Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge : Week 22 : Group

Graben, Vienna

Stephensplatz, Vienna

Vienna on a Saturday is the place to see groups of people, making music, having coffee, singing, strolling around, or just people watching.    We were staying in an apartment right above the square, which was the perfect place for watching all the different groups below us.

Jewish Synagogue, Budapest

Tourists in Budapest

Outside the Jewish Synagogue in Budapest, there were lots of people waiting to go inside and enjoy the beautiful building.

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Wordless Wednesday : Looking Down from Above

Castle on the Hill

Castle on the Hill

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge : Construction

My photos for this challenge were taken recently on a trip to Great Zimbabwe, in Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that dates back to the 11th century or earlier, and was once the King’s palace in the Kingdom of Zimbabwe.    The place was built of stone, layer upon layer, by hand, without any of the modern conveniences, or even mortar to keep the walls together, and a lot of the construction work is still standing!

Great Zimbabwe, the house of stone

Great Zimbabwe, the house of stone

Someone left some huge rocks lying around!

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Linked to Cee’s Black & White Challenge

Oslo Opera House : Let’s Dance

Right in the centre of Oslo, very close to the railway station, is the Opera House.  But this is no ordinary building, it’s a marble and glass building, designed by a Norwegian architectural firm, Snohetta, and was opened in April 2008.   It has a white sloping marble roof, which allows visitors to walk on the roof and enjoy the views of the Norwegian fjord.   It has been described as ‘rising out of the fjord like a giant ice floe’

As well as holding operas (currently showing Madame Butterfly), there are also many concerts, shows, art exhibitions and such like on at The Opera, and the coffee shop serves the most divine hot chocolate, a very welcome drink, especially when it’s cold outside, and you climb up and down on the roof very carefully, because of the ice and snow which can make the marble fairly slippery.

Right next to the Opera House,  in the fjord, is a steel and glass sculpture which  looks like it is floating in the water.   It is on a concrete plinth, but it can move on its axis, and turns with the wind and the tides.   The sculpture is called ‘She Lies’ and as you can see, is a most unusual piece which is certainly dramatic!

Sculpture’She Lies’ floating in the fjord.

We took my grandchildren to visit Oslo recently, and this was our first stop, before we got the ‘hop on hop off’ tourist bus to visit the other sights in Oslo.    Have a look at the gallery, it gives some idea of the very different and unusual space.

 

One Word Photo Challenge : Black

Corner building in Black

 

Linked to http://jennifernicholewells.com/2014/01/28/one-word-photo-challenge/

 

Wordless Wednesday : Black is Back in Fashion

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A Bar in Cork City

Wordless Wednesday : Time for a Lick of Paint!

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