Travel Theme: Modern

Where’s My Backpack issues a travel theme each week and this week’s is Modern.

I don’t often go in for modern art though have seen some pieces I liked. I do love architecture as followers of this blog may remember. Many new and modern buildings are very imaginative and we have an example right here in our own city with the opening of a bold new central library.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, the new central library

The new condo tower below is a Frank Gehry creation. I love his designs, and many of them, like the one below, look like someone’s grabbed them and crumpled them. He also uses swirls and curves and angles. Awesome. You can see some of his designs here.

Old vs. New, New York City

One more old vs. new comparison is a view to modern London from the Tower of London which has it’s origins that date back to William the Conqueror who arrived on the island in 1066 and started the Tower soon after. It’s been modified and upsized many times since then. William probably wouldn’t recognize it now.

The Tower of London facing the new buildings of south London

Weekly Photo Challenge – On The Way

The WordPress Daily Post weekly challenge is “On the way”. I don’t take photos out of airplane windows but I do often take them from the car. Sometimes, there’s a lucky shot like this one below. We were driving through Salford (UK) and were stopped at a traffic light and the heavy equipment locked up in a compound across from us struck me like they were all raising a drink to toast something or someone. I managed to get the shot before the light changed.

Cheers!

Five photos / Five Days – Serenade

BWParisSingersAt the end of a long day walking around Paris, we went to the Metro hoping there might be a train. You would normally expect there would be one but during the three days we spent in this beautiful city, the transit workers were on strike. Where I come from, that means no hope in hell of any transport but in Paris, they were still running but it was unreliable. The drivers weren’t charging fare, so that was a plus but you never knew for sure when the bus or Metro was going to come, if at all. We waited, were assured by someone that could make out the PA system that there was a train, just the one, going back and forth so it would show up. My feet were too tired to walk so we waited.

While we were waiting we were serenaded by these two young men who were playing Beatles’ tunes! They weren’t great, but they weren’t bad and they had lots of spirit, possibly some of which may have been alcoholic! It made the wait go by quicker and it was a lot more fun!

I’ve taken up the Five Photos/Five Days Black and White Challenge and one of the “rules” is to nominate someone to take up the challenge as well. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated and since I’ve nominated two already, that’s it on that account. Feel free to take up the challenge if you like!

Five Photos / Five Days – Old and Older

York architecture

The city of York in England is one of our favourites to visit. It’s so full of history and the architecture styles span many centuries as you can see here. There are churches hidden down lanes and there is a market in a courtyard that you can only get through by another alley between some buildings. The Minster dominates the skyline and you can walk around most of the walls of the city for a good view.

I’ve taken up the Five Photos/Five Days Black and White Challenge and one of the “rules” is to nominate someone to take up the challenge as well. I don’t want anyone to feel obligated and since I’ve nominated two already, that’s it on that account. Feel free to take up the challenge if you like!

Five Photos / Five Stories – Windswept

Windswept in Cornwall

Windswept in Cornwall

The versatility of nature is always astonishing. Take trees, for instance. The constant winds of Cornwall (and elsewhere) have bent many trees but they don’t break.  It takes an even bigger force of nature to uproot a tree but even then, often they stay put, clinging to the earth with their roots. Much like people, I suppose.

I’ve taken up the Five Photos/Five Days Black and White Challenge and one of the “rules” is to nominate someone to take up the challenge as well. While I don’t want anyone to feel obligated, I’ll nominate Oh, The Places We See today.

Five photos / five stories Black and White Challenge:

Cardinal Guzman nominated me to post 5 photos/5 stories. The rules, slightly modified are to post 5 black and white photos, one a day with a story or some text and to nominate someone each day.

I may have posted this photo before but it’s one of my favourites in a poignant way. The man may or may not have been living on the street, his shopping cart full of stuff, with a bag of collected tins and bottles on the back to take in for the recycling fee. The sign behind him, “lost mittens” always seem to reflect what I felt about him, a little lost and looking for a home.

I’m nominating Books, Music, Photography and Movies, blogging about all the things I like, too, including travel! (Don’t feel obligated to take up the challenge, though!)

Daily Post challenge – Broken

WordPress Daily Post challenge this week is Broken.

Ruins of Restormel Castle, Cornwall

Wreckage of Donald Campbell’s Bluebird, a water speed boat that crashed on Coniston Water in the late 60s.

Travel Theme – Tangled

Yes, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog but May has been a busy month! I’m back in time to join in a weekly travel theme, this week’s is “Tangle”

Traffic is tangled up on Fleet Street in London

The rigging on a tall ship is tangled up around the crow’s next

 

A tangle of Penny Farthings at the Lakeland Motor Museum, England