Friday, August 28, 2015

Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. I fell in love with these rocks when I first saw photos of the place!!! 

I was stunned by many variations of rock formations there and the weather was beautiful.

I will post more photos. Stay tuned!

This is a Skywatch Friday entry.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

The Jerónimos Monastery/Hieronymites Monastery is located near the shore of the parish of Belém in Lisbon. This is probably the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of DiscoveryIn 1983, along with Belém Tower, it was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The construction of the monastery and church was inaugurated on the order of King Manuel I in 1502 and the initial planned construction period was only 8 years, however in reality, it was completed 100 years later!!! Thanks to unprecedentedly rich influx from tax on commerce from Africa and Orient, the architects were not limited to small-scale plans.

Soon after entering western portal of the Church of Santa Maria, there are two stone thumbs, Vasco da Gama and  Luís de Camões who is the greatest poet and chronicier of the Age of Discoveries. Both tombs were sculpted by Costa Mota, tio in a harmonious neo-Manueline style. The mortal remains of both were transferred to these tombs in 1880.

On December 13th, 2007, the Treaty of Lisbon was signed at the monastery.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Whitby Abbey Part One

I love ruins. I don't know why I am more attracted by ruins than fully restored structure... 

Taken by Infrared camera

The ruined Whitby Abbey belonged to Benedictine monastery that was a center of prayer and study for over four centuries. It is located on the East Cliff above Whitby in North Yorkshire, England.

The first monastery was founded in 657 AD by the Anglo-Saxon era King of Northumbria. In the 7th and 8th centuries it was the site of a thriving Anglian town and a famous religious community.

Again, taken by Infrared camera
Open from 10:00 to 18:00, 7.5 £

Continued to Part 2.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Corn Exchange

Prior to visiting places I've never been to, I go to flickr, find photogenic images, and try to visit places where photos were taken. Leeds Corn Exchange caught my eyes.

Corn Exchange, one of Britain's finest Victorian buildings designed by Cuthbert Brodrick, was completed in 1864. This Grade 1 listed structure is now just one of three Corn Exchanges in the country, which still operates in its traditional capacity as a centre for trade.

After the restoration, it was renovated in 2008 as a boutique shopping centre. It is also the place for coffee (or tea?).

Among friendly shops there my favorite one is WY Cameras, selling vintage film cameras, lenses and else.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

This is part 3 entry of Belém (Lisbon).

The fifty meter tall Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) that shaped like ship's prow, can be found on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary. For sure, it represents a romanticized idealization of the Portuguese exploration!

That's where Vasco da Gama embarked on his voyage to india in 1497 and also where Christopher Columbus had to anchor his ships due to the storm on his way back to Spain after his triumphal discovery of the Americas. It's around 900 meter away from Belém Tower, BTW.

The monument was built in 1960 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Henry the Navigator's death. It should be noted that the monument we see today is the replica of original one that was built for the Portuguese World Fair opening in June 1940. The original monument was demolished after the exposition. 

Great people on western side
In total, there are 33 figures along two sides of the monument. That includes great people with variety of occupations and each idealized figures is designed to show movement towards the unknown sea.

This is The Weekend in Black and White entry, 16th January 2015. and Shadow Shot Sunday 2


Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Museu da Electricidade

Photos taken in Belém (Lisbon) continue...

The electricity Museum was established in 1990. After going through rehabilitation, buildings and interiors were renovated in 2006. Since then visitors can experience and enjoy various cultural and scientific exhibits as  part of museum's initiatives to make science more fun and exciting. The permanent exhibition shows original machinery and educational spaces with demonstrations can entertain visitors of all ages. 

When I got there, the museum was already closed, however, this was the first building that caught my attention while taking tram. It is located just in front of tram stop.

It's free of charge, opens from 10 AM to 6 PM (closed on Monday).

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Torre de Belém

Happy New Year!

The 1st entry of 2015 is from Lisbon. The photos were taken during my Christmas vacation in beloved country, Portugal!

Torre de Belém is located in the southwesternmost civil parish of Santa Maria de Beléin the municipality of Lisbon. Belém is derived from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem. 

Along with Jerónimous Monastery, Tower of Belém is registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore in the Age of Discoveries.

I enjoyed what parish of Belém has to offer. There are numerous architectures and places for shooting - Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries), Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Archaeology Museum), Museum da Marinha (Navy Museum), Centro Cultural de Belém (Cultural Centre of Belém), Museu da Electricidade (Electricity Museum) and so on...  

Image from Wiki

Pastel de nata (egg tart pastry) was very yummy,BTW! It is a MUST visit shop! 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gare do Oriente

Instead of coming back to Japan I decided to head to Portugal for Christmas vacation this year. The view of the Oriente station , one of the main transport hubs in Lisbon, is just stunning and loved it!

Oriente Station is one of the world's largest stations which makes it as busy as Grand Central Terminal in NYC, according to Wiki, however when I took photo around 10 PM, it was almost empty...

Merry Christmas!