Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #020

Easy as pie, so where am I?

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

The 19th one in the series was fairly easy to identify, so I’ll give you another relatively easy one. However, for extra credit: where was I standing to take this photo? And, no, I was not standing on the grass 🙂

Cloudy skies with both old and new…

Easy as pie, so where exactly am I?

I expect that this is going to be guessed within the hour, so precision will matter!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 180

Colors and flavors everywhere!

Welcome to the 180th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you very much for a great array of groceries from all over the world! I was not surprised by the variety that you brought to this theme, as I’ve experienced a lot of the amazing locations that all of you have covered in your travels!! It really brightened my mood to see your photos and narratives and there were some extremely funny posts among the contributions!!

Hope you’re already having fun with this week’s theme!

Here are some more groceries…

The Markthal

This photo was taken inside the Markthal (Market Hall) in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This building provides an indoor market, where you can find a great variety of foods, interesting restaurants and living space! The gigantic curved space created by the arching structure also functions as an apartment building! Imagine living above and around the market and going for some quick, fresh food within steps from your front door!

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Nicole kicks off the week with a great shoppe in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme: it really gives me the feeling of taking us back to the days of Dickens!
  2. Sarah focus on a very popular part of groceries in her post in By Sarah! Those cheeses look amazing and make me want to get a taste of them!
  3. The town of Chabanais is well-represented in this week’s contribution in theOnlyD800intheHameau; those colors are simply stunning!
  4. A wonderful trip takes us to the market in Bangkok with a lovely photo in Take a Walk… and Discover!
  5. There’s a lot of truth in the post in Don’t Hold Your Breath: there’s nothing like getting fresh fruits and vegetables right from the farm to the market, as is evident in Kenya!
  6. Na’ama proves that children’s words ring true in her post in Na’ama Yehuda: a salad is just not a salad without a good variety of colors!
  7. Diane shares a wonderful comparison on grocery costs in her post in pensivity101: I like the idea of getting fresher food for less!
  8. Maria clearly enjoys visiting food markets, such as in Budapest and Barcelona, as we can see in Kamerapromenader; wonderful color on those wares!
  9. In a fantastic post in Life Amazing we get to enjoy some of the traditional markets in Turkey; they look stunning!
  10. Elizabatz takes us to La Merced market in Mexico City in Albatz Travel Adventures; the variety of the offerings is truly amazing!
  11. Jase may be seeing vapor trails, but the post in Proscenium is really cool, as long as we get from the farm to the kitchen!
  12. Brian always has a wonderful outlook on the world around him in his posts in bushboys world; I urge you to go check out his post and find the funnies!
  13. Jackie takes us to a fancy market in Toronto in her post in Junk Boat Travels, where the food looks good enough to eat!
  14. Woolly reminds us of those wonderful shopping carts, where each wheel wants to go in a different direction, in a lovely post in Woolly Muses; pass me the watermelon please!
  15. Cath takes us to some wonderful markets in her blog, Cath’s Camera! I’m definitely partial to the Parisian market!
  16. Eric shares an amazing view of the market in his post in Up North, as this Peruvian market has a charm all of its own!
  17. Cee shares some magnificent shots of stunning groceries in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges! Awesome variety!
  18. Deb has the absolutely freshest produce in her post in Twenty-Four, and it looks ready to pick!
  19. Olga has an eye for some of the more unusual produce that we get this time of year in Stuff and what if…; those gourds are cool, but the chanterelle is tops!
  20. Teressa brings a model into her photos in another lovely post in Another LQQK; fantastic trip to the grocery store!
  21. The posts in iball round the world are alway of great locations, and the Marché Bastille in Paris is no exception! And to provide some great contrast, the second market in iball around the world is in India; it’s great to see both the similarities and differences!
  22. David takes the approach of groceries past in a gorgeous photo in his post in David M’s Photoblog; the abandonment of this store gives an eerie feeling…
  23. The spirit of the season is reflected in another fantastic post in Beautiful Photographs; Halloween looks pretty interesting!
  24. Yes, there are times that the groceries can wait, as we see in Land of Images; time to get the pot of gold first!
  25. Susan captures one of those great moments 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!
  26. Robert brings us a stunning set of night photos in Photo Roberts Blog, as he visits the market in Hamburg at night.
  27. That tomato blew my mind in a great post in Chateaux des Fleurs; even for beefsteak tomatoes, that one is a giant!
  28. Sometimes what catches the eye is just perfect, which we see in Heart 2 Heart; that is a great market display!
  29. This week’s photo shared in sgeoil is one of those images that really paints a picture and brings it all together as a unified composition. Well done!
  30. Of course, I had to laugh reading the awesome post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0! Now, I know what Grandma Friendly groceries are!
  31. Debbie has the most interesting travel destinations, as we can see in Travel with Intent! Zanzibar has a fantastic market and it made me smile to see where Superbowl shirts wind up!
  32. Tatiana provides us with a magnificent exploration of markets in Mexico in her blog Travelways; the colors and experience of being there come across wonderfully!
  33. I love the market we get to see in the lovely post in A Day in the Life, as I could see myself picking up a lot of products there!

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

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Tourism

At any scale…

Welcome to week 181 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! Due to some family circumstances, I haven’t completed last week’s round up yet, but will later tonight.

From all the groceries that I saw flying by on my screen over the past week, I know that I have a lot to look forward to! As that had me in a Dutch mood, I thought that it might be interesting to scour my photos from the frequent travels to the Netherlands for some more material. As a result, I thought that Tourism might be an apt theme for this week! From all the travel images that I’ve seen over the years from lots of my loyal contributors, I’m sure there might be a wealth of opportunity here!

So share some of your favorite spots from among your travels and tell us a bit about why you enjoyed it! Can’t wait to see the avalanche of material!!

From my tourism collection, I thought I’d give you two views of one building…

The Rotterdam Library in real life…
The Rotterdam Library in Madurodam…

These images come from a single trip and were taken 2 days apart. In the top image, you get to see Central Library in Rotterdam in its full glory bathed in warm Winter light; it’s an interesting building and the inscription at the top reads ‘Heel de aarde is je vaderland’: ‘the entire earth is your home country’, attributed to Erasmus. The lower image shows you the model of this library in Madurodam, which is a wonderful exhibit in The Hague, featuring models of a variety of noteworthy buildings from across the entire country of the Netherlands. The exhibit is updated as new buildings come into prominence, but, of course, many of the old favorites will always be there!

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)!!

Let’s see what your traveling has produced!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Groceries

This little piggy went to market!

Welcome to week 180 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After rocking those stone photos for the past week, I have worked up an appetite! As I was browsing through images, I came across this one from my travels, which made me wonder: everyone in the world gets their Groceries somewhere, but where might that be? So, for this week’s challenge, share where groceries are acquired, either where you live or somewhere along your travels. I think it will be interesting to get a global view of groceries!

I look forward to seeing all your fun contributions to this week!

There’s some variety of items here…

Variety is the key at this stall!

This shot goes back to a February day in Rotterdam, when we visited the market to get some wares for the week; this market is pretty good size, even during Winter. As the Netherlands is a significant producer of fruits and vegetables, the variety is always pretty good. Utilizing greenhouses for growing, the season becomes nearly year-round for many produce items.

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)!!

Let’s get something to eat and take a photo or two!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 179

Stones, many shapes and sizes!

Welcome to the 179th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

You truly rocked the theme of Stone this week with an amazing array of posts that each showcased your creative minds and eyes! Each of you brought your own personal touch to these posts and I was truly surprised by some of your entries! Thank you for all the effort you put into these posts, and I hope that you will enjoy reading each other’s posts, as much as I did.

I might have something in mind for the next theme!!

Stone structures and the uses of stone are amazing…

Looking into the Oratory

This is a view that we encountered in Ireland, as we visited the largest island in Loch Leane, Innisfallen; the ruins of a monastery stand on this island with the walls of the oratory giving us an idea of wha the past may have been like.

Please enjoy the following blog posts:

  1. Sarah starts this week off with some rather special stones that carry a message from the past in her post in By Sarah! Let’s heed the message!
  2. Ann-Christine brings us an amazing view of stone in many shapes in her post in To See A World in a Grain of Sand…. A very broad fence and much more great stonework!
  3. This week, we get another great photo in Land of Images; it was great to see the remnants of Duntulm Castle there, as I have seen it with my own eyes!
  4. I very much enjoyed the photos for our theme in the post in Beautiful Photographs; that boy is pretty quiet! A second post in Beautiful Photographs is filled with gorgeous images!
  5. Shelley has a very cool approach to the theme in her post in Quaint Revival; I expect nothing less and am not disappointed with her great post!
  6. The amazing photograph in theOnlyD800intheHameau features some serious stone, as the view of Chartres Cathedral is magnificent!
  7. Cath shares a set of stunning photos in her blog, Cath’s Camera! There’s some amazing stone content here!
  8. Brian has a number of wonderful stone shots in his post in bushboys world; and to top it off, there’s some great Mott the Hoople!
  9. Diane brings some wonderful uses for stone that are demonstrated in her post in pensivity101; weather forecasting …
  10. In Xenia’s fantastic post in Whippetwisdom, we visit Loch Morlich and catch some great stones and a tanka! Xenia brings us a second post in Tranature, which has stunning shots of water flowing over stones and a haiku to match!
  11. Na’ama speaks of the strength of stone with a lovely poem in her post in Na’ama Yehuda; its shape stands the test of time!
  12. Nicole takes us to a great location in her post in Une Photo, Un Poéme: the Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chamber in North Wales; stunning locale!
  13. A wonderful post in The Jesh Studio takes us to a very Scandinavian view of Southern California, with stunning stone work!
  14. Maria brings us multiple views of stones in another great post in Kamerapromenader; which view speaks to you?
  15. This week in Chateaux des Fleurs, we get a stunning view of stones, some arranged to tell a message!
  16. Jackie photographs a wonderful set of uses for stone in Junk Boat Travels, ranging from amazing monuments to paths and memorials!
  17. In a first contribution to our challenge from The Ministry of Shrawley Walks, we get a truly interesting view of local stones!
  18. Jase may be wondering about the uneven WordPress behavior in their post in Proscenium, so let’s make sure we go check out that photo!!
  19. A great post in queennandini, we get to see a significant variety of stones, some of which are dazzling!
  20. With a lovely photograph in Stine Writing, Christine shares a great view of interesting stones!
  21. A rather interesting arrangement of stones occurs in this week’s contribution in Take a Walk… and Discover!
  22. Sober, cold stone might be featured in the post in Don’t Hold Your Breath; these stones are filled with meaning and emotion!
  23. Viveka takes us to the Visitation Stone in a stunning post in her blog, myguiltypleasures; this place is an amazing memorial.
  24. The images in MyTravelCSP showcase what great artists can achieve in stone; these carvings are true masterpieces!
  25. A fantastic post in Len Journeys takes us to some of the most stunning stonework structures on the planet; definitely have some of them on my bucket list!
  26. Sandy’s post in Out of My Write Mind has some rather sheer views of rock faces! Certainly don’t want to misstep there!
  27. With lovely photos we get a fantastic view of stones in Anita’s Images; those are perfectly shot!
  28. See brings us an amazing set of stones in her post in Cee’s Photo Challenges! Go check them out!
  29. Elizabatz shows us the sights of Galley Head Cliffs, Castle and Light House in Albatz Travel Adventures; those cliffs are truly interesting! In a second post in Albatz Travel Adventures, we end up in the town of Timoleague with fantastic ruins!
  30. Kammie brings us some rather interesting stone constructions in her post in Nut House Central; great post!
  31. Tatiana features an amazing locale in her blog Travelways; she shows us the Tulum Maya ruins, which are stunning!
  32. Woolly brings us magnificent examples of stone in his post in Woolly Muses; interesting blue stone!
  33. David always has gorgeous photos in his posts in David M’s Photoblog; this week is no exception with some real stunners!
  34. This week’s post in Kanlaon shows us some of the shapes that stone can take!
  35. Hannah’s photo in her post in Zebra’s Child is straightforward, and very much to the point of the theme! Well done!
  36. Eric has a fantastic shot in Up North, where the stone stairs are definitely going to be a real climb!
  37. Debbie features a simple stunning image in her post in Travel with Intent! The Shetlands look gorgeous!
  38. In another wonderful post in Travel with Tech, we get to visit Hollyrood Palace and the amazing stone structures that have stood the test of time!
  39. Ken takes us to visit some interesting burial stones in his post in Pictures without Film; it looks like Trefignath, Anglesey, will be a great place to visit!
  40. Stone is a great source of inspiration for art, as we can see in Heart 2 Heart; those are very lovely!
  41. Jez features a variety of stones in Jez Braithwaite, which range from destiny to decoration and all around!
  42. Deb shares some stones in her post in Twenty-Four, which look rather precariously positioned!
  43. Klara brings us a bit of wedding on the rocks in Sliku Svoju Ljubim II, as the happy couple is being photographed on a breakwater!
  44. Amy takes us on a tour of how she processes a cool photo in Photography Journal Blog on its way to becoming a stunning image!
  45. A wonderful photo in f2.8 iso100 takes us into a beautiful stone garden in Chandigarh!
  46. Teressa finds some truly intricate stone construction in her post in Another LQQK; wonderful post!
  47. Susan shares a wonderful piece of stone work in her post in Musin’ with Susan; cruising down the Danube must have been wonderful! Also, please check out Susan’s week in review in Musin’ with Susan!
  48. Another wonderful post in One Letter Up – Diary 2.0 brings back some of the early settler stone architecture; using what the land provides!
  49. Anita brings us some rather interesting stone views in For the Love of…, which are both reminders of past and present!
  50. Ulli takes us to a rather stony beach in Suburban Tracks, which looks gorgeous, but not ideal for putting a blanket down and relaxing…
  51. A wonderful stone photograph in sgeoil, which reminds us of the life that exists in each stone…
  52. We also get a wonderful contribution on this week’s theme in A Day in the Life, where stone even gets enjoyed by a bird!

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

Friday Mystery Location – 2019 #019

As a golden sun sets…

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

Number 18 wasn’t all bad, as some keen observers figured it out pretty handily.

For this week, it’s another relatively easy one…

Which city presents this skyline?

Sunset Skyline

I expect that with a city of this size, there will be more than one person being able to figure out this week’s location.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Stone

Round and round roll the stones…

Welcome to week 179 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

After a week of fuzzy logic, images and beings, I thought it might be a good time to turn to something a bit more permanent. So, I cam to think of Stone as a theme, which, to my surprise, I hadn’t used before. Of course, Stone is all around the globe at various levels, as some rise well above the horizon and others are submerged or buried under sand and dirt. There are many ways you can look at Stone, from the shiny and sparkly to the mundane granite pavers. Stone comes in many varieties, so please take on this challenge and find some of your favorite versions. Don’t worry about what Bob Dylan said, as we don’t all have to get stoned!

Have fun with this theme and bring back some cool stones to share with everyone!

Here’s a rather impressive stone fort…

An Chathair Gheal
Going back through the ages

The Cahergall Stone Fort was a rather serendipitous find during our trip to Ireland this year; as we were driving around the Ring of Kerry, I decided to take a little detour, which led us to a local farmer, who was showcasing one of his lambs for people to admire and pet. He also told us about some of the forts that were nearby, so we went to visit them and I was very impressed!

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)!!

Turn over a stone or two to find the stone that tickles your creative fancy!