Thursday Doors: Doors on My Travels

Because we’re not going anywhere right now, I have compiled a collection of doors I have photographed during recent travels for Norm’s Thursday Doors. In fact, I don’t think I’ve shared these doors before!  (Well, maybe a few of them.)

Three doors at the Louvre in Paris, France:
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Aswan, Egypt: Store fronts and stadium
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Lotus gate in Aswan
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Synagogue entrance in Jerusalem, Israel
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Church door, Vienna, Austria
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Courtyard, Vienna
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Store front, Vienna
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Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna
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St. Matthias Church, Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest
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April Squares Day 19: Spires & an Un-Spire

HURRAY! I am back on my blog after being AWOL for two days! I had technical difficulties and it took the computer tech more than 24 hours to fix it. So I am at the TOP of my world!  Oh, speaking of top…

I’ve missed a few days of Becky’s April Squares with the topic top, so I’m going to post several photos. I happen to have several photos of the tops of European churches from our trip to France and river cruise in 2019, so here goes…

Most of the photos are of church spires, but my first photo is, sadly, a beautiful cathedral that lost its spires to fire last year: Notre Dame in Paris. Look on the right side of the photo, stare at the clouds and imagine the spires!  We visited only a couple of months after the fire, so we were not even able to go inside at that time. I would love to visit when it has been reconstructed and looks magnificent!
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The cathedral in Bayeux, France…this cathedral built in the Middle Ages was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry, which recounts the story of the Norman (France) invasion of England.
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We stopped in Bayeux on our way to Mont St.-Michel, which had been on my bucket list for several years. Here is the tippy-top of the abbey spire.
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Really, when one tours Europe, one is amazed at the number of churches/cathedrals – every city has one! Here is the top of the cathedral in Würzburg, Germany – the cross on its steeple is lovely!DSC01384 Wurzburg
Next is Bamberg, Germany, with more beautiful crosses on top.
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What I like about this one, in Nuremburg, Germany, are all the mini spires decorating the roof, and especially, the clock!
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I must soon post the photos I have of this lovely church in Budapest, Hungary – St. Matthias. Inside, it is very colorful and elaborate, but the roof of this church, with its colorful tiles forming geometric designs is also eye-catching!
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April Tops, Day 16: Obelisks

Obelisks were built throughout ancient Egyptian history, but they became more common during the New Kingdom. The top of an obelisk is pyramid shaped and is called pyramidion, referring to the uppermost piece or capstone of an Egyptian obelisk.

For Becky’s April Squares with the subject top, here are some obelisk tops.

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One of the two Luxor obelisks, that originally stood on either side of the entrance to the temple.  Both are made from yellow granite and were erected by Pharaoh Ramesses II.
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The 2nd of the Luxor obelisks, now at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.  It was given to France from Mohammed Ali Pasha, ruler of Ottoman Egypt, in 1833. In 1836, it was placed in its current location. Its pyramidion was missing (believed stolen in 6th century BCE) so the French government added a gold leaf cap.
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This obelisk is at the large temple complex Karnak, where there originally were six obelisks. Only two remain. This one was constructed by Pharaoh Thutmose I.
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This is what remains of one of the obelisks of Pharaoh Hatshepsut – she had two constructed at Karnak. One still stands. This one is interesting because you can see the top in detail; its pyramidion is still at least partially intact.

 

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Travel 2019

Last year we were able to do quite a bit of traveling abroad. For Dutch Goes the Photo Tuesday Photo Challenge this week the theme is travel. He says: As most of use are not traveling at the moment, it might be nice to travel virtually through our various blogs and share some of those enjoyed moments with each other. So, let’s share some of those wonderful places that we have visited in this week’s challenge!

How could I resist my favorite topic? And of course, I couldn’t pick just one photo, but these are a few highlights of our Travel 2019.

January: Egypt
Light show at Abu Simbel
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January: Israel
The most meaningful place for me was the Garden of Gethsemane. This garden is full of centuries old olive trees, including one that was around when Jesus came here to pray on the night of his betrayal.
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June: Paris
This is just a colorful shop that sells flowers (among other things) en route to the Sacre Coeur Church in Montmartre.
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Bayeux, France: The cathedral in Bayeux is a lovely Gothic structure with beautiful stained glass windows. This is one of them.
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June: Amsterdam – Our second trip to Amsterdam in just over a year. The weather in June is definitely better than January but there are a lot more tourists in June! The owner of our Airbnb took us on a private boat tour of the canals and harbor on a hot Sunday afternoon.
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Later that day, we took our son to our favorite poffertjes place in Amsterdam – Die Vier Pilaren.
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After a week and a half in France and four days in Amsterdam, we went on a river cruise – our first!
June: On the Rhine River in Germany
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July: Our last port on the river cruise was Budapest. I love this classic view!
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CFFC: Upward

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is about pointing your camera upward!

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Moose antlers chandelier at Claim Jumper Restaurant in Hoffman Estates, IL
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Looking up at the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
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Flying gull, Sea of Galilee, Israel
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Looking up toward the glass ceiling of a greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Gardens’ orchid show
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Solar eclipse, August 2017 at Chicago Botanic Gardens. I took this photo by pointing my cellphone upwards, covering the screen with the filter from my eclipse glasses.
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Dome at Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines
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Looking up from under the center of the Eiffel Tower, Paris
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Domed window panels, O’Hare Airport, Chicago
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Looking up over a doorway in Wurzburg, Germany
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Regensburg Cathedral spire, Germany
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Statue of King Ludwig I, Regensburg, Germany
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Ornamentation on top of a building in Passau, Germany

CFFC: The K’s Have It

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge’s topic this week is needs to have the letter K anywhere in the word.

Korazim (also called Chorazin) National Archaeological Site in northern Israel
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Katy (yours truly!) at Korazim
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Katy’s drawing of a kitty
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Kinderdijk – town of windmills in the Netherlands
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Naschmarkt food market, Vienna, Austria

Kitten in Israel (we saw many felines in Israel, but this one was so little and so needy for affection!)
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Karnak – one of the most important ancient Egyptian temple sites on the Nile

Obelisks at Karnak
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Egyptian obelisin Paris that originally came from Karnak
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id at orchid show (Chicago Botanic Gardens)
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Karibu Sana! (Swahili for “You are very welcome”) – on our last night in Tanzania, the cooks at the safari camp made us a cake and sang.
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And here’s a video, just for fun…

Khachaturian, Waltz from Masquerade

CB&WPC: Bikes

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week has the topic bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles and unicycles.

BICYCLES:
What better place to find bicycles than Amsterdam?! Here are just a few photos of bikes in Amsterdam.
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On display in Poulsbo, WA
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MOTORCYCLES:
Miniature motorcycles outside a miniature soda shop – at a miniature show in November
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Parisians seem to like motorcycles – they were everywhere!
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Motorcycle-like vehicles were common in the smaller towns of Egypt. I took this first photo from a vehicle like the one behind me – they were commonly used as taxis.
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This young man is hauling a cargo trailer behind his motorcycle.
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Somewhere in Jerusalem – there’s room for two!
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Lens-Artists #82: Capitals & Capitols

The Lens–Artists photo challenge this week has a guest host, Viveka, whose topic is capitals.

On our road trips around the United States, we try to visit as many capitals as possible – not just the capital cities, but also their capitol buildings. I have a series of posts featuring some of the capitols we’ve visited lately. (Check them out in my archives – that’s why I’ve put the dates in below.) These are the ones that we have seen in the last 3 years.

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA (May 2017)
Capitol exterior and its dome from inside

Some of the memorials and statues on the capitol grounds

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA (May 2017)
Capitol building exterior (no, it doesn’t have a dome) and view of grounds from the top floor viewing area

Some famous North Dakotans

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (May 2018)
Capitol exterior (the dome is at the top of this multistoried building), floor of the rotunda, visiting school group

Artwork viewed from the rotunda, including a colorful door

DENVER, COLORADO (June 2018)
Exterior and view from the dome

Stained glass portraits

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (June 2018)
Exterior and staircase

Slideshow of some of the sights inside

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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO (June 2018)
The capitol building in Santa Fe is shaped like the Zuni sun symbol, which is also depicted in the rotunda and on the state flag. The first two photos are a partial view of the exterior and one of the curved hallways.

The New Mexico capitol building has a lot of artwork by New Mexican artists. The slideshow shows some of them.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA (June 2018)
The Oklahoma state capitol has the distinction of being the only capitol in the U.S. that has an oil rig visible at every cardinal direction. Two of these can be seen below. The middle photo is the dome from the rotunda, and the photo at right is a commemoration of Oklahoma’s native tribes, each of which has its own flag.

Sculpture, artwork, and artifacts in the capitol

DES MOINES, IOWA (Sept. 2018)
Capitol exterior and chamber of the legislature

Iowa’s capitol has colorful designs and patterns on its floors.

On the capitol grounds, there is a Holocaust memorial.

Interestingly, this post does not contain photos from my home state capital (Springfield, IL – I was last there in 2012) nor the capital of the state north of here, the state where I was born and I grew up (Madison, WI – I can’t remember the last time I visited the capitol).

I have also visited several foreign capitals in recent years (2017-2019), but not their government buildings – can you figure out which cities these are? One is a provincial capital, the others are national capitals.

 

 

 

January Square: Night Lights in Paris

For Becky’s Square Challenge with the topic _____light, today my contribution is the Eiffel Tower’s night lights. I suggested we visit the Eiffel Tower at night because I wanted to see the spectacular sight of this famous tower lit up at night.
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Here are a few more shots I took that evening.

More photos – two selfies (me & Dale, me & my son) and one of my son and my sister.

And as a double whammy of squares, here are flashing lights – the many colors of flashing miniature Eiffel Towers that vendors on the perimeter of the entrance hope will appeal to visitors enough to buy one or more. (Of course, I did – my vendor, like many others, was an immigrant from Africa and was very persuasive, throwing in several tiny Eiffels on key chains for free! Whoo hoo!) So touristy and I succumbed!!

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