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travel theme: sugar

Sugar or salt? Although I’m more of a salty person there are times when I can’t resist sugary things, or rather taking photos of sugary things.

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chocolate goodies for sale in Bristol’s Southville market

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the ultimate cake

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a scrumptious piece of Sachertorte, consumed in the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg, Austria, birthplace of this sinfully delicious cake

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my coffees never look this good

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spice cakes on sale in Strasbourg Christmas market

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natural sugar on a star fruit tree

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“Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. Slugs and snails and puppy dog’s tails, that’s what little boys are made of.” So ran a popular saying when I was a child.

Ailsa is to blame for making me post these!

travel theme: enlightened

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Luang Prabang, Laos

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whirling dervish, N. Cyprus

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enlightened by sunrise in Yala park, Sri Lanka

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enlightened in Austria’s Losium

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A Vietnamese poem hat – you can only see the figures when the hat is held up to a light source

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Hoi An lantern festival, Vietnam

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young lantern sellers in Hoi An

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awaiting the enlightenment of Angkor Wat at dawn

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sunset at Bagan, Myanmar

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Shwedagon pagoda at night, Myanmar

Did you illustrate Enlightened?

DP weekly photo challenge: partners

Partners and partnerships come in many forms:

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the twin towers of Hangar 7, Salzburg

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a street musician in Salzburg

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a man and his bicycle in Salzburg

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the most sublime partnership – chocolate cake and coffee in the Café Sacher, Salzburg

WPC: state of mind

Weekly photo challenge

Sometimes, this is how I feel in the morning
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ready to take on the world
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all set for a journey
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ready for mischief
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hungry
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a little light music in the garden
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or quiet contemplation
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blinded by the light
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at the end of the day, a bit ragged around the edges
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ready for bed
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although I don’t think I would choose to sleep in Vincent Van Gogh’s bed …..

DP photo challenge: time

Fleeting time, passage of time, I’ve no time, quality time, quiet time, thinking time, me time, time out, slow time, quick time, tempus fugit – have you ever stopped to think how often expressions of time appear in our thoughts, feelings or spoken words?

Clockwatching:

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the mediaeval clock in Wells cathedral, is an astronomical clock

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Wimborne Minster also has an astronomical clock
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Vienna has a famous clock too – the Hoher Markt Clock (Ankeruhr). A large gilded clock also known as the dancing clock, in Jugendstil style (the local version of Art Nouveau). The clock spans a small alley, the Bauernmarkt. It was commissioned by the insurance company Der Anker – hence its name – and was constructed in 1917 after a design by Franz Matsch. When the clock strikes 12 all the figures dance across the clock face

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clock outside a barber’s shop in Clifton, Bristol

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read the text from top to bottom and then again from bottom to top – carved in a pavement in Blandford Forum, UK

View other people’s concepts of Time

word a week: raindrop

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raindrops keep falling on my head …
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the Belvedere museum complex in Vienna has thoughtfully provided a large framed mirror so that people can take the perfect selfie with the Upper Belvedere in the background. On the day we visited it was pouring with rain.

Sharing with Skinnywench

word a week photo challenge: mural

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. (Wikipedia)

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a climbing wall in Hamburg

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Brussels

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work in progress, in London’s Portobello Road

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St Basil, Goreme open air museum, Cappadocia, Turkey

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the beautiful, painted interior of the Jesuits church in Vienna

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the red room in Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka

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the royal rock temple, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Sue’s word of the week . Did you share any photos of murals this week?

weekly photo challenge: descent

Even if we didn’t manage to descend to the bottom of St Patrick’s well in Orvieto, Italy my glasses did. I leaned out to take a photo looking down the well and my camera jogged against my glasses knocking them off. I watched, horrified, as they bounced off the window ledge and then down into the void over 100 metres below…. We were at the beginning of our day’s outing and still had places to go. To make matters worse on our return to the hotel, when I put my spare pair of glasses on one of the lenses fell out of its frame. It was a public holiday just before a weekend and it was 3 days before I could get them repaired. Of such joys is life made!

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the cascate delle marmore at nearby Terni

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the chairlift down to Gubbio

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Cappadocia

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descent from Schafberg, Austria

When I was looking for suitable images for this challenge, although I found lots looking up various staircases, I had none looking down. I wonder why that is. Note to self – must take the occasional shot looking down a staircase

How did you interpret this week’s challenge?

travel theme: numbers

It would appear that, unlike Ailsa, I’ve accumulated a fair few photos of numbers during my travels:

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some numbers in Bali:

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and the Ankeruhr clock in Vienna:

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when this clock strikes 12 at midday all the 12 figures process across the face of the clock

Mandarin Orange Monday 116: Teapot

On a recent visit to Vienna’s Naschmarkt I spotted the perfect photo shot of a teapot shaped like Aladdin’s lamp to share with Mandarin Orange Monday.

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Topaz 4 cartoon effect

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with map overlay

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kaleidoscope effect created with Pixlr