A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Cross

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion. /Dalai Lama/

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cross_vatocano

cross_pomorie

cross_Yersica

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A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Cross

Butterfly Thy Name *10 Most Sensual Countries – Spain*

Some days ago I put my list of 10 most sensual countries. I will go through the list over the next few days, to say why I  chose these 10. At 9 there was Spain.

tension of corrida
between dust and bull’ s horns
raw masculinity

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~ Butterfly Thy Name is out soon ~

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Mountain

The beauty of the mountain is hidden for all those who try to discover it from the top,
supposing that, one way or another, one can reach this place directly.
The beauty of the mountain reveals only to those who climbed it. /A. de Saint-Exupery/

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~ Norway ~

02_Mount_Spain

~ Spain ~

03_Mount_Greece

~ Greece ~

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~ Bulgaria ~

05_Mount_Port

~ Portugal ~

06_Mount_Italy

~ Italy ~

07_Mount_Norge

~ Back to Norway again ~

If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home. /V.Nazarian/

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Mountain 

Travel Theme: Bridges

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. /Isaac Newton/

01_Veliko-TernovoAcross the Yantra River in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

02_EtarBack in time in the Etar Architectural-Ethnographic Complex in northern Bulgaria

03_Firenze1The one and only Firenze, Italy

04_Budapest1Bridges of Budapest, Hungary

05_PortoLooking up in Porto, Portugal

06_LisbonA bit of imagination and…you will see the 25th of April Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal

07_ValenciaTo end on a sunny note – across the old riverbed of Turia in Valencia, Spain

Travel Theme: Bridges

The Līgo Weekly 220w Challenge – words to bring the world together – SPAIN

It was one of those trips, you know – the ones where the main focus is on work and everything else is on the background. But the story will be about something different. About how a short trip turned into a long one, plans changed and life just took me by surprise.

Thinking back about the days spent in Valencia, I want to make just one stop there. The City of Arts and Sciences that has risen over the former riverbed of the river Turia. A beautiful park with the objects of modern architecture that made me feel like in some science fiction movie.

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“L’Hemisfèric” – the centerpiece of the City of Arts and Sciences

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A part of “L’Umbracle” – a beautiful landscaped walk where one feels like in a garden and can enjoy also the outdoor art gallery of sculptures.

And then…reaching the Barcelona airport we just felt something was happening. In that moment we didn’ t know yet that the eruptions of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland will change plans of many people. Especially the ones who had planned to fly – because of an ash cloud most of the European airspace was closed for 5 days. Long story short – after quite a few “what to do now?!” moments there’ s nothing else left than to calm down and to start enjoying. The mountains that inspire and have that therapeutical calming effect. And the people together with whom you can walk up the mountains. Literally!

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I fell in love with this place – the Montserrat mountain not too far from Barcelona. 

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Santa Maria de Montserrat – an abby that has found its place on the mountain and fits so well like it has always meant to be that way.

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Monestir de Montserrat – we kept walking up…

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…and up…allowing ourselves to be surprised. By nature. And by life generally.

Like Kurt Vonnegut said: “History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.”

P.S: I returned back home – as you can imagine but that is another story for another time.

The Līgo Weekly 220w Challenge – words to bring the world together – SPAIN