Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 181

The best spots ever?

Welcome to the 181st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you for an amazing line-up of tourist location that you enjoyed and some of the side-effects of locations being popular! I can fully relate to some of the great examples of tourist spots being overrun by crowds to the point that they are no longer fun to visit. For that reason, it’s that much more satisfying to find those amazing spots that not only speak to you, but also give you the sense of being the only person in the world, who has found it… Those are magic moments!

Thank you for creating this fun reading experience for me, and I hope that you enjoy each other’s posts!

Here is one of my preferred tourist destinations…

View across Palatine toward Maxentius

This photo really reflects part of my positive tourism experience with Rome; after being overwhelmed by the crowds in the Colosseum (seen in the background), it was a breath of fresh air to visit the Palatine Hill, as it was not overrun by selfie-stick toting tourists… Furthermore, walking across this hill is a trip across history and gave me a real sense of the seat of power that used to be located in this area.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah takes us on a visit to the Florida in Canberra in her post in By Sarah! The flower displays are stunning!
  2. Lee’s post in ladyleemanilla is a true cornucopia of fantastic sites to visit and they would make any vacation a celebration!
  3. Viveka takes us to the Carnaval de Nice in myguiltypleasures in a post that is truly fantastic!
  4. The Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood is a great tourist attraction, as we see in a wonderful post in Beautiful Photographs.
  5. Nicole shares a fantastic photo in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme: Blackness Castle looks well worth the trip to Scotland!
  6. Jackie’s trip to visit fabled Uluru is chronicled in her post in Junk Boat Travels, which looks like it was truly amazing!
  7. I agree that there’s no prize for guessing the tourist destination in another awesome post in the theOnlyD800intheHameau; it’s well known!
  8. Na’ama features a great family destination in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: looping through the sky! Love the poem as well!
  9. Jaspa takes us to the gateway to India in Jaspa’s Journeys; I’ looking forward to visiting the gateway myself next year!
  10. A tour of some of the wonderful locations on can find in Italy is featured in radhikasreflection! Awesome post!
  11. Diane brings some of the tourist locations of the towns, in which she lived in her post in pensivity101: great set of locales!
  12. Irene brings us a glimpse from above in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine; the view of Diamond Head is gorgeous!
  13. This week we get another wonderful post in the Jesh Studio that brings us some great tourist spots!
  14. Maria takes us on a fantastic tour of Iceland in another amazing post in Kamerapromenader; what amazing spots!
  15. Andrea brings us to Sedona, Arizona, in ARHtistic License; a wonderful trip and great post!
  16. Alice lets us know that the hills are alive in her post in The 59Club; of course, the hills near Salzburg are a great place to visit!
  17. Jase has a pretty spooky post in Proscenium, as ghost tours are a popular attraction in Gettysburg. Having been there, I can tell you that it is a very powerful area to visit!
  18. Regina’s post in Help from Heaven features some wonderful places in Spain; Elche looks like one that I want to add to my list!
  19. Luring the tourists in can be good for business and very creative, as we can see in Heart 2 Heart; that’s an awesome camel!
  20. Cath goes on a day trip in her blog, Cath’s Camera, as we get to see Maria Island, which looks like a truly interesting place!
  21. In a wonderful post in Travel with Tech, we go on a trip to Ilocos in the Philippines; this post makes me feel like I’m on the trip myself!
  22. Hammad apologizes for bragging about his trip to Dubai in 2017, but as you can see in the Blog of Hammad Rais, it was a fantastic trip!
  23. In a lovely post in My TravelCSP we get to see some interesting locations; can you identify them all?
  24. Len’s quote in his post in Len Journeys forms the basis for a truly fantastic post! Love the take on what tourism can do for people!
  25. Kristina put together an insightful and wonderful post in Looking for Enchantment; I agree that locations that are overrun by tourists lose much of their luster…
  26. David shares some rather amazing spots in hist post in David M’s Photoblog; Beeston Castle looks like a great climb to get to.
  27. Eric takes us into Rocky Mountain National Park in his post in Up North, where the view is simply stunning!
  28. In a magnificent post in A Day in the Life, we take a trip back into time during days of tourism from the 1980s!
  29. It looks like a lovely day for a bicycle ride in the photo in Take a Walk… and Discover; a ride around the park is always nice!
  30. There’s a great post in Scroll that draws us to the other side of the sea and the city of Dubai.
  31. Deb finds a location in Kimba that has an incredible display of what can be done to enhance the landscape in Twenty-Four; great choice!
  32. Tatiana takes us to a museum of on of my favorite artists in her blog Travelways: Salvador Dali has always intrigued me and this is one museum that is on my list!
  33. Brian put together one of the most amazing array of travel location in his post in bushboys world; all I can say is WOW! Thank you!
  34. Nandini features some wonderful temples in her post in queennandini and I am intrigued to visit some of these great locations!
  35. Woolly highlights some of the misgivings that I had about visiting Rome in a great post in Woolly Muses; I remember visiting the Colosseum off-season to be surrounded by the masses; it felt good to cross the street and visit the Palatine Hill for some more personable sauntering.
  36. Amy selects an interesting location for the photos that she processed in Photography Journal Blog: Mount Snowdon!
  37. If the photo that we see in Land of Images is any indication, the Lake District is a great area to explore!
  38. Susan shares a wonderful image of a dapper looking tour guide in her post in Musin’ with Susan; it’s quintessential shopping at the market! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  39. I really love Ken’s take on the new role of the mermaid to being a background for selfies in his post in Pictures without Film; Ken and Kristina should compare notes on their experience!
  40. This week’s photo shared in sgeoil brings us to the edge of a labyrinth… will you enter it?
  41. In a wonderful post in OstendNomadography, Stef has us visit the city of Brașov in Romania; the monochrome approach is perfection!
  42. Sheetal’s post in her wonderful blog sheetalbravon takes us to the top of the Milan Cathedral, which is stunning!!
  43. As I’m pretty familiar with Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I can very much relate to some of the sentiments in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0! Yes, it has grown and parking is a nightmare! And it’s still a great little city!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 149

Welcome to the 149th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Layers definitely got your creative juices flowing, as you put together some amazing posts! I’m somewhat partial to those that feature foods, as they all looked very delicious! There were also stunning landscapes and cute puppies and kittens! Going back through layers of time definitely made me think!

Thank you for all your effort and thought that you put into these amazing posts, as they were a pleasure to read and absorb!!

Here’s a trip back through the layers of time…

Looking forward in Time

The Roman Forum is a stunning place to visit; as you traverse the Palatine hill and walk across the Forum, you walk through history. Few places on the planet are tied to history the way this location is.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. This week’s entries are kicked off by pensivity101 with some amazing layers that are sure to please!
  2. Sarah brings us a wonderful layer in her post in By Sarah; after all, who can argue with a layer of puppies?
  3. Kammie brings out some great layers in her post in Nut House Central; there’s one that’s my fave! Which is yours?
  4. Nicole takes us to a stunning location with her post in Une Photo, un Poéme; and, of course, her photo is amazing!
  5. That is another awesome great photo in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery that has a stunning rock in Galicia!
  6. Shelley shows us that the whispering winds can create some serious layers in her post in Quaint Revival; Spring will come soon, Shelley!
  7. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post, we get to both experience and view the layers of Elephant Falls!
  8. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes challenges us to look deeper than those first couple of layers!
  9. In Pictures without Film, Ken brings several layers, of which I’ll dig into the edible one!
  10. Yinglan shares some more amazing photos in This is Another Story, which remind me to update my bucket list!
  11. Xenia has another couple of awesome posts, the first of which is in whippetwisdom exploring the layers of the highlands with Eivor and Pearl. Her second post is in Tranature, watching the birds wade through layers!
  12. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie brings out the layers of gooey goodness that are nachos!
  13. In her post in Light Motifs II, Paula focuses on a variety of layers ranging from clothing to hair that make up a layered blogger!
  14. Na’ama examines the layers that takes us back in time in her poem in Na’ama Yehuda; truly interesting!
  15. Maria’s wonderful photo in her blog KameraPromenader has layers all throughout and a stunning view!
  16. In a wonderful post in A Midnight Rider, the seagulls may just be in the upper layer!
  17. In a cool post in the 59 Club, we get to enjoy a gentle layer of snow in Georgia! It makes me smile, as it is snowing in New England while I’m writing this post; we expect 6-10 inches tonight.
  18. In JKRoaming – Travel Blog, we get a slice of the pie from John; that looks delicious!!
  19. Jase’s post in Proscenium focuses on the layers of air that carry a plane aloft to go soaring; it’s on my bucket list!
  20. The post in Chateaux des Fleurs features some astonishing layers across the valley; gorgeous shot!
  21. Brian has a ton of great photos in his post in Bushboy’s World; those layers are truly amazing!
  22. In another beautiful post in Heart to Heart, we get a view of Bhutan that is nothing short of breathtaking!
  23. Sandy’s post in Out of my Write Mind shares some beautiful snowdrift and a lovely poem!
  24. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand features some stunning landscape in New Zealand and lots of sweaters!
  25. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine has some great desert sunshine with layers of light!
  26. Robert’s in Photo Roberts Blog are fantastic, as they feature layers of texture and raw beauty!
  27. In a lovely post in Corazon181, it’s almost like we’re looking at a painting where the sky layers above the gorgeous landscape!
  28. In a great post in Cactus Haiku, we are treated to a haibun about Hinamatsuri, the doll festival, which features many layers!
  29. In another lovely post in A Pause for Nature, there are stunning layers featured in flowers!
  30. With another gorgeous photo in Land of Images, we get to enjoy the layers of the sky and landscape!
  31. In a wonderful post in Wanderlust and Wonderment, we explore the biblical layers in Israel; amazing stuff!
  32. Cee has a great set of layers in her post in Cee’s Photography! That kitty layer is awesome!!
  33. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais examines the layers of shadows in a very interesting image!
  34. In a tasty post in Another LQQK, Teressa has some delectable layers in her photos!
  35. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings the layers of the sea to us in photo and awesome poem!
  36. Woolly goes deep in his post in Woolly Muses as layers are exposed step by step!
  37. Debbie shares another great post in ForgivingConnects, as she unfolds the layers of compassion and their importance to self-forgiveness.
  38. Liz brings us several posts this week. Her first in OneMillionPhotographs brings us the layers of color in her watercolor painting. Also in OneMillionPhotographs, we get layers of color in the Dallas Museum of Art. Her next OneMillionPhotographs contribution has some very colorful dinosaurs! The last OneMillionPhotographs entry features layers of snow and Rico!
  39. Debbie features the layers of a mine in her post in Twenty Four; fantastic view and photo!
  40. Khürt’s photo in his awesome blog Island in the Net is another stunner! Great look!

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

A peek across the Forum

Politics and intrigue

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Peek.  A bit of an interesting theme, as it allows us to take it into many directions.

As I mentioned yesterday, there are a couple of images that came to mind.  Today’s image is also from this year’s trip to Italy and is probably one of my favorites.  In this photo, we get to look across the ages at a location that has had a significant impact on Western civilization: the Roman Forum.  Many political deals were made here, the fate of countries and people were decided and much intrigue played out!

Take a walk back into history…

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Looking across the Forum

Looking from ancient to more modern in the background, one can walk and explore many events in one locale.

Hope you enjoyed this look back and have a wonderful day!

A Walk across the Forum – pt. 3

Foro Romano e Palatino!

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.

A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 2

Passing through the ages

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 BC), and the Temple of Vesta (7th century BC), as well as the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, all of which were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome.

Here’s another installment of images from this amazing location…

I hope you enjoy them!

A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 1

The ages open up

One of the wonderful places that we visited in Italy were the Palatine Hill and Forum in Rome.  Getting away from the overcrowded Colosseum, it was just amazing to take in the atmosphere and history that is represented by the Forum, where you can truly see the centuries and their most significant events during the days of the Roman republic and empire.

Here’s the first installment of Forum images.

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I hope you enjoy them!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Old

What is old in your life?

Welcome to Week 59 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Of course, there’s still some of la Bella Italia in my system for this week’s theme, as there was so much to see and experience during our short, 12 days on vacation.  So, in keeping with the spirit of the antiquities, I’m giving you the challenge to photograph something that talks to the theme of Old!

In this challenge, feel free to approach it in any way you like, keeping in mind that Old is a very relative concept, so you could even go out with the old, or rely on Old Faithful!  Have fun with this theme and show of your characteristic creativity!

Here’s something old that I came across….

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Looking across the Forum

The Palatine Hill and the Forum are amazing locations in Rome, which are well worth the experience.  To me, they really gave a sense of going back in time, in a bit of a surreal fashion, and looking across the ages…

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)!!

Very much looking forward to all of your great images!  Should be a fun week!