One Word Photo Challenge : Scarlet

Scarlet is such a vibrant, passionate, colour, that even a little bit of scarlet in a photo will make it stand out.   My first photo was taken in Copenhagen last winter, and the Lady in Red really stands out against the yellow bus, even though the pigeons in the foreground seem to be ignoring her!

Lady in Red

Lady in Red

And from winter to summer, my next shot was taken on a summer holiday in Italy, and the pops of red, scarlet and orange really bring life to the scene.


A lazy summer's day

A lazy summer’s day

In the 17th and 18th centuries,  soldiers’ uniforms were often scarlet in colour, as you can see from these re-enactors demonstrating the various types of uniforms used by British armies in days gone by.

Cromwell's Men in action

Cromwell’s Men in action

Thanks to Jennifer for her prompt.

Meeting Places : Travel Theme

Most people are sociable, and like to meet up with friends for a drink, a meal, a coffee, a good cu p of tea, and of course a good natter with our friends.

Have a coffee and watch the world go by.

Here is one such place, where you can sit and watch the world go by, while enjoying a nice Italian coffee (with or without alcohol)! 

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
















The entrance to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is a great landmark for people to meet up and enjoy the great gardens, all year round.

Mount Baldo in Lake Garda, and it's hang gliders

Mount Baldo in Lake Garda, and it’s hang gliders
















Or you could take the cable car to the top of Mount Baldo, and meet up with the many young people getting ready to take a quicker route down the mountain.

 Time for some Italian Food

Time for some Italian Food – Pizza or Pasta?

Check out Ailsa’s Travel Theme for some more great meeting places

A Lingering Look At Architecture : June

Dawn from The Day After has given us a challenge this month to post some architectural buildings, here are a few of mine.    Head on over to Dawn’s blog to see some more.

A Word A Week Photograph Challenge : Contrast

My first two photos that show contrast were taken in Tivoli Gardens at Christmas time, they are so colourful that they immediately catch your eye, and straight away give you a happy feeling.




And in Spain, the vibrant colours of the flowers give a great contrast against the green leaves, and the white wall as background.


Man Made Items : Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

I love the challenges that Cee puts up each week, they are always fun, and different.

Everywhere we go, we come across man made items that are very beautiful, sometimes almost as spectacular as natural wonders.

Think of the 7 Man Made Wonders of the World : the Giza pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal in India, the Machu Picchu in Peru, the Colosseum in Rome, and Petra in Ordam. Others are the Chichen Itza in Mexico and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Though I haven’t seen any of the man made wonders mentioned above, (except in photographs), here are a few very nice man made items that I have come across on my travels.

Wordless Wednesday : There are 9 million bicycles in…………



Weekly Photo Challenge : Community

We are a community, we fly, we swoop, we flutter, we glide, through the traffic and over the heads of the people walking around the square, almost touching but not quite. we pick up the scraps, we spot them with our eagle eyes…and some people even come especially to feed us, bringing us old scraps of bread and seeds in their shopping bags.


Even if the humans don’t feed us, they throw away their fast food cartons and rubbish, still with some food left inside, and we are happy and full by the end of the day. We are city birds, we perch on window ledges and roofs, unlike our cousins who like to live by the sea and perch on clifftops.   But no matter where we are, we stick together and look out for each other, just like a good community.


Tivoli Trees all dressed up for Christmas

The people in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, make a very special effort all year round to make the place welcoming for visitors, and this is especially true at Christmas time.    Here are some of the trees ready and waiting for you to visit.

hearts growing on trees!

hearts growing on trees!



aned more hearts…


The weeping willow is happy with all the lights around it.


Tivoli welcomes you.


More hearts by the roundabout of happy elves

Wordless Wednesday : Pretty in Pink to Brighten our Day!


Beautiful flowers in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen- In the Mood for Christmas!

I had a 5 hour stopover in Copenhagen,on my way home from Norway yesterday, and rather than spend it dragging myself around the airport shops, I hopped on a train to the city centre.    It only takes about 15 minutes to get into the city, and the Tivoli Gardens are only about 5 minutes walk from the train station.  The gardens are so full of Christmas cheer, with lights everywhere, a Christmas market and fun fair, and it was so nice to stroll around and take pictures of all the amazing sights,   If only my grandchildren were with me, they would have had eyes like saucers as there was so much to see and do, and it was a lovely mild day, about 12 degrees, which was a nice change after being in about zero degrees in Norway, with snow on the ground.

This is the main entrance – time to go and explore!


Presents, presents everywhere -, and look, someone left some parcels besides the Brussels Sprouts!   No turkeys hanging around though!






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