We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. /Ray Bradbury/
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present. /Francis Bacon/
Vatican City State
Difficult choice? Not really…
You make kingdoms and castles on your own. /S.Jenkins/
The Halászbástya or Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary – designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. This is one of the towers of the Bastion that to me looks like a small castle itself.
Turaidas pils or Turaida Castle – a medieval castle built in 1214 according to directions given by Albert, archibishop of Riga. Sigulda, Latvia
Царевец or Tsarevets is a medieval fortress located in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. The construction of the Bulgarian stronghold was begun in 12th century.
Looks like a castle, doesn’ t it? Torre de Belém or Belém Tower – built by order of the King Dom Manuel I, between 1514 and 1520. Lisbon, Portugal
Palácio Nacional da Pena – the Pena National Palace represents one of the best expressions in the world of 19th-century architectural Romanticism. Sintra, Portugal
Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. /H.D.Thoreau/
That’s what sailing is, a dance, and your partner is the sea. And with the sea you never take liberties. You ask her, you don’t tell her. You have to remember always that she’s the leader, not you. You and your boat are dancing to her tune. /M.Morpurgo/
Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit. /B.Atkinson/
Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part. /H.Broch/
Advice From the Ocean:
Be Shore of Yourself;
Come Out of Your Shell;
Take Time to Coast;
Avoid Pier Pressure;
Sea Life’ s Beauty;
Don’ t Get Tide Down;
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. /F.Nietzsche/
With a bit of imagination you can see some…wild dance elements here, can’ t you?
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.
“L’Hemisfèric” – the centerpiece of the City of Arts and Sciences
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!
I fell in love with this place – the Montserrat mountain not too far from Barcelona.
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.
Monestir de Montserrat – we kept walking up…
…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.
Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find ”tomorrow” on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday’s defeats and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, ”If I had my life to live over again. ” Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day! Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. /O.Mandino/
More of year 2012 in photos here: Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures