Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today?

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. Leave a comment if you think you know where this is located. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

Where in the world are we today?

Last week we were in Brisbane, Australia, correctly identified by Drake at Le Drake Noir and Suz at It Goes On  – Very well done!!!

This is a fairly obscure monument hidden in the small northern suburb of Nundah, where a band of German missionaries established a free settlement in what was essentially Aboriginal territory with a small penal farm near the centre of what is now Brisbane city. The original name of the settlement  was German station and Zion Hill and the street names of the area still reflect the German farmer’s heritage. Rode road, Zillmere, Wagner road, Gerler road etc.

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Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Nighttime

The Daily post‘s photography challenge this week is NIGHTTIME.

Seems fitting that I share some of my recent horde of photos taken at a fireworks festival on the river.

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Night time fireworks – something to ponder about.

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Floral Friday

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.IMG_3447

“A barking dog does not disturb the man on a camel.” – Egyptian Proverb

Halfway through the journey of our life, I find myself in a dark wood – Dante

Some sayings to ponder about today.

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Back in Bakklandet – Travel Tuesday

With every tourist arriving in Trondheim, (Western Norway), heading for the medieval Nidaros Cathedral and the mandatory picture in front of the “Gamle Bybro” ( the Old Town Bridge, built in the late 19th century) shown below, with the iconic carved woodwork, you could be forgiven for asking why you would seek out the back streets of Trondheim.

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The eastern side of the Nidelva river, once the haunt of Trondheim’s fishermen, seamen, and labourers features cobble-stoned, picture-perfect alleys of wooden buildings, many dating from as far back as the 17th century, all lovingly restored and renovated into cafes, vintage stores, retro gift shops, galleries and private residences.

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On a summer evening in Trondheim, the sun doesn’t really set, the light just dulls somewhat, so one can wander the streets of Bakklandet in safety, and not get lost in some dark alleyway, fearing for your safety.baklandet

If you enter Bakklandet by bike, you might also like to experience the world’s only (?) coin-operated, (now card-operated), “cykel tramp” or bicycle lift, up a very steep Trondheim street, (see tramp in action to right of photograph below). I believe, this tramp, takes a little practise to master, so I declined the offer to experiment on this occasion.

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The bicycle lift takes you past more ‘old world’ homes, painted in pretty shades of pastels and Norwegian red, to ‘Kristiansten’ fortress, still complete with tower, bastions and whitewashed army barracks and artillery supply buildings from days of old. The fortress can now be accessed free of charge and was established for the protection of Trondheim from all those marauding Swedes of the past, (at this latitude in Norway, Sweden is less than 200 kms away)

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Being a student town, and for that reason alone, Trondheim offers a huge range of options for eating out, and late opening hours to suit any age. One such cafe with especially unique interiors and a friendly atmosphere is the Baklandet Skydsstation, pictured below, and it is not just the food that is good.

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This cafe is stuffed with handcrafted cushions, wall hangings and embroidery that screams Scandinavian tradition and fight to divert one’s attention from their food. The cuisine, is freshly-made: waffles and cafe food, and the hot chocolate of gargantuan proportions is topped with a mountain of fresh Norwegian cream. Just what I needed after walking up and down the eastern side of the river.

Frequently overlooked by passing tourists, Bakklandet, the real jewel in Trondheim’s crown is Something to Ponder About  this Travel Tuesday and you can see all of this for the price of a cup of coffee if you wish……

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A Word a Week: Hole

Looking out over to Switzerland.

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Something to Ponder About

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Challenger’s choice- Street Photography

It’s Challenger’s Choice, this week,  from Sally at Lens and Pens and I chose Street Photography. To keep with Sally’s featured topic of architectural lines, I have chosen this photo, taken in Trondheim, Norway with my Nexus 4.

C360_2014-06-12-20-40-01-949I really like the contrast of the new glass roof of this renovated hotel, with the old walls of the original bakery from 1897, complete with iron fire escape rungs and the reflection within the windows.

You can find the Clarion Collection Bakkeriet, in Trondheim Norway,  famous for its wooden bridge, pictured below.  The Nexus 4 also performed reasonably well in the low light selfie, taken in the streets of Trondheim, at 11pm at night, posted below.

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Street Photography: Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today?

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. Leave a comment if you think you know where this is located. (Try hard not to use Google!) If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

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Although M.R. had a good stab at it, last week mystery photo, remains a mystery and will be carried over to another week.

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Something to Ponder About this Monday.

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Silent Sunday

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.PHOTO_20140323_124254

“A beard doesn’t make a philosopher.” - Russian Proverb

Shakespeare did have a way with words – he invented more than 500 including radiance, lacklustre, lonely, bump, and amazement – and coined phrases used so often they have become cliches such as “all’s well that ends well”, “what’s done is done” and “too much of a good thing”. – Daily Newspaper  (CourierMail.com.au)

Something to Ponder About

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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge – Week 54

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Black and White

Lens and Pens Phoneography – this week’s theme is Black and White.

I altered these images in Picsart using  colours and frames to achieve this result. A street festival’s display of vintage cars seemed perfect for black and white effects!

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Something to Ponder About

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Living in the Seventies – a visual chronicle of youth

I came across the following link to a visual list of images this morning, posted by a friend I grew up with and it sums up, incredibly well, life growing up in Australia in the Seventies. Some of it may seem totally alien, but surprisingly, almost all of the images are common to middle class kids, living in medium to large Australian cities, in the seventies.IMG_0220

You Know You’re a Child of the 1970s if ….

 

It is interesting that we all have this shared commonality, yet can be so individually different.

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Something to Ponder About

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Wordless Wednesday

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Something to Ponder About

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It’s Travel Tuesday – Rosekyrkja, Stordal Norway

traveltuesdayMost people have never heard of “Rosemaling” or Rose Painting, but if you ever go to Norway, you will see plenty of it in shops, museums, private homes and most especially, in older churches.

Before technology arrived, Norwegians spent long winters in darkness, so, in order to brighten up the interior of the homes and places of worship, they developed a form of traditional painting that was completely unique. “Rosemaling artists” or Rose painters earned their living traveling through the western fjords of Norway, often times painting in the styles that might have passed out of European fashion 100 years previously. (Such was the isolation of some of the valleys in Norway, decorating trends took this long to filter through). But this isolation is also the reason we still have them to appreciate today.

One of the best examples of Renaissance-Baroque style Rosemaling is found in the Rosekyrkja, or Rose Church, in a little village of Stordal, in the mountains of Møre og Romsdal fylke, Western Norway.

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If you drive south through spectacular snow dotted, vertical mountains from Andalsnes, you will find the village of Stordal, where an old stave church stood since the 11th century before it fell into disrepair. In 1789, the village farmers pitched in to build a new church, sourcing local timber to complement the columns and panels they salvaged from the original stave church created a typical 8-sided church. However, the plain white exterior so typical of the octagonal walled churches, belies the artistic feast that awaits you within.

Two artists: Vebjørn Halling and Andreas Reinholdt are responsible for the painting that is all original work and has not been restored since it was first painted in 1799. The ship, hat hooks and candelabra also date back to the medieval times and most probably were fixtures in the original stave church. The paintings themselves depict religious motifs such as the twelve apostles, Christ and the foolish virgins, as well as rosemaling scrolls and swirls, intertwined with renaissance and baroque motifs like grapes or pears. In addition, the church altarpiece dates from the 12th century.

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As the church has never been heated and sermons were often very long, the community constructed another church in 1908, and quite sensibly reserved this Norwegian art monument for use on special occasions and ceremonies, such as weddings.

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No less picturesque than the church, is the drive through the county itself, with Norwegian red barns and farming fields that are so green in spring and summer, they are almost surreal. Stordal is a pleasant drive from the larger town of Andalsnes, (rail network from Oslo). As I passed through spectacular fjords and valleys lined with mountainsides so steep, I felt more like an ant than a fully grown tourist. Stordal Rosekyrkja and its rich history is so unique, it has to be seen to be believed.

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A truly amazing piece of Norwegian art to ponder about.

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