When we travel we are outside our normal everyday life situations, we are observers. The opportunity to see others day-to-day experiences are part of what makes traveling such a rich and rewarding experience.
In Paros I watched the fishermen mend their nets.
These are all pictures where the sky is prominent.
I thought at first to put in pictures of people who, to me, are Free Spirits, but thought that wouldn’t mean much to the viewer.
I have to confess, I haven’t lived in an urban area in over 25 years. The following pictures are from Athens. I loved this city.
The mix of old and new was amazing.
View of the city from the theatre at the Acropolis in Athens
We stayed in the Monastiraki area and it was great. On first glance there was a lot of empty store fronts. But, there were bars with wonderful musicians playing traditional music with the patrons singing and dancing along, the Athens flea market and the food market nearby.
The Athens market
Graffiti: This is an urban sight. Some is very good art and contributes to the urban landscape. Other graffiti is not a welcome sight.
This is a street scene from Nice, France merged with a photo of people visiting the Columbia Ice Field in Alberta, Canada.
Swans in the canal in the Red Light District of Amsterdam.
This is St Marks Square in Venice. The risers are put up when the tide comes in and floods the square. It saves the tourists from getting their feet wet. I thought it was a kindness to put up the risers but found it wrong-looking just the same. I didn’t climb on board.
St Marks Square again. This is just wrong. The advertisements cover the work that is being done to repair the buildings.
It is amazing to see the capacity the natural world has for growth. Trees and plants send down roots and grow in the most surprising places.
These trees are growing on the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick Canada, Twice a day the tides rise to great heights, as they recede they take some of the rock and soil with them.
This is how they grow grapes on the Greek island of Santorini.
The roots of these trees climb down the hill and sustain small shrubs on this beach side hill in Santorini.
These unusual trees grow at the University of Havana
Purple is one of my favorite colours. I have many purple flowers in my garden.
At a square in Nice, near the waterfront, I noticed a series of plastic men perched atop high poles and wondered why plastic was used for them. In the evening when we walked by again the men were lit up with colours that kept changing. It was a pretty neat effect.
When traveling what we often see is the outside of buildings. We walked by this impressive building several times, before we decided to go inside and see what it contained.
It was the Army Museum and
We were amazed at what we found inside.
There were rooms filled with armour. There was even armour for children and horses, which must have been hot and heavy to wear.
Napoleon’s Tomb under the dome was beautiful.
An army museum is not something I would venture into normally, especially when there are so many art museums to visit in Paris. This museum was well worth going inside. For more information on the museum visit their web site at: http://www.invalides.org.
This is what happens when you let a little boy play with the Christmas lights.
This is a great shot from my sister’s wedding.
From the Dutchy Mason Blues Festival in Truro, Nova Scotia