Category Archives: Travel

Travel Theme: Statues

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Statues.

I note the plural: Statues. So, here in one photo are hundreds of statues (click on the photo to see them more clearly), each helping to safeguard the city, on this day against surf of an unprecedented size

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San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 2008.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life, Take Two

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Street Life.

My first response was busy. This one is all leisure—

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Cromer, Norfolk, England.

North Versus South

By Vladimir Brezina

Different materials, but the same impulse. It’s a united country after all…

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San Diego Sunset Panorama

By Vladimir Brezina

The big picture—click on it to expand it…

San Diego sunset panorama

A Day at the Beach

By Vladimir Brezina

From dawn to dusk…

(click on any photo to start slideshow)

Travel Theme: Distance

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Distance.

Distant views from the Cordillera Central of Puerto Rico, October 2001.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

By Vladimir Brezina

This week’s Photo Challenge is Sea.

On the broad windswept beaches of England’s North Sea coast, the presence of the sea really forces itself upon your attention…

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(Norfolk, England, August 2001)

A second Sea post is here.

Travel Theme: Mountains

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Mountains.

Hmmm… The water that we kayak on is usually horizontal and the waves are usually not mountainous. So I don’t have many photos of mountains.

I have visited the Alps and the Rockies. But I’ve found that I like best the smaller mountain ranges that, with perhaps no more than a thousand feet of elevation, still look and feel like real mountains. You can climb them in the morning and still be back below for supper. Yet up there, you still have those sharp peaks, precipitous slopes, and—especially when the mist rolls in—that exposed, lonely thrill. And when the mist clears, there are sunlit views far into the lowlands, even as far as the sea.

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Where Is This?

By Vladimir Brezina

Once upon a time, I used to visit quite often a certain place that has lately been in the news.

Here it is in January.

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And in May.

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And in July…

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Where is it?

I’ll give you a hint:

The Telegraph: Scientists: This is Richard III

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Update February 9, 2013: This is Bosworth Field, about 15 miles west of Leicester, England.  On August 22, 1485, this happened here:

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In the Battle of Bosworth, the final battle of the Wars of the Roses, King Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, was killed, and Henry VII, the first king of the Tudor dynasty, came to the throne.

Richard’s skeleton has now been discovered buried under a car park in Leicester.

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

A Word A Week Challenge & Travel Theme: Island Shadows

By Vladimir Brezina

On A Word In Your Ear, Skinnywench’s photo challenge this week is Island. And on Where’s my backpack?, Ailsa’s is Shadows.

And the two just come together in my mind—warm turquoise waters, a strong tropical sun beating down, palm shadows…

Sort of like this—

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Glover’s Reef Atoll, Belize, 2010. More photos are here.