Breaking Up is Hard to Do

WordPress canceling the Weekly Photo Challenge is similar to a relationship ending with a text message.  When I began blogging 1 1/2 years ago, the WPC provided a comforting structure.  Every week I knew I could contribute something and connect with others.  What fun it has been peeking into other bloggers lives with their photo interpretations of the prompt.  I gained followers and I have followed others through the WPC.

Now without warning, reasons, or input, WordPress is eliminating this forum as well as the Daily Prompt.  They say the community is still there but it’s akin to closing down the coffee shop where everybody meets.  It’s the soul of WordPress.  Since blogging is about voice, I am going to speak my mind to the powers above.  I hope you will join me to encourage a return to the WPC.  In the meantime…here are a few favorites from my travels that I posted in the past.

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Running loose in Ireland
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Pointing the way on the Camino De’Santiago

13 Dog on motorcycle in Paris    Life is Golden- Paris

Parisian Dog 2013
Sunbathing in Paris

All-Time Favorites

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- A Scale of Distances

I enjoy putting my own take on the photo theme & not taking the prompt in the immediate literal sense.  This photo is about scale but in the realm of comparisons of near and far.  As I walked the Camino de Santiago with a friend in 2013, we came upon these signs sometime after Pamplona.  We were most concerned with Santiago, 220 km away but still way closer than Jerusalem at 5000 km!

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Scale

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge- The Windows of Paris

There are many more, but these are a few of my favorites.

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The Louvre entrance
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Sainte-Chapelle
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Sainte-Chapelle

 

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musee-orsay

 

Windows

Weekly Photo Challenge: Finding Order in the Ruins…..

As I travel in Ireland I’ve been so impressed by the order & symmetry within the original design of the ruins.  Below are shots from the Moyne and Rosserk Abbeys.

Order

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Walking Heritage, The Camino de Santiago

cmaino mapFor centuries Catholic pilgrims from all over Europe & beyond set out to walk often hundreds of miles to the shrine of the apostle, St. James whose remains were said to rest in the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela in Santiago, in northwestern Spain. Though many routes crisscrossed Europe, the most well-traveled route stretches 500 miles from St. Jean Pied de Port in France over the Pyrenees through Basque country and then onto Galicia.camino albergue

The scallop shell, often found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrims wear them on their packs & they are on all the way markers for the trail.

In modern times the trail has been popular with hikers and bikers all over the world for a variety of reasons, Some travel just for recreation, others during a transitional time in their lives & many for spiritual reasons.  It is still popular today among Catholics.  In 1987 it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Along the way, pilgrims stay in “albergues,” similar to youth hostels.  At each albergue you get your pilgrim passport stamped.

camino startIn 2013 I walked 250 miles of the Camino with my long time friend, Deb,marking my 60th birthday.  We skipped the middle part since we only had 2 1/2 weeks.  It was a pivotal experience in my life. We started in France with many other pilgrims beginning the long trek from the charming medieval village of  St. Jean de Port crossing the Pyrenees the next day.

Some of the many memorials along the way.  Deb is leaving a special stone in the Pyrenees in memory of her father.

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The pass above Pamplona

Scenes along the Camino….

The End of the Journey- for most, the Cathedral de Santiago, for me – Museo by the Sea (in new shoes.)
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Weekly Photo Challenge- “Surprise” Dog Love in Paris ala Motorcyle

While strolling a Paris boulevard, imagine my surprise when this happy golden retriever & owner sped by! I was happy I managed to get this shot in a split second.13 Dog on motorcycle in Paris

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