Debbie’s ‘One Word’ this Sunday is ‘Vertiginous’. I found several photos which fitted the bill perfectly, but decided on this view of The Alps, taken on our flight from Venice to London in 2011. We all haven’t been looking out of airplane windows for quite some time, so I thought this might bring back some fond memories of once upon a time when we travelled with impunity.
I hope your weekend is going well. We are grateful to have received our second Moderna shot last Wednesday, so just say the word and we’ll be off on our travels. Nothing’s ever simple though, is it?
Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Gaggle’ reminded me of our Antarctic trip for our 50th Anniversary four years ago. The sheer number of penguins to be seen as our ship neared the shore was quite mind-boggling and I think certainly qualifies as a ‘Gaggle’.
A little closer and we got a better perspective.
Actually the collective noun for a group of penguins is really ‘a waddle’ for obvious reasons.
The subject of Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ is Spiral. I immediately thought of this spiral staircase leading up to the Cabiria Restaurant at the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora in Rome. We were whisked up to the roof deck by elevator, but after dinner, even after a few glasses of wine, hubby and I decided that this was a far more exciting way to get back down to ground level. On my winding descent, I counted 186 steps.
Wishing you all a splendid Sunday and new week ahead. It seems impossible that we’re almost into September and with not a skerrick of travelling done this year.
Here are some bridge travel memories from our visit to London last year. The photos were taken from London Bridge, one of the many bridges which span the River Thames. The original bridge was a wooden construction, built by the Roman founders of London in 50AD. I wonder what they would think of it now.
The iconic Tower Bridge, officially opened in 1894 is one of London’s most famous landmarks.
In the other direction is Cannon Street Railway Bridge, which was opened in 1866. This bridge carries trains on the Southeastern line over the River Thames to Cannon Street Station.
Looking at these photos makes me long to be able to travel again. We were just chatting on the phone to our daughter in South Africa and to Chris’s mom in England, and saying how we can’t wait to be able to see and hug one another.
Here are clouds hovering over the city of La Paz, the capital of of Bolivia. At an elevation of roughly 3,650 m (11,975 ft) above sea level, La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. We’d just flown into El Alto airport which is even higher, at an altitude of 13,323′ and I was definitely feeling the effects.
Clouds over lake Titicaca as we took the hydrofoil across the lake to Copacabana.
The clouds around the lighthouse in my old hometown of Umhlanga South Africa, where at sea level my body is happiest.
Here in Florida it’s pretty flat too. No wonder the clouds fall into the water at our local nature reserve.