​Author Laine Cunningham

Bikes of Berlin: A Travel Photo Art Book 
These humble vehicles are a quintessential part of life in Berlin. They reflect a lot about the city and its citizens. In addition to a vibrant bike culture, Berlin and northeast Germany are striking places for tourism. On offer are a unique blend of architectural styles, a temperate seasonal climate, and a global city for culture, politics, media and science. Visitors flock to Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and the Reichstag building to experience history. Alexanderplatz, a historic meeting place and market, still thrums with world-class shopping, as does Potsdamer Platz. Self-guided tours at city parks, palaces like those in Charlottenburg, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews balance days spent in the museums.
Travel tips and facts about wildlife, food, rental cars, camping, adventures, travel and tourism, and cultural tours are easy enough to find on travel sites like Expedia or Travelocity. Entire trips can be planned using guidebooks like those from Lonely Planet. Now visitors to Germany can expand their knowledge base with an artist’s view of Berlin. Photos from neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and more convey a special vibe. The 30 full-color photos in this book are paired with evocative titles that bring you the essence of the Bikes of Berlin.

Necropolises of New Orleans I: A Travel Photo Art Book


In New Orleans, a city built on a swamp, the dead are enshrined above ground. Row upon row of crypts and mausoleums with elaborate entryways, wrought iron fences, and decorative rooftop statues form the Cities of the Dead. The vaults reflect the heritage of French and Spanish colonists, who were accustomed to seeing these types of burials in their homelands. Beyond these places of final rest, New Orleans and nearby Jefferson Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish are striking places for tourism. On offer are unique French and Spanish Creole architecture, a mild climate, and a cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. Visitors flock to Mardi Gras, feel the hint of voodoo in the air, relax on the lawn of the Cabildo, and refresh themselves with a walk through the Garden District. Swamp boat rides, afternoons on a steamboat, and bayou tours are found only in and around New Orleans. Travelers who explore at any time of the year discover adventures and excitement steeped in culture and history.
New Orleans’ cuisine is renowned worldwide for combining Creole, French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, Chinese, and Cuban foods. Classic dishes like muffuletta, jambalaya, bananas Foster, gumbo, turtle soup, praline bacon, and red beans and rice can be found at fine dining establishments as well as inexpensive restaurants. The 35 full-color photos in this book were taken at Greenwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, and Saint Patrick Cemetery No. 2.  

​​​Ruins of Rome II: A Travel Photo Art Book

If only two words could be used to describe Rome, no pair could be better than “creativity” and “culture.” Even the most casual visitor is swept into the city’s dizzying array of ancient sites, stunning artwork, and new surprises around every corner.
The Eternal City is the capital of Italy, and perhaps its most striking travel destination. The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that charges every vacation with the energy of the Roman Empire founded on the Seven Hills. An exploration of Europe cannot be complete until Rome’s particular adventures have been experienced. The palaces and church cathedrals, Roman ruins, monuments, fountains and statues each offer a new and exciting journey.
Today Italy in general and the Lazio region in particular are striking places for tourism with unique architecture, a mild climate, and Mediterranean culture. Pasta dishes like cacao e pepe, meats like smoked pork jowl, fresh cheeses like pecorino Romano, and olive oil can be found at fine dining establishments as well as inexpensive restaurants. Now visitors to Italy can expand their knowledge base with an artist’s view of the ancient city of Rome. The full-color photos in Ruins of Rome I & II were taken at Palazzo Senatorio, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City, Via della Conciliazione, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, San Paolo fuori le mura, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, various obelisks, and other sites. Step into this whirling place and become absorbed by its vibrant heart.

Necropolises of New Orleans II: A Travel Photo Art Book

Tours and self-guided journeys through the cemeteries add a new angle to the many sights in New Orleans. The mausoleums are fascinating, and living history waits around every corner. Every street pulses with its own type of nightlife. Today New Orleans and nearby Jefferson Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish are striking places for tourism with unique French and Spanish Creole architecture, a mild climate, and a cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. Visitors flock to Café du Monde, stroll down Bourbon Street to take in the jazz music, relax in Jackson Square, refresh at St. Louis Cathedral, and picnic at Lake Pontchartrain. Mardi Gras might be special, but travelers who explore at other times of the year discover adventures and excitement steeped in culture and history.
Now visitors to the American South can expand their knowledge base with an artist’s view of the city of New Orleans and its Cities of the Dead. The 35 color photos in this collection were taken at Greenwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, and Saint Patrick Cemetery No. 2. 

Panoramas of Portugal: A Travel Photo Art Book

Cheap plane tickets are great to grab, especially when airfare is such a large part of the travel budget. Travelers can get more out of their vacation from accommodations to tours by starting with this pictorial introduction. The view from the hotel or the hostel and every daytrip navigated with a local map will mean so much more after exploring Panoramas of Portugal.
Portugal has a long and varied history. After being invaded and settled by groups as old as the Pre-Celts and the Romans, struggles continued with Visigoths and other Germanic people. In 711 CE, the nation was firmly established. Portugal is perhaps best known for being the first truly global empire. Its maritime exploration during the early part of the Age of Discovery, the 15th and 16th centuries, provided an influx of wealth through the spice trade. The Joanine era saw her ports offer gold, wheat, copperware, cloths, tools, wine, and horses.
From the 17th through the 19th centuries, wars, the loss of colonies, and a lack of participation in the Industrial Revolution saw the nation decline. A significant earthquake triggered destruction, fires, and a tsunami that almost completely destroyed Lisbon. Today Portugal is a striking place for tourism with unique architecture, a sunny climate, and Mediterranean culture. The cuisine is renowned, and fresh seafood spiced with chili and black peppers, saffron and olive oil can be found at inexpensive restaurants.
Visitors to Portugal can expand their knowledge base with an artist’s view of Lisbon, Amadora, Cabo da Roca, Sintra, and Cascais. Prepare yourself for Sao Jorge Castle, Belem Tower, Bairro Alto, Alfama, the Carmo Convent, Fado and the nightlife, and that red roof cityscape with the 40 full-color photos of Lisbon's port, city squares, and red tile rooftops. Photos from Sintra include the Castle of the Moors and whimsical Pena Palace. Visit the Lighthouse of Cabo de Sao Vicente, and wander through an astonishing country.  

​​Ancients of Assisi I: A Travel Photo Art Book

For centuries, Assisi, Italy has been the focus of spiritual activity. The ancient city might be best known as the birthplace of Saint Francis, yet the tangled streets offer much more than a pilgrimage. Situated in the Province of Perugia, the compact city perches in Monte Subasio National Park on the Apennine Mountains. The views from nearly anywhere in the ancient city are spectacular. Mists rise up from the olive groves early in the morning. The rays of the sun pierce the air and slant across the valley below.
Walking trails wander for kilometers outside the city’s stone walls. A shady park offers a restful spot for contemplation. Church bells ring out while flocks of silky black jackdaws wheel overhead. Today Italy in general and Umbria in particular are striking places for tourism with unique architecture, a mild climate, and Mediterranean culture. Now visitors to Italy can expand their knowledge base with an artist’s view of Assisi, Monte Subasio, and scenic locations. The 40 color photos in Ancients of Assisi I explore these areas as well as the secret Assisi, the Roman city hidden below the buildings. Of special note in this first collection is a dove that settled inside the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, recalling the legend of Saint Francis preaching to the birds. Turn the page to step back through thousands of years of history.

​​Ancients of Assisi II: A Travel Photo Art Book

Assisi was the home of several saints, including Agnes of Assisi, Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Rufinus of Assisi, Vitalis of Assisi, Sylvester of Assisi, and St. Francis himself. The pink stones used to build many of the Franciscan buildings were quarried from Monte Subasio, the mountain on which the city was built. Since residents have held onto their traditional lifestyles, the town offers so much more.

High atop a slope overlooking Assisi is the imposing Rocca Maggiore, an imperial fortress reconstructed by Cardinal Albornoz and expanded by Popes Pius II and Paul III. Hidden beneath the streets is the Roman Domus of Propertius with its frescoed walls. Archaeologists have also preserved the Domus of Lararium, which sports a marble floor mosaic and a covered port with Pompeian decorations. Now visitors to Italy can expand their knowledge base with an artist’s view of Assisi, Monte Subasio, and nearby villages. The 40 full-color photographs were taken at the Basilica di San Francesco, including the Basilica inferior and the Basilica superior; the Sacro Convento, a Franciscan friary; the Rocca Maggiore, a castle that is 800 years old; Santa Maria Maggiore; the Basilica of Santa Chiara, or Saint Clare; and the Roman Domus of Propertius and the Domus of Lararium, both of which are underground. 

Ruins of Rome I: A Travel Photo Art Book

At over 2,500 years old, Rome is more than the capital of Italy. It is the center of artistic creativity and a cultural complex that arguably outstrips any other location on earth. Ancient monuments like the Colosseum continue to capture our attention while institutions like the Vatican Museums spur intellectual interest. From Aventine Hill to St. Peter’s Basilica, from the banks of the Tiber to the Aniene, Rome is a kaleidoscopic journey through time.

Rome's history encompasses the Roman Empire, founded on the Seven Hills, and the center of the Catholic Church. Spectacular vacations and multiple trips are on the minds of every traveler who wants to explore the best of Europe. Today Italy in general and the Lazio region in particular are striking places for tourism with unique architecture, a mild climate, and Mediterranean culture. The cuisine is renowned, and classic Roman dishes like pasta with red sauce, braised oxtail and stewed artichokes, all dressed with olive oil and cracked black pepper, can be found at fine dining establishments as well as inexpensive restaurants.
Now visitors to Italy can expand their knowledge base with an artist’s view of the ancient city of Rome. The full-color photos in Ruins of Rome I & II were taken at Palazzo Senatorio, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City, Via della Conciliazione, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, San Paolo fuori le mura, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, various obelisks, and other sites. Step into this whirling place and become absorbed by its vibrant heart.