Odd Couple/36 – The lady & the Statue

This is series on couples ‚Äď street photography capturing two people ‚Äď ¬†which for lack of anything more imaginative¬†I have named the¬†Odd Couple series, when in fact they may, or may not be odd. ¬†I‚Äôll leave that to the viewer. ¬†Please click on image for a better view. Taken in Bratislava, Slovakia. ¬†For my solo series click here. Continue reading Odd Couple/36 – The lady & the Statue

Church/In Old Town Square

Going by google there seems to be two St. Nicholas’ Churches in Prague. ¬†One in the Old Town Square, and one in Lesser Town Square. ¬†This one is in the Old Town Square. ¬†In Czech it is¬†Chr√°m svat√©ho Mikul√°Ň°e, as opposed to¬†Kostel svat√©ho Mikul√°Ň°e in Lesser Town. ¬†Please click on any image for a better view. The following information is taken from¬†http://www.prague.eu which I’m assuming … Continue reading Church/In Old Town Square

Church/St. Mary’s, Beddgelert

St. Mary’s Church in Beddgelert, Gwynnedd, Wales – please click on any image for a better view. This site near where the Rivers Glaslyn and Colwyn meet has been a place of Christian worship since the 7th century. ¬†By 1230 the monastic community was recognized as an Augustinian Priory with a sizable church and a number of other buildings that have since disappeared. ¬† St. … Continue reading Church/St. Mary’s, Beddgelert

Walking the Walk

When I travel I like to get my feet on the ground and walk. ¬†I pick up so much more walking than driving – to go with the sights come the sounds and the smells and the hum of the atmosphere. ¬†Taking local transport is also a favourite, but¬†Ailsa’s travel theme is¬†Walking¬†so I’ll go with that. ¬† ¬†Please click on any image for a better … Continue reading Walking the Walk

Statues and Sculptures/8

Statue of General Barclay de Tolley ¬†– 1761-1818 by the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. ¬† ¬†Please click on image for a better view. General Barclay de Tolley was a Russian Field Marshal and Minister of War during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812.¬†A¬†descendant of the Scottish Clan Barclay with roots in Towie, Aberdeenshire,¬†De Tolley grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. ¬†He¬†entered the Imperial … Continue reading Statues and Sculptures/8

Door/17 – Postkantoor

Please click on image for a better¬†view.¬† This door provides entrance to what was the Postkantoor (post office) at 42 Coolsingel in Rotterdam, Holland. ¬†It leads to an entrance hall with a ceiling rising to 22.5 metres (74 feet). The post office was built between 1915 and 1923. ¬†They didn’t want it to overshadow the Town Hall nearby and so situated it further from the … Continue reading Door/17 – Postkantoor

Historical Tidbits

Ailsa’s Travel Theme is¬†History¬†– please click images for a better view. The Chateau Laurier, a 660,000 square foot hotel in downtown Ottawa, was built¬†for $2 million, between 1909 and 1912.¬† When the hotel first opened, private rooms cost $2 a night; and only 155 of the 350 bedrooms featured a private bath. The great Memorial Anchor at the end of Nyhavn in Copenhagen is a … Continue reading Historical Tidbits

Door/15 – Tintern Abbey

Please click on images for a better view. Tintern Abbey is in the beautiful Wye Valley in Wales, the River Wye forming part of the border between Wales and England. Founded in 1131, it fell into ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century. ¬† That was the process by which Henry VIII disbanded the Catholic monasteries and convents and effectively put … Continue reading Door/15 – Tintern Abbey


Please click on images for a better view. In the Scottish countryside north of Thornhill in Dumfries and Galloway one finds Drumlanrig Castle, the jewel of the¬†90,000 acre¬†Queensberry Estate of the Buccleuch family who trace their family history back to 12th century Scotland.   Sir James Douglas of Drumlanrig, King Robert the Bruce‚Äôs right hand man, was the founder of what later became the Queensberry … Continue reading Castle/Drumlanrig

Church/Notre Dame, Ottawa

Please click on images for a better view. Ottawa’s Notre Dame Basilica, built in the mid-19th century, underwent a number of design changes before it was completed. ¬†Constructed over a period of five years, it was blessed August 15, 1846. ¬†However, the steeples, of which there are two, were not completed until 1858; ¬†the apse in 1862, and the primary work on the interior was … Continue reading Church/Notre Dame, Ottawa


After spending the afternoon driving along the narrow tracks of roads on the Isle of Skye around Tarskavaig and Tokavaig we passed through this valley and I thought something I’ve never thought in any of the other places that I’ve traveled. ¬†I thought that I could live in this little valley¬†and the rest of the world could fall away and I wouldn’t know and I … Continue reading Utopia

Statues and Sculptures/5

Please click on the images for a larger view “Dreams are made if people only try to believe in miracles … I have to … because somewhere the hurting must stop.” On Hwy 11-17 near Thunder Bay, Ontario, overlooking the Sleeping Giant and Lake Superior is a monument to one of Canada’s heroes. The inscription reads … Terry Fox inspired this nation with his dream … Continue reading Statues and Sculptures/5

Morning Walk

Please click on the images for a larger view I realize¬†that one person’s ‘early’ is another’s ‘the-day-is-half-over’ ¬†but this is about as early as I get. ¬†While staying near Thornhill, south of Glasgow, in our converted stable – I got up early enough to see the morning mist – and walked around the corner to the bridge over the River Nith – and enjoyed the … Continue reading Morning Walk