A variety of Towers towering over
their respective landscape.
I’m not sure why the Tower of London was so named.
Google to the rescue:
It was founded towards the end of 1066
as part of the Norman Conquest of England.
The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name,
was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was
a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted
upon London by the new ruling elite.
And now I know 🙂
Closer to home is…..
…Auckland’s Sky Tower in New Zealand.
Using your imagination it could be
described as similar to Sydney’s Tower.
The major point of difference is that we
celebrated Number 2 Daughter-in-Law’s birthday
with dinner in the Auckland Sky Tower in 2018.
Many of my photos I remember taking,
not so this one over Paris…
…not from the top observation point.
Alas we only made it to the
second observation deck.
I guess we should be happy to have made
it up the Eiffel Tower at all,
because we did not set foot inside the
Giotto Bell Tower in Florence, in Italy.
I think we may have paid more than we should have,
to visit the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa
(Burj meaning Tower, so I was told).
However, it was a wonderful, last day, experience
and we thought some pricey
souvenir photos worthwhile.
High Tea at the Burj Al Arab was our
main reason for a stopover in Dubai.
Again, not something to do on a weekly basis
but a wonderful experience.
We nudged the local retail economy along
with a new set of clothes each, for the occasion,
and felt human after living in the same
traveller kit for four weeks.
These Towers are springing up
all over the Western District.
Almost at our back door, on the farm,
is a wind farm of over 100 towers
claimed to be the largest in
the Southern Hemisphere.
May have been when built,
but no longer so, I suspect.
In Florence, hot, weary looking for
a cold drink and a place to sit for a while.
I ordered iced coffee…expecting a glass
of coffee flavoured milk, some ice and
at least one if not two scoops
of ice-cream to help
further chill the liquid.
Needless-to-say I was surprised to see
this cocktail/martini glass in front of me.
It did contain iced coffee.
Very strong coffee and some ice.
It was definitely a case of,
When in Florence, do as the Florentines do.
And I did.
Probably Australia’s best known bridge.
Auckland Harbour Bridge, New Zealand.
A small rural bridge in
New Zealand’s North Island.
Finally a bridge from my primary years of schooling.
Whoever said some of the old methods
of teaching are wrong is incorrect.
Or maybe I am getting older and cannot remember
what I had for breakfast, but can remember incidents
and conversations which occurred nearly 60 years ago,
as if it were yesterday. 🙂
Perseus with the Head of Medusa~~~~~
My unusual is the statue of
Perseus with the Head of Medusa
By the time we reached Florence the thinking part
of my brain must have been on permanent hibernation.
I remember asking myself what Perseus standing on
and what was he holding.
a bunch of grapes in his hand.
I did say I was tired!!! 🙂
On a warm Florentine day we opted for
a cool drink and a few minutes rest.
When I ordered an iced-coffee
I was thinking of a tall large glass,
filled with icy-cold milk, some ice and ice-cream
with a hint of coffee taste.
My dreams were different to that which I received.
Refreshing but not what I would
call a normal iced coffee.
Then again visitors to Australia will also
receive an abnormal drink when
ordering an iced coffee.
When in Rome (or Florence, in this case)
do as the locals do because that is
half the fun of travelling.
see or perceive briefly or partially.
Each morning of our European holiday,
our tour director would begin with the phrase…
‘...well you’ve done (insert city name),
tonight we will be in (insert city name)…’
While I thoroughly enjoyed our trip…
a glimpse of each city…the highlights.
The following year I returned
to Arras in France for a
Western Front Battlefields tour.
Because I was in Arras for 5 nights
I think I enjoyed that brief trip
as much as any of the cities
we visited the previous year.