CFFC: Colorful Buildings

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge continues with her theme “all about buildings” and this week’s topic is colorful buildings.

In Amsterdam, Holland:
the red light district

De Pijp neighborhood (across from our Airbnb)

Miltenberg, Germany:
storefront

the Town Hall (Rathaus)

Wurzburg’s colorful cathedral:

Budapest, Hungary:

Todos Santos, Baja California, Mexico:

Costa Rica:

Sports stadium in Aswan, Egypt:

Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA on Route 66:

Shamrock, Texas (Route 66):

Cuba, Missouri (Route 66):

Uranus, Missouri (Route 66):

CFFC: International Business

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge has the theme “all about buildings.” This week’s topic is commercial buildings or store fronts.

One of the fun things about traveling is all the different types of architecture you see. So I am posting photos of a variety of architectural styles and colors from some of my recent trips.

An upscale shop in Cologne, Germany
Souvenir shop in Cologne with lovely wood carving.
Detail on the wall of a bakery in Miltenberg, Germany
A variety of things are for sale in this typically German shop, in Miltenberg

A drugstore in Wurzburg, Germany
Schlenkera Brewery, Bamberg, Germany
Colorful souvenir shop in Nuremberg, Germany
Riverside commercial area, Nuremberg
Tattoo parlor and smoke shop in Regensburg, Germany
Colorful commercial street in Budapest, Hungary
Café in the Jewish Quarter, Budapest
Bakery in Highwood, Illinois, USA
Downtown street with empty storefronts in Woodstock, Illinois (this was during the early lockdown days at the beginning of April, 2020).
Woodstock, Illinois – you can see how empty this downtown commercial street is.
Entrance to a shopping center in Tel Aviv, Israel
Arabic signs over stores in Bethlehem, Israel
Also in Bethlehem
Israeli version of Starbucks (Bethlehem)
Children’s books (and it seems like a lot of other things) are for sale in this hip neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.
Southwestern adobe style is common in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
More Pueblo style architecture in Santa Fe
Colorful hues in Tucumcari, New Mexico
You can get married and then go next door and have old time photos made! (Tucumcari)
Northwestern USA style in Poulsbo, Washington
Poulsbo, Washington – love that onion-dome style “tower” on top of this bookstore!
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Wind socks flutter in front of this kitschy gift shop, Poulsbo, WA

One Word Sunday: Umbrella

Debbie’s Travel With Intent has a weekly photo challenge, One Word Sunday, and the word this week is umbrella. I tend to not have an umbrella when I need one (and do have one when it doesn’t rain after all), but I like this topic!

Not exactly an umbrella, but cool nevertheless! It’s part of the décor of our daughter’s “tiki bar”!
Outdoor dining in Budapest, Hungary
Europe was having a heat wave last summer, and some smart person on our tour of Wurzburg, Germany put her umbrella to good use!

Monday Windows: Germany

I haven’t been many places lately, for obvious reasons, so most of my photography the last several months has been of nature. So I dipped back into my archives of our trip to Europe last year to find some interesting specimens for Ludwig’s Monday Window challenge this week. Here are some windows in Wurzburg and Bamberg, Germany.

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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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

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Jump for Joy

Cee’s new photo challenge that she puts out every Wednesday is On the Hunt for Joy. This week the topic is Jump for Joy. Cee says that for this topic,
Here are a few ideas to get you going.
Anyone jumping, hopping or skipping
trampoline
exercising for fun
animals who jump or hop
throwing things
Tip from Ingrid Fetell Lee: Jump for Joy: The photographer Philippe Halsman took photos of everyone who was anyone in his day, from Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn to Richard Nixon, and he always made them jump. He believed that jumping helped people drop their masks and release the joyful self inside. To get the same effect, jump on the bed, bounce on a trampoline, or do jumping jacks.

Exercising for fun:
German teenaged girls doing a dance routine in Würzburg
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Video: Samba on Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil:

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Beach volleyball on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Little jumping guy – Av. Paulista, São Paulo:

Animals that jump:
Cats jump
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Hazel playing & pouncing

Impalas jump
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Wurzburg Windows

For the photo challenges Ludwig Keck’s Monday Windows and Becky’s October Square, this post on Würzburg features the windows and lines of the city’s historic architecture. (The first two photos are squares.)
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This one is my favorite window photo. (There are squares and geometric lines in it too!)
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The Baroque architecture of the prince-bishop’s palace, the Würzburger Residenz
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Church of our Lady, Marienkapelle
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St. Kilian Cathedral, Würzburger Dom
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Nuemuenster Collegiate Church
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More Baroque architecture
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City center
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On the Main River
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Thursday Doors: Würzburg Walking Tour

This week for Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge, I continue our tour of Würzburg at some of the city’s Catholic churches.

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Church of Our Lady (Marienkapelle), located in Market Square. It was built in the Gothic style in the 14th century. Despite its large size, it is considered a chapel, as it does not have a parish. Much of its interior was destroyed by fire during WWII and was rebuilt in the 1950s. Marienkapelle stands on the site of a former synagogue, which was destroyed in 1349 during a pogrom.

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St. Kilian’s Cathedral (also known as Wurzburg Cathedral, Wurzberger Dom in German). This is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Wurzburg. It was constructed in the 11th century and consecrated in 1187. During WWII, much of the building collapsed in the firebombing of the city. Reconstruction began in 1946 and was completed in 1967. It has been rebuilt in its original Romanesque style with modern and Baroque elements. It contains many religious relics and prince-bishops were buried under its floors for hundreds of years.

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A side door of Wurzburg Cathedral

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Neumuenster Collegiate Church (see below)

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This door has beautiful reliefs and an interesting door handle, shown in more detail below.

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Entrance to Marienkapelle

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Double door main entrance to Marienkapelle (Church of Our Lady)

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West façade of Neumuenster Collegiate Church. A collegiate church is one in which daily worship is maintained by a non-monastic or “secular” group of clergy. This church dates back to 1065 but has gone through extensive renovation. From 1711 to 1716 the west façade was rebuilt in Baroque style.

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East façade of Neumuenster Collegiate Church

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Neumuenster Church door

Other interesting doors in Wurzburg:

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Wurzburg City Hall

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Other Wurzburg scenes

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Netting is put over niches on walls with statues to keep out birds and bats.

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Love locks – we saw these in various places in Europe.

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Maypole in Market Square. It is sponsored by a man whose surname is May, and is only taken down in the winter.