Thursday’s Windows: Vatican Sphere within Sphere.

For Dawn’s ‘Lingering Windows Challenge’ #33, I have an image of a couple of windows in the Vatican museum, which overlook the first ‘Sfera con Sfera’ which was commissioned in 1991 for the ‘Cortile della Pigna’. Award winning sculptor, Arnaldo Pomodoro has created thirteen different versions of this bronze sculpture, which are located all around the world, and there has been much controversy over  their meaning and significance. This one is 4m in diameter, and if you click to enlarge the image, you will see more windows reflected in its surface, and maybe I’m being fanciful, but all those little rectangles look to me, very like windows looking out at us.


To read more about these sculptures, you can click here.

WPC: On the move around the world.

Here’s my interpretation of this weeks Photo Challenge, ‘On the Move’.

My header pic was taken in May 2001, when we visited our son in New York, and spent some time watching the rollerblading at ‘The Band Shell’ in Central Park. This sort of moving is something I’ve never mastered, but I love to watch others, even when they take a tumble.

Whilst in Cairns Australia, we took the scenic railway up to Kuranda. The train passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. It’s a very long train, and a very winding track, so if you lean out of the window, it’s possible to photograph the front of the train,


and also the rear end.


Our return journey, was via the Skyrail, which carried us in our gondola, over and through the rainforest canopy and we were treated to the most breathtaking views.


These people, including hubby, are sitting on top of the train which took us between Riobamba and Alausi in Ecuador. This famous ride which wound through the rough terrain of the Andes, is known as “Nariz del Diablo” (The Devil’s Nose).  We saw spectacular views of the Ecuadorian landscape, including the Chimborazo volcano. I opted to sit inside on a comfortable seat, but once we got going, I regretted my choice, as I’m sure I missed out on some of the best views.


This little train ride in the Italian medieval town of Pisa, was not at all challenging. It took us from our coach to the cathedral complex, the site of the famous ‘Leaning Tower’.


On the beautiful Isle of Capri, we took this cable car from the harbour, literally straight up the mountain to the town of Ana Capri, which is located high on the hills to the west. It was a breathtaking ride, but not nearly as scary as the taxi ride back down the mountain.


Here, we were on the move in a high speed hydrofoil across Lake Titicaca, from Bolivia to Peru.


A much more leisurely way to move across the lake, would be on this little yacht.


Here is the train which took us from the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, to Aguas Calientes, which lies in the valley below the mysterious Inca ruins of amazing Machu Picchu . As you can see, the train runs right through the middle of the town.


I hope you’ve enjoyed being on the move with me. It was only a whistle-stop tour today, but it was great for me to relive the wonderful memories from my travels.

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