Friday, April 19, 2019

Pull Up a Seat

Pull Up a Seat

Random seats around Toronto.





Skywatch Friday

Skywatch Friday

November 2018 - Granada Spain

From the Alhambra on a very rainy day, the sun was trying to come out as we left.


Wit's End Photo Challenge

Wit's End Photo Challenge ORANGE


I had a lot more photos tagged as orange than I realized!

New York City


Las Vegas NV


Florida


Peggy's Cove NS



Weekend Reflections

Posting at Weekend Reflections.


November 2018 - Madrid Spain


Appropriate that I only spotted this on this Good Friday morning.
Almudena Cathedral - standing on the balcony with our backs to the Palace across the square. You can see the Palace and me at the bottom.






Weekend Roundup

Welcome to The Weekend Roundup...hosted by Tom The Back Roads Traveler

ABC Wednesday

1. Starts with "P"
2. A Favorite
3. PAIR

Starts with P

Pottery Pancho Villa





Favourite

Niagara Falls ON

License Plate



PAIR

A pair of girls dressed as opposites. One is traditional, the other modern.



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dutch's Tuesday Photo Challenge

Dutch's Tuesday Photo Challenge WORSHIP


Dutch chose worship this week in light of yesterday's devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, which I happened to post last week.


Melrose Scotland



Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, with lavishly decorated masonry.



It was founded by King David I in 1136, as the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland. The spot was chosen due to its association with the early Christian monastery at nearby Old Melrose founded by St Aidan in about 640.




The abbey grew rich on the wool trade, suffered through the Wars of Independence, and was substantially rebuilt in the 1380s. It continued in use as an abbey until the Protestant Reformation of 1560. After that, the existing monks were allowed to stay on: the last one died in 1590.



The exterior is decorated with some of the most beguiling sculpture to be found on any medieval church building. It includes demons and hobgoblins, lute-playing angels, cooks with ladles, and of course the famous bagpipe-playing pig.





he famous pig piper! He was quite an elusive figure as we searched and hunted for him (along with other visitors) until we finally spotted him.


Apparently this was a very popular image in the medieval Celtic world. Pigs with bagpipes show up again and again in carvings and illuminations from Ireland, Scotland, and North England–and nobody is sure why. One reason I found, and like, is that bagpipes sound like a pig squealing. I, personally, like the bagpipes!!





Cee's Fun Foto Challenge


Signs: traffic, directional, signs along the roads or on buildings



Ballyvaughan Ireland




Calico CA




Honolulu Zoo Hawaii






Tuesday Treasures

Tom hosts Tuesday's Treasures.

May 2004 - Rome Italy

This was our first trip to Rome and we had a decent digital camera so took tons of photos!
Of historical note too, this was the first time we booked an apartment rental online!

Returning to Rome has been on John's bucket list so we will be doing that in May.

I thought I would post some of the highlights.

THE FORUM




THE COLOSSEUM



Some gladiators on break, having a cigarette.




Long before the modern lie detector and graphs and wires were invented, the superstitious and untruthful faced a much more severe fate between the jaws of the Bocca della Verità, or Mouth of Fate, an ancient carving which is said to bite the hands off of liars.


The National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II) is a remarkably large building made of white marble.
For some, the structure is similar to a wedding cake, because of its wide stairways. Others would see it as a typewriter because of its odd and huge shape.

At the base and guarded by soldiers is the Altare della Patria, or the Altar of the Fatherland, where the tomb of an unknown soldier is found. This soldier was killed in the 1st World War and became a symbol for all unknown fallen soldiers of Italy.


Palazzo del Quirinal & obelisk Castor and Pollux.

Elephant and Obelisk is the base of the smallest obelisk of Rome, with a height of 5.47 meters.The statue is a sculpture designed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Piazza della Rotonda is the square right outside the Pantheon. As the Pantheon’s informal name is the church of Santa Maria Rotonda, that’s how the piazza gets the name.
The Fontana del Pantheon was finished in 1575.



The Spanish Steps where we also had dinner one night.




We were drawn to Piazza del Popolo because the book Angels and Demons was so popular at the time and we had both read it. So we had to have lunch in the cafe where the Dan Brown character ate.




Two churches look onto the square; Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto. These two temples look identical from the exterior, but hide several differences inside.

In looking at these photos we apparently spent a fair amount of time at the Borghese Gardens.









The Museum of Modern Art



Castel Sant'Angelo on the Tiber River

Built as a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, it was converted into a papal fortress in the 6th century and named after an angelic vision that Pope Gregory the Great had in 590. Nowadays, it houses the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo and its grand collection of paintings, sculpture, military memorabilia and medieval firearms.


VATICAN
We went into St. Peter's and also saw the Sistine Chapel, something one must do on a first trip to Rome.


















Having caffe in the shadow of the Vatican.



Drinking wine in Piazza Navona during a rain shower.