Challenge your Camera: Steps and Stairs.

Steps and Stairs Challenge linked to Dr. B’s challenge at Dr. B’s Challenge your Camera.

What better place to start Steps and Stairs with than The Spanish Steps in Rome.

The Spanish Steps, Rome

Still in Italy, it’s a steep walk to the top of the amphitheatre in Verona during the Opera Festival there but that’s where the budget seats are, obviously. I’ve sat up there – when I was much younger – but I’ve also had the luxury of the lower seats too, and I know which I prefer!

The Amphitheatre, Verona

And now for something completely different, as they say. Ad hoc steps for swimmers in Syracuse in Sicily, used as sun-bathing platforms as well and looking pretty dangerous to me.

Steps for Swimmers in Syracuse in Sicily

Still in Sicily, below is the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the 3rd largest Opera House in Europe. Film buffs will know these steps as the setting for the scene in The Godfather, Part III, where the godfather’s beloved daughter is shot dead, one of Al Pacino’s great moments among many in the series. The interior of the theatre was also the setting for the closing scenes and backstage tours are on offer.

Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Sicily

Across now to Japan, to Hiroshima, where we see school-children on the steps of the Motoyasu River that runs through the Peace Park. They are having a history lesson on the bombing of the city and the consequences for the world.

Schoolchildren in the Peace Park at Hiroshima, Japan

And lastly, there may be many more of Angkor Wat but I never tire of looking at the shrines here and remembering the 3 days I spent in and around the site, loving every minute I was there.

One of the many shrines at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

20 thoughts on “Challenge your Camera: Steps and Stairs.”

  1. Thank you Frank, stairs always attract photographers. I didn’t realise how many shots I had that included stairs until this challenge popped up. Mari


  2. Thank you for those comments. Yes, you are free to wander around Angkor Wat. I’ve just had a look, I can’t believe I’ve never posted about it but maybe it is just too overwhelming – and the site is enormous. I can’t remember just how big but it is in different sections. I shall try and post something this week as I have masses of photograhs. No safety rules though, so you need to be very careful on those steps!


  3. While all these photos are brilliant, and I can see why you spent three days at Angkor Wat. The architecture is stunning and detailed. Are the buildings open for you to wander, or do they operate like a museum? I love ruins of ancient cultures in the mountains, so thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. I did have a problem with the food in Japan, Jo, but my worst experience was in the 2 ryokans we stayed at where there was no menu to choose from and most of the food was unfamiliar and quite a lot of it slimy, i.e. a lot of it like abalone and other strange sea creatures. It was served beautifully and I loved the porcelain dishes and the hand painted menus – and even the ginger dyed pink. One of my travelling companions loved it, the other didn’t. I confess that after 3 weeks when we got back to Tokyo, we headed straight for an Irish Bar (there’s at least one in every city, isn’t there?) and had fish and chips! I never thought I’d ever do that. Total philistine!


    1. Thank you. The subject was easy this week, I think we’ve all got lots of steps and stairs, they’re a bit like bridges, aren’t they, always there.


  4. We have the same taste in travels, but you have been to so many more places! I still have Cambodia on my Bucket List, but we are getting older and everything is in such turmoil here with travel. The STATE even made us change our driver’s license’s. Now, you must have an approved TSA driver’s license (so they can track you) if you want to fly anywhere in the country or outside of it. Otherwise you are not getting on any plane……..the world has gone nuts! Hubby has started to look at travel brochures again, but I am not so optimistic!

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    1. Well, I think I’m much older than you so I’ve got more travels under my belt and although I know I am somewhat restricted now I still make mistakes and make bookings thinking I am still a kitten-cat! It also means that 3rd world countries are not on the radar any more and I have to look at the medical situation. Sad, isn’t it. I’m just glad I seized every chance I had when I was younger and that my husband and I travelled as much as we did (and to hell with the new curtains that were always needed) before he died. I’ve got great memories.


      1. I just turned 74 and had a stroke last year so I know where you’re coming from! Yes, we felt that way about traveling too so we started earlier …. I knew from being a CCU nurse that so many folks wait until they retire to do anything and then it’s too late! We saved starting in our teens and have been able to do what we wanted! And I married a man four years younger than me so he could take care of me! Ha ha!

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