's some artists paradise or something - a lot of workshops. And later by reading on Wikipedia, turned out I was…

Paint Job - White ceiling, white walls

  • Paint Job - White ceiling, white walls

    Published: 3 June, 2016 seen 75 Home Remodeling

    Today I'm continuing works in second floors room. Yesterday we did a wallpaper removal and chalk scratching thing. Today is the right time to apply base layer of fresh paint for ceilings. I had an idea not to apply white paint for walls this time, as I did it in first floor last year, see: Room One - Wall and Ceiling Painting with Water Based Paint; Removing Junk And Adding First Layer of Paint (Kitchen Works);   instead to glue new wallpapers here. Thus after finishing paint job for ceilings I decided to apply a test layer  with paint on walls, just to see. The result was pretty much …

Juodkrante - Lithuanian Riviera

  • Juodkrante - Lithuanian Riviera

    Published: 2 June, 2016 seen 148 Travel guides

    Juodkrante is a seaside resort town located on Curonian Spit in Lithuania some 20km from Klaipeda. To get on to the Curonian Spit you will need to take a ferry at Smiltyine terminal at first. I was really surprised of different architecture I seen here on Juodkrante and Curonian Spit. I you have ever been close to the Netherlands, you will find some similarities with Dutch architecture here, thus, most probably the architecture here is kept from times when Curonian Spit was part of Germany (prior to WW2). I did find some similarities here with Dutch town of Leiden, for example. Juodkrante in…

First Sprouts of Spring

  • First Sprouts of Spring

    Published: 1 June, 2016 seen 22

    A few days ago we constructed our second veggie garden in wooden boxes, then we planted. Few days latter first sprouts were observed. I was busy with scratching wallpaper from the other room we decided to improve this year, while my better part took some lovely close ups and macro's in garden. Strawberry plants Bought these plants at local Kuldiga market Rhubarb You can make a lovely jelly out of these, or you can try to make a rhubarb wine later. We decided to try later this Summer and brew our rhubarb wine.  Plants of tomatoes First sprouts of radishes  First sprouts of dill A…