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Friendly Friday – Balconies

When I was researching the topic for this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge, I realized that all my relevant photos were located in Europe. Except for one! I hope that you can show me some more balconies, or patios, or verandahs from all over the world.

The oldest balconies I spotted were in Germany – in Berlin and Frankfurt and in Italy.

Juliet’s balcony was a popular tourist attraction in Verona.

Where for art thou
Malcezine

I noticed the fashionable balconies, in Italy, have window boxes that are more often filled with greenery or Geraniums.

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And I couldn’t possibly exclude balconies found in Scandinavia from this montage, seeing as that region is my first love.

Sweden has a very famous indoor balcony.

Do you know what special purpose it serves?

Norway has some spectacular balconies in Dragon Style

Norway
A haunted balcony at Dalen
Getting high overlooking Bergen
The Crucial Balcony at the Home by the Sea

How to join the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge

Post a comment below and include a pingback to ‘Friendly Friday- Balconies’ post, so others can find your blog.

Each week the following bloggers will post a new prompt for ‘Friendly Friday‘:

Something to Ponder About and The Snow Melts Somewhere.

Scroll down to more instructions on creating pingbacks/joining in.

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  • Publish a new ‘Friendly Friday ‘Balcony,’ post including a URL link to this post, tagging the post, ‘Friendly Friday.’ Add the Photo Challenge logo, if you wish.
  • Copy the published url into the comments below, so other readers can visit your blog.
  • Visit other Friendly Friday entries by following the links. It’s fun!
  • Follow the host blogs to see future prompts.

Please note there are no deadlines for any Friendly Friday challenge.

This week’s prompt is ‘Balconies.’

Balconies to Something to Ponder About

Amanda

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Danmark, Travel

Travel Tips and Reviews

Travel Reviews and Tips for Travelling

Are you travelling to any of the following destinations:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

If so take a look at my Travel Tips Page

You can also find other useful information such as:

Packing tips for Travel

Scandinavian – Books for those who wish to travel via words

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Amanda in Denmark

Come back again – I am adding more reviews all the time

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Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Alleys

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This photo challenge is alternately hosted each Friday by the bloggers:
Something to Ponder About  and The Snow Melts Somewhere

The prompt for this Friday is:

Alleys

Everyone is welcome to join in with the Friendly Friday Photography challenge.

Here are some alleys in the lakes district of Italy.

Alleys are found not just in the old world. The ‘New’ world has its alleyways too.

Melbourne’s streets was created in a grid like pattern of both wide streets and narrow alleys, as the authorities couldn’t agree on the sort of town plan they initially wanted, for the city: whether to make it more European like, or with modern wider streets, so they hedged their bets and incorporated both.

In Sweden, we have some unique alleys to showcase to visitors.

Both on the West coast and in Stockholm.

I chuckle to think how Manja Mexi would caption this photo?

Instructions for Joining In:

  • Write and publish a post and include the URL link back to this Friendly Friday post.
  • Tag the post ‘Friendly Friday’
  • Include the Friendly Friday logo, found below, in your post if you wish.
  • Copy the link to your ‘Alleys‘ post, in the comments here, so we can find you.
  • Please note there are no deadlines for participating. New prompts each week.
  • Be a part of the Friendly Friday Community and visit the links in the comments section. It can be quite interesting to see another interpretation of the prompt.

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See you at Snow’s blog next week for the new prompt.

Amanda

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Community

Travel Theme – Frame

In response to Ailsa’s Travel theme – Frame I try to look for a natural frame –beach frame - Copy

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Australia

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or, Something man made that will assist to frame the photograph

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SwedenOr something artificial…

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     and finally, another frame: ( pardon the corny pun/Dad joke!)

Geraniums - Copy

and a frame I hope to never have……

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Community, Environment

Travel theme: Outdoors

Come with me  on a little walk – Outdoors

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The dog loves walking on the beach outdoors…

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You never know what you’ll find outdoors; like this “Thong Tree” (Australian thong)

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Outdoors can help one see things a little differently….

outdoorsCompare notes and opinions with a few friends – outdoors….

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Take a trip somewhere new with a view – outdoors….

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1077049_10200703181115396_282015302_oor a bit closer to home – Nudgee at Sunset

Travel theme from Where’s My Backpack – theme: Outdoors

 Something to Ponder About

 

Community

Phoneography and Non SLR Device Photo Challenge – Macro

When in Milan, do as the Milanese do… Eat gelati!

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With a Nexus 4 – no filter

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Lens and Pens Phoneography Challenge – Macro theme

and this week I also have a pens section, though just for fun….

 

Summer Holiday in Milan

It was the first thing I did

The milky mass slid

oozing between my fingers.

Sticky,

sweet,

cold

– on my tongue.

Surely one is okay;

Part of the fun?

To hell with the scales

and my dieting fail.

Heat is enemy,  to gelati and man?

Sun worshippers think it means a deep tan.

In the heat and humidity, I’ll always complain.

Yet, searching all winter, “Is it spring?” a refrain.

The north shovel the ‘white stuff’ and wish winter gone,

Whilst my lament is no more gelati, now that I’ve flown home…

😦

 

 Summer, Holidays and Gelati – Something I Ponder About

 

Community

Phoneography and Non SLR Digital Device Photo Challenge – Challenger’s Choice ( Malcesine-Street/Travel Photography)

 Challenger’s Choice – Travel Photography, Street Photography

Malcesine – a medieval lakeside Italian town, about 120 km from Venice, situated on the eastern shores of Lake Garda

Photos taken in their pristine state, unedited by the Nexus 4. I think it captures the summer holiday mood.

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A portside scene that has changed little in decades! That is part of its charm.

Sally at Lens and Pens has a different theme each week of the month.

Join in if you love taking photos with your phone.

Something to Ponder About

Community

One Four Challenge – January ( Bellagio) – Week 1

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Original

 

This Challenge is not only pretty easy to do: one photo, edited four different ways, but it is also pretty easy to learn many things, from good photographers, along the way.

Week 1 – cropped and lightened the image.  Straightened and cropped somewhat. This is a photo I could really get my teeth into editing.

Edited, straightened and shadows adjusted
Edited, straightened and shadows adjusted

That’s a bit better!!!! But I have lost a bit of the peephole effect.

Photograph taken with an aging Canon Power Shot, and adjusted via a Nexus 4 editing software – July 2014

Join in with the One Four Challenge and see more entries on Robyn’s blog

I’d very much appreciate your thoughts or feedback. I would really like the photo to highlight the patterns in the mountains, and keep the peephole effect.

Something to Ponder About

Australia, Community, History & Traditions

Weekly Photo Challenge – Descent (Floibanen)

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The Descent to Bergen…

Floibanen is a funicular railway to Mount Fløyen, above the city of Bergen, Norway. A thrilling 8 minute ride down, (or up)

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and another type of descent just completed in Italy

Monte Tamaro
Monte Tamaro

Something to Ponder About