Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

Frank is looking for images of stone to meet his theme for the Tuesday Photo Challenge this week. This small portion of the massive façade of Chartres Cathedral has stone aplenty and certainly would have made a powerful statement about the overwhelming power of the Church.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

Tuesday Photo Challenge: City

For Frank’s theme of ‘City’ this week, here is the view from the balcony of our apartment at sunset. The traffic wasn’t usually quite so bad, but it was National Day.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: City

Lift your eyes towards the heavens

The eye-level architecture was impressive enough, but where could it be more appropriate and rewarding to look up than in a church like this one in Azay-le-Ferron?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Thursday Doors: Even More From Perigueux (3)

Another instalment from Perigueux of doors with fading charms.

This must have been quite a grand house once upon a time:

A couple of doors glimpsed from other doorways:

Two doors AND the inside of a shutter, all in one:

And a door within a door. with some interesting nailwork:

And finally a comparatively prosaic example:

Thursday Doors 15 August 2019

 

A mighty chandelier

This enormous and ornate crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the Grand Mosque in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lighting

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rectangles

Detail from the roof of a contemporary building in the Manarat al Saadiyat cultural district of Abu Dhabi.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Rectangles

Thursday Doors: Azay-Le-Ferron

Earlier this summer we went on a coach trip which included a visit to the Chateau at Azay-Le-Ferron, in central France. Dating back in parts to the 13th century, it is a pretty impressive edifice and, as you would expect, it’s got some rather interesting doors.

Note the date on this first example: 1302.

The family who lived here for centuries were very keen on what we’d today describe as ‘blood sports’, as illustrated here:

Over the centuries, the original building has been modified and extended, so not all the doors ‘match’:

Even the gateway to the extensive ornamental gardens has some character:

And the church just outside the gates doesn’t stint on the architecture:

Thursday Doors 25 July 2019