Hieroglyphs

Part of the Ancient Egypt Exhibit at the Louvre

Sunday Snap: Heiroglyphs

I know you’re a smart guy, Paul, but you can’t read that. Stop pretending. ūüėČ

Photo first published here:¬†Scenes From France ‚Äď Part Two: Paris

Entranced

Sharing a post today from three years ago. It’s a travel-themed favourite. ūüôā

Jennifer's Journal

Have you ever been impressed by the beauty of a door? The world is filled with doorways* and entrances, but here are several that left me either pleased by their quaintness, awed by their workmanship, or entranced by their immensity and grandeur. All before ever setting one foot inside.

For starters, a charming little one from the Barbour Heritage Village in my town:

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This entrance in Bonavista with its crisp contrasting colours and symmetry:
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In Montreal, the beauty and craftsmanship of this splendid doorway: Montreal 2009 016

‚Ķand how about the opulence of this entrance in Cannes? No, we didn‚Äôt stay there‚Ķ ūüėČ
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We stayed here, our inviting little home away from home:
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The view through our balcony doors was also appealing, beckoning us outside.
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Hard to top the view of Lake Maggiore from our patio doors in Stresa:
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Here’s a closer look of the northern Italian lake:
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In Paris, the entrance…

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Sunday Snap: Nude Sculpture

Sleeping Hermaphroditus РMusée du Louvre, Paris

External Link: Louvre

Behind the Door

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The knock came softly yesterday. Unexpected,
perhaps too late. Today she watches the bolted door
from inside, and waits. With trembling fingers, 
she summons the strength to turn the key,

To swing wide the barricades, to open her heart
and her trust yet again. She weighs the risks,
of losing another piece of who she used to be,
or gaining some back. She holds her breath.

There is no anger, no bitterness, her thoughts
tempered by the warmth of a childhood memory. 
Alas, today, a second look and a second knock
confirms what 
she had already known.

The sad knowledge that she wishes him well
without her seeps through the cracks. Wistful,
she peeps through the hole at a sacred promise
broken, and 
she stares in the face of guilt.

 

Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
– Johnny Cash

Don’t let people disrespect you. My mom says don’t open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people.
– Cuba Gooding, Jr.

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.¬†
– Ludwig Wittgenstein

*photo: Paris

Entranced

Have you ever been impressed by the beauty of a door? The world is filled with doorways* and entrances, but here are several that left me either pleased by their quaintness, awed by their workmanship, or entranced by their immensity and grandeur. All before ever setting one foot inside.

For starters, a charming little one from the Barbour Heritage Village in my town:

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This entrance in Bonavista with its crisp contrasting colours and symmetry:
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In Montreal, the beauty and craftsmanship of this splendid doorway: Montreal 2009 016

…and how about the opulence of this entrance in Cannes? No, we didn’t stay there… ūüėČ
France 133

We stayed here, our inviting little home away from home:
France 146

The view through our balcony doors was also appealing, beckoning us outside.
France 183

Hard to top the view of Lake Maggiore from our patio doors in Stresa:
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Here’s a closer look of the northern Italian lake:
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In Paris, the entrance to the Notre Dame Cathedral is imposing…
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…and so elaborately adorned.
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How about this golden carved door in Florence?
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I saved my personal favourite, also in Florence, for last.
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*Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme: Doorways @ wheresmybackpack.com

Photo Challenge: Inviting Nighttime

During our trip to Italy and France in 2011, I took hundreds of photos, the majority of which were daytime shots. Here are some favourite captures from two of France’s cities in late evening and night.

I still find them as inviting as ever.

Cannes

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Lights wink on as dusk descends.
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Window-shopping in Cannes; almost as fun as the real thing!
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Boulevard de la Croisette invites us to explore. Ritz Carlton on the right.
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The Croisette stretches 2 km long beside the Mediterranean Sea.
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The entrance to our hotel beckons.
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Home Sweet Home for three nights.

On to Paris:

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The view from our hotel for four nights

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On the Seine River Dinner Cruise…
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…which ended at the Eiffel Tower.
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Bonne nuit, mes amis!  

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Weekly Travel Theme: Inviting

Travel Theme: Romance

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City of Love
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Roma!

This is my contribution to Ailsa’s photo challenge at wheresmybackpack.com. ¬†

Happy Valentines Day!

Travel Theme – Bridges

 

Here is my contribution to this week’s travel photo challenge, Bridges, by Ailsa at¬†wheresmybackpack.com.

I simply had to begin with my favourite bridge from my travels in Europe, the Ponte Vecchio.

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) over the Arno River in Florence, Italy
Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) over the Arno River in Florence, Italy
One of the thirty seven bridges over the Seine River in Paris, France. Here's a challenge: Can anyone tell me the name of this one?
One of the thirty-seven bridges over the Seine River in Paris, France. Here’s a challenge: Can anyone tell me the name of this one?
Barrel Bridge at Tom Sawyer's Island - Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Florida
Barrel Bridge at Tom Sawyer’s Island – Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Florida
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x 3 - the grandkiddies loved it
x 3 – the grandkiddies (and the son-in-law!) loved it
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x 5
x 5

And now for a couple of bridges that are closer to home:

Bridge on the Random Passage walking trail near Cape Freels, NL
Bridge on the Random Passage walking trail near Cape Freels, NL
Mr. Blue Sky and me - Bridge right here in Newtown, NL
Mr. Blue Sky and me – Bridge right here in Newtown, NL

Travel Theme: Multiples

 

Here is my contribution to Ailsa’s travel theme this week, a closer look at multiples on some vacations of mine.

To start things off, here are a couple of snaps from Cuba.

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imageHmm…this perspective is making me thirsty.

Of course, when it comes to multiple anything, Disney World delivers.

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Inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, an abundance of stained glass splendour awaits.

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…And just outside the cathedral, who can resist all the tiny feathered friends eagerly accepting snacks?

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A restaurant on a pier in Jamaica awaits its tablecloths, and its evening diners.
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Springtime in Montreal is always a delight.

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imageAlso in Montreal, I spotted these ladies. I just love them.

imageSwimming in Florida. Multiples come in actual human form too, of course.

Scenes From France – Part Three: More Paris!

Join me for one last look at our trip to Italy and France, as I share some more of my Paris photos.  Ah, quelle belle ville!

outside Notre Dame Cathedral
impressive French Gothic architecture






Such a friendly congregation of birds outside
the Notre Dame Cathedral!

one of many Seine River cruises

Fountain in the Place de la Concorde


Arc de Triomphe




Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
with an Eternal Flame.
Me…and my paparazzo? ;-D
Avenue des Champs-Elysees
Champs-Elysees

Louis Vuitton
Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is nicknamed
La dame de fer (the iron lady)?
Husband and I, just before the Seine Dinner Cruise
Sis and her husband
Sis and I enjoying the Dinner Cruise
Au Revoir, Paris!