Sculpture Saturday: Vietnam

An odd one this. We came across this still-being-worked-on monument to the Vietnam War in Hanoi back in 2008. I haven't been back since so I presume it's now finished. I was intrigued to discover that the men working on it were not sculptors but stone-masons who were working to a plan drawn up by … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: Vietnam

One Word Sunday – Arches

Posted in connection with Debbie's One Word Sunday - Arches Arches are hard to avoid anywhere with ancient Roman or Greek architecture but I managed to find a 'natural' arch to supplement the two historic ones from Sicily/ Cave of the Nymphaen at Syracuse, Sicily Arch in the rocks off the coast of Lipari, Aeolian … Continue reading One Word Sunday – Arches

Weekly Photo Challenge – SMILE

  The camel was probably laughing at the tourists who were trying to bribe the owners of the few horses that were there to help those who couldn't walk through the old city in the heat.  I won't disclose the nationality of those who had disembarked from a cruise ship and thought to buy their … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge – SMILE

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Sunrise in Thailand, as it came up over the Gulf.  Taken from the balcony of my favourite hotel, the Dusit Thani Hua Hin. This next one may not fit the bill exactlyl, but it's one of my favourites, reminding me of a special trip.  I can almost feel the heat of the day as I … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

Photo Challenge: Face in the Crowd

  Like many people, I hesitate to photograph people without their knowledge.  Sometimes, if the mood is right, I ask permission, but then the people invariably strike poses or give an embarrassed smile for the camera.  So, the few I have are usually street scenes or action scenes.  Some I feel I couldn't display publicly … Continue reading Photo Challenge: Face in the Crowd

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

My one and only balloon trip was over the vineyards of Rioja and the town of Lograno in Northern Spain.  It was both exhilarating and exciting but I'm not sure I would do it again!  It was dark when we got to the spot and dawn was just breaking when we took off - it … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

Photography Challenge: Pedestrian

A misty morning on the pedestrianised bridge over the Lake of the Restored Sword in Hanoi, Vietnam. They assured me I could walk in safety here but I chickened out when I saw the railway line running down the middle of the street.  Unfortunately, it also started me humming The Railroad Runs Through the Middle … Continue reading Photography Challenge: Pedestrian

Weekly Photo Challenge – Texture

Both my 'texture' pictures come from Bratislava, a lovely city where old traditions are still honoured, lace making is still practised by ladies who sit in the square with their spools of white cotton, and where the coffee house is an institution. This first picture definitely reminds me of texture.  Before visiting I had read … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge – Texture