Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman 

After Bath England we travelled by train to Caerphilly Wales. The Caerphilly Castle is the historic site in this lovely little town, built-in the 11 century in just 3 years, it occupies 30 acres of land, the river had been diverted  to create the moat.

The castle was fun to visit, many of the rooms have exhibits set up telling visitors about the building, the weapons and life in the 12th century. It is now used for events and weddings.  It would have been wonderful if the water had been still we would have had a wonderful reflection! oh well, maybe another day.

I hope your weekend was a wonderful on.

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France copyright jmeyersforeman

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France copyright jmeyersforeman 

While trying to find the Abbaye aux Hommes, we came across the St. Etienne le Vieux Church. A large church built by William the Conqueror and partially destroyed in the 1944 bombings during World War ll. It was quite amazing to find in the middle of the city these old ruins left as a reminder to the damage done during the 2nd world war.

The timing of our visit could not have been better, from a photographic point of view; the storm clouds were starting to move in, giving the sky this great sense of movement and character, it was late in the day and the sun was still over the western horizon was bathing the ruins in the warm sunlight.

Historic Center and Tudor Style Architecture of Rennes France

Tutor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The cobblestone streets in the historic centre of Rennes France are lined with 15 and 15 century Tudor Style buildings. Some with crooked doorways, and leaning walls. It was an interesting walk, especially since there were so few people in the centre during the holiday weekend. Here are just a few of the images;

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman   

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman  

there are even wall murals painted with Tudor style buildings.

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

 

 

 

The Aljafería Palace; Zaragoza Spain

The Aljafería Palace; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Aljafería Palace; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Aljaferia Place in Zaragoza, a fortified medieval Islamic palace built during the second half of the 11th century in what is now Zaragoza Spain, a wonderful example of Moorish Architecture in Spain. While much of the building has been restored to its original beauty, with the intricate doorways and arches, many of the interior doors have been left in untouched. Much has been written about the history and can be found on-line, I have provided a few links. Sunday morning has free admission, and consequently it is a busy time to visit. Guided tours are available in several languages.

I wanted to show several examples of the different arches and doorways; giving me an opportunity to experiment with a different layout, and to create a triptych, toning the background to the same colour in the images. While I like the overall effect, I used web-sized images, for my experiment and consequently have a small finished product for my blog post. Next time I will use the original images and then size for the triptych to the desired size for my post. That should give me some flexibility for my blog post. Unfortunately I am running short of time, too many things to do and see, people to visit with to redo the triptych at this time!

I hope your week is going well.

Santa María de León Cathedral; Leon Spain

Santa María de León Cathedral; copyright jmeyersforeman

Santa María de León Cathedral; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The Leon Cathedral is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Spain and Europe it is considered to be a Gothic masterpiece, and with 125 stained class windows the viewer is first notices the contrast between the warm dark stone walls and arches and the colourful bright stained glass windows.

We spent yesterday travelling between Leon and Zaragoza  a six-hour train ride. It’s always seems the travelling days are the hardest even when someone else is doing all the work!

 

The Leon Cathedral is a perfect subject for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: contrasts.

Circular Staircase

circular staircase

circular staircase 

Staircases are, at least for me, visually interesting. The have rhythm of line, and a symmetrical balance that is pleasing I suspect because predictability, and ease at which the eye can move around the photo. Circular staircases have an added interest a vanishing point that draws the viewer’s eye in so naturally to the focal point. This staircase seems to be two stair cases wrapped into one, and one of the more interesting staircase I have seen in a while.

The Gardens and Fountains of the Alambra; Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain 

Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

 

Palacio Carlos V, Albambra, Granada Spain

Palace of Charles V; Alambra, Granada Spain

Palace of Charles V; Alambra, Granada Spain  

Charles V, King of Spain, elected Emperor of Germany, decided to build his royal palace in the Alhambra after the visit by a Granada after their wedding in Sevilla with Isabel of Portugal in 1526.  A circle inscribed in a square, and the use of architectural language of the Renaissance. His choice of location inside the Alhambra for its construction shows the king’s awareness of the beauty of the Arab palaces and his interest in preserving them for posterity. 

This was an interesting piece of architecture and a great place to use the 15mm wide-angle lens. Standing on the 2nd floor we can almost see the entire building in perfect perspective. I did try to sit on the ground, in the centre circle, but the building is too big to get the entire building in a single frame. Visiting hours at the Alambra limit the time of day photographs can be taken inside the buildings, and we had a clear sunny day resulting in a harsh shadows. I guess I am one of the few tourists who hopes for cloudy or possibly even rainy days!!!

 

Mezquita de Cordoba, Cordoba Spain

The Mezquita Cordoba, Cordoba Spain

The Mezquita Cordoba, Cordoba Spain  

The Mezuita, Spanish for Mosque, of Cordoba is a building that shows the many religious changes Cordoba and for that matter Spain has undergone over the centuries. The Mezquita is now the Cathedral of Cordoba and officially known as the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, but a majority of the art and architecture is the work of Islamic architects, who built the mosque in the 8th century.  It is quite amazing to walk around the UNESCO world heritage site, and see the different architectural and religious features standing side-by-side in harmony.

 

Sunset, Ciudad of Arts and Science, Valencia Spain

sunset at the Ciudad of Arts and Science, Valencia Spain

sunset at the Ciudad of Arts and Science, Valencia Spain 

Along an axis of just under two kilometres that was formerly the bed of the River Turia, in Valencia Spain, this complex of striking architecture – designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela – and an endless capacity for entertaining and stimulating the minds of its visitors. In its various buildings, known as Ciudad of Arts and Science, people can get to know different aspects of science, technology, nature, and art.

I previously posted about the Oceanografic which is part of this Science and Art Park, it was unfortunately the only building we were able to visit. The building on the left of the image, L ‘Hemisferic is home to an IMAX theatre, a planetarium and a laserium, while the building to the right just behind it is the El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia is home to an opera house and performing arts centre.

Most nights when we head out to do sunset photos we are alone, the evening settling in around us and the lights of the city start to flicker, Last night it was quite different, while we were standing at the northeast corner of the “pond” that surrounds the buildings waiting and watching for the sunset we were joined by a small class of photographers, experimenting with ND filters and long exposures, tourists from various parts of Spain, Holland, and the US all chatting away, enjoying the sunset and the shared experience of the beautiful evening.