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Weekly Photo Challenge: Scale

Murren, Switzerland

Location: Murren, Switzerland
 
Murren is a small village town located 5,413 feet above sea level. it’s inaccessible by car. It took two aerial lifts to get there. From Lauterbrunnen Valley, we rode the cable car going to Gimmelwald and then switched over to another cable car to Murren.

I think Emily Dickinson will be happy to be here even if she doesn’t venture out. From the window of her hotel room, she’ll have a spectacular view of the village and surrounding alps to serve as her inspiration.

For those who like to roam around, the clean mountain air provides the perfect setting for adventure and exploration. If there’s a caveat, distance can be deceiving. Expect that going from Point A to Point B will likely be further than initially thought. This is especially true when hiking uphill. Good luck! Don’t scale back! If a rookie like me can do it, so can you.
 

 

The Angle of a Landscape —
That every time I wake —
Between my Curtain and the Wall
Upon an ample Crack —

Like a Venetian — waiting —
Accosts my open eye —
Is just a Bough of Apples —
Held slanting, in the Sky —

The Pattern of a Chimney —
The Forehead of a Hill —
Sometimes — a Vane’s Forefinger —
But that’s — Occasional —

The Seasons — shift — my Picture —
Upon my Emerald Bough,
I wake — to find no — Emeralds —
Then — Diamonds — which the Snow

From Polar Caskets — fetched me —
The Chimney — and the Hill —
And just the Steeple’s finger —
These — never stir at all —

– Emily Dickinson

 

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October 14, 2017 at 9:20 am 12 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

Latin Quarter, Paris

Location: Paris, France
 
Our tour guide, who hailed from the South of France, told us that Paris is considered one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful city in the world.

I couldn’t agree more. It has much to offer to anyone, but to fully experience it, you must take it slow like sipping a good wine. In other words, you must proceed with the intention that you’d be coming back.

What a better way to do that than to sit outside a cafe and watch people as the locals do. You can see them, in different shapes and colors, as they come and go about their business, immersed in a world of their own making. What’s interesting, though, is that before you can pass judgment on them, they’re gone and a new group of folks appear.

The above picture was taken while having lunch at the Latin Quarter which I’d consider the Berkeley of Paris. It’s dominated by university students and intellectuals with lots of places to eat and to hang out. Situated on the left side of the Seine River, it’s a good spot to indulge in people watching.

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October 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm 16 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows

Oban Bay, Scotland

Location: Oban, Scotland
 
There are some advantages in going to a place during the off-peak tourist season. To start, there’s less crowd and better accommodations can be had. That’s what we experienced when we visited Oban, Scotland.

Hotel Room

 
Our room at the hotel was a great deal for the money. It had windows that offered a fantastic view of the bay and surrounding areas.

The above picture showing the ferry leaving port was taken late in the afternoon just before sunset settled in. It reminded me of Emily Dickinson and one of her poems. If she were here, I bet she’d be pleased and enjoy every moment of it.
 

 

They called me to the Window, for
” ‘Twas Sunset”—Some one said—
I only saw a Sapphire Farm—

And just a Single Herd—

Of Opal Cattle—feeding far
Upon so vain a Hill—
As even while I looked—dissolved—
Nor Cattle were—nor Soil—

But in their stead—a Sea—displayed—
And Ships—of such a size
As Crew of Mountains—could afford—
And Decks—to seat the skies—

This—too—the Showman rubbed away—
And when I looked again—
Nor Farm—nor Opal Herd—was there—

Nor Mediterranean—

– Emily Dickinson

 

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September 30, 2017 at 2:38 pm 2 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layered

Maximilian Von Montgelas Statue

Location: Promenadenplatz Square, Munich, Germany
 
While in Munich, I chanced upon this strange statue in front of Hotel Bayerischer Hof. It’s supposed to be that of Maximilian Von Montgelas (1759-1838), a Bavarian statesman and politician in the early 19th century.

Built with layered aluminum, it seems to represent the many aspects of his personality that enabled him to succeed in public life.

It could have been inspired also by the famous proverb, “No man is a hero to his valet.” It doesn’t look good when you’re close to it. Just like Maximilian Von Montgelas and other politicians, It’s best viewed from the distance.

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September 22, 2017 at 10:59 am 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Waiting

Hallstatt, Austria

Location: Hallstatt, Austria
 
When you go on vacation, you spend a lot of time stuck in waiting mode. It’s a given. It might as well be a feature.

It starts at the airport. You wait to check-in for the flight, wait to get through security, and wait to board the plane. Once on the plane, you wait to be served and wait for your turn to use the restroom.

The waiting game continues as soon as you arrive at your destination. You wait to get your luggage, wait to clear through customs, wait for the ride to the hotel, and wait for your room at the hotel.

It doesn’t stop there. If you’re part of a tour, you wait for your guide to lead you on to more waiting at the museums and other popular attractions. If you’re on your own, the waiting isn’t over by any means. It just gets worse since you have to deal with it all by your lonely self.

Waiting is inconvenient for sure, but it brings order out of chaos. It makes everybody falls in line, so to speak. In the meantime, you can put it to use by reading a good book or texting. Better still, you can take it as an opportunity to look around you, this time with a sense of urgency that you won’t be back there again. On occasions like this, special moments can occur. Get your camera ready.

One of those moments happened to me in Hallstatt, a small village in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. While waiting for the ferry, it started to rain that made a group of Japanese tourists put up their umbrellas. Against the backdrop of a darkening sky, the sight of their colorful umbrellas was simply irresistible that I took a picture of it right away. It remains one of my favorites to this day.

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September 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm 10 comments

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