Followers may have noted that I have not been posting lately. To my own surprise, my most recent post was in March. I seems hardly possible that 2 months have passed, but they have been 2 of the most action-filled months in my recent years. Life has a way of taking twists and turns. I have mentioned here that about 3 years ago, we purchased a home in Clearwater, Florida, which will be our retirement home eventually. There is still lots more to explore and do in Florida and much of it will probably have to wait until I am permanently down there, which is not yet :-).
I thought I would follow the travels of my friends, and feature some of my “off the beaten” path images of those iconic places
But it was time for another “phase” in the process. For 3 years now, I have been living essentially by myself (my wife and our dog spend 90% of their time — blissfully — in our Florida home) in a near 3000 square foot home here in Michigan. It was time for me to move on from there, and so we put several months of effort and a few dollars into modernizing the home we lived in for 24 years and put it on the market. I keep saying I should have bought a lottery ticket at the same time. It sold in a week. Needless to say, I wasn’t ready, and I have spent much of my missing-in-action time (essentially every non-working minute), cleaning and packing up 30 + years worth of accumulated …. we’ll call them “things” :-). Some serious down-sizing was also in the mix.
Now I am moved into a much smaller 2 bedroom rental condominium with no maintenance duties and just right size for me. I have high hopes this summer of golf, biking, running and photography (oh, and that pesky career thing, too :-)).
As I follow Facebook, I am struck by that fact that at least 3 of my friends and acquaintances are or have recently traveled to Mediterranean Europe. As readers here know, I have been on two cruises there. I must like it, because we just booked another one for 2017, with the same friends who traveled with us last time (they must like it too 🙂 ).
I must like the Mediterranean. I have been on 2 cruises there and now have booked another in 2017
It has been fun to see so many images that I captured myself, of places we visited. But one thing that seems to be consistent is that the images are of well-known primary places all visitors go to see. It is pretty likely that the tour guides follow pretty much the same menu. I have a couple mentors who have encouraged me over the years to look to see things other than the icons, and to “see” things happening around me with my camera. Moving to the “small” camera for my travel has no-doubt fostered this approach. So, I thought I would follow the travels of my friends, and feature some of my “off the beaten” path images of those iconic places.
Venice is my (so far) favorite place in Mediterranean Europe. For a photographer: “eye-candy” everywhere you look. 20 years ago, I would have burned up all my film in Venice during our 4 day pre-cruise visit! I’ll just re-post a few here.
We have been to Athens 2 times and are destined for a third. There is so much European history to photograph there. Perhaps my best effort there is this image of these young military men, on flag raising detail at the Parthenon.
In Rome, there are so many iconic images, including the Trevi Fountain, The Coliseum, The Vatican, The Pantheon and on and on. One place everyone visits is the Spanish Steps, and I — like every other tourist, took my share of images on and around the steps. The image here is looking back from a Roman street, with the normal activity of the local businesses, on the inevitable commercialization cropping up around this awesome example of classic architecture.
My favorite image from both my trips to Rome is this somewhat “reflective” image on a quiet Roman Street.
When I think of Tuscany, I think of wine country, Florence and Pisa. In Pisa, the “Leaning Tower” is obviously the attraction. But the walled city and the other buildings are pretty impressive architecture, too. Of course, you have to get that silly image of your companion “holding up the tower” too :-). My unique “takeaway” from Pisa was this detail shot of the marble.
Florence is all about the grand shot from up on the high plaza of the entire city, and shots in and around the famous bridge passageway. I got those, too. But I was intrigued by Mussolini’s speaking balcony perhaps more than anything else in this city.
Provence is about wine and romance. My images there hopefully address that.
Lots of cruises end in Barcelona. We started there. The city of Gaudi has pretty much unlimited photo opportunities for the creative. Here are a couple of my favorites.
I will be doing my research soon for the next trip to this region in September, 2017. Hope you enjoyed some of these re-treads. Hopefully, I can get back to my regular weekly posting, now that life is returning to a normal routine. Best regards and as always, thanks for reading.
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