Art, Creativity, Photography, Travel, Writing

Archive for the ‘travel theme’ Category

travel theme: names

What’s in a name?

200908290438_Sandwich-no-name-street

in Sandwich, Kent

201007070049_Sault

“aperitif square” – what a wonderful name for a place where you can enjoy an aperitif and more

Condom-sign

The mayor of this village in France wondered for a long time why so many people wanted to be photographed next to the sign bearing the name of his village. Once someone told him, he decided to capitalise on it and established a museum dedicated to condoms. People from all over the world have contributed all shapes and sizes ….

20170119_0255-Ronnies-sex-shop

Ronnie’s shop on Route 62 in South Africa was renamed Ronnie’s sex shop after a drunken evening when some of his mates decided to change the name of his café to attract more customers

20170119_0258

Surprisingly you can get some OK snacks at this café despite its somewhat unappealing name

Click here to see more names that people have discovered

Advertisements

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.

201308180140-cupcakes

chocolate goodies for sale in Bristol’s Southville market

20170501_3817-cake-w600
the ultimate cake

20140830_1385-Salzburg-Sachertorte_resize

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

20160318_6261-coffee_resize
my coffees never look this good

200612110076_Christmas-Strasbourg-market-spiced-ckes
spice cakes on sale in Strasbourg Christmas market

201111260273_star-fruit-tree
natural sugar on a star fruit tree

201007090197_dessert
dessert

“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: flavour

I have been lucky enough to travel to lots of interesting places and have tasted some wonderful (and not so wonderful) food.

a roadside food vendor in India

IMG_9963_roadside-food-vendor

food catering on an industrial scale for the many pilgrims visiting the golden temple of Amritsar

20130213_9691-Amritsar-food-preparation_resize

freshly squeezed orange juice on sale in India

IMG_9426-orange-juice-vendor

snake gourds in Sri Lanka

IMG_6784-Dambulla-wholesale-produce-market-snake-gourds

my birthday cake, Thai style

201202250367_birthday-cake

the “strained through an old sock” method of making fresh coffee in Chiang Mai, Thailand

20120121_2258_coffee

Get your taste buds salivating courtesy of Ailsa’s post on the subject of flavour

Travel theme: seeds

I’ve always been fascinated with seeds and seed heads – they make such interesting silhouettes.

Here are some of my seed photos:

20170303_4663-sausage-tree-seedpod

This is a huge seedpod – you can see its size up against the lens cap from my camera. It’s from the sausage tree, found in Botswana. You definitely wouldn’t want to be standing under the tree when one of these drops off!

201003060257

freshly picked lotus seed heads – the seeds are considered a great delicacy and taste a bit like hazel nuts or almonds

20120129_3017_annato-tree-seeds
seeds and pods from the Annato tree (this is where henna comes from)

20170603_4507-nigella-seedheads
Nigella aka Love-in-the-mist seedpods – they produce flowers varying in colour from white through pink to deep blue and self-seed easily

20170603_4510-poppy-heads
how could I not include an image of poppies and their distinctive seed pods

20170610_4649-giant-thistle-head
these giant thistleheads can often be found nailed to the front doors of houses in Southern France as protection against the evil eye

20170611_4687-thistle-heads
more thistles

20170611_4696-thistle-head

and finally, two pieces of artwork created using seeds and seedpods by Marie Noelle Fontan

20140806_0536-Marie-Noelle-Fontan-exhibition

20140806_0545-Marie-Noelle-Fontan-exhibition

View more seeds by following the links on Ailsa’s post

travel theme: paper

some of my paper-themed photos

201101250101_recycled-paper-bag
a carrier bag made of recycled magazine pages in Thailand

20150131_2006-Sule-paya-paper-parasols-w
paper parasols on sale at the Sule paya in Yangon, Myanmar

20150623_6986-paper-boats
paper boats in a shop window in Zieriksee, Holland

201304130341-paper-hearts
paper heart decorations in a shop window in the UK

see more paper via Ailsa’s blog

travel theme: hills

IMG_6644-Sigiriya-1st-view
Does this count as a hill or a mountain? Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

20130118_7658-hill-country-Kandy-w
tea plantations in the hill country around Kandy, Sri Lanka

20150216_5163-Sagaing-w
20150216_5170-Sagaing-w
Sagaing hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire hillside is covered with Buddhist temples and gilded stupas

201104120120_Apt-early-morning
early morning in Provence

201412260028
shafts of sunlight pouring down the hills in Northern Cyprus

20130528_5643_St-Hilarion-view_Vga
view from St Hilarion castle, Northern Cyprus

20130524_5569-Kyrenia-harbour_Vga
view of Kyrenia/Girne harbour with hills behind, Northern Cyprus

Ailsa’s inspirational “hill”s are here, along with links to many others.

Travel theme: sound

Some years ago we visited a sound installation, called “Harmonic Fields” in Dorset. If/when the wind blew the various “instruments” suspended on wires were supposed to reverberate or make a sound. Unfortunately on the day we visited there was very little wind, but it was still beautiful to look at.

20120831_6517-Harmonic-fields

20120831_6500-Harmonic-fields-arch

In Myanmar we saw one the largest bells ever cast, I can’t imagine what it might have sound like when struck. As you can see, most people feel the urge to bend down and creep inside the bell and then stand up and touch its interior. I love the girl standing behind my husband, just peeking out with a cheeky grin on her face.

20150216_5029-Mingun-bell-w

These smaller bells, hung around the eaves of a temple in Thailand, were much easier to hear.

20120117_1855_Doi-Suthep-bells

20050210019_bouche_a_loreille

This is a print by a friend of mine entitled “bouche à l’oreille” which could be loosely translated as “gossip”

Find out what “sound” means to Ailsa and co.