Silent Sunday: Florida Sunset

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WPC Refraction: A Touch of the Blues

This weeks Photo Challenge is ‘Refraction’ and my first thought was to look for photos of rainbows, but as I posted most of them on my Victoria Falls post last week,  I had to think again.

Off the coast of the beautiful Isle of Capri, is the Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzurra), where the sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining up through the seawater, is refracted onto the rock walls, creating an intense blue reflection which magically illuminates the whole cavern.

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The only entrance into the grotto, is through a 1.5m hole in the cave wall, barely large enough to admit a small rowing boat. The occupants have to lie down, and in my case, I had a rather large lady squashing me very flat against the bottom of the boat. My recently purchased white linen shorts and shirt would never be the same again. It was worth it though, to see this truly wondrous sight.

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Flying High for Sue’s Challenge.

Sues’ ‘Word a Week Challenge’  is ‘Fly’, and it brought back memories of my one and only para-sailing adventure in Phuket.

We have liftoff. What was I thinking!!

We have liftoff. What was I thinking!! 😦

Bye bye, hubby. Will we ever meet again?

Bye bye, hubby. Will we ever meet again?

Who is this strange man with his legs around my waist?!

Who is this strange man with his legs around my waist?! 😯

That was such a lot of fun.....I think. :? As Shakespeare once said, "All's well that ends well."

That was such a lot of fun…..I think. 😕 As Shakespeare once said, “All’s well that ends well.”

I hope you enjoyed my flying adventure as much as I did, or most probably, more than I did.

Wishing you all a great weekend.

 

Thursday’s Windows: Eyeing up London

If you want a great view over London, the best idea is to get yourself up in the air, and the 443 feet tall London Eye is the way to do it.

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You just climb into one of these roomy enclosed capsules, and look out through the windows, as this giant observation wheel rotates at the stately speed of a sprinting tortoise.

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There’s so much to see, and of course, thousands of windows into the bargain. The Shard, completed in 2012, is an 87-storey skyscraper which has 11,000 glass panels. The window cleaners here certainly need a very good head for heights, as they abseil down the side of this glass building; certainly not a job for the fainthearted.

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One of the most famous and easily recognisable sights of London is the beautiful triple dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral,  designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and completed in the late 17th century. This stands at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the city, and at 365 ft high, it’s one of the highest domes in the world.

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Standing on the banks of  the Thames are the Gothic style Houses of Parliament, also known as the Palace of Westminster, flanked by Westminster Abbey on the left, and the iconic tower of Big Ben on the right.

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So much to see from your eye in the sky, and windows galore.

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This unforgettable experience lasts for about 30 minutes, and all too soon, you’re back down to earth again.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed your view of London through the windows of this giant Ferris wheel. To see more Thursday’s Lingering Windows, just click here.

 

Happy Birthday Sienna

My darling granddaughter Sienna celebrates her ninth birthday today. She was such a cute little baby.

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Now she’s an adorable, ‘not so little’ princess.

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The really good news is that hubby and I are flying up to NJ next week to be at her birthday party.

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Can’t wait to see them all again. It seems such a long time since last Christmas.

Inside Harrods’ Shoe Heaven, for Ailsa’s Travel Theme

Harrods department store, built in the early 1900’s, is one of London’s main tourist attractions, with over 100,000 customers passing through it’s doors every day. Hubby and I always have to go in for a wander when we’re in London. We don’t spend big money in there, maybe a few pounds on a couple of their beautiful mugs, but we do love to explore the seven floors full of of fascinating wares. This is the central Egyptian escalator which was designed for Mohammed Fayed, at a cost of £30 million.

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I spotted a sign advertising  ‘SHOE HEAVEN’, so of course we had to head on over there as fast as possible.

The prices were as ridiculous as some of the shoes, and besides which, there wasn’t a single pair that actually waved to me, so to hubby’s great relief, we wandered out of shoe heaven without burning any plastic.

The last department we looked around, was the interior design. I would have taken more photos, but the snooty-looking assistants were hovering everywhere. It looks as though mismatched colours are all the rage this season.

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In stark contrast to Harrods’ interior, here is a pic hubby just sent me from our other house. The tile ripper-uppers have arrived and are hard at work. Do you think this distressed look could catch on for next season?

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Hop you’ve enjoyed my “from the sublime to the ridiculous” interior pics. Have a great Monday.

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Sunday Stills: At home on the water

A tranquil Sunday morning on the water.

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Now that the aliigator’s gone, the ducks are back.

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An Anhinga pops his head up from a fishing expedition, just to say “Hello.”

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The Great Egret is as usual, keeping a look out for tasty fish.

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But the inscrutable Mr. GBH is definitely the boss of the whole show. Nothing goes unnoticed when he’s around.

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A Word A Week Photo Challenge: ‘Spray’ from Mosi-ao-Tunya

This challenge from Sue of ‘A Word In Your Ear’, got me looking back at my pics from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. They are so perfect for the ‘Spray’ theme, that I’m sure you won’t mind seeing some of them again.

‘The smoke that thunders’ is the literal translation of the indigenous name  ‘Mosi-ao-Tunya. When the Zambezi River is in full flood (usually February or March) the Victoria Falls form the largest expanse of falling water in the world. During these months, over 500 million litres of water per minute go over the 1,708 m wide falls.

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This impressive curtain of falling water, as viewed from the front seat of a helicopter. No, I wasn’t the pilot. 🙂

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Rainbows are a permanent feature here, and I’ve read that at night, one can even see a moonbow, which is a lunar rainbow. Victoria Falls are one of the few places on earth where this natural phenomenon occurs regularly. Unfortunately I wasn’t aware of this when we were there, or I would have gone out to search for one.

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The force of the water sends spray up to a kilometre high into the air that can be seen from 30 km away. There is never a quiet moment at Vic Falls, as the exhilarating sound of water cascading over the rocky cliffs, is always present. The spray cloud at the Falls, forms a constant rainstorm, which soaks the land, and supports the delicate flora of the ‘Rain Forest’.

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I would advise the ladies not to bother blow-drying their hair either, as with all that spray flying around, it’s sure to get wet. I actually did get soaked to the skin, but that’s all part of the experience.

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Wishing you all a very happy and relaxing weekend.

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