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On May 8th, 2012, TAXIING BY THE ENTERPRISE…

Enterprise sitting on a 747 at JFK

…was a pretty cool thing to see as we made our way down the tarmac and spied the space shuttle casually hanging out on the back of a tricked out NASA 747 transporter – which had delivered it from DC a few days ago – and where it continues to rest as it awaits travel to it’s new home on the Intrepid Sea & Space Museum in NYC.

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On December 7th, 2011, THE LIGHTED GRID OF LA…

over the lighted grids of LA

…beginning to emerge as the pilot announces our descent into the city somewhere over 29 Palms, then Palms Springs, then the endless Inland Empire – welcomes me back home to the wild urbanized west for a few weeks.

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By Fritz Haeg on December 7, 2011 | Los Angeles
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On October 21st, 2011, FROSTY FLIGHT TO WARSAW

frosty flight to Warsaw

…on the connecting flight from Amsterdam, seated by a drafty exit row window with -53 degrees on the other side, had me all bundled up in almost everything I had packed in my carry on….but looking forward to my first visit to Poland, for the Łódź Design Festival.

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By Fritz Haeg on October 21, 2011 | travel
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On September 19th, 2011, AMBER AIRPLANE SUNSET…

amber sunset landing in Detroit

…was what we were treated to as we descended from the boring grey top landscape of clouds, into a thin sandwich of ethereal clouds full of a glowing tint from a sun just about to vanish, that for a moment cast a warm spell over the interior of the plane (and probably making everyone who wasn’t sitting on the westward windows a bit envious) just before landing into Detroit, making my way from Amsterdam to Philadelphia.

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By Fritz Haeg on September 19, 2011 | travel
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On September 16th, 2011, BYE-BYE ISTANBUL…

Istanbul mosque out the back window of the taxi on the way to Ataturk Airport

…my kindly taxi driver said as I took a few last pictures of the city from the back seat of his cab on the way to Ataturk Airport and Amsterdam, after another long day up and down the cobblestone streets of Beyoğlu and Karaköy – more biennial, more Ficcin, more running into art-worldy friends on the streets, more SALT Beyoğlu, more hothouse, and goodbye to the garden, where I know it is in good hands.

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By Fritz Haeg on September 16, 2011 | travel
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On July 28th, 2011, CIAO ROMA, CIAO, CIAO, CIAO…

leaving Fiumicino and flying up the Lazian coast

…was sad to say this morning at 10:15am as we took off from Fiumicino, USA bound for a couple of weeks before returning to bounce around Europe for projects, talks, research, and even a little recreation for most of the rest of the year.

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By Fritz Haeg on July 28, 2011 | Rome, travel
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On July 12th, 2011, DÜSSELDORF…

landing over the fields of Nordrhein-Westfalen

…with welcome chilly drizzly weather – after enduring a few sweltering days rubbing up against sweaty sun-burnt tourists in the sticky blazing Venetian sun – is where I landed this afternoon over the fields of Nordrhein-Westfalen for an event on Thursday evening at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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On January 17th, 2011, LANDING AT FIUMICINO…

view of Mar Tirreno landing at Fiumicino with Alitalia

…feels like coming home now (with Alitalia yesterday afternoon) – approaching from the north over fields and farms of Lazio is especially welcoming – making me want to play out my fantasies of a future urban/rural-commune/village-life next door to the airport?

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By Fritz Haeg on January 17, 2011 | travel
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On November 15th, 2010, ROME FROM ABOVE…

Centocelle, or 'one hundred cells' in Italian, sounds ominous, but looks cool from above

…is the view that I am enjoying as we prepare to land at the remote Roman airport of Ciampino this morning, especially a view of the suburb Centocelle which developed around the site of the first Italian airport – where Charles Lindbergh payed a visit, Wilbur Wright gave a flying demonstration in 1909, and Hitler met Mussolini in 1938. (Wikipedia)

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By Fritz Haeg on November 15, 2010 | Rome
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On November 10th, 2010, CORVIALE…

Corviale from above

…is a massive Corbusian housing block designed by a team of Italian architects and built in 1972 in the southwestern outskirts of Rome – and I have recently become fascinated by stories of how residents have been gradually customizing and occupying it in unexpected ways – but departing from Fiumicino today I actually flew right over and managed to get a shot – more reports to come as I visit in person in a few weeks. (wiki page)

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By Fritz Haeg on November 10, 2010 | Rome
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On October 7th, 2010, JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE’S ‘ITALIAN JOURNEY’…

mysterious sunset fire by the tarmac at Rome Fiumicino

…an account of his hastily planned 1786-87 trip south to escape his humdrum daily obligations in Germany and luxuriate in the Italian culture he had been dreaming about – is what I had the pleasure of reading while making a much speedier trip south yesterday, flying from Schiphol to Fiumicino in about 2 hours, where we saw a mysterious bonfire by the tarmac after a sunset touchdown. (more info on “Italian Journey” on Wikipedia)

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On September 14th, 2010, TERMINAL 2E AT CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT…

the wide open glass ceiling and forced perspective of Terminal 2e at Charles de Gaulle airport

…is one of my favorite places to be if I’m going to have a longish layover (and makes LAX or JFK feel like the portal to a penal colony in comparison) – the glass roofed addition is exhilarating to enter after a long flight and Air France has a comfortable two level lounge at the prow of the ship-like triangular terminal – though it is worth noting that four travelers died when a section of the concrete tubular structure collapsed soon after it opened in 2004. (more info on Wikipedia)

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By Fritz Haeg on September 14, 2010 | travel
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On September 13th, 2010, WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…

the Washington Dulles Airport designed by Eero Saarinen in 1958

…is where I’m flying out of tonight to return to Rome via Paris and even though this airport is a serious pain in the ass to get to – with no metro service like DCA (but plans are in the works for a 2016 extension to the Silver Line), it is a gorgeous place to fly, as I’m watching the sun set over a great view of Eero Saarinen’s 1958 terminal from the Air France lounge in Concourse B and now I am remembering that my first trip to Europe when I was 20 departed from here on the same Air France flight to Paris that I am taking today which is making me kind of nostalgic. (Dulles Airport)

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By Fritz Haeg on September 13, 2010 | travel
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On September 6th, 2010, ON MY WAY TO ROME…

view out my portal from ATL to Fiumicino

….through that horrible place known as ATL and can’t wait to get to the other side.

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By Fritz Haeg on September 6, 2010 | travel
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On September 2nd, 2010, LEAVING NEW HAMPSHIRE…

view over New Hampshire leaving Manchester Airport

…flying out of Manchester Airport, and sad to say goodbye to Summer, Peterborough, Bicycle rides into town, MacDowell, Schelling Studio, Willard Pond, Silver Lake, Hedgehogs, Wild Turkeys, Deer, Loons, Mice, Mica Deposits, and lunch baskets.

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By Fritz Haeg on September 2, 2010 | travel
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On July 23rd, 2010, OVER NEW HAMPSHIRE…

the other New Hampshire

…where I am about to land in Manchester on my way to Peterborough, I saw the most remarkable suburban settlement nestled in a dense New England forest right next to the airport.

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By Fritz Haeg on July 23, 2010 | travel
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On July 14th, 2010, CENTRAL PIVOT IRRIGATION…

central pivot irrigation from above

…as viewed somewhere over Oklahoma on the way to Tulsa this afternoon. (more info)

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By Fritz Haeg on July 14, 2010 | travel
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On June 29th, 2010, LANDING IN JUNE GLOOM L.A…

morning view of the on-shore flow pushing up against the San Gabriel Mountains in the L.A. basin

…this morning, at last, after spending 8 hours in the Atlanta airport waiting (a) 2 hours for a lighting storm to end, and then (b) 3 hours for pilots, and finally (c) 3 hours for a flight crew to arrive from Nashville.

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By Fritz Haeg on June 29, 2010 | travel
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On June 22nd, REDEYE…

sunrise over redeye jet

…is usually how I go from LA to NYC, as I am today, often just for a night and making the most of my first day with back to back meetings from early morning landing until night and then crashing.

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By Fritz Haeg on June 22, 2010 | travel
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On June 12th, 2010, FROM ABOVE…

the view from my window approaching SFO

…anywhere…but happens to be approach to SFO.

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By Fritz Haeg on June 12, 2010 | travel
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