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
St. Paul’s Church is suitably located on Church Street in Cahir in County Tipperary, Ireland. It is a John Nash design, built in 1817 and one of only two known churches that Nash designed. Please click on any image for a larger view. It is also the only one with most of its original interior, including the decoratively-carved pine pews, with individual doors … Continue reading Church/St. Paul’s, Cahir
Weekly photo challenge: Inspiration Travel inspires me. It inspires me to learn … It inspires tolerance … that my way is not the only way, nor necessarily the best way. It inspires understanding and acceptance … Continue reading Broadening Horizons
Street photography is a new subject of interest for me. What I find most intriguing is the capture of a split second in time, which is so much more apparent on the streets than it is in landscape photography. I love the ‘freeze frame’ aspect of it, capturing people in mid-step, with a smile, or a grimace, looking at the camera or talking to … Continue reading Close-up in the City
The Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin, also known as Toomkirik – Dome Church, located on Toompea Hill in Tallinn, Estonia, is the oldest church in Tallinn. Aaahhhh Boy in Blue on Bike Carousel de la Cité Carcassonne Dilapidated Door in Dinan Elephant on Elegant Egg First Frost in Flower garden Guard Gait in Gamla Stan Hero on High Horse Irish wolfhounds In St Ives Jaded … Continue reading Toomkirik on Toompea Hill in Tallinn
Admiralteyskaya subway station in St Petersburg, Russia St Petersburg’s subway system is the deepest in the world and Admiralteyskaya is the deepest station – this escalator is the beginning of the descent to 282 feet. Aaahhhh Boy in Blue on Bike Carousel de la Cité Carcassonne Dilapidated Door in Dinan Elephant on Elegant Egg First Frost in Flower garden Guard Gait in Gamla Stan Hero … Continue reading St Petersburg Subway System
No black and white, just glorious colour. Ailsa’s Travel Theme is: Multicoloured Here’s one I particularly liked: Hanel’s Travel and Photography Continue reading Glorious Colour
This pretty girl and her co-worker were greeters at the Olde Hansa on Vana Turg in Tallinn, Estonia – a Medieval-themed restaurant in the interesting old town. She encouraged us to take a peak inside – “you don’t have to eat, just look inside, it’s beautiful”. We did peak inside and then she was happy to let me take her photo.
I couldn’t resist a shot of her shoes – Continue reading “A Taste of Tallinn”
Two things are bad for the heart – running up stairs and running down people – Bernard Baruch
An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Continue reading “Visual Quotations 9 – Stairway to …”
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“A classic old fishermen’s boozer, complete with low ceilings, tankards behind the bar and a comprehensive selection of Cornish ales.” – one of the oldest inns in Cornwall, England, as evidenced by the sign.
Gates at 2431 Avenida Rivadavia in Buenos Aires.
Ornate gates at Circulo Militar in Plaza San Martin, Buenos Aires … Continue reading “Barred Access”
A stockbroker urged me to buy a stock that would triple its value every year. I told him, “At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.” – Claude Pepper
When we travel we like to rent a car so that we can take those roads less traveled. And this allows us the pleasure of indulging in the time-honoured tradition of the Boot Lunch. It’s ready when you are. It doesn’t involve an arduous search for a suitable restaurant agreed to by all. It’s cheap. 🙂 We’ve boot lunched in numerous parking lots, or roadside … Continue reading The Boot
Taken from Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. Seems appropriate enough. I chose to obey it. Some did not.I’m going to do a post of signs … soon. Continue reading Stop Sign
Nothing delights my photographic eye more than strong light producing beautiful contrasting shadows. We spent a week in the delightful village of Dinan in Brittany before the sun came out, encouraging me to climb the steep streets one more time to capture these shots.
The afternoon light drew me down to the Cathedral in St-David’s in Wales for this lucky shot … Continue reading “The Shadow Knows”
I took this shot through the store window, capturing the reflections from across this street in Montevideo, Uruguay. Windows Week 3 over at The Day After Related photo: Urban Uruguay Continue reading Last Tango
The latest photo contest is on over at Rodposse and the category is: Lines. If you like my shot, go to his site here and give me a like – most likes wins. Continue reading Get out and Vote
When something catches my photographic eye I often like to go right in and fill the frame with whatever it is that has sparked my interest. I find that what might be an otherwise ho-hum photo is often more interesting and has more impact when massed to the edges of the frame. Ailsa’s travel theme is: Multiples Continue reading Framing the shot
In 1291 all the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to Murano due to the risk of fires at a time when Venice was built mostly with wood. The island of Murano, now famous for its glass, lies about 1.5 km north of Venice. The glass makers of Murano held a monopoly on high-quality glassmaking for centuries.
The glass is made from silica, which becomes liquid at high temperatures. The oven is heated to about Continue reading “The Glass Island”
For more about Write It Now – WIN – click here. For previous WIN posts, click here. This week the prompts are: 1. Tell about your best friend. Why was this person so special? What brought you close? 2. What is the most important aspect of friendship? 3. Did you ever travel with a friend. Where? 4. Were you ever betrayed by a friend? How? … Continue reading WIN #13 Reflections on Friendship