Pompeii

Igor Mitoraj’s sculpture featured at the entrance of Pompeii

Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj’s massive Apollonian sculpture, the Daedalus (Dedalo), has found a permanent home near the Temple of Venus at Pompeii’s entrance.
We had time to visit the historic site, traveling an hour by train from Salerno where we were staying. It was quite amazing, the area that was covered, the reclamation that has been done, and the insight this place provides regarding life during that period of history.
Online information suggested we would need 2 to 3 hours to tour the site, Bill and I were there 3 hours, and had only seen about 1/2 the place! There is very little information on site, the audio guide is, I think, essential, to get the most from our visit.
The whole site is also very exposed with minimal shade, so it is imperative you bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. The cobbled streets and rough nature of the walking surface mean that wheelchairs and prams are impractical.

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The Alcazar of Seville

One of the great sites to visit while in Seville is the Alcazar of Seville, a royal palace built for King Peter of Castile. It was built by Castilian Christians of the site of a Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville. The Palace is a beautiful example of Mudejar architecture in the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcazar are still used by the royal family as their official residence while in Seville.

The integrate details in the tiles cover the walls, mesmerizing to the eye. Arched doorways open into lush gardens, with the smell of oranges in the air. and fountains with just a trickle of water conceals the sounds of the people talking in the nearby rooms. I highly recommend the audio guide to learn more about the palace its’ history.

While in Seville we have also done some Sherry tasking, and trip through the white villages, and an evening watching flamenco dancing.

We have been having a great time here in Seville, but I time here has come to an end. We are off to Malta next week. How has your week been?

Have you been to Malta, any tips or suggests for things to do or see. I would love to hear from you

Hola from Seville

We are having a great time in Seville, sherry tasting, cooking classes and a tour of the city. We have spent time touring the Plaza Espana, the Alcazar, Triana, and the Triana Market. So many beautiful streets, cafes, and plazas.

This week the 52framers challenge was “city life at night” and I decided to try out the pano feature on my new phone

This week on Society6 is offering 25% off all products and free worldwide shipping, just in case you are interested in a new yoga matt, or tote bag now is a good time!

Hello from Lisbon

Ascensor da Glória, Calçada da Glória, Lisbon

52Frames week three introduces each of us to fellow photographers from around the world. It is meant to encourage each of us to be a tourist in our own city, and explore the places we haven’t yet seen, or to see old familiar places from a new perspective, that of a tourist. 


I happen to be traveling this week, visiting the beautiful city of Lisbon, so I shall say hello from here rather than my home town.   I started by researching all the “things to do” and “places to see” 4 days into our visit and I feel like there is still so much to see and do, and I don’t think one picture can portray a city.


Lisbon is the city of Seven Hills, and while I feel we have walked all of them, we have used the trams, funiculars and metro system to get around as well. The trams or streetcars have been in use since 1873. Tram 28 provides on the best tours of the city and is a popular tourist attraction. 

While working on the project this week, and wandering around Lisbon I kept asking myself how would someone from Lisbon want their city to be remembered, I am not sure I have the answer yet, and there are still streets to explore.

tram 28 lisbon

Miror d’eau Water Mirror Bordeaux France

The Miroir d’eau (Water Mirror) or Miroir des Quais (Quay Mirror) in Bordeaux is the world’s largest[1] reflecting pool, covering 3,450 square meters (37,100 sq ft). Located on the quay of the Garonne in front of the Place de la Bourse,

I have been working my way through old image files, and remembering the time we spent in Bordeaux France. 

The Water Mirror was beautiful, located across from Place de la Bourse, between Quai de la Douane and Quai Louis XVIII, this spectacular pool, designed by landscape artist Michel Corajoud, alternates a mirror effect and artificial misting in an extraordinary way. 

Located between the Garonne and beautiful 18th-century façades, and is listed as a contemporary World Heritage Site. 

Planning and Preparing for the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

Camino Frances, yellow arrows, scallop shells, way-markers, direction signs
some of the signs we saw along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela; https://jmeyersforeman.photoshelter.com/index/G0000X9dzoUqwosQ/I0000BeE4ezGtEDU

Bill and I have walked two from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino Frances twice. The first trip was the hardest for many reasons, one of the first difficulty came because we didn’t really know what we were doing, what to expect, or where to find information. It was still a vague concept for us.

We had found quite a few websites with information, we read a number books all with stories of the walk, maps, and photos. We contacted the Canadian Company of Pilgrims and attended a could of the Chapter meetings in Calgary. It was very helpful to attend the meeting, where we meet people who had completed the Camino Frances, as well as people who volunteered at albergues and hostels along the way.

Some sites we found helpful when planning our trip:

https://www.caminoadventures.com/

https://www.gronze.com/camino-frances

https://vivecamino.com/en/the-french-way/

http://santiago-compostela.net/camino-frances/

https://www.pilgrim.es/en/routes/

http://caminodesantiagoguide.org/pathsandmaps

Before our first Camino, we were both working full time it was difficult to find the time we needed to train to the level of fitness recommended for an easier journey to Santiago de Compostela. We met people of every age walking along the Camino route, being in the tip-top fitness condition of a 20-year-old is unnecessary, being fit for your age should be a priority. One of the better websites we found for training advice and information on Follow the Camino 

During the planning of our first Camino, we spent a lot of time wondering if we could travel the entire 800km across northern Spain following the yellow arrows and scallop shells.  Just after leaving St. Jean Pied de Port we found our first yellow arrow painted on a tree, and wondered, would it really be that easy?!

Camino Frances, way-marker, Camino to Santiago de Compostela
on our way from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles, the first yellow arrow! https://jmeyersforeman.photoshelter.com/index/G0000X9dzoUqwosQ/I0000kXlnSr8lCAY

It is amazing the variety of signs, each being as individual as the person who placed it there for others to follow.

Camino Frances, yellow arrows, scallop shells, way-markers, direction signs
some of the signs we saw along the Camino to Santiago de Compostela https://jmeyersforeman.photoshelter.com/index/G0000X9dzoUqwosQ/I0000ok2lKaDJCzA

Last Day of 2018

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Ascot Races; Perth Australia

We spent yesterday watching horse racing at the Ascot Race Track near Perth. Watching the ponies run is something we enjoy doing once in a while, especially when the weather is nice, was +32 very warm for us, and the Australian sun seems to burn a little hotter than what we are accustom to!  I don’t think anyone made any money, okay I think the bookies made some money, but we had all the fun!

 

Ode to the “The Vucciria”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis painting is called “The Vucciria” and is by Renato Guttuso, is large (300 cm x 300 cm) painted in 1974 while he was living in Lombardy. I have read that he ordered food to be shipped by air to him from Palermo, including a side of beef in order to paint food from life!

His work is a visual representation of the feelings I had while exploring the local markets a maze of food,  smells, sights, sounds, and people, and an inspiration for my images.

 

The term Vucciria derives from the French word Boucherie, or butcher shop, but in Sicily, the meaning encompasses noise, confusion, chaos, reflecting the atmosphere that dwells along the streets of the market. Sicilians say “It was a Vucciria” the way we in English say “It was bedlam” or “It was a madhouse”.

Lucky for Bill and I there are several street markets in Palermo, as old as the Vucciria, which are a frenzied mass of people buying fruits, vegetables and fish and meat, men on motorbikes piled high squeezing through the crowds delivering more merchandise to the stalls, and men shouting out to sell their wares. We returned to the markets many times to shop for local food and enjoy the Vucciria!

Prints available on Society6

 

Santiago de Compostela; Camino Francis 

We have arrived

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We have arrived; Bill and Janice in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Our final day, we left O Pedrouzo about 6:30am, it was 20C and the humidity was 94%! By the time we arrived at the cathedral it was 31C and the humidity was down to 54%!

The 5-hour walk was hot and muggy, the final hills in no way seemed as hard as what we had done since leaving St. Jean Pied de Port but with the heat, they were not easy either.

One of the great things about doing the Camino a second time has been all the memories that have been jarred loose, things forgotten suddenly remembered with the visual clue.

We are looking forward to visiting some favorite sites in Santiago de Compostela.

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looking at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain

 

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two glasses of Sangria to celebrate the long Camino

According to the Camino office we were among the 1514 people to register and receive the Compostela for completing their Camino. Approximately 15% walked the 799 km from St. Jean Pied de Port as we did, others were either on different routes or started at one of the many cities along the Camino Francis.

​Melida to Aruza; Camino to Santiago De Compostela 

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Moon over Melide;

​We left Melida just before 7 am to walk the 14k to Aruza; despite the short distance we headed out early as the days are getting hot, temperatures of 31C were expected.

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Beautiful morning walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, lovely treelined walking paths in Galicia.

We walked down beautiful country lanes.

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crossing the small creek on a stone bridge

Crossed small creeks on stone bridges.

But most magical of all was passing through the eucalyptus forest. As the trees grow it sheds a layer of bark, ribbons of bark fall away revealing the smooth new layer below, and the soft smell of eucalyptus hung in the air.

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eucalyptus bark falling from the tree, all twisted and peeling. The smell of the eucalyptus is strongest in the morning.

Two more walking days to Santiago De Compostela.