Capture the Colour

My entries for the ‘Capture the Colour’ competition hosted by the TravelSupermarket. Categories Red, Yellow, White, Blue, & Green. Judged by:

Red

The girl in the red coat. I love cities, I was raised near one, I love to travel to them. But for some reason New York city has always looked gray to me. It’s big, dirty, busy, and lacks color. Also people tend to dress in dark variation of color, so a splash of red goes a long way!

New York, New York, United States
The girl in the red coat, New York, New York, United States

Yellow

Tradition, sport, animal cruelty, not for me to decide. This eye opening event spawns excitement, fear, and death as I discovered first hand at what was a much more colorful event then I ever thought. Taken at the only square bullring in the world located in Mijas Spain.

Mijas, Andalusia, Spain
Taunting the bulls, Mijas, Andalusia, Spain

White

The long forgotten technologies for yesterday stand proud and tall thanks to local preservation groups. Thurne Drainage Mill and the other surrounding windmills in the area add to the beauty of the Norfolk Broads.

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England
Drainage Mill, tall and proud, Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England

Blue

Among the stone and mortar of such an ancient city as Rome, this art studio entrance springs to life by showering those who pass by with a passionate moment of color.

Rome, Lazio, Italy
A hidden studio in the heart of Italy’s alleys, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Green

The colors of a spring lunch… Eating is a part of everyone’s daily routine, nothing is more tasteful than home-grown fava beans enjoyed with a glass of wine at a relaxing lunch in the sunshine on a beautiful spring afternoon.

Torgiano, Umbria, Italy
The colors of lunch in the Sunshine, Torgiano, Umbria, Italy

And the bloggers I nominate are:

(You don’t need to be nominated to submit an entry to Capture the Colour, but you do need to nominate 5 other bloggers. See one of the judge’s websites for more information.)

All of the thoughts and opinions are my own.


Spite House

In the 1800’s two neighbors in Alexandria Virginia fought tirelessly over an alley between their homes. As the story goes, when one neighbor went out-of-town, the other took that opportunity to build a house on the ally to stake his claim. In the end, the city decided neither neighbor owned that alley and the house belonged to them. Wikipedia’s version is slightly different and not half as fun (but probably closer to fact)! Built in 1830, today the Spite House in Alexandria Virginia, is privately owned. At 7 feet wide it is one of the narrowest homes in the world.

Spite House, Alexandria, Virginia

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The Norfolk Broads and old friends!

When i mentioned to people I was headed to the Norfolk Broads in England, anyone who knew of the location simply asked why? Forget the picturesque villages along the water, the windmills, the boats, the friendly people, they just asked why with a quizzical look on their faces. Usually my response would be why not, but this time, I had a much better answer, I was visiting old friends.

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK Horning, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

Ludham, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

I had the fantastic opportunity to stay in a 17th century cottage where my friend Chris calls home. It had low wooden beamed ceilings and crooked floors. We ate next door at The Swan Inn and enjoyed the beautiful view of the broads out front our cottage. The weather was to be expected of England, cool, windy and wet, but that didn’t stop our fun.

Swan Inn, Horning, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK Swan Inn, Horning, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

We took a drive down streets I thought were walking paths, until we came across Thurne’s Dyke where the windmills are. We enjoyed a pint at the Lion Inn and had a friendly chat with the governor of the establishment. Foreign accents get you that type of attention, especially off-season!

Windmill, Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

The Lion Inn, Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

The weekend passed quickly, but not for the lack of company. My good friend Danny and Chris, who not only had I not seen in 8 years, but they themselves hadn’t seen each other for those years either. I have no doubt the sound of our laughter and the clinking of our pint glasses with resonate among the broads until we repeat the adventure again, destination, undetermined!

Thurne Dyke, Norfolk Broads, England, Great Britain, UK

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Travel Photo Roulette #41: Spirit of the Country – My Entry for 4/30/2012

These last few themes have been so fantastic! This round of Travel Roulette, hosted by Adventure Crow, has a theme of “Spirit of the Country”. I figured whats better then to show the spirit of a country, then a performance by a local Umbrian Flag and Drum Corp performing a fantastic performance at the opening night celebrations for the Travel Bloggers Unite Conference last week in Italy!

Spirit of the Country

Updated * May 4, 2012 – Nick from Adventure Crow: “Absolutely incredible shot, love the colours and the motion, I have to admit it was a very close thing between this one and the winner.” Thanks Nick! Check out the other winners on Adventure Crow’s site!

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A day on the town…NYC!

I have visited New York city more then I can count over the years. In recent years most of my trips into the city was for dinner and a show or for a few beers thanks to my friends who live on the Hudson river with a great view of mid-town Manhattan. However, a good friend of mine who currently lives in Bath, England was going to be in town. So I took a very early train ride up to the city for the day. We had a fantastic time with our day out on the town. Not only was it nice to catch up, but to have a friend to wander the streets and see something new with.

nyc, New York

We started our morning at Penn station, although we didn’t plan a meeting point well, it only took about 20 minutes of us both wandering in circles for those circles to intersect! We immediately headed out to the High Line. This was new to me, as I was unaware that this had even existed until the night before when someone mentioned I should consider walking it while I was there. It just so happened that this was also the top of Zoe’s todo list.

nyc, New York

For those of you also unfamiliar, the high line is a pedestrian walkway along a former elevated rail track in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan (Opened in 2009). It is a fantastic walk through the city, above the street level sounds and dirt. There is tall grass growing on the edges, some cherry and dog wood trees to name a few, several sculptures, several spots to relax in the sun and even an area to watch movies! There was also several sitting/viering area’s set up that encouraged viewers to stop and take a seat while overlooking the busy city streets.

nyc, New York

We walked the full length, and this left us right where we wanted to be, around the corner from the Chelsea Market. We stopped and had a light lunch while enjoying the marketplace. The marketplace was formerly owned by the National Biscket Company and is the location where the Oreo cookie was invented! Tis is a fun and artistic place to stop and eat with a wide variety of eating establishments and a few stores along the way.

nyc, New York

nyc, New York

Following our lunch we had every intention of heading for Central Park, as I was a child last time I had been to the park and was hoping to spend the brisk afternoon observing locals and tourists alike enjoying their afternoon out. However, on our subway ride the Bryant Park station appeal highly to us, so we stopped. We ordered ourselves large hot chocolates (delicious!) and wandered over to the Southwest Porch bar to spike our drinks and sit under a heating lap for an hour catching up. We enjoyed ourselves so much, the only reason we decided to leave was that we finished our hot chocolate!

nyc, New York

We did finally make it to Central Park were we stopped for a hot dog, just because it’s iconic, and wandered the lower end of the park for a bit before making our way down to the Flatiron District. It is likely that we would have not bothered to make it down to this end of town if it wasn’t for meeting another friend of mine who lives in the city for a quick drink. The Flatiron district gets it’s name from a building that literally is shaped like a flatiron. By this time we were hungry again and had just under two hours before we both had to catch trains back to where we started our mornings.

nyc, New York

nyc, New York

It just so happened we were standing outside of Eataly, an Italian Marketplace in NYC and had been recommended to go there. Although we were both unfamiliar, this is evidently a very popular place for eating, drinking and doing a bit of shopping! We shared a gorgeous Capricciosa pizza. We would have also shared a bottle of wine if we had enough time, but instead ordered a glass each. What a great day out, and I highly suggest Eataly if you are in the area.

nyc, New York

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Travel Photo Roulette #35: BLUE – My Entry for 1/23/2012

Photo Roulette #35, Blue… I have my favorite standby image that I usually use for a blue theme, my favorite studio door from the alley ways of Italy. However I not long ago used that image for a #FriFoto on Twitter (See Image Here). I have plenty of ocean images and sky images, but The Art of Slow Travel who is hosting this weeks game is looking for a bit more variety.

That’s when this picture came to mind. Not long ago I was doing a photo shoot for my friend’s two youngest sons when one of her older son’s happened to join us, how fitting for the word blue!

Joey & Eli Borth

(PS – I classify this as a travel image as I was travelling through England at the time I took these images!)

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