Posted as part of Debbie’s One Word Sunday challenge.
For my final photo we are off to Venice and I’ve got a photo for you that I don’t think I have used before. This is the view from the Basilica di San Marco looking over the Piazza San Marco towards the Grand Canal. The building on the left is the Doge’s Palace and on the right is the National Library of St Mark’s. Atop the granite column nearest to the Palace is the Lion of Venice – a bronze, winged lion which is a symbol of Saint Mark the Evangelist, one of the patron saints of Venice. Saint Theodore, Venice’s first patron saint, is at the top of the column by the Library holding a spear and standing on a creature that looks like a cross between a dragon and a crocodile.Jo at RestlessJo nominated to take part in this challenge and there are only two rules to stick to :
1. On five consecutive days create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.
I’m afraid I am going to break rule two, as I have done a similar thing so recently, but please feel free to join in if you fancy it.
So that is the challenge over and I hope you have enjoyed the black and white-ness that I have shared with you. I think black and white photos often have a lot more drama about them and nostalgia of course, especially if people are involved and it is a ‘real’ black and white print like the one I used for Day 1.
I’ve been invited to take part in the “Five Photos, Five Stories” challenge by Jude of Travel Words. The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.
Here’s my fifth and final photo
It’s another ‘sit back and watch the world go by’ view today, except I was standing this time. The view from the Rialto Bridge in Venice captures so much of the hustle and bustle of the Grand Canal. There are gondolas taking tourists around, water buses full of locals and tourists, water taxis and small motor boats which locals use as we would use our cars. At the side of the canal there are busy restaurants and boats dropping off people and goods. If only there was a cafe on the bridge, with a view of the canal, I could have spent hours just watching.
Today I would like to nominate Carol of Wanderings of an Elusive Mind and, breaking the rules a bit by nominating two people, Hilary of Hilary Robb. There’s no obligation to join in, it’s just if you fancy it.
Bevchen at Confuzzledom nominated me (ages ago now) as part of the Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There promotion. The idea is to suggest five destinations I would like to return to, with photos, and then nominate five other bloggers to do the same. I’m lucky enough to have travelled to many wonderful places, both at home and in the wider northern hemisphere (the southern hemisphere is on my list!) so it has been really heard to decide which five to include here.
I’m starting with Disneyland Paris because I keep saying I would like to go back there (more so than any other place apparently). It was my first introduction to the Disney ‘experience’ and, while I have loved every visit I have made to the theme parks of Orlando, Florida, I’ve always remembered the ‘awe and wonder’ of the Paris park. We went about 15 years ago and I just loved the cleverness of it all – the look of the park, the fun of the excellent rides, the fireworks (I had never seen such a wonderful display before), the range of hotels, everything…
I have been to Iceland twice. The first time I went, in April 1982 I think, was the first time I went anywhere on an aeroplane. Previous travels had been by car (family touring holidays in Scotland and France) or boat (Scandinavian and Mediterannean cruises when I was at school) so it was with trepidation that I took to the air. I didn’t particularly enjoy the flight, but found the country fascinating and really enjoyed the long weekend I spent there. I went again 18 months ago, in the hope of seeing the Aurora Borealis, but it rained for almost the whole time so that was that, although we still had an interesting time. We visited Gulfoss waterfall, Rekjavik, Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir thermal area and, best of all, the fabulous Blue Lagoon where we spent an afternoon and where it didn’t rain (typical). I’d like to go back again for two reasons – 1) to explore the northern part of the country, and 2) maybe to see the northern lights!
I spent a few days here several years ago and would love to go back to spend more time, and to see more. What I did see was very interesting, but it was really too much of a whistestop tour. We went on a Duck Tour which took us round the city on an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle. Our guide was great fun and he was full of facts and insights into the city. We also walked Boston’s Freedom Trail, with a guide dressed in 18th century costume, and took a bus to the Italian quarter where we ate one of their famous cannolis. The weather was mainly wet, which was a shame, but I really enjoyed my visit. If I returned, in addition to exploring more of the city, I would like to go outside Boston itself and see the outlying countryside and small towns. Perhaps I’d like to go in the autumn and see some of the famous fall colours. I’d also be hoping to take lots of photos because I seem to have mislaid all but one of the photos I took, which is a shame, because it is a very picturesque place.
I loved the atmosphere of Venice, and the fact that it looked just like it does in the postcards! It was August when we were there, and the sunshine on the warm terracotta coloured buildings, and the water of the Grand Canal reflecting the blue of the sky was beautiful. I’d like to go back and walk again in the narrow streets and little squares between the canals, have a coffee in St Mark’s square then climb to the top of the Basilica to see the fabulous view. I’d like to visit some of the places we didn’t have time to see; the Lido, or the glass makers in Murrano (we saw one of the factories, but none of them were operating because it was holiday time). I’d like to go to a museum and/or gallery, or maybe I would like to go back when it is Carnevale and see all the people in their fabulous costumes and masks.
The South of France
This is a rather general area because I couldn’t narrow it down to just one town or village. I think I was 17 when I went, with my family, on my first trip to the south of France. We drove from our home not far from Glasgow, making several overnight stops on the way to our campsite in the hills above St Tropez on the south coast. One overnight stop I remember vividly was the small town of Annecy, which I thought was one of the prettiest places I had ever seen.
I loved everything about being in the south of France – the weather, the countryside and the excitement of being near to such a fashionable resort. We explored the area and I remember driving through the camargue, with the white horses, and visiting the town of Grasse where perfume was (and probably still is) famously made as well as going into St Tropez itself where the size of the yachts, the pavement cafes and the beautiful sun-tanned people were things to marvel at. I’ve been back to the south of France several times (another twice on family holidays then several times with Mr Decisive), but would very much like to go back again.
My photos from that very first trip haven’t stood the test of time very well, so I have only posted a couple of them.
I hope you have enjoyed my five places – maybe they are places you have been to and enjoyed, or maybe they are places you would never want to set foot in again! I am supposed to nominate five other bloggers at this point, but it’s too hard, so if you fancy sharing your top five, then please do – I am looking forward to reading about them.
“For this week’s challenge, share what humanity means to you. Share a single photo or a collage to represent a sea of humanity.”
This is just a small sea of humanity, in the Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), Venice. It reminds me a little of the ‘Where’s Wally?’ pictures where there’s a lot going on, or a Lowry painting.
Look closely and you will see people feeding the pigeons (and there are LOTS of pigeons!), artists, street vendors with brightly coloured umbrellas, people taking photos of each other, people sitting having coffee, families, couples, babies in pushchairs, a band getting ready for a performance, a tour group, a child running… Enlarge the picture and see what you can see.
This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.