In the Dark

Please click on any image for a better view. Montmartre at dusk The blue hour settling on the Ballyhoura Mountains in Ireland As the sun goes down in Thornhill, Scotland The lights come on in St. David’s, Wales Shop window in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Railway crossing on a rainy night in Lancaster, Ontario St. Isaac’s Cathedral lights up in St. Petersburg, Russia Ailsa’s travel theme:  Dark Continue reading In the Dark

Companionable, Burgeoning, etc

Paula’s Thursday’s Special: Pick a word:     I decided to follow Paula’s lead and interpret them all.  Please click on any image for a better view. Populated – King Cormorants on an isle in the Beagle Channel  Time Sensitive – Mirabilis Jalapa, or commonly known as Four O’clocks because they usually don’t open until around four o’clock  Companionable  Clandestine   And lastly the burgeoning city … Continue reading Companionable, Burgeoning, etc

Door/18 – Polperro

Please click on image for a better view. Taken in Polperro, in Cornwall, England –  a popular destination because of its tightly-packed and old fisherman’s houses which survive almost untouched, its quaint harbour and attractive coastline. As early as the 13th century Polperro was a recognised fishing settlement and its first known record is in a Royal document of 1303.   We visited a few yeas ago and … Continue reading Door/18 – Polperro

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

Black and White – Towers

Paula’s Black and White Sunday is Towering.   Please click on images for a better view. The Hassan Tower in Rabat, Morocco was intended, in 1195, to be the largest minaret in the world along with a mosque, also intended to be the world’s largest. But the Sultan  died and construction stopped. The tower reached 44 m (140 ft) only half of its intended height. The rest of the mosque was also left … Continue reading Black and White – Towers

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

Weather, mostly rain

Ailsa’s challenge – Where’s my backpack – asked for some weather shots. Please click on images for a better view. Storm brewing on the road to Ottawa, Ontario … Squalls on the Firth of Moray, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland … Winter in the Eastern Counties, Ontario Summer rain in my garden … More rain, Florence, Italy … Glorious autumn weather on the Boulevard de Clichy, Paris And … Continue reading Weather, mostly rain

Museum of History

The Canadian Museum of History, formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization, is in Gatineau, Quebec, across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill.  We visited last spring, only taking in a couple of the exhibits.  Please click on images for a better view. From the Horse Power Exhibition, this Cabriolet Sleigh represented Canada at the first world’s fair at London’s Crystal Palace Exibition in 1851.  It … Continue reading Museum of History

Castle/Drumlanrig

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’s right hand man, was the founder of what later became the Queensberry … Continue reading Castle/Drumlanrig

Door/14 – Drumlanrig

Drumlanrig Castle overlooks the Nith Valley in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.  It was built between 1679 and 1689 from distinctive pink sandstone and it is the Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. This shot is an archway below the grand staircase of the main entrance.  Please click on image for a better view. Norm’s Thursday Doors Continue reading Door/14 – Drumlanrig