Monday, November 29, 2010

Building as a Canvas

Art comes in many forms and is found in diverse locations. The artistic efforts displayed in this post were not found in famed museums of the world, nor were the works of Grand Masters. All of which is shown is contemporary and uses building sides as their canvas. A hundred years from now they may not exist, either weathered by the elements or torn down for city renovation.

The artwork was captured in a variety of locations. Florence, Italy gave us a view back in time on the wall of a bar. Souther France presents a multi-story building with a false side-view. St. Brieuc, France sends us a lover of music. Tucumcari, New Mexico celebrates the free-wheeling Route 66. A beastly creature lurks on the wall leading to a Welsh castle. I enjoyed unexpectedly finding each and every one of them. The unexpected adds spice to the act of traveling.

Thank you for visiting,feel welcome to return another time. Until then, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


p.s. Just a mere 5 weeks until my trip to southern Spain. I'm excited!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Windows 2010-Version 1

Those of you who have visited before know that windows and doors are interesting to me. In different ages and different cultures, one can find variations in both window styles and what you find on the other side of them. The images in this post were all taken during my 2010 trip to England, Scotland, and Wales. Some were found in ancient and unused castles and cathedrals. Others were part of modern urban settings. The stained glass woman warrior was found in a Cardiff castle that had been restored of a 19th Century Industrial Giant. Regardless of their present settings, they represent a sign of their respective times. They are cultural clues for the historical detective. (I'll give you another clue, sorry if it's so obvious...version 1 in the title can be taken to imply that there will be more to follow at a later date. ;-}

I hope that you have enjoyed your visit and will come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Plaza-A Gathering Place

I've always been interested in how people use their space. Cultures and the land combine in so many interesting ways. Sometimes you can look at an unlabeled photo of a place and mentally say to yourself, "This HAS to be.....!"

-Are there any places in this collection that you have that feeling when you look at it? (Two of the photos were taken somewhere in North America and three somewhere in Europe.)

-Do you identify anything that these settings have in common?

Thank you for visiting, please come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Taverns-Signs of Welcome?

I am currently reading a translation of Arturo Perez-Reverte's, "Captain Alatriste". The novel is set in Madrid during the 17th century and much of the action takes place in "The Tavern of the Turk". The primary characters spend much of their waking hours (and some sleeping) socializing in the tavern, interacting with each other and the occasional passersby who wander in and are often received with mixed welcome. This has led me to think about how "public taverns" present themselves from the outside.

Tavern/public house signs can either act as magnets to attract passersby to venture inside and explore, or they can be understated and off-setting. As I looked through the photos I took in Edinburgh last March, I was able to identify tavern signs that presented a variety of messages.

The Rabbie Burns sign not only advertises the poet Robert Burns, but also grabs the attention of the many tourists that wander Edinburgh's streets. The Jinglin'Geordie is located on a narrow side street and refers to a 17th century character who lived in Edinburgh. The Holyrood 9A sign playfully warns us that , "A little beer is a dangerous thing." and has a drawing of a woman who reminds us of the 1920's era. The Oxford Bar sign is stark and tells the facts as they are without any come-ons. The Malt Shovel is ageless and appealing.

Here is the question: If you were in the mood for a drink, which sign would lead you to open the door and venture inside?

Thank you for visiting, please feel free to stop by again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.