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.
Immediately two buildings
came to mind.
…Dubai’s Burj Khalifa Tower, and…
…Sydney’s, Opera House.
While in Dubai I was told that ‘Burj‘
is Arabic for Tower.
Our impulse visit was to
…and our pre-planned visit was to
Burj Al Arab….
…for its 7 course High Tea,
200 metres above sea level,
in the Burj Al Arab’s
…a visit to the…
For sheer enormity visit the Burj Khalifa.
At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories,
Burj Khalifa holds the following records:
Tallest building in the world.
Tallest free-standing structure in the world.
Highest number of stories in the world.
At 555 metres (1,821 ft) high,
At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY
on Level 148 offers visitors
a wonderful opportunity to capture
unmatched views of Dubai.
Geelong Coffee Shop.
Hotel Langham Melbourne.
Pre Dawn, Geelong.
Auckland (NZ) Airport lights
Geelong Boat Lights
Some farewell entertainment at
Sausage Tree Safari Camp…
…near the end of our first
African Safari, 2013.
Dubai fire dancer.
Whakarewarewa Maori Village dancers,
All images shot with a Nikon D90 DSLR
fitted with a Sigma 18-250mm lens.
I have included the 35mm equivalent for comparison.
Marvellous how a lens can manipulate distance.
These images capture from
the Burj Khalifa’s 148th level.
Focal length 22mm. (equals 35mm eqiv)
…and with 250mm focal length. (equals 400mm eqiv)
The Eiffel Tower 324 metres high
appears taller than it is..
However standing at 828 metres high
dwarfs the surrounding city.
From the viewing area in the
Burj Khalifa Tower
the Dubai Mall Fountain
is barely visible.
And yet those buildings are
four or five stories high.
Closer to home…
Avenue of Honour,
Roll of Honour,
Avenue of Honour,
Still in Australia…
El Alamein Fountain,
Inside looking out.
With our branding legislation as it is,
it is difficult to know if this sign means
the whole train or the window
to which the sign is affixed.
Outside looking in.
Commuter train arriving at
Geelong North Station
MGW loved these trains because ladies and children
sit apart from male train travellers.
A Rhineland train.
A Melbourne train from Melbourne’s Sofitel Hotel.
We were there for breakfast after our
Hot Air balloon flight over Melbourne.
The view is from the male public toilets.