Tag Archives: architecture

Iron curtain

Gates outside Catherine Palace, or Pushkin as the locals call it. One of the Summer Palaces built by the Tsars in the 17th Century, it was destroyed during the Second World War and took over 60 years to restore to its current glory. St Petersburg, Russia.

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Just the one bottle?

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Bordeaux, France, taken in September 2017.

This rather large bottle of wine caught my eye… I can’t imagine why. It seemed very apt to photograph a wine shop in Bordeaux, given Bordeaux is the major wine industry capital of the world.  Of course, I had to partake of a glass or two while I was there… it would be rude not to! Sadly my little carafe wasn’t as big as that bottle!

Looking to Heaven

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Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, better known as Seville Cathedral, taken October 2017

I like this upwards angle, framed by the lampost and tree.  I went inside and around the cathedral, and from wherever you stand you seem to always find yourself looking up.  Maybe that’s something to do with this being the third largest church in the world – and technically the world’s largest cathedral, as the other two (Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil and  St. Peter’s Basilica in London) aren’t the seat of bishops.

In fact, it was inside this cathedral that I broke my sunglasses: they fell off the top of my head when I looked up at the huge golden altar inside.  The fall didn’t break them, but me stepping back to find them and subsequently standing on them did!

International Orange

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Golden Gate bridge tower

After much debate San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate bridge, completed in 1937, was painted “International Orange”. This was despite the Navy’s attempts to have it painted in garish black and yellow stripes (like a bumble bee) to make it stand out in foggy conditions and the Army Air Corp’s bid for candy cane white and red stripes to make it more visible from the air.

goldengatebridge.org/research/factsGGBIntOrngColor.php