Entrance Tickets – The Trulli House Museum in Alberobello

Trulli Museum Alberobello

On account of the thousand or so Trulli houses and because it is a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site Alberobello is vulnerable to severe tourist overload so Kim’s plan was to get up early to beat the crowds and go and get some photographs of empty streets

We debated this before lights out and I suggested seven o’clock and Kim said six which I said was too early, so we agreed on seven and Kim set the alarm for six!

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Postcards from Iceland

Iceland Cover

Iceland Volcano

Þingvellir National Park Iceland

Reyjkavik Iceland Northern Lights

Entrance Tickets – Iglesia de Santa Maria, Cáceres

Cáceres Iglesia de Santa Maria

It cost just €1 to climb to the top of the bell tower so we paid and took the stone spiral staircase to the top where there were good views of the old town and beyond which we shared with all of the Storks that had built their untidy nests at the highest possible points.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

Greek Fishing Tackle

The road out of the village runs past the business end of the harbour and there were some brightly painted boats that had just landed their overnight catch and were negotiating sales with local people and restaurant owners in a babble of animated activity.  It looked like a good nights work and the trading was brisk.

The fish looked interesting and on closer examination of the produce it soon becomes clear why we have to put up with stock shortages whilst the most of the rest of Europe have such an abundance of choice; we are just far too fussy about what we will eat and our preference for fish is restricted to two or three species that we have fished into crisis and near extinction whilst in Greece they will eat a much greater variety of sea food.

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Entrance Tickets – Krakow Castle

Wawel Krakow Entrance Ticket

At the ticket office we had some difficulty working out the ticket options.  Our first choice of the Royal Palace was no longer available because the English speaking guides had all gone home already so instead we bought tickets for the State Rooms.

The tickets were timed and there was clearly no leeway but fortunately we made our entry time by the skin of our teeth and made the tour of the impressive rooms and displays.  This was a wonderful place full of treasures 0f inestimable value – we especially liked the room with the heads in the ceiling and everywhere there were remarkable tapestries and medieval furniture and treasures exhibited with generous space in which to appreciate them.   The rooms were huge, each one as big as a modern four bedroom detached house and I bet they were a bugger to heat in Winter!

The tour ended in the most impressive room of all, the Senators Hall, which was large and spacious with a balcony at one end, an interestingly slanting ceiling and an obsession with tapestries depicting Noah and his Ark.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

Groyne at Cleethorpes Beach

Images from Cleethorpes Beach in Lincolnshire, UK

Cleethorpes Beach

Cleethorpes Beach

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Sunflower Head

Sunflowers – Van Gogh rather liked them!

I don’t know what it is about sunflowers but they do seem to excite visitors from Northern Europe, it is probably the spectacle of thousands of happy waving heads in contrast to the solitary one or two that we grow in our own gardens usually with disappointing weedy results.  This is because as their name suggests they need the sun and that is something that is not too plentiful or reliable in England.

I defy anyone (even Van Gogh) or anything but nature to produce such a wonderful work of art!