We spent Friday in Venice Italy, yes it is unfortunate that we had only one day to see this lovely city, but we made the best of it. We have been to Venice before, so it was a day to visit some of the lovely spots we hold in our memories, and catch glimpses of the Venice in the autumn light. One of the new things we noticed this time, Love Locks are starting to appear on some of the bridges! It could be that I have been too busy looking at the scenery to notice them before.
Lots of boats in the canals, but with the number of visitors to the city there are only a few places to sit quietly, and enjoy the sunshine.
Of course there are beautiful masks hanging on every stall waiting to be picked up and taken home by a tourist.
A view from the bell tower in St. Mark’s Square at sunset. We had not visited the top of the bell tower before, so this was a new view for us, and of course the best time to go is at sunset, as the lights come on in the city.
One of the favourite places to visit is the Rialto bridge. Even though both the canal and the bridge are crowded with people, it is a lovely spot to watch the sunset.
It was a long beautiful day, we are off to Vienna Austria………….
We have been walking our feet off in Florence Italy, while I have been taking a lot of photos, I have not really had time to process any of them, so here is one more look at Bologna, and one of the great public spaces we walked through. It is a great use of lines, but I can’t decided if I like the horizontal or the vertical image better. Maybe I don’t need to choose, how about you which one do you like?
We took a short train ride from Bologna to visit Ravenna, during our day we managed to see 4 of the 8 UNESCO designated sites in the city. Pictured above is the Basilica Di S. Vitale, described in our guidebook as “The most glorious example of Byzantine art int he West” Instead of the traditional three naves of Gothic architecture it is octagonal in shape with a central dome supported by eight columns and arches.
Not far from there the Neonian Baptistery, the oldest of Ravenna’s ancient monuments, while it is a simple octagonal building, built with the short flat brick a traditional feature of the architecture in Northern Italy. The mosaic art were made in mid 5th century.
A closer view of the centre art piece
We also went to see the Basilica Saint Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna Italy, first built-in the mid 5th century, the interior has been modified several times. The ceiling was last modified in the 17th century.
some of the detailed mosaic work of the Basilica Saint Apollinaire Nuovo.
The mosaics are frescos are amazing, the photos hardly do them justice! We only had one day in Ravenna, it would be quite easy to spend 3 or 4 days enjoying the art and architecture, as well as the cafes and street life.
We have been in Calgary for a few days, visiting with friends and family, but I wanted to share a few more images of our time in cottage country, Ontario.
Growing up in Saskatchewan we as a family did not head to the lake for weekends or holidays, and while I love to sit beside the water, and it doesn’t matter if it is a lake, seaside or ocean or even a pool, I am not to likely to get much more than my toes wet! Sitting up at the end of the dock with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, feet dangling in the water is wonderfully relaxing. The view so peaceful, the air so fresh, and the world so quiet I can understand why so many people are drawn to cottage country.
Just a few images from the Caen Market, full of the most amazing food, fresh vegetables, flowers, seafood, cheeses and breads. Held every Saturday Morning, rain or shine. it had rained earlier in the morning, and everyone was carrying umbrella’s as well as their baskets.
It was wonderful to walk around, smelling and tasting all the fresh bread, crepes, cheeses, and of course the strawberries.
One of the great things about the trip we have been on is all the different Markets we have visited.Each one very unique from the last. This one outdoors, the vendor’s truck full of goods parked behind their stall.
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;
there are even wall murals painted with Tudor style buildings.
We travelled from Nantes to Rennes on the holiday weekend, it was quiet in the city, most if not all shops and restaurants were close along with the tourist office, museums, attractions.
No one closed the gardens, and it is always wonderful to walk through and enjoy a little nature in the gardens, and the Thabor Garden in Rennes is no exception, with it pools, waterfalls, flower beds, and an aviary of budgies, finches and doves.
Some of the budgies were all curled up as if it was nap time!
I have been invited to participate in a new “tuesday blog challenge” after having a look at the great work that has been submitted I have added a link to my blog, and I invite you to go and I invite you to check out the other photos submitted.
All tied up along the shoreline, waiting for someone to come along and want to go for a paddle down the river. However there was no one around to rent them to us when we visited. Maybe another day we will paddle down the river, today there are just photos of the brightly coloured canoes.
I decided to apply a couple of different layers to the image in photoshop to give it a vintage feel.
It is always interesting to explore and learn the tools and software that is available, well at least it is interesting for me! I hope you are having a great week, exploring and learning the tools you use everyday.
We have been wandering around Nantes for a couple of days now. Nantes tourism has developed a map and route, follow the green line through the heart of the town and see all there is to see on the “Voyage of Nantes” trail. Along the trail we found the “Jardin des PLants” simply translated to English “the Floral Garden.” Set in 7 hectares of town centre, over 50,000 flowers are planted each season, and over 10,000 species live in under 800 m2 of greenhouse space. Given the growing sculptures, winding pathways, pools, ponds, bridges, children’s playground and potted plants set among the flower beds, we can see why this garden is ranked top 4 gardens in France.
I hope you enjoy the gallery of image below, just a small sample of the photos taken during our visit.
I love carousels, and usually spend a bit of time when I find one photographing them, and their location. I can’t quite explain the fascination, in the old days a carousel had a brass ring that, if you were able to grab and remove, meant you got a free ride! I think it has more to do with watching kids and their excitement, the smiles are contagious don’t you think?
Bordeaux has two carousels that I found, although I had heard there was a third I did not have time to find, just another reason to return to this lovely city….
Here is the colour version; I am having trouble deciding which one I like best. Tell me which one you like and why, I would love to hear from you.