Luxury

Kate’s Friday Fun: Luxury

Luxury
First Class
a seat on a train

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speeding along
countryside whizzing past
enjoy the sights
read a book
“Vorresti un giornale, signore”

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snack on the food
from a trolley
coming down the aisle
or perhaps
Peut-être un vin madame

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unfortunately
sometimes
Lo siento no entiendo
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Whizzing along
Europe
so far away
First Class seats
Luxury

Catch the Train

The inspirational quote from Debbie at Travel with Intent

The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the train before. 
– G.K. Chesterton

Make sure you get to the station early
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Everyone will be rushing for their train
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Always book a seat
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Some trains go very fast
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Yes, they go very fast
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When you get to your destination, you can always catch one of these
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Time # 24 – Time Passages

This months photo challenge in square format from Becky is Time

This month I will put a song with the photo.

 

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“You reach out your hand, but you’re all alone in these
Time passages
I know you’re in there, you’re just out of sight
Oh, time passages
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight”

The December theme is TIME. I am sure everyone has found at least one #timesquare, but just in case you are struggling here are some #timesquare ideas;

Timepieces – clocks, watches, sun dials and egg timers
Sayings – Time & tide wait for no man (or woman!), A stitch in time saves nine, Early bird catches the worm, In the nick of time or More haste, less speed
Synonyms – era, moment, season, infinity, interval, lifetime and age
Out of the box – nighttime, downtime, pastime and mealtimes!

When One Door Closes….

The photo challenge from Travelling at Wits End: When One Door Closes

I must admit I have a door fetish when travelling in Europe. I had to stop myself from posting too many. But you can’t have too many door photos can you?

The oldest door from Avignon
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Another old door in Bologna
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A glass door somewhere in France
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A church door in Bologna
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An ornate door in Dijon
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A studded door in Milan
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A door that has stayed up too late from Genoa
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A door in Avignon with street art
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Thursdays Special – Pick a Word challenge in March

Another photo challenge from Paula’s Thursday’s Special

I have chosen a few photos from my travel folder for this challenge as well as the first two from my home, Australia.

Commanding – The view from the top of the pine tree

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Coarse – The Sand Crab and his treasures

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Gibbous – On the wall of the Notre Dame de Paris

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Incremental – A wall in the Grand Hyatt South Korea

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Indelible – The first time I saw the Segrada Familia in 2009

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Thanks Paula for the inspiration and time to set the challenges.

Not your usual holiday photos

When I travel, I am always looking for something that has some sort of appeal to me. Whether it is concrete or abstract there nearly is always a photo in something that I see and perhaps, others do too. I often find I am drawn to many the same theme. Those themes have been the subject in the past and of other blogs as time goes on. This time I would like to let you into my world of the everyday stuff that I see. Often I will take a photograph, to the quizzical looks of people who wonder what the hell is he photographing!!! This is true especially on holidays where there is a lot of people wandering about the same cities or towns as me. So off we go, starting at the top.

The tiles on rooves have patterns, shapes and colours and sometimes perhaps a plants or two.

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And in this case moss or lichens. It could almost be vegetation on a terraced hillside.

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I love the ceramic chimney pots. They contrast with the new looking tiles in the background.

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These chimney pots seemed like rather severe looking totem poles.

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This was on a roof near our Paris apartment. We thought it was our own Ned Kelly or medieval warrior looking after us, spear in hand.

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Some places have the most amazing ceilings, quite often in churches but this one was in a large shopping center in Milan

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Some walls in the old churches have the most amazing construction. Imagine looking upwards to see these bricks jutting out in a higgledy-piggledy fashion.

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In contrast, this wall was in the cafe at the Venice Biennale showcasing modern art. Yes it is a flat wall.

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Whereas this sloping wall was in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Korea.

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Again, the modern art world showed geometry on the walls of the Confluence Museum of Art in Lyon.

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The Koreans really embraced the world of modern art with this window between the bedroom and bathroom in our room in the Grand Hyatt.

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This sign on the wall in Venice seemed poignant as everywhere we went in Italy people smoked cigarettes regardless of where they were.

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There were many different floors with patterns or geometrical designs. This was hard to walk on while looking down as it made walking in a straight line difficult.

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I don’t know how many cobblestone roads we walked down. This one in Stirling, Scotland, wet and late in the afternoon drew me into its seemingly wavy pattern.

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Lights have always been a source of inspiration whether they are candles in a church.

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Or modern sculpture like this one of cascading balls from the third floor to the ground in Korea.

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Or beautiful old Murano glass light in the entrance of the hotel in Genoa.

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I guess I have a certain fascination for water. The Autumn leaves floating in the water feature in Dijon summed up the first cool wet day.

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Reflections in water always look so abstract. A bit of blue sky and the sides of a boat rippling on the water in the canal caught my eye in Burano.

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Further down the canal the colours changed to green and “gold” to make me feel at home.

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To get water often you need a tap. I don’t think much water has flowed from this tap in quite a while. The tap was in a rather large old building in Arsenale, Venice which had an art installation. I saw a few people wander over to the tap after I walked away, probably wondering what I was photographing.

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Just walking down the road, exploring the neighbourhood when we got to Bologna, the blue bottle on the graffitied concrete column of the building just seemed like an art installation.

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If you have water, you quite often need a teapot, even if it is part of an art installation from China.

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Teapot always needs some tea cups.

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There were lots of chairs in the church. This is just a part of all of the chairs. There was so many.

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Sometimes looking into a sculpture changes the perception of how the work makes you feel.

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This was the Canadian Exhibit in the Venice Biennale. It was a shop with so much “for sale” as well as a lot of used items to ponder.

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The posters on the walls of so many places had me perplexed but I appreciated the work especially combined with the everyday life.

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Road signs sometimes get altered. I have no words.

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Did you enjoy my holiday snaps? Leave me a comment to let me know what you likes most. Stay tuned for the next installment of my holiday photos – better than a slide night.

A bit of France

I am so glad that you enjoyed my little bit of Italy. Here is some bits and pieces I found in France – Marseilles and Avignon. Paris may come later.

I loved this carousel in Marseilles. It was in a square with people just milling around. The sound of the carousel certainly attracted us down that street.

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In the square where we had lunch was this sign on the wall. I like this type of art, almost pop art?

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Another blog I should write is one on the doors of Europe. I had this obsession to photograph doors of all sizes, materials and colours. Of course many of these doors have a door knocker. This lion looks a bit fierce.

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In Avignon there seemed to be stones on the streets especially in the back streets of the old town. I wonder what building these came from?

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In the Palaise de Papas, in Avignon, these tiles were in a section where the tiles were just on tables and some other rooms the tiles were still on the floor. I wonder why I photographed these tiles…..

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In many of the churches were frescos. It amazed me to think that these were painted centuries ago. I loved the colours of this castle fresco.

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I had to include another stained glass. This time a close up of the intricate fire stained glass with such a stunning blue background.

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The Palaise de Papas had many many gargoyles but not many had a pigeon. I think it had  a nest behind there.

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We found this fabulous cafe in Avignon,a libraire cafe L’Ami Voyage en Compagnie which had the most wonderful food with fantastic features.The tables were quite readable, the chairs wrapped in paper and string.

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The table light is great don’t you think?

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Guarding the stairs was this little bloke. Upstairs was a little library. The best cafe in Avignon.

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A bit of Italy

I was looking for a photo a while ago and saw my last holiday photos folder. I have always wanted to do something with them otherwise they just sit there and no one ever sees them. I thought I would start with some of the Italy photos. Not the usual tourist ones but just interesting stuff I photographed. I hope you find them interesting too.

I took a lot of photos from the train as it rocketed through the countryside at up to 300kph. I like this one of a Tuscan villa as it almost looks like a painting. This is unchanged, the raw photo.

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I found this colonnade of wisteria in a garden in Florence, the Gardenia Boldini. The light coming through the flowers looked very surreal.

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I like the look of courtyards that are hidden away from the street. To get to this courtyard was a walk down a tunnel under the buildings. I am sure I have a number of “down the tunnel into a courtyard” photos.

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Just walking down the side streets of Verona often yields something different. This cart was just there beside that wonderful coloured wall.

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Everywhere are shutters. These shutters were on the Ponte Veicchio in Florence.

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Yes, this was in the window of a hairdressers in Verona. No need to say more!!!

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There are tons of photos of stained glass windows. I was going to do a blog of just stained glass window so here is a taste.

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Some sculptures were quite different to others. I have no idea about this just that it was on a marble table like that. It was in a Basilica in Rome.

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This is my favourite stained glass photo which was in the ceiling in a church in Rome.

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Well thats a taste of Italy of things I found. I am so looking forward to going again.