Bled Castle … Bled, Slovenia

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

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How lovely! This challenge allows me to expand upon my last post A Moment in Bled, Slovenia

On Top II

On a rocky precipice 130m above glacial Lake Bled sits Bled Castle ~ a mighty medieval stronghold.

On Top

The castle was first mentioned in a charter dating back to 1011 AD, and was referred to as castellum Veldes (the castle on the cliff). It was built with an upper and lower courtyard and is the oldest such structure in Slovenia.

View from on top

The reason for its location is obvious.

View from on top II

From atop the cliff you can keep a watch for the enemy, all while enjoying a cup of tea and taking in the glorious scenery.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

 Vero Supertramp

Northumbrian Light

Photographs by James Collett

Travel Monkey

Santiago the Shepherd

 

 

 

 

 

International Juxtaposition

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

My second submission to this challenge, these images were captured on my travels.

Click here to see “The Boys” featured in my first submission.

Enjoy!

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

Travel Monkey

Jeff Sinon Photography

Black Hills Reiki

Get Thee Behind Me …

Daily Prompt: Temptation

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Oh, my …

Is there anything more tempting than a shop window filled to capacity with a variety of delectable sweets?

In my European travels especially I have been mesmerized by many a display.

In this instance, Vienna was parading her high-caloric delicacies.

I find I’m always safe as long as I stay this side of the window and walk away really, really fast. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea … Moments at Port Olimpic, Barcelona, Spain

 

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The Sea.

The body aqua.

Tranquil and menacing in one breath.

Being in the moment,

By the water,

The lesson of the ages.

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This week’s photo challenge asks us for impressions of the sea.

My image selection is from time spent early last year by the Mediterranean Sea at Port Olympic in Barcelona.

Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

bmyshot

Wrygrass

cyclocross2012

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece … Of The Master … Vienna, Austria

This week’s photo challenge asks us to interpret “Masterpiece.”

Vienna is famous for its many masterpieces … Sacher Torte, the Spanish Riding School (you know me and horses), its many beautiful palaces and, of course, music.

Everywhere you walk sandwich boards are perched on sidewalks advertising nightly classical performances in concert halls and churches across the city. These concerts feature the music of Vienna’s (and other) great composers, including but not limited to Mozart, Bruckner, Schumann, Lehar, and Haydn.

Their musical masterworks live on and hover around my subconscious primarily because I was raised in a home resonating with classical music. My mother made her living on the international operatic stage, so naturally I was exposed to these and other musical masters on a continuous basis. Their (my “Uncles in Music” as I like to call them) influence helped to shape who I am today and continues do so as I evolve and embrace life as one growing into my self. For that I will always be grateful.  After all, I am a (master)work in progress. (Aren’t we all …  😉 … )

But that’s a story for another day …

Masterpiece

Perhaps the golden boy of Vienna composers was Johann Strauss II ~ composer of the Blue Danube Waltz, among other instrumental gems, and my favourite operetta ~ Die Fledermaus.

A couple of years ago, while strolling through Vienna’s Stadtpark (which boasts a number of statues dedicated to Vienna’s masters of music) we ventured upon this incredible monument to Herr Strauss. At the time it was cordoned off for refurbishment. To get this shot I had to stand on a bench and peer over a solid barricade.

At the time I was disappointed by the obstruction. Still, as I ponder this image now I wonder if the artist applying gold leaf, surrounded by his tools and perched precariously on a ladder, had any notion at all that he might be engaged with a masterpiece of his own.

Regardless, it is a monument worthy of Vienna’s Master of the Waltz.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea

Artifacts and Fictions

Hamburg Und Mee(h)r

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up … Enjoy the View!

Thanks to this week’s photo challenge we get to look up.

What a great theme!

I love to look up and have made a habit of doing so whenever and wherever we travel.

There’s so much to see, don’t you agree?

Remember to look up … 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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Shout Outs

Mapping Chattanooga

Cheryl Andrews

A New Day

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour … Barcelona, Spain

This week’s photo challenge asks us to brighten our world with colour.

To me this bridge of time linking winter and spring is the dreariest of the year.

While we wait for the grass to turn green and the flowers to poke their noses through the still frozen ground, the world about me is cast in a pall of grey. So, I welcome this opportunity to inject a little colour into my world, and yours, courtesy of time spent in colourful Barcelona early last year.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Outs

lagottocattleya

vastly curious

THIRDEYEMOM

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Basilica di San Pietro … Vatican City

Vatican

With all the activity surrounding the selection of the Catholic world’s new Pope, I thought it appropriate to post this image looking toward Piazza San Pietro and the Basilica in Vatican City. The approach is the Via della Conciliazione.

I can only imagine the hubbub of activity this area will experience during the next little while.

Catholicism was the religion of my Hungarian ancestors but seems to have been abandoned by recent generations. I certainly don’t practice and, frankly, was never exposed to it. So, while I don’t have an understanding of its tenets and teachings I can certainly appreciate the beauty of its cathedrals and other magnificent structures built to the glory of God.

And, I can certainly wish well all who practice with pure intent as they embark on a new course under the leadership of whomever is appointed head of the Holy See.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

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Shout Out

For an interesting and inspiring look at the old churches of France and Spain, check out the amazing images of religious architecture at Via Lucis Photography.

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Light Play … Black Abbey, Kilkenny, Ireland

Praying

Time has a way of marching on. We change. We grow. My website gets out of date.

So, I’ve been spending some time lately, in the evenings when my battery is recharging, updating my portal to the world, in particular my photo galleries. One at a time, so it’s not too overwhelming.

This week I’m working on my “Impressions of Ireland.”

Visiting the old churches of Europe is one of my favourite activities when we travel. In particular, my eye is drawn to the play of light from stained glass windows.

In Kilkenny, Ireland, we visited The Black Abbey. This beautiful old church is resplendent with stained glass, including the “Rosary Window” — the largest stained glass window in Ireland. In fact, there is so much light play one hardly knows where to look first.

I captured many images, but this is my favourite. The outline on the stone column clearly shows a figure reflected from the stained glass window across the aisle. To me it looks as if the person depicted is praying.

Or do you see something different?

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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