Monday, 19 October 2020

MONOCHROME MONDAY #120: LA SAGRADA FAMILIA, BARCELONA


Antoni Gaudi's incredible vision for this basilica has been under construction for more than 135 years!  2026 has been indicated as the year of its completion ... 1882 to 2026 - a mammoth project that has captured the imagination of millions of tourists over the years!

A "must visit" destination in everyone's "bucket list".

OJ - remembering his visit in 2017 and planning to post more pics tomorrow 

Saturday, 17 October 2020

BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS


What me?  The Bluebird of Happiness?  Well, I suppose I could be if you want me to be.

This Glossy Starling at the birdbath appears to be startled by the thought that he could be a harbinger of happier times.

Apparently this myth that blue birds bring happier times, dates back as far as the Shang Dynasty in China (1766 to 1122 BC).  Similar ideas may be found in the ancient folk lore of other countries as well - North America, Russia and France.

OJ - hoping for happier times

 

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

FROM MY STUDY WINDOW LOOKING EAST #7: STORM OVER THE SEA


What's the point of rain falling over the sea?  The sea is wet enough!
It's on land that the water is needed ... 
Is there a way to encourage clouds to make landfall before precipitating their "blessings" upon us?

OJ - musing in a "what if" mood

 

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

VUE A VOL D'OISEAU


The reward for climbing the steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is the enjoyment of the amazing bird's eye-view it gives one of Paris, especially on a clear summer's day!

Photo taken looking south down Avenue D'Iena.

OJ - reminiscing about a visit to Paris in July 2010!

Monday, 12 October 2020

MONOCHROME MONDAY #119: SAINTE-CHAPELLE


 This church on the Ile de la Cite, Paris was built by Louis IX in 1248.  The wooden spire has been destroyed three times by fire with the current one erected in 1853.  The church is considered one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of the Western world!

OJ - have a good week and stay safe!

Saturday, 10 October 2020

'Allo 'Allo


A late "Frivolous Friday" post ... 

As an erstwhile fan of the BBC sitcom " 'Allo 'Allo ", those were the words that came to mind when driving past these roadside aloes between Ashton and Swellendam in the Western Cape.

OJ - "ha ha"


 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

FACTS vs THEORIES


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

Wise advice when one is bombarded with unsubstantiated statements, bizarre opinions and FAKE news.

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