THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: WINDOWS

Paula’s Thursday’s Special theme for this week is “windows.”

When we were in Toledo, Spain, we visited the original sword manufactory where swords were hand forged. This factory is now used only for demonstration. The new factory has new technology and machines to process a higher volume of production. The sword master explained that all the swords used in the movie “The Lord of the Rings” were produced there.

I was intrigued by so many designs of swords. The Showcase Windows display interesting swords to attract tourists to step inside the steel souvenir shop. One Showcase Window is accented by famous Spanish architecture of an arch frame.

My husband checked out many swords. He was entertained of obtaining a Japanese Samurai sword!

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Paula at Lost in Translation: Thursday’s Special – Windows

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Alley

This week Frank’s theme is “Alley” inspired by the architecture in Tuscany, Itlay

 I’m also impressed by the architecture of the allies we saw in Spain. Perhaps this architecture style is common in Europe.  In this post, I include two photos from Toledo and a couple more from Granada. The allies in Granada is the tourist shopping paradise. We have to follow the tour guide closely, so I didn’t have time to get anything at this stop. I did get some souvenir from another shopping stop.

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Toledo Spain – The alley is wide enough for one person going in each way. The people living in those building seem to be able to talk across the alley.
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Toledo Spain – This alley reminds me of one of the scenes from Harry Potter
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Granada Spain – the alley is tourist’ shopping paradise
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Granada Spain – The tour guide is waiting. No time for shopping

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Alley

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

I have posted photos of our travel in Australia. For this post, I include different photos to show “textures” for this week’s challenge.

We took a tour to the Sydney Opera House; my interest was to understand how the architecture was built to accommodate the curve of the roof. The close-up photo of the tile patterns explained how it was built.

While we were in Sydney, we went to Bondi Beach. I was surprised by the color and textures of the sand. It was as fine as the wheat flour.

We stopped by the park in Sydney and took photos of two beautiful sculptures. The trees in the backdrop and the bases have complementing textures to bring out the admirable textures of the sculptures.

We then traveled to Blue Mountain. The Three Sisters definitely have intriguing textures through the weathering over the years.

The Crocodile Farm Tour surely let us see close up of the amazing patterns of the Crocodile skins.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures

Weekly Photo Challenge – Textures 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Travel Satisfaction

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Most of our traveling experiences were to our satisfaction. My husband had more satisfaction in several of the diving trips. I don’t dive, so I went along as a time for relaxation.

Our family vacation to China was a great satisfaction. The tour company made all the arrangements for sightseeing, and we had our private van and driver.

I would say the trip to Spain last year to celebrate our anniversary was fantastic. We love the beautiful country and appreciate the outstanding architecture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

Weekly Photo Challenge – Travel Photo Collage

In the year 1998, I was promoted to be a 12-month school district administrator from a 10-month teacher position. Administrators had 22 vacation days a year, plus 10 days of personal or sick leave.

During my time of working, we were able to acuminate vacation days as many as we wanted. Some administrators acuminated enough days to retired one year early and received pay for the last year as vacation time. Some would cash-in the vacation days. I used some of the days for travel and saved some. The district policy had changed later on. Administrators being hired after a certain year, the vacation days were accumulative up to two years. They either used them or lost them.

Well, after I graduated from my doctorate program in the year 2000, with more than six weeks vacation time a year, my husband and I have traveled to quite a few countries and states. I started to get the dates confused. I decided to make a collage for each travel, and hang them on the wall as a quick reminder of where we have been. It works well. Here are some examples.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge Connection

I came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago. At that time, there were nine bridges in the Willamette Valley. I had to remember which bridge to take from Milwaukie to downtown Portland, or which bridge to take to get on Interstate 5 to go to Seattle, Washington. Forty years later, there is one new bridge that makes ten bridges in Portland, Oregon. In this post, I include one bridge from Portland. Other bridges are from our travel.

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The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, USA. I took this photo from Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood.
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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor, Australia. My husband and I joined a tour to climb to the top of the Bridge.
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London Bridge, London crosses over River Thames in central London. We only had photos taken by the bridge.
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This Bamboo Bridge is in Lan Tau Island, Hong Kong. It needed attention and concentration to walk across this bridge.
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This Suspension Bridge is in Shenzhen, China. My family and I only walked to the middle of the bridge to have photos taken.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

Tuesday Photo Challenge: History – Freedom Trail, Boston, MA

“I thought about what might be meaningful about this week to a number of readers and as it was Canada Day this past Saturday (Happy 150th birthday!) and it is Independence Day in the United States today, I thought why not go for History as a theme?” – Frank

We went to Boston, Massachusetts in 2004. It was a very cold year on the East Coast. We stayed in a hotel overlooking a frozen river. We followed the Red Brick Road to see the Wizard! No, not really! We followed the Red Brick Freedom Trail to see some historic sites. Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long (4.0 km) path through downtown, Boston, Massachusetts, that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States.

We drove around to visit other parts of the city also.

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USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy, named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America. She is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat.
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USS Cassin Young (DD-793) was a Fletcher-class destroyer of the U.S. Navy named for Captain Cassin Young (1894–1942), who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism at the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and who was killed in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942.

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The Mayflower arrived in Plymouth Harbor in 1620, but on November 11, 1620, the Pilgrims made the first stop and came ashore on land that is now in Provincetown on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many towns have signs denoted the year of establishment. Some houses, along with the house numbers, the years built are also listed.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: History – Freedom Trail in Boston, MA, USA