A Walk across the Forum – pt. 3

Another great walk through history!

Dutch goes the Photo!

As I’m off to Israel for a week for business (sorry no time for photography), I thought I’d prepare a couple of blog posts in advance.  I’m flying Alitalia from Boston to Rome to Tel Aviv, so it’s only appropriate to have this post scheduled for the time that I spend about an hour and a half at the Leonardo da Vinci airport outside Roma.

This third installment of images is somewhat larger, but there are still more to come!

The views in this set are across multiple directions of the Palatine Hill and capture some of the key elements that stand out.  There is so much to see that we could have spent the entire day exploring.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Key

Key objects are everywhere!

Welcome to week 174 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You had your sights locked on some amazing posts last week and I’m sure that some of you thought about what theme could follow… Of course, you guessed that I might just go with Key to match last week. I did give this some thought and what I like about the word Key is the directions, in which you can take this theme! As a noun there are multiple definitions, and, of course, as an adjective it could be key to your success. Then there’s the verb! You understand my excitement 🙂

Please take this Key into the direction of your choosing and let your creative minds roam freely! I can’t wait to see what you might generate this week!!

What key might this be in?

The Score

This shot came from a series of images that I did to provide wall art for a newly opened music school in Worcester a number of years ago. This one did not sell, but several others did; regardless, I am still partial to this one, as it brings about a mood of music made in a time gone by.

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Remember that singing off-key is just fine in the car and shower and have fun!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 173

Locks of all sizes!

Welcome to the 173rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

All of you certainly had a Lock on this week’s theme! Your posts were filled with creative approaches to the theme and there were a couple that really surprised me with novel interpretations. Some of what you shared in your posts were personal moments of joy and there were some deep interpretations that really made me think and appreciate your thinking!

Overall, I couldn’t be happier than with this great set of posts and the work that you put into it. Thank you very much!!

Here’s a pretty sizable lock…

Falkirk Wheel in Action

The Falkirk Wheel is a one-of-a-kind lock that connects the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, raising, or lowering, boats by 24 meters; the Wheel replaces 11 locks in this connection, thus making the trip significantly faster. The operation of the lock is based on Archimedes’ Principle.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Jez kicks things off with a lock that had not cross my mind in his post in Jez Braithwaite; that zoom lock really comes in handy from time to time!
  2. This week we go to Derinkuyu in Don’t Hold Your Breath, which has some astonishing areas to explore, which include a lock…
  3. Shelley wonders if vacation is like getting a new battery in another wonderful post in Quaint Revival; you be the judge, if she has a lock on this subject!
  4. Brian is negotiating in a fantastic post in Bushboy’s World; the Canal St. Martin is truly lovely!
  5. Michelle definitely closed the theme beautifully in her post in Take a Walk… and Discover!
  6. The stables are locked, as we can see in the stunning photograph in the post in theOnlyD800intheHameau; it looks like the horses had a nice place to stay in the Chateau de la Riviére in Pompadour.
  7. Na’ama really identified the dark side of the lock in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: both for animals and humans the lock can be used against us…
  8. Judy puts together a gorgeous set of images in lifelessons, where the locks come in interesting varieties!
  9. Debbie takes us to Sotland in her post Travel with Intent, where we don’t want to get locked up in Edinburgh Castle. In a second post in Travel with Intent, Debbie shares a stunning view of the Falkirk Wheel!
  10. I fully expected that there would be no shortage of locks to choose from in pensivity101‘s post, and they are indeed stunning!
  11. The photographs of locks in Chateaux des Fleurs are truly stunning! Beautifully shot!
  12. This week in The Jesh Studio, we are treated to a wonderful variety of images and a lock that doesn’t look to be that strong…
  13. Danny’s photo in Danny James Photography is fantastic, and really captures an intense set of locks!
  14. Jase has another awesome post in Proscenium, which locks into the right tee!
  15. The locks that are captured in Geriatri’x’ Fotogallery are stunning; those Teutonic Knights knew how to build them!
  16. Jackie found some great locations for locks in her post in Junk Boat Travels, which are a joy to behold!
  17. Tatiana gives us an amazing close-up view of the Miraflores Locks in her post in Travelways; the Panama Canal is still a wonder!
  18. In a very cool post in iBallrtw, we get another view of the locks in Canal Saint Martin in Paris and a shoutout to Busboy’s World!
  19. Ken has a lock on love in his blog Pictures without Film; there are some serious locks in Llansteffan Castle!
  20. Maria captured a wonderful bridge in Vilnius in the post in her blog Kamerapromenader! Love is alive and well in Vilnius!
  21. Woolly shows us that love locks are ubiquitous in his post in Woolly Muses, as we see them in Salzburg…
  22. Alice brings us a wonderful shot of Lock 35 in the Erie Canal in her blog the 59 Club.
  23. Carol brings us proof that Paris is truly the city for lovers in a wonderful post in Light Words!
  24. Viveka brings us some gorgeous photos of locks in her post in MyGuiltyPleasures; and the quote by Sarah Dressen is truly appropriate!
  25. In a truly wonderful post in A Day In The Life, we can wonder about love lost, or locked…
  26. Deb captures a lovely scene in her post in Twenty-Four; the lock and weir are stunning!
  27. Cee’s has a fantastic variety of locks in her post in Cee’s Photography, among which I like those curly locks the best!
  28. Susan has an extremely stylish lock in her post in Musin’ with Susan, which also has an amazing history! Also, go check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  29. Khürt brings us a couple of stunning posts; the first one in Island on the Net brings us the Kingston Locks on the Delaware and Raritan canal; the second one in Island on the Net shows off the Griggstown Locks on the same canal. These are fantastic documentary posts!
  30. David takes a retro approach in his post in David M’s Photoblog; the resultant image is fantastic!
  31. In a great photo in Land of Images we get to see a classic wooden pair of locks!
  32. In a really wonderful post in Travel with Tech, we get to see a report on love locks in Prague; stunning photos!
  33. Teressa rummaged through her random item drawer to find lots of lock that we get to see in her post in Another LQQK; awesome post!
  34. Elizabeth features a great selection of locks around the world in her blog AlBatz Adventures; they are amazing!
  35. John and Karen share their special moment in Budapest in their blog, JKRoaming; go read this amazing post!
  36. We get to experience an unusual lock in Heart 2 Heart, as it is from the land of Bhutan; great craftsmanship!
  37. The story of a trunk makes a great post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0; it’s amazing how something as basic as a trunk can make it from generation to generation!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #015

Good eating ahead!

Here comes the fifteenth mystery location post of this year….

Last week’s entry was figured out pretty quickly, as the landmark stood out. This week might be a bit trickier, although there are some strong clues in the image…

Where is this?

It’s a lovely day!

This was from a wonderful trip; after visiting here, we ate at the restaurant across the street. For extra credit, can you name the restaurant?

Three Line Tales – Numbers

Amor vincit omnia!

Many thanks to Sonya for Week One Hundred and Eighty-Five of Three Line Tales, part of her awesome blog Only 100 Words!

three line tales, week 185: numbers
photo by Leon Bublitz via Unsplash


Number of the beast,
Wrapped in rebirth, peace and love.
Break through the mirror!


Thank you to Sonya of Only 100 Words for coming up with Three Line Tales.

You’ll find full guidelines on her TLT page, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post.
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • NEW: If you want your post to be included in the round-up, you have until Sunday evening to publish it.
  • Have fun.

Happy three-lining!

A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 2

From 2017, one of my favorite places to go for a walk! It’s a journey through history, as there is an incredible concentration of sites that were significant in European history.

Dutch goes the Photo!

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Forum in Roma.  After all, the Forum was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city’s great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly.

Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. The Roman Kingdom’s earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence, the Regia (8th century…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lock

Locked onto love!

Welcome to week 173 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Please note that last week’s Round Up will be published later tonight (EDT)

After a week of exploring all that is Overhead with fantastic results, I thought I would really mix it up this time. The theme came to me rather quickly, as I was browsing through some of my images. I saw this view from high up (kind of overhead view of Vienna…) and Lock‘ed in! Yes, there’s the Lock, such as this padlock, but there’s also a lock of hair, a lock through which you can travel with your boat… I’ve got the feeling that many of you will lock into something rather creative!!

Have some fun with this theme and I’m very curious to see what wonderful posts that you will create.

Here’s the love lock in Vienna…

Eternal Connections

This shot is from high up on St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna (luckily, there’s an elevator), where there’s a fantastic view and this eternal declaration of love!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Lock your focus on something that catches your eye!