Illumination … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

St George


This is my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Week 13.

One of my favourite activities when travelling in Europe is to visit the great cathedrals and other beautiful places of worship ~ the Sagrada Famlia nestled in the heart of Barcelona among them.

Originally designed by famed Catalonian architect, Antoni Gaudi, and with construction beginning in 1882, this amazing edifice is slated for completion around 2026.

Though the interior is not yet finished, for a fee tourists are able to go inside and see the miracle unfold. The Sagrada Familia is an expiatory project which is to say the building of it is completely funded by private donations and the millions of visitors who flock to see it every year.

I featured several images from my visit some time ago in a weekly photo challenge. This is one of my favourites.

The Sagrada Familia is well worth some of your time if you’re ever in beautiful Barcelona.

Thanks for visiting,



©Dorothy Chiotti, All Rights Reserved 2014

Inside Salisbury Cathedral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I have a passion for ancient structures. To me there’s something magical about a place that has stood the test of time.

Salisbury Cathedral happens to be one of those places.

We had the good fortune to visit the cathedral for an afternoon last fall. It was a particular thrill for me as I’d just finished reading Sarum ~ the epic historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd documenting the history of the area, including the construction of this impressive religious structure.

If you’re interested in learning more about Salisbury Cathedral, which was consecrated at this site in 1220 and boasts the highest spire in England (at 404 ft/123m) visit the History page of the cathedral’s official website.

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

The Adventures of Justin Beaver

Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different

Witrian’s Photofolio

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.


Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

Travel Monkey

Jeff Sinon Photography

Black Hills Reiki

Searching for Music

Daily Prompt: Searching


I’ve been searching for the music in answer to this week’s writing challenge: Moved by Music.

Stay tuned to my blog In So Many Words to see how music has moved me. Likely to be posted later today.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

I don’t understand the science behind it. All I know is that the music (as well as books, movies, etc.) we absorb lives in us forever. It’s a powerful emotive force that can build up or, tear down. Like all living things it has its good, bad and ugly. This is why I am so careful about what I tune into. These vibrations colour my life forever.


colour and sound

Image: the pipe organ of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Okay, I just googled that link … 😉 …


Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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A Gargoyle’s Hallowe’en


Tis spirits dark

For whom I scream

From abbey walls

On Hallowe’en.

Not welcome here

To fear and fright,

Be gone, thou ghouls,

Farewell, goodnight.


Happy Hallowe’en …..

Broo ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ….. 😉




©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Perfect Symmetry … Yorkminster, York, England

York Minster Chapter House


When I visit England one of my favourite activities is to visit the great churches.

Where permitted I like to photograph inside.

I never use flash. First, I wish to demonstrate my respect for the sanctity of the building.

Second, there is already such beautiful light available that using flash would only disturb it.

In this image I’ve captured the beautifully ornate ceiling of the Chapter House at Yorkminster.

I marvel at the beauty; the artistry; the workmanship; the efforts it would have taken to create a ceiling on such a grand scale several hundred years ago.

Perfect symmetry.

Just how did they do it?

What’s even more incredible is that it’s still here for all of us to enjoy.

And I share my vision of it with you …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013