Contrasts

 

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. To ''Why am I here?'' To uselessness. It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it's a cactus.” Enid Bagnold quotes (English Writer, 1889-1981)

“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. To ”Why am I here?” To uselessness. It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.”
Enid Bagnold quotes (English Writer, 1889-1981)

I hope this flower inspires the best in you.

 

 

Contrasts

We traveled to Egypt in October 2009 and visited the great Giza Plateau.

At that time, the tourists arrived in cars, buses and vans which assembled in the parking lot. From here on, we had to choose an entirely contrasting means of transportation : our quadruped friends, who helped us slow down to appreciate the most ancient, substantial and mysterious structure in the world: The Great Pyramids of Giza.

 

I was not feeling very brave to ride the camel in the hot afternoon sun.

I was not feeling brave enough to ride the camel in the hot afternoon sun.

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This horse pulled cart looked inviting.

  Off we go! Thanks Pam, (my sister) for taking this shot.


Off we go! Thanks Pam, (my sister) for taking this shot.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts: This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share your own photo showing a CONTRAST.

 

Between the Buns

 

P1060520For this week’s photo challenge, I present the McLobster sandwich that we discovered when traveling through Maritimes in Canada. In between the buns is succulent lobster meat combined with celery, green onions, and light mayonnaise-style sauce with a hint of lemon, on top of a bed of shredded lettuce.P1060518

I don’t  do sea food and my favorite sandwich is with peanut butter and strawberry jam. What is your favorite sandwich?

It will be fun to know if McDonald’s serves anything different and unique in between the buns in your part of the world.

I am curious to hear from you in the comments. Thanks for stopping by.

Room

P1040266I took these pictures of the mannequins at Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois. One of the greatest cities of the world, Cahokia was larger than London in AD 1250. The Mississippians who lived here were accomplished builders who erected a wide variety of structures from practical homes for everyday living to monumental public works that have maintained their grandeur for centuries.P1040262

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More room to play outdoors

More room to play outdoors

As you can see from the pictures, the huts did not allow enough light or room for the inhabitants to pursue their hobbies or activities of daily life and such interests were pursued outdoors. This fostered a sense of community and togetherness.

Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it. – Leonardo Da Vinci

This is my entry for this weeks Photo challenge: Room.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a great weekend!

Twist

 

An year ago, we were visiting the city of Saint John (Fundy City) in the Canadian province of New Brunswick and these statues caught my attention.  They almost looked like real people. I took these pictures, sitting in my car. I wonder, is this how we look like when we are waiting for a bus or simply waiting for a ride?

This street art is my entry for the photo challenge twist.

The wait for the bus is the worst wait.

The wait for the bus is the worst wait.

The old man sitting on the bench is catching a nap. Te young lady chooses to stand and wait by the bench. The man wearing the brown leather jacket and helmet is perhaps the one who will get a ride on the motorbike.

The old man sitting on the bench is catching a nap. The young lady chooses to stand and wait by the bench. The man wearing the brown leather jacket and helmet is perhaps the one who will get a ride on the motorbike.

If you are in transit this weekend, I hope you do not have a wait that feels like eternity.  Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

Treasure

My daughter was about 5 years old when she made this simple brooch for me on Valentine’s Day at school. I treasure the memory of her small hands making this jewellery for me. Every Valentine’s Day, I proudly wear this accessory. Thank you sweetheart!

My Treasure

My Treasure

This is my entry for the photo challenge Treasure.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you! Enjoy your weekend!

Object

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I noticed this water fountain after security check at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

The object of this water fountain is to help us refill our water bottles saving our money and the planet: one bottle at a time.

Check out the display in green on the right side of the water fountain that tells us the number of water bottles saved.

What a neat idea!

Thanks for stopping by and have  great weekend!

Windows

Photo challenge: Windows.

Last summer, we visited Fortress Louisbourg in Canada and experienced life in an 18th century fortress on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

We toured the house of a French officer and as we were leaving, a maid popped her head out of the window.

"Servant girl" at the window.

Fortress staff/volunteer dressed as a “servant girl” at the window.

We were surprised to see her by the window. She started whispering, “I have come to get a breath of fresh air. My mistress works me very hard and if she hears my voice, I am sure she will have more chores for me to do. But right now, the master and mistress are gone for a walk.”

The servant girl pointed my attention to a plain neck chain she wore, with a pendant that had a fleur de lis design on it. This piece of jewelry distinguished her as a servant, versus a slave of the household.

It was amazing to see her dressed appropriately for her role as an 18th century servant.

Hush! I hear the Master and Mistress coming….P1060885