The colours of Rome

In response to the weekly challenge at Where’s My Backpack (Pastel) I give you the colours of Rome. In fact, most of Italy’s towns and cities have buildings of similar hues. The only place I was startled to find brighter colours was on the Island of Burano in Venice.

Piazza navona

Piazza Navona, Rome

Piazza Monte Citorio building 2

Piazza Monte Cintorio, Rome

The Pope's Jeans?

Somewhere through the wall around Vatican City

Rome building 1

Random walking through the narrow streets finds gems like this

Rome pink yellow buildings

Love the warm colours!

Rome curvy church

Even the churches are painted

Eagle detail

Eagle detail

Rome Balcony

Balconies and rooftop gardens

WordPress Challenge – Narrow

This week, the folks at WordPress have offered a weekly photo challenge with the subject of Narrow.

Narrow Venice street

Venice

Fowey narrow street

Fowey, Cornwall

Where's Martha?

Narrowboats on the Worsley Canal, near Manchester, UK

A Photo a Week: Waterfront

Nancy Merrill’s weekly challenge is “Water” or “Waterfront”. I could post dozens and dozens of photos taken along Halifax’s lovely waterfront but I think I’ll leave that for another day. Here’s a few from the archives.

Seahouses Harbour

Seahouses Harbour, Northumberland, UK

St Ives at low tide

St. Ives, Cornwall at low tide

Salem Waterfront Lighthouse

Salem, Massachussetts

Georgetown Harbour

Georgetown, Prince Edward Island

Pier 57

Pier 57, New York City

Travel Theme: Pairs

The weekly challenge over at Where’s My Backpack is Pairs.
Here, then, are a few sets of pairs from my travels.

Winter Garden Stalls

A pair of doors, Winter Gardens theatre, Blackpool

King and Queen's throne

A Pair of Thrones, Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

Doggie watering hole

Doggie public “fountain”, Eyam, Derbyshire

St Peter Basilica 2

A Pair of Cherubs. St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

Impromptu Road Trip!

StAndrews-Map

Well now.

For all my moaning about not having an upcoming trip to plan, one just fell into my lap. It’s only a quick road trip for a “YAY!!” reason but it counts!  We will be organizing a major trip, hoping to do that next year sometime depending on how the savings are mounting up but until we know for sure, I could only do some general websurfing.

I have the first week in August booked off holidays from work. I booked a rental car yesterday morning, and we had a couple of possible day trips or an overnighter to my cousin’s cottage, exploring the south shore of Nova Scotia. Backtracking a bit to June, my husband was informed that his application to be a Permanent Resident of Canada was approved. We’ve been waiting for the official paperwork/certificate to arrive at the office of the Immigration consultant who would then have us in for a meeting to go over the last bits and pieces. We knew that we would have to cross the Canadian border for an official “landing” though we had thought we could actually do it here in Halifax.

Yesterday, I called the office and they said they were just going to call me and tell me they’d received the papers but also to tell me that we couldn’t do the interview in Halifax and we’d have to go to the border after all. That means…road trip!

It’s about a 6 hour drive to the US border at St. Stephen, New Brunswick/Calais, Maine. There is another border crossing a bit further north at Houlton, Maine and it’s about the same amount of driving time. It’s a long way to go to come back the same day so an overnight in a hotel is in order. While looking around, I came across some nice hotels at St. Andrews, New Brunswick and have discovered that it’s a historic old resort town and a lovely little spot.

It’s high tourist season but I did find a nice place and booked it. I discovered today that it’s closer to the border than I thought. I got mixed up with directions on Google maps yesterday but when I double checked today, it’s only about a half hour. That’s great and gives us a little more time to see a bit of the town in the evening. If we leave early, we can get to the border mid afternoon. I don’t know how long it will take there, but, optimistically, let’s say about an hour and we can then be in St. Andrews by about 4 pm. A good few hours yet until sunset with time to walk around and take in the pretty main streets and little shops..

Perhaps a bit more exploring in the morning before heading out on the road again.  A possibly stop in St. John to have a cuppa with a cousin and a stop in Moncton for supper with my best friend and home by dark! It’s a quick trip but it’s necessary to gather up and tie  the red tape in a bow. I don’t think we’ll go into the US and do any shopping this time but another trip might be planned to do that, and visit Campobello Island perhaps.

I’ll write another post later on the town of St. Andrews. It’s quite historic and is one of Canada’s 10 Most Beautiful Towns, in the opinion of this site (though I beg to differ on their inclusion of Niagara Falls. The falls themselves are amazing but the city is neon-tacky. Also, a few of their choices are cities, not towns but that’s being pedantic, I suppose. I heartily endorse the lovely Mahone Bay in my own province)

A Photo a Week Challenge – Out in the Country

Nancy Merrill Photography posts a weekly challenge. This week is Out in the Country.

For your perusal, photos from the Lake District and the Peak District, both favourite areas of the UK.

Views along the Snake Pass

Snake Pass, just outside Glossop

Coniston Stone Wall

Near Lake Coniston, Lake District

Royal Oak phone booth

Peak District, across from the Royal Oak, not too far from Chatsworth House

Peak_1525

Peak District, not far from Blue John Mines and Castleton

WP Weekly challenge – Details

I could probably post hundreds of photos that would suit this week’s WordPress challenge, Details. I photograph details, like windows, doors, signs, textures, wheels and decorations on cars, the list is endless. Since I can’t do that, I am posting the first few in my Flickr photostream that I came to.

Bike in Black and white

Brett’s Bike

Lindisfarne Priory Ruins Cuthbert hands

St. Cuthbert’s Hands. Lindisfarne Priory

 

Holy Island Coastguard

It’s not just a blue building, it’s a coastguard depot. Holy Island, aka Lindisfarne

Blue Windows

Pub window, Lady Bower Reservoir, Peak District

One of Jack's?

A famous stone clad house. Number 9, Coronation Street

 

Travel Theme – Looking up

Since I love to look at and photograph architecture, I always look up to see details on buildings, doors, windows, ceilings etc. to see details above eye level. On my travels, I take photos in all directions, “up” included. The interiors of churchs and cathedrals make it almost mandatory to look up. You miss so much that’s beautiful and interesting if you don’t.

For the Daily Post challenge – Look Up and also for the Travel Theme – Indoors, from Where’s My Backpack

The scissor arch in Wells Cathedral.

The scissor arch in Wells Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City

St Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, the altar canopy

Sacre Coeur interior dome

Sacre Coeur, Paris

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A Photo a Week – Hands

Over at A Photo A Week, the weekly challenge is Hands. I must say, random body parts are not something I tend to photograph while on my travels mostly or otherwise but there are a few in my archives, two from travels, two taken locally.

Brian's solo, closeup

Brian May of Queen. Montreal, 2014

Spooning

Playing the spoons.

Staci's Wedding 026

My niece’s wedding

Painters at Lilliput Lane

Liliput Lane artist, painting the cottages by hand. Penrith, the Lake District, UK

A Lingering Look at Windows – July

Some of my favourite subjects to photograph are windows and doors.  I love architectural details and they seem to be one of the ones that varies the most from building to building. Here are a few from my travels. See more of them here. 

Port Royal Fenetre

Port Royal, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia

Green Gables Marilla's Window

Green Gables, Marilla’s Room, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

Tower Windows

Toronto

Bounty's window

HMS Bounty (Replica). The ship was built for the Hollywood production Mutiny on the Bounty in the early 1960s (Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard)

Ordsall Hall window detail

Ordsall Hall, Salford. Manor dates back to Tudor era