by Borderstan.com August 5, 2010 at 12:17 am 2 Comments

Luis Gomez Photos Mystery City #18

Where is Mystery City #18? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Welcome to Week #18 of Luis’ collection of cities from South America, Europe, Australia and North America.

Last Week: Chichiriviche

Last week’s Mystery City #17 was Chichiriviche in the Venezuelan state of Falcon–the top choice of readers with 42%. The beach town is about three hours northwest of Caracas on the Caribbean. Venezuelans from Caracas and Valencia have weekend homes or condos there and it is a popular beach get-away. Of course, this being Venezuela, everyone goes to the beach and there are a number of other places like Chichiriviche.

It is a fairly small place and, like most of Venezuela’s beaches, the infrastructure is underdeveloped by U.S. standards. (When you have oil, you don’t worry so much about building Hilton hotels on your beaches.) I spent several days there three years ago with Luis and after the initial surprise regarding some of the town’s amenities, came to like it very much. A big bonus is the Morrocoy National Park.

Small islands or cayos, are just off the coast and local boatsmen will ferry you out to them for the day. The food is wonderful and there is one lagoon near Chichiriviche where people get out of their boats and drink and party in the water. Vendors come by and sell you food and drink–from their boat to your boat. In short, I highly recommend it, but Chichiriviche is not for those with a Club Med mindset.

This Week’s Photo

We will reveal the identity of #18 next Wednesday. It is an English-speaking city with right-hand drive.

Previous mystery cities have been Caracas, Valaparaiso (Chile), Sydney, Bratislava, La Paz and Santiago, Long Beach, Toronto, St. Louis, Valencia (Venezuela), Genoa, Colonia Tovar (Venezuela), Prague, Viña del Mar (Chile), Asbury Park (New Jersey), Mexico City and Chichiriviche, Falcon (Venezuela).

For Week #18, vote for your choice below.

<br /> <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/3575001/”>Mystery City #18: What city is this?</a></p> <p><span style=”font:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>polls</a>)</span><br />

by Borderstan.com July 28, 2010 at 9:44 am 1,274 3 Comments

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What Caribbean beach town is Mystery City #17? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Welcome to Week #17 of Luis’ collection of cities from South America, Europe, Australia and North America.

Last Week: Mexico City

Last week’s Mystery City was Mexico City and the street scene is near the city’s Torre Latinoamericana. The 45-story “Latin-American Tower” was built in 1956 and is one of Mexico City’s most famous landmarks.

How did readers do guessing the identity of #16? In addition to Mexico City (24% of voters), the choices were Santiago (top choice with 29%), Lima (24%), São Paulo (18%) and Caracas (6%).

This Week’s Photo

We will reveal the identity of #17 next Wednesday. As you can tell from the choices, it is a Caribbean beach town and not a large one at that. It is in one of five countries located in the southern and western ends of the sea. Be prepared to do some online research to figure out the identity of this week’s city.

Previous mystery cities have been Caracas, Valaparaiso (Chile), Sydney, Bratislava, La Paz and Santiago, Long Beach, Toronto, St. Louis, Valencia (Venezuela), Genoa, Colonia Tovar (Venezuela), Prague, Viña del Mar (Chile), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and Mexico City.

For Week #17, vote for your choice below.

<br /> <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/3535739/”>Mystery City #17: What city is this?</a></p> <p><span style=”font:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>polls</a>)</span><br />

by Borderstan.com July 21, 2010 at 10:18 am 1,061 0

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What city is this? Mystery City #16 is in a Portuguese- or Spanish-speaking country. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Welcome to Week #16 of Luis’ collection of cities from South America, Europe, Australia and North America.

Last Week: Asbury Park, NJ

Last week’s Mystery City was Asbury Park, New Jersey. The buildings in the photo are the Asbury Park Convention Center and Paramount Theatre, both finished in 1930. Both were undergoing renovations while we were there about three years ago.

If you’ve never been to Asbury Park, we’d recommend it. It’s a good stop on a drive up the Jersey shore to New York. Asbury Park has a rich history and one 2008 ranking put its beach as the sixth best beach on the Jersey shore. It is located 60 miles south of New York City and there is a commuter train that takes you to Manhattan. After a period of serious decline, Asbury Park is slowly undergoing a rebirth.

How did readers do guessing the identity of #15? In addition to Asbury Park (26% of voters), the choices were Waukegan, IL (top choice with 33%), Erie, PA (23%), Duluth, MN (15%) and Portsmouth, NH (3%).

This Week’s Photo

As for this week’s photo, wee will reveal the identity of #16 next Wednesday. As you can tell from the choices, it is located in either a Spanish- or Pourtuguese-speaking country.

Previous mystery cities have been Caracas, Valaparaiso, Sydney, Bratislava, La Paz and Santiago, Long Beach, Toronto, St. Louis, Valencia (Venezuela), Genoa, Colonia Tovar (Venezuela), Prague, Viña del Mar (Chile) and Asbury Park.

For Week #16., vote for your choice below.

<br /> <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/3501941/”>Mystery City #16: What city is this?</a></p> <p><span style=”font:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>polls</a>)</span><br />

by Borderstan.com July 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm 1,230 2 Comments

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Mystery City #15: Is it on an ocean or a lake? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Welcome to Week #15 of Luis’ collection of cities from South America, Europe, Australia and North America.

Last week’s Mystery City was Viña del Mar in Chile’s Valparaíso Province (the top choice of readers was Bunbury, Western Australia). The hint was that it was a coastal city with a Mediterranean climate. For the record, the world’s five official Mediterranean climate zones are Chile, California, western Australia, the Cape region of South African and, of course, the Mediterranean.

This week we have another city on a large body of water and it is in North America. But, is it on one of the Great Lakes or the Atlantic Ocean? We will have the answer next Wednesday. Vote for your choice below.

<br /> <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/3468984/”>Mystery City #15: What city is this?</a></p> <p><span style=”font:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>polls</a>)</span><br />

by Borderstan.com May 25, 2010 at 12:01 am 1 Comment

Mystery City #9: Where is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you Mystery City #9 from Luis’ photo collection… we will reveal the city on Friday. Previous Mystery Cities have been included Caracas, Valaparaiso, Sydney, Bratislava, La Paz and Santiago, Long Beach and Toronto.

A note about clues: Please try to refrain from giving away too many clues in your comments until later the week. Thanks.

<br /> <a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/3251332/”>What city is this?</a></p> <p><span style=”font:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>polls</a>)</span><br />

by Borderstan.com May 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm 0

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Luis’ Mystery City #7 is Long Beach, California. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Last week’s mystery city is Long Beach, California, which was the top choice of readers. The other cities on the list of choices were all in California: San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Santa Monica and Newport Beach.

Previous Mystery Cities have been included Caracas, Valaparaiso, Sydney, Bratislava, La Paz and Santiago.

We will have Mystery City #8 from Luis tomorrow.

by Borderstan.com May 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm 1,497 1 Comment

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Santiago de Chile: The financial district is sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Santiago de Chile, which was the number two choice of readers with 26% of the vote. The top choice was Madrid with 39% of readers’ votes. The other cities on the list of choices were Lisbon (16%), Montevideo (13%) and Mexico City (6%).

This photograph of Santiago was taken in the city’s financial district, sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. Kudos to the reader who left clues in the comments section.

We will have next Mystery City #7 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities also included Caracas, Valaparaiso,  Sydney, Bratislava and La Paz.

by Borderstan.com April 30, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,568 6 Comments

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La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is La Paz, which was the top choice of readers with 44% of votes cast. La Paz is the administrative capital of Bolivia. The second choice was Maracaibo in the northwestern Venezuelan state of Zulia with 21% while Boa Vista, Roraima, in Brazil was in third place with voters with 15%.

We will have next Mystery City #6 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities were Caracas, Valaparaiso,  Sydney and Bratislava.

by Borderstan.com April 27, 2010 at 10:30 am 1,582 4 Comments

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Mystery City #5: What Latin American city is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you Mystery City #5 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. Make your best guess–or educated selection–on the city’s identify and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first four mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney and Bratislava.

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by Borderstan.com April 23, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

“Cumil” is the man coming out of the sewer in Bratislava’s Old Town section. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Bratislava, Slovakia, which was the top choice of readers with 31% of vote cast. The second choice was Cologne, Germany, with 27% while Rotterdam, Netherlands was next with 25%. Trieste, Italy, got 10% of readers’ votes and Copenhagen brought up the rear with 7%.

Two readers recognized the sculpture of man crawling out of the sewer. His name is “Cumil” and he was placed in the Old Town section of Bratislava in 1997.

We will have next Mystery City #5 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities were Caracas, Valaparaiso and Sydney.

by Borderstan.com April 20, 2010 at 11:00 am 1,394 4 Comments

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Mystery City # 4: What city is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you Mystery City #4 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. A few hints for this series about Luis’ travels: He has traveled in Australia, all of North America, almost all of South America, numerous locations in the Caribbean and Central America, plus much of western, southern and central Europe and a couple of unnamed locations elsewhere. (My best count is 45 countries.)

Make your best guess on the city and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first three mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso and Sydney.

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by Borderstan.com April 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm 2,039 0

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This week’s Mystery City is Australia’s Sydney in the state of New South Wales. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Sydney–the third-place choice of readers with 22% of the vote. Edmonton, Alberta, was the top vote getter with 32% and second place went to Auckland, New Zealand, with 23%.

Two readers got it right early in the week, but later voters didn’t seem to notice the clues they left in their comments.

We will have next Mystery City #4 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Mystery Cities #1 and #2 were Caracas and Valaparaiso, respectively.

by Borderstan.com April 13, 2010 at 5:00 am 1,788 6 Comments

What city is this? Vote below. (Luis Gomez)

We bring you another mystery city compliments of Luis Gomez. Make your best guess on the city and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday.

Our first mystery city was Caracas and last week’s mystery city was Valparaiso.


by Borderstan.com April 12, 2010 at 10:00 am 1,020 0

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Valparaiso, Chile. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Last week’s mystery city is Valparaiso, Chile–the top choice of 26% of voters in our reader poll. Kudos to the reader who clicked on the enlarged image and found the Chilean flag in the lower-right hand corner of the photo.

Of the additional eight choices in the poll, there was a tie for second place: Naples, Italy… Copenhagen, Denmark… and Halifax, Nova Scotia, each got 14% of readers’ votes.

We will have another mystery city photo tomorrow with the identify revealed on Friday.

by Borderstan.com April 8, 2010 at 9:15 am 1,382 4 Comments

What city is this? (Luis Gomez Photos)

We bring you another mystery city compliments of Luis Gomez (he has 45 countries on his travel belt). Make your best guess on the city and vote in the reader poll below. The answer will be provided Monday. Our first mystery city was Caracas, Venezuela.


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