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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-49

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Italy

Before we arrived for this short walk we were advised

that there would be some ‘public transport’ to assist

our journey from bus stop to town…about 300-400 metres.

Not far but by this stage I feet were glad of any respite.

Off the bus/coach and onto McDonald’s Express.

This was my first surprise.

A hidden Tower?

Even this morning many of Google’s photos

depict the Tower in what appears to be

an uncluttered field.

And walls like this to further add some mystery to the area.

Pisa Baptistery of St. John

Pisa Cathedral

And the Leaning Tower is actually

the Cathedral’s, Bell Tower.

WE had neither time or energy to climb to the top

and decided this was close enough.

After a few obligatory photos…

we began our walk back to our coach via the market stalls…

 

stopping only occasionally to view the wares on display.

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-Message

 

 

When I think of sending a message to someone these days I generally turn Facebook’s Messenger.

I have no idea who Dave is, but we can

message/talk to each other before agreeing,

or disagreeing, on a sale price.

No more hand written notes!

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-Traces-of-the-Past

 

 

Maybe a weird slant of Traces of the Past this week. 

If my memory serves me well, when we see sun light

it has taken about eight minutes to

travel across space to our planet. 

So when we see the sun just peeking over the horizon,

we are actually seeing light

generated eight minutes in the past.

If we could see the sun in ‘real time’ it may look like this shot.

 

Conversely when the sun is setting,

this is old energy we are seeing.

The sun may be at this level and

when it seems to be at this level

the sun is actually below the horizon.

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Thursday’s Special: Traces-of-the-Past

THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-January-Words

 

 

According to on-line dictionaries, candescent can mean

giving off light; bright or shining.

I  think my first two photos… 

capture that definition.


Algid…feels the cold. 

I don’t know if the saying ‘….

shivering like whippet on a frosty morning

is used in other parts of the world to express

how cold one feels or how cold someone looks.


Angular.

Fairly straight forward.

     However, this angular building,

which has always caused controversy

 in Melbourne’s Federation Square,

is due to be wrecked soon if the government has its way.

An Apple store will replace it.

Not sure what would be worse.

I kind of like the current structure.

It’s different.

 Auricomous….having golden hair; yellow-haired. 

Where else to look at the beach?

      Or at a wedding which also just happened to be on a beach.

The festive season generally refers to Christmas, and…

      these sights are generally seen during the festive season.

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Thursday’s Special: January-Words

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-48

Prowse-Point
Belgium

Last week I should you some photos of the

1914 Christmas Truce Memorial.

This memorial is located next door to…

Prowse Point Cemetery.

Prowse Point is the resting place of

233 Great War Soldiers

from a variuos countries.

United Kingdom: 165

New Zealand: 42

Australia: 13

Germany: 12

Canada: 1

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Again, a well maintained setting for…

the final resting place of these brave men/boys.

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-Best-2017-Picture

Best 2017 Picture

I have several pictures…all for differing reasons.This was a sunrise at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.

The sun should have been rising to my right and behind.

In other words I am facing West roughly speaking.

I had packed my tripod and long lens away

and was about to walk back to the car

and breakfast..somewhere…

when this rainbow appeared.

For only two minutes.

Had I not had a back up camera, with a shorter lens,

I  would not have been able to capture the few shots I did.

A few months later I ventured over to Melbourne’s St Kilda Pier.

A draw-card for tourists and photographers alike.

I confess to editing this a bit to capture the stormy winter sky.

But I am pleased with the outcome.

 In between those two shots was our

wedding anniversary hot air balloon flight

over Melbourne.

I will probably never take this shot again

and it is one I would like to enlarge.

However, I will always remember

our 30th Wedding Anniversary by this shot.

However, the shot I am most pleased with is not one of mine.

  Followers may remember that I visited France and Belgium

and spent three days touring

the Western Front Battlefields of World War I.

Why?

Because my Grandfather served on the Western Front

and Fired the  First Allied Shot of World War I.

 

I created four posts about a place known as

Lochnagar Crater for Jo’s Monday Walk Challenge.

While there I discovered that for a modest fee the

Friends of Lochnagar Crater would create a plaque for one’s relative

as a means of raising money to keep the site maintained.

So, when this photo arrived via email,

to say that I was pleased, proud and happy

would be an understatement.

My Auntie, my Grandfather’s only surviving child,

(Dad passed away in 2001 and his other Sister in 2016)

was also extremely pleased and proud to know her Father

had been memorialised in the country where he had

served his country during The Great War.

Click on this link to read Lochnagar Part 4. 

Links to all other Lochnagar posts can be found there as well.

Happy New Year

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Thursday’s Special: Best 2017 Picture

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Week-47

Christmas-Truce
Belgium

Another short drive through the Belgian countryside…

brought us to another…

memorial of the Great War.

This was a memorial to the well known

Christmas Truce of 1914.

Again another patch of ground in rural Belgium

where a significant event of World War I took place.

This monument was created in 2014 by the

Union of European Football Associations…

 

as testament…

the Small Peace…

in the…

 

Great War.

 

The thing which fascinated me was the fact that

it appears travellers have  left soccer balls/footballs…

 

as their memorial to this particular event…

and they remain….untouched.

 With the advent of the memorial….

 

 some of the trenches…

 

were also re-constructed.

 

The memorial, itself, represents the back end

of a canon shell upon which is mounted a football.

As mentioned earlier, these footballs, I think,

have been left by tourists/travellers, in memory

of the event or loved ones.

While I did not touch a ball,

they appeared not to be fixed and part of the memorial.

Instead like many other memorials they appeared

to be simply left for all to see.

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