Solitude at Santa Croce

Cloister

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As travel companions go I’m pretty easy going. As long as I have comfortable lodgings and the food is good I’m game for some adventure.

During our visit to Italy last summer I was still recovering from adrenal fatigue, so adventure for me was pretty much contained to being creative with my photography.

My husband is used to me falling behind while we’re exploring. Something ~ a colour, an object, an idea, a vision, you name it ~ will have caught my imagination and I need to play it out.

One thing I love to create are moments like this ~ a mood of solitude and mystery in a place of great beauty. Fortunately my husband is a willing subject and, as you can imagine, Italy offered a wealth of beautiful locations. This image captured in the atmospheric cloisters of Santa Croce in Firenze.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Orange … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

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Sagrada Orange

The stained glass of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is stunning. Its rich colours warm and embracing. Little wonder my thoughts turned to this beautiful church for a spot of orange.

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Sagrada Orange II

The area around the organ is surrounded by plexiglass. I suspect this acts as a baffle, but it also has its place as a mirror for all that gorgeous orange stained glass.

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Sagrada Orange III

Everywhere you are, there it is.

Perhaps orange is the new black. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Ancient Symmetry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

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The ancient symmetry of beautiful York Minster

York Minster 3

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York Minster 2

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York Minster 1

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 I’m always in awe when surveying the construction and workmanship of these ancient sacred spaces.

Their symmetry is perfect. Just how did those architects, stonemasons and engineers do this way back when?

It’s kind of humbling to think that this incredible edifice, which has already been here hundreds of years, will be here long after I’m gone.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Illumination … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

St George

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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

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©Dorothy Chiotti, All Rights Reserved 2014