Amsterdam bubbles

May not be…


…the traditional bubble…




…however,it could…

….pass for a bubble before

the craftsman turned it…

…into a horse.



Cee’s-Hunt-for-Joy-Challenge:  Bubble




To begin with…




In Amsterdam we watched a glassblower…

…at work.

The finished product was far

better than the photo.

Souvenir of Africa



Glasses from a distance and…



…close up.


A Photo a Week Challenge:   Glass





All in italics is from Google. 

No correspondence entered into if you disagree  😉

I may be so far off the mark this week

it will be embarrassing.

I had to ask Google and my photos reflect

information found thereupon.


Amsterdam Railway Station,

The Netherlands

Amsterdam’s renown as a world book capital

has been present ever since the

Golden Age of the Dutch Republic

in the 17th century.




Which country has the greatest literature?


France is known internationally for Its

very rich culture, and literature

has shaped our lifestyle and culture

throughout centuries .


Finally, a surprise…end on a high note! 🙂

Edinburgh has been named as the

City of Literature.

One step behind Edinburgh is….

Melbourne, Victoria,


Melbourne City of Literature is a

City of Literature located in Victoria, Australia,

as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

It was designated by UNESCO in 2008

as the second City of Literature,

after Edinburgh.


Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Literary-Capitals

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Literary-Capitals

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Literary-Capitals

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:   Literary-Capitals







In June 2018 was the first time I had ever

The queue waiting to visit the Palace of Versailles.

Fortunately we were leaving.

Someone told me they came back near midnight

to get a tourist free photo of Trevi Fountain.


Tourists and locals alike mingle

on the corner opposite the

Amsterdam Railway Station.

MGW was nearly run down by a motorcyclist

who had run a red light.

She was lucky.


Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk217 – Tourists





used before the first of two (or occasionally more)
given alternatives (the other being introduced by ‘or’)

A stone from either of these images…

….assuming these had been real diamonds…

…would have been well above our budget.

This stone was valued at

42,000 Euro / $AUD 67,955 / $US 46,800.






*  (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.
*  (of a thing) not found in large numbers and so of interest or value.

Diamonds are said to ‘…be a girl’s best friend…’ 

However, they are not rare and the cost of

a diamond is manipulated by the amount

of diamonds mined and marketed.

Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are much rarer and,

therefore, far more expensive than diamonds.

However, a diamond cutter we visited in Amsterdam

valued this piece of carbon at

42,000 Euro / $AUD 67,955 / $US 46,800.

Well over my/our budget.






Again garden ornaments are few and far between

in our garden and not the type of thing

I normally photograph.

However, we did have these ‘Miss Saigon’ ornaments.

Did have because about three weeks after

this photo was taken…



…we think either a energetic young

kelpie and or Labrador cut the corner.

We searched high and low for another,

but no such luvk.

These were a gift for MGW’s last school when we moved

Our smallest ornament was some

solar powered tortoise lights.

They did work for a while.

Garden Art



And every time we pass this house I suggested

to MGW that we should think about getting

a plane ornament in our front yard.

My comment is a real conversation stopper! 🙂


Cee’s Black & White Challenge:  Lawn-Ornaments