Posted by: danielfee | April 19, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Round 04-19-14

 

The entrance to Old Town Tallinn is through the archway entry gate which is guarded by the round and squat Fat Margaret Tower.  Fat Margaret was built between 1511 to 1530 during the reconstruction of the medieval city gate system. It is 82 feet in diameter and 65 feet high. The walls are up to 16 feet thick. The origin of the tower’s name is unknown. In addition to being a fortification against would-be invaders during medieval time, Fat Margaret had been used as a storehouse for gunpowder and weapons and as a prison. Today the Estonian Maritime Museum is located in the Fat Margaret tower. On the other side of the old town, next to the Estonian Parliament building, is the round Tall Hermann Tower. The first part was built 1360-70. It was rebuilt in the 16th century. A staircase with 215 steps leads to the top of the tower. The tower consists of ten internal floors and a viewing platform at the top.

Fat Margaret Tower - Tallinn, Estonia

Fat Margaret Tower – Tallinn, Estonia

Tall Herman Tower - Tallinn, Estonia

Tall Herman Tower – Tallinn, Estonia

Posted by: danielfee | April 18, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top 04-18-2014

Salkanty Pass

On Top of Salkantay Pass

A few years ago I did a multi-day trek to Machu Picchu through the Andes Mountains . We began with an easy half-day hike with less than a 1,000 foot rise in elevation in order to get acclimated to the high altitude. The following day we did a little longer and steeper hike to a glacial lake (see 11-07-2011 photo of the day) in preparation for the big hike the following day. As we started off towards our more than 2,500 foot climb to reach the Salkantay Pass, we had beautiful weather. Lucky for us the weather held out and even though it was a little cloudy and windy at the 15,253 pass, you could not have asked for a better day. For someone who lives in South Florida, where the floor elevation of my house is 6 feet above sea level, 15,253 feet is as high as I have ever been and this is really high. It was exhausting and important to stop frequently to catch your breath and stay well hydrated; you felt like you would never make it to the top. But once you did, it was a great feeling of accomplishment to be on top.

 

 

 

On Top of Salkantay Pass

On Top of Salkantay Pass

Heading back down into the valley

Heading back down into the valley

Posted by: danielfee | April 4, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Misty 04-04-14

For misty photos you cannot beat the Oregon coast. Here are a few of my favorites.

 

 

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Posted by: danielfee | April 2, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Statue #2 04-02-14

 

Lion Monument - Lucerne, Switzerland

Lion Monument – Lucerne, Switzerland

The “Lion of Luzern” was sculpted in the early 19th century and was dedicated to the memory of the heroic fight and final defeat of the Swiss Guards in Paris in 1792. It was August 10th of that year that marked the bloody beginning of the French revolution with the storming of the royal palace. Louis XIV had ordered the regiment of Swiss Guards to lay down its arms and as a result they were literally torn to pieces by the murderous mob. The lion, which is a symbol of courage and strength, was chosen by the artist to demonstrate the tragic event of a fight to the death. With its heart pierced by a lance, the lion still holds its protecting paw over the shield with the lily coat of arms, the emblem of the Bourbon kings.

Posted by: danielfee | March 30, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Statues 03-30-2014

If you like statues, then make your way to Oslo, Norway. You will find many statues around downtown but you will hit the jackpot if you go to, also know as Vigeland Park because it contains the lifetime works of Norway’s greatest sculptor Gustav Vigeland. It is a 75 acre park located near downtown Oslo and is a short ride on the T-bane from downtown.  The City of Oslo bought the property in 1896 to secure space for further urban development. However, the municipal government decided around 1900 to make a park for recreation and sports. In 1921 Vigeland struck a deal with the city that provided him with a studio and state support, and for the next 20 years he created 192 bronze and granite statues, with more than 600 unique nude figures. The park is always open and free.

 

 Frogner Park

Frogner Park

 

 

 

Vigeland Sculpture & Fountain

Vigeland Sculpture & Fountain

Vigeland Sculpture Fountain

Vigeland Sculpture & Fountain

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland SculptureVigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Vigeland Sculpture

Posted by: danielfee | March 28, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life 03-28-2014

Here is an example of street life in Xi’an, China

Street Life in Xi'an

Street Life in Xi’an

Posted by: danielfee | March 27, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Pink 03-27-2014

 

Here is my entry for this weeks travel theme “pink”

Pink Flamingos in the Bahamas

Pink Flamingos in the Bahamas

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

Posted by: danielfee | March 25, 2014

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections 03-25-2014

Here is my entry for this weeks photo challenge “reflections.”

Reflections

Reflections

 

 

Reflections

Reflections

 

Posted by: danielfee | March 18, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Gardens #3 03-18-2014

Japanese Gardens at National Stud near Kildare, Ireland

Japanese Gardens at National Stud near Kildare, Ireland

Here is my third “garden” travel theme entry. This is a photo of the Japanese Gardens at Tully near Kildare in southeast Ireland.

Posted by: danielfee | March 17, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Gardens #2 03-17-2014

Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day I thought my second entry for this weeks travel theme “gardens” should come from Ireland. Here are a few photos of the Walled Gardens at Dromoland Castle in County Clare, Ireland.

Walled Gardens at

Walled Gardens at Dromoland Castle

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

Walled Gardens

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