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)
a climbing wall in Hamburg
work in progress, in London’s Portobello Road
St Basil, Goreme open air museum, Cappadocia, Turkey
the beautiful, painted interior of the Jesuits church in Vienna
the red room in Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka
the royal rock temple, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Sue’s word of the week . Did you share any photos of murals this week?
I found these in a shopping mall near Tarsus in Turkey
the Royal Pavilion at Chiang Mai
Venetian masks on sale at the Christmas market in Strasbourg
Christmas decorations in Strasbourg
Deruta, city of ceramics, Italy
wall art in London’s Portobello Road
graffiti – decoration or desecration? this is a climbing wall in Hamburg
Ailsa’s travel theme
Ailsa challenged us to share our “brown” photos this week, in all its various shades
label that came with an item of beachwear a friend bought. I love the stitched and vintage effects.
coffee-roasting house in the Speicherstadt area of Hamburg
new Deichstrasse in Hamburg
volute shells (with their live animals inside them) which will provide a tasty snack, when cooked, to someone in Phnom Penh
as will these dried fish also on sale in Phnom Penh
intricate carvings at the temple of Banteay Srei in Cambodia
living condtions for the less fortunate in Siem Reap, Cambodia
fishing in the muddy waters of Tonle Sap, Cambodia
happy, smiling faces of schoolgirls out on a visit in New Delhi
the Taj Mahal museum
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.
a graffiti-covered climbing wall near our hotel
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
Being a fan of Tolkien myself, I couldn’t resist photographing this sailing boat
the lemon seller
buildings at the back of the Deichstrasse
how the Deichstrasse might have liked in days gone by
what it looks like now
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.
a wonderful sealife bas relief on one of the official buildings
views of the Speicherstadt or warehouse district
a coffee roasting house with the most delicious smells wafting out of its chimneys
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”.