City Flavours

Ailsa chose ‘cities’ for this week’s travel theme.  I decided to select some images that, for me, impart the atmosphere, or flavour, of particular cities we’ve visited.

The houses along Rue St Denis  are very typical of Montreal. And Montreal is a delight at night.

Montreal street at night

This shot is very typical of the atmosphere and style we encountered in Tallinn’s old town.

architecture in Tallinn Estonia

Cours Mirabeau shaded by plane trees is an iconic image of Aix-en-Provence  Continue reading “City Flavours”

The mettle of metal

Metal, in its weight and functionality, its strength and grace, and its beauty. Mindeankeret, Copenhagen This Memorial Anchor in Nyhavn commemorates the Danish officers and sailors in the merchant fleet and Allied Forces who served during World War II. The interior ceiling structure at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris The beautiful gate that marks the entrance into the courtyard of  the Lutheran Church of St … Continue reading The mettle of metal

Travel Theme Clean

When I was in the Falkland Islands I remarked (more than once) on the sky.  It somehow seemed higher, brighter, and more expansive.  I took over a hundred pictures of that sky. Perhaps I should be embarrassed to say that 😉     The Falklands are about 800 miles north of the northern tip of Antarctica and I wondered if there was an effect of light bouncing off the Antarctic snow and ice. Or perhaps there is less pollution to cloud the air way down there where the South Atlantic begins to mix with the Southern Ocean.   Whatever the cause, the overall effect was light and clean and fresh.

seascape and sky in the Falklandssea and sky in the Falklands Continue reading “Travel Theme Clean”

Monumental Post

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is: Statue.

 This statue of the Portuguese explorer,  Ferdinand Magellan stands in Plaza B. Munoz Gamero in Punta Arenas, Chile.   His expedition in the early 1500s was the first to sail from the Atlantic  into the Pacific, culminating in the first circumnavigation of the earth.

statue of magellan

 This detail from the statue shows a burnished toe, rubbed by many visitors, presumably to bring luck, or perhaps to ensure they will one day return.

detail of statue of magellan

 

On San Cristobal some 300 m above Santiago, this 14 m statue of the Virgin, Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion, rises like an ethereal vision. Continue reading “Monumental Post”

It’s Ancient History

Roman aquaduct near Nimes France

The Pont du Gard  is an aqueduct in southern France.   Built by the Romans in the 1st C AD, it carried an estimated 44,000,000 gallons of water a day to the citizens of Nimes.  Serious flooding  over the years has washed away other bridges  of more recent construction in the area, but the Pont du Gard still stands two thousand years later.

Nearby is an olive tree …

Olive tree

and beside the olive tree is a plaque with the inscription: Continue reading “It’s Ancient History”