Lens-Artists Challenge #75 – Nostalgic

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Visiting the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience was a great way to walk back in time and see the way Irish whiskey was traditionally made.  I used this photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia several years ago.

In San Gimiango, Italy, it was fun to remember a time when letters went by mail rather than Internet!  I just loved the look of this letterbox–it would be so much fun to use something like this!  I would feel like a character from a novel.

 

In Pompeii, it was cool to see how buildings were constructed in ancient times, and also how they changed over the years.

You can find more nostalgia at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

Visiting Barcelona’s Parc Güell in the summer meant it was very hot and packed with tourists, but it was worth it to see the fabulous designs of Gaudí.  High above the city, it contains some interesting gardens and pieces of architecture.

Everything is in his trademark Moderisme style; even the benches are abstract versions of benches.

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The coolest things to me were all the amazing textures used, as well as the way he blended natural and artificial together.

You can find more abstractions at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Challenge #73 – COLD

When I think of cold climates, I think of mountains.  In the Picos de Europe in northern Spain, we took a cable car up to the mountains after spending the night at the parador there.

Though it was still summer, it’s always chilly up so high.  We hiked around for awhile and enjoyed the bracing air and the views.

You can find more cold at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #72–Waiting

Travel involves a lot of waiting, but sometimes it can be fun.  I often fill the waiting time by taking pictures.  One of my favorite “waiting” times on a cruise is waiting for the ship to set sail.  I love to be up on the deck, seeing all the sights.

In Barcelona, the port is pretty industrial, but there are still some good views of the city skyline in the distance as well as the beaches, and Montjuïc Cemetery on the hill.

 

Bon Voyage!

You can find more waiting at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71 – Creepy

When the city of Pompeii was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, it took several thousand of its citizens who were unable to escape with it.  The ash that covered the city helped to preserve it, giving us a unique insight into Roman life at that time.  But it also preserved the outlines of the people and animals that died, allowing plaster casts to be made, replicating the positions of victims when they died.  While I appreciated the historical parts of the city tour, seeing some of the casts was a bit disturbing.

 

Several of these are my husband’s photos; he took even more pictures than I did that day!  Pompeii was a pretty fascinating place, if a bit unsettling.

You can find more creepy crawlies at the original Lens-Artist challenge.