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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?

Travel theme: decoration

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I found these in a shopping mall near Tarsus in Turkey

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the Royal Pavilion at Chiang Mai

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Venetian masks on sale at the Christmas market in Strasbourg

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Christmas decorations in Strasbourg

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Deruta, city of ceramics, Italy

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wall art in London’s Portobello Road

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graffiti – decoration or desecration? this is a climbing wall in Hamburg

Ailsa’s travel theme

Travel theme: brown

Ailsa challenged us to share our “brown” photos this week, in all its various shades

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label that came with an item of beachwear a friend bought. I love the stitched and vintage effects.

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coffee-roasting house in the Speicherstadt area of Hamburg

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new Deichstrasse in Hamburg

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volute shells (with their live animals inside them) which will provide a tasty snack, when cooked, to someone in Phnom Penh

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as will these dried fish also on sale in Phnom Penh

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intricate carvings at the temple of Banteay Srei in Cambodia

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living condtions for the less fortunate in Siem Reap, Cambodia

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fishing in the muddy waters of Tonle Sap, Cambodia

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happy, smiling faces of schoolgirls out on a visit in New Delhi

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India

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the Taj Mahal museum

Hamburg

The last weekend in March we went to Hamburg in northern Germany. It was our first visit there and we didn’t really know what to expect. What we found was a beautiful, open city with masses of greenery – the result of much of the city being destroyed first by fire and then by the war. Unfortunately the weather was bitterly cold with flurries of snow which meant that sightseeing wasn’t a high priority. However, what we saw was enough to make us hope to return again later in the year.
I did venture out one afternoon as I particularly wanted to visit the Speicherstadt – the warehouse district and the neighbouring Harbour City, a new dockland development of waterside living accommodation.

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a graffiti-covered climbing wall near our hotel

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view of the new Elbe Philharmonie building – astronomically expensive and still not finished. It’s likely to get even more expensive as the builders are encountering unexpected problems

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Being a fan of Tolkien myself, I couldn’t resist photographing this sailing boat

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the lemon seller

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buildings at the back of the Deichstrasse

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how the Deichstrasse might have liked in days gone by

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what it looks like now

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tucked away in a tiny alley near the church of St Michaelis is a minute alley consisting of a row of tiny houses originally consisted in 1620 for the widows of small traders. They were taken over by the city in 1863 and used as old people’s homes until 1969. Now they are just a tourist attraction. The one in the photo has been renovated to look as it might have originally done. The rest are shops or cafes.

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a wonderful sealife bas relief on one of the official buildings

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views of the Speicherstadt or warehouse district

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a coffee roasting house with the most delicious smells wafting out of its chimneys

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the Wasserschloss, a cafe in the warehouse district, situated at the confluence of 2 canals

I was much intrigued by some publicity advertising a show in the national art gallery
, which we didn’t manage to see, entitled “ornithopoesie” (literally bird poetry) by the artist Georg Jappe, who said that “birds are the landscape’s memory”.