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Back to Guell

Several hours have passed and my friends and I are back in the area of Parc Guell, still too early for our 5.30 – 6pm entry time. Even my ‘souvenir shopping’ friends have exhausted the junky gift shops now and we are little peckish, so tempted by a shady garden we settle for a quick snack and some sangria.
At last it’s our turn! gue1

to get closer to these intriguing buildings.

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There are columns created to mimic nature

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Where a stone woman

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and a bunch of crazy women from England lurk

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there are stunning views of the city

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wonderful mosaics on the towers

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A whole forest of columns

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that I really fall in love with. The Sala Hipostila was originally intended to be a market hall.

There was even a very beautiful young bride and her groom, imagine getting married there, although escaping the crowds would be difficult.

and I have some more photos to show you from Parc Guell, so I’ll be back.

5 Photos 5 Stories Day #2

Butt’s Ferry down on Exeter Quay is operated by man power, it’s a floating boat that is pulled 150 feet by a cable across the river Exe.  The current boat is 27 feet long and has been in use since 2005, but there has been a crossing there since the 17th century.

There is a sign on the riverbank that reads.

Butts Ferry

Tis yer you catch the ferry

A funny boat it be . . .

But it gets you cross the river

For only 30p

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Jude at Travel Words has nominated me for the ‘Five Photos, Five Stories’ challenge, and I would like to nominate Ruth, a photographer and art teacher from Pittsburgh who also writes poetry. This would be an easy challenge for you Ruth, if you feel like taking it up, no worries if you don’t have time.

The challenge is to just  “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Lucid Gypsy:

Tish Farrell created a very moving and personal post about Gallipoli to mark the centenary yesterday, http://tishfarrell.com/2015/04/24/no-glory-in-war-only-brave-men-wasted/ and asked about my visit. I’ve posted several times about it, with photos and a poem.  Follow the ‘related links’ if you’re interested.

Originally posted on Lucid Gypsy:

Ben at the Daily Post says

In this week’s challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.

I visited Gallipoli and Anzac Cove a few years ago as part of a tour of Turkey. To be honest I wasn’t interested and could easily had a snooze while the  others went off to see the battlefields and memorials. I’m glad I did go, it was one of the most moving days I have ever experienced. I’ve written about it before, including a poem and if you’re interested click the Turkey tag…

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APRIL IS NATIONAL PREVENT CHILD ABUSE MONTH

Lucid Gypsy:

There’s a high chance that you will know someone that has been abused, awareness is key, this must stop.

Originally posted on writerchristophfischer:

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APRIL ISNATIONAL PREVENT CHILD ABUSE MONTH

“EVERY UNWANTED TOUCH IS LIKE A BRAND, AN OPEN WOUND, A SCAR ON MY SOUL THAT NEVER HEALS…”

BE A VOICE FOR ALL ‪#‎CHILDREN‬PLEASE SHARE and help raise awareness. 

Here is some information that I picked up  from a Colorado news station

In 2013, there were 679,000 victims of child abuse and neglect throughout the United States; more than 10,000 were child victims from Colorado, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families. In 2014, the Kempe Children’s Center at Children’s Hospital treated 1,306 children for abuse, served 641 parents and caregivers and trained 9,605 child welfare professionals.

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The Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse started as a Virginia grandmother’s tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car as…

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What’s a’Float?

Krista at the Daily Post has chosen the them of Afloat for this weeks photo challenge. I wanted to avoid the obvious, much as I love boats, so this is what I came up with.
First of all, on the beach last weekend Dido came close to being afloat and certainly looks as if she is!didoafloat
I think she was surprised at the speed of the waves coming in.
Maybe Scarlett is using her toy box as a boat, who knows what goes on in the mind of a toddler. scarlettafloat
And lastly, I took this photo of a local pub many years ago. At the time I used photoshop 7 and played with the Omni effect on this photo. I’ve always thought it makes the pub look like it’s floating in the canal.doublelockssphere copy
Do you agree?
If you would like to join in visit the daily post to see lots of entries.