Travel Theme: Arches

Arches are an architectural staple. Curved, peaked, they give a building elegance but they also give it stability. Arches can be used to frame a photo or a person standing under it. I visit a lot of old buildings, ruins, cathedrals, and arches feature in most of them in one form or another.  Here’s a few. And you can see more via Ailsa’s weekly challenge, here.

Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Salem Common bandstand, Salem, Massechussets

The Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, Rome

St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec

WPC: Descent

WordPress issues a weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “Descent”. If it goes up, it must come down. Descent, down a hill, staircase, waterfall…I like to go up in high places when visiting cities, many of which have observation towers. Observations wheels are becoming popular too, since the London Eye was such a hit. Some cities, like Vienna, have had an observation wheel for a century, somewhere I’d love to go someday.

Colourful houses on the steep streets of St. John's

Colourful houses on the steep streets of St. John’s

Positano, on the Amalfi coast of Italy

Positano, on the Amalfi coast of Italy

London Eye, about to go over the top

London Eye, about to go over the top

Chatsworth House, England

Chatsworth House, England

Vatican spiral staircase