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 163

Walk the forum!

Welcome to the 163rd round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Your ancient thoughts were fantastic! You were creative in your approaches, ranging from matinees to mountains that hundreds of millions of years old! I very much enjoyed reading all your posts, some of which reminded me of my ancient life and made me chuckle.

All of you did a great job and I appreciate all the effort you put into your contributions!!

Here are some ancient bits…

Looking across the Forum

This look across the Forum Romanum is still one of my favorite views from our visit to Rome in 2017. In one view we get to see different periods of history from ancient Roman times to 20th century Italy.

  1. Sarah starts things this week in her post in By Sarah with something rather ancient: the granite hills in Mt Buffalo National Park!
  2. Brian’s post in Bushboy’s World takes us back into antiquity with a visit to Pompeii!
  3. This week’s post in Don’t Hold Your Breath tells of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and takes us to the temple of Artemis.
  4. We go to one of the locations that’s on my bucket list with another great post from theonlyD800inthehameau of the ancient city of Petra.
  5. Ken connects us through the mists of time in his post in Pictures without Film; wet feet were a small price to pay for that great shot!
  6. Na’ama brings us an ancient crush in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; the crush is literal, as olives were pressed into service!
  7. In Land of Images we go to the source of ancient Gyrolite, as we’re on the Isle of Skye!
  8. In this week’s wonderful entry in pensivity101, we find that ancient is relative…a bear as old as you might be ancient!
  9. Eliza put together a great post in Albatz Travel Adventures, as she brings us ancient runes from Denmark; I think Elves must have hailed from there!
  10. Joseph takes us along ancient paths in his post in Lillie-Put with wonderful photos and ancient hills!
  11. Jackie takes us to the dark side with a visit to the catacombs in her post in Junk Boat Travels: those are great sights in Rome!
  12. Ann-Christine explores the ancient contents of amber in an wonderful post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand…
  13. A great photo in Mostly Monochrome crosses the themes well with an ancient tower!
  14. Jase’s takes a very creative approach to the theme in Proscenium, which I definitely appreciate; love those ancient images!
  15. Maria’s contribution in Kamerapromenader shares a location that looks like it might be a portal to an alternate dimension…
  16. Erika brings us another awesome post in NoraVista, as she shares some truly ancient items from a tour with uncle Bill!
  17. Debbie takes us up the Acropolis in a great post in Travel with Intent; the Parthenon has to be stunning to see up close! She also brings us another wonderful post that has us following the floral path in Travel with Intent to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
  18. In a lovely post in A Day In The Life, we get to visit the Cloisters, which may not be truly ancient, but make us feel like we’re there!
  19. Woolly starts ancient with the Colosseum in WoollyMuses, and then goes super ancient with the Great Dividing Range!
  20. Sandy brings us an ancient species in her post in Out of My Write Mind, as we learn about Sandhill Cranes.
  21. David brings us to south Cheshire in his post in David M’s Photoblog as we learn about an Iron Age fort on Bickerton Hill; those photos are just awesome!
  22. We learn a bit of history in Heart to Heart, as we explore one of the best known diamonds in the world! Great post!
  23. Deb brings us a bit of ancient technology and humor in her post in Twenty-Four! Beware of the evil phonebot!
  24. In another fantastic post in Suburban Tracks, we learn about the Island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea; great photography and story!
  25. A stunning post in Len Journeys takes us to Angkor, the epicenter of the Khmer empire; the photos are gorgeous and the information tells you what you need to know, if you want to go visit!
  26. Susan brings us a wonderful shot of the Colosseum in Musin’ with Susan; it looks like it was a good day to visit!
  27. Debbie brings us a truly insightful post in ForgivingConnects, as she explores the acceptance of ancient stories in our current relationships.
  28. Amy’s photo of ancient Delphi is fantastic in her post in Photography Journal Blog!
  29. Hammad takes us to something ancient: the Matinee! in a great post in the Blog of Hammad Rais. Very cool!
  30. With a great post in the Liggett Adventures we get to see a unique Roman amphitheater in Pulas.

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!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Go Big!

Supersize your ideas!

Welcome to Week 128 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Last week’s theme of Our World unleashed a great number of creative posts, as you shared views of your world and what the world might be with great photography, poetry and prose!  As I’m writing this post during a business trip, I thought I’d let a little bit of my current locale seep into the theme for this week; I’m in Austin, Texas, for 3 days, and, as you might know, everything is bigger in Texas!  Therefore, this week’s theme is Go Big!

Unleash your creative minds, lenses and pens, and share what Go Big! might mean to you.  As always, you have license to take the theme into any direction of your choosing, so have fun with this theme!

I’m filled with anticipation of what you might produce!!

Here’s something from antiquity, when the Romans went big…

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Ageless Arches

Of course, the Colosseum is colossal, as you can tell from the size of the people in one of the leftmost arches on the second row…  The sheer size of the structure is imposing and its state of preservation across the ages is mind-boggling, particularly, when taking into account that it stands in an earthquake prone land.

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)!!

I’m definitely looking forward to finding out what supersized items appear this week!

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!

Coming around…

Colossal arches make the rounds

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Rounded.  The first entry that I put together for this challenge was from Nature, so why not one that is man-made this time?

There is a lot of structures that are rounded, as the arch is one of the quintessential load-distribution mechanisms in architecture. The arch spans a large area by resolving downward forces into compressive stresses along its curved shape. The first arches appeared in the 2nd millennium BCE in Mesopotamia and were perfected by the Romans to build structures that still stand across the ages.

Take a look back into history with the set of arches on display here…

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Colosseum View

The Colosseum has withstood both time and earthquakes (and pollution) to still stand proud in the 21st century!

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.