Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tintern Abbey

I really enjoyed visiting Wales this last March. Wales is the land of poetry, King Arthur, coal mines, ales, castles and cathedrals. One of my favorite stops in terms of the historical was Tintern Abbey. It was amazing to wander through the ruins and try to imagine the lives that were spent connected to the Abby. Fine mists and gray skies added to the mood of the place.

"Tintern Abbey is in the lower Wye Valley in south Wales. It was founded in 1131 as the first Cistercian Abbey in Wales (and the second of what were to become 86 abbeys in Britain), on land originally owned by Henry I - the fourth son of William the Conqueror. The original sizeable 1100s stone Romanesque monastery and abbey church were completely demolished in the late 1200s to make way for new gothic buildings. The south front of the ruined gothic abbey (the monastery buildings were on the north (river) side."

I hope that you enjoyed your visit to this site. I encourage you to visit the abbey if you can, the experience will be truly memorable. Thank you for coming, please come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

On the Street

One of the reasons that I travel is to enjoy the flavor of the everyday life found in other places. Museums and cultural centers are interesting and informative, but it is the city, town, or village street that shows the visitor what "today" is really like in a place. The museums and cultural centers help explain the "why" of it all.

I have chosen a potpourri of images without a particular theme except for the fact they represent the ordinary. Bath in the rain with people going on with their lives in spite of it. A kiosk in Paris along the River Seine. Warmly dressed sightseers in London's Chinatown examining a food display. A flower stall in France's Brittany. A cathedral square in Lucca, Italy during a night religious celebration.

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit and will return sometime. Thank you for stopping by. Until then, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.