Color Your World: Antique Brass and Chestnut

Memorial Marker

Street Marker, Salzburg., Austria

Marker possibly referencing the 1611 Salt War in Salzburg. If anyone can translate, let me know.

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Marvelous Architecture

Rooftop Warriors

Ventilation Shafts, Casa Milà ( La Pedrera), Antonio Gaudi, 1906-1912, Barcelona, Spain

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Circular in La Serenissima

La Finestra Circolare

Window with screen, Venice, Italy

  • I like this small, circular window in the Sant’Elena area of Venice, Italy. I have been playing with the new texture slider in Lightroom.

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Peace and Quiet

Sail Away

Sunset on the Nile, Luxor, Egypt

One of the things that surprised me most in Egypt was how quiet the Nile River is. Few if any motors or engines, puffed sails, and the countryside passing by while sailing. This shot was taken from my balcony of our small cruise ship while we were docked at Luxor. When I need to go to a calm place, I think about the river.

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Color Your World Almond

Avenue of the Sphinxes

Avenue of the Sphinxes, Luxor, Egypt

An avenue of sandstone sphinxes stretches over 1.5 miles from the Temple of Luxor to the Temple of Karnak. At one time, over 1300 statues lined the road, which was used annually for the Opet Festival honoring the ancient Egyptian god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. The the sacred pathway was used as early as the 15th century BCE.  The pharaoh Nectenabo I (380-362 BCE) built the existing avenue and lined it with sphinxes bearing his name. Most of the sphinxes have human heads, but some earlier statues near Karnak have rams heads. In 2004, the Egyptian government began a massive excavation and restoration project to restore the road and its sphinxes, many of which had deteriorated, been buried in the sand, or used for other projects by the Romans and others.  Large sections of the avenue linking the two temples have been completed.

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At The Market

Cooking Bananas

Bunch of large bananas used for cooking, Darajani Market, Zanzibar, Tanzania

We encountered a variety of types of bananas in Tanzania: red ones, yellow ones, green ones, small ones, big ones. Theses large, starchy bananas (plantains) are used for cooking and are not really edible raw. Bananas are a staple of the Tanzanian diet and one of Zanzibar’s main exports.

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