Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Bell towers and blue domes - the signature of Greece.
Colorful pastels and Mediterranean charm. I was here in August, 2008.
Tiny paths, whitewashed buildings, narrow walkways - and the blue Mediterranean waters. It is such a picturesque place. The shopping was a lot of fun. A lot of symbols of Greece - jewelry and many other items with the symbol of infinity.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Taormina, Italy is a quaint little town to just walk around on your own. You start on one end and walk all the way to the other, until you reach the grand theater. I spent most of my time at the theater because it offered spectacular views of the blue mediterranean waters with the ship drifting peacefully in the background.
This is an nice view of the theater from the back.
I did a lot of climbing up and down those steps! I tried to shoot from all angles and had to work around the sun - and the ship drifting. I was there in August of 2008 and it was very hot.
Little shops line the streets to and from the theater.
Love the blue hues of the Mediterranean.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Park Guell was designed by Antoni Gaudi and all the mosaic is so hard to describe unless you have actually been there to see it. The two buildings (above) on either side of the entrance bear a striking resemblance to the houses from the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. I was dying for my other camera and a good zoom lens, these buildings were so fun to photograph.
I wish I could have spent more time in the park, but my battery ended things for me. I also had to get back to the hop on hop off bus to get back on the route that picked me up and dropped me off in front of my hotel. One day is not enough in Barcelona.
In the park "marketplace" there are 86 columns, with mosaic rosettes of suns and moons in the ceiling.
I had one day to spend in Barcelona and I specifically wanted to see La Sagrada Familia. I had been on a cruise and made a detour on the way home to spend one night in Barcelona. I had one day to see as much as I could. I was having camera problems and had to rely on my point-and-shoot with it's limited battery.
The detail on this building is absolutely amazing. I could have stayed there all day and photographed this beautiful place, it was stunning.The inside of this building is also stunning. This is the view looking up - the vaults in the ceiling and the amazing stained glass.