Blogging

Wordless Wednesday | Street Art Corner

 

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

 

An act of crime or a work of art –   Land of Confusion?

If you enjoyed this post, consider recommending it through Twitter or Google+ or ‘liking’ it on Facebook. This will enable me to grow an audience and continue bringing content on a frequent basis.

Thanks for stopping by and for your support.

Advertisements

Writing 101: Dear Sydney

Today’s assignment: write the post in the form of a letter.

I decided to write the letter as TravelMemos to the city of Sydney via Instagram as I liked the response from my first posting on the City Of Sydney’s Instagram page:

 

image image


Do you think this format works?
Kindly leave comments below.

Photo Friday: Malaga Series

Meandering in Malaga

According to The Guardian, Malaga is one of the hotspots to visit in 2015, stating it is packed with the triple whammy of new attractions for the cultural city-break traveller to enjoy.

During most of 2014, my daughter travelled each month to stay with me in Spain, finishing work Friday evenings, flying from Manchester to Spain and returning back to the UK early Monday in time for work. We both enjoyed this special Mum and Daughter weekend time together, something we lacked in the UK.

I was staying in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena at the time. We took a tram to Malaga town centre for our usual walkabout. The sun was not shining and the clear blue sky was amiss, but this didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for our myriad adventures in the city.

We couldn’t believe our eyes, the city was enveloped in fog, and it was July, the height of summer!

But you know what…? As the photos reveal, it was just as beautiful….to me anyway.

image

image

image

image

image

imageimage

image

Afloat

If you enjoyed this post, consider recommending it through Twitter or Google+ or ‘liking’ it on Facebook. This will enable me to grow an audience and continue bringing content on a frequent basis.

Thanks for reading and for your support.

Have a great weekend!

Photo Friday: Madrid Series

The Art of Airport Architecture

This week’s photos comes from the beautiful Madrid Barajas Airport, Terminal 4, Spain. It is modern, huge and Breathtaking!

My son was leaving for London after staying in Madrid with me for a few days. We took a taxi to Madrid airport and unfortunately was dropped off at the wrong terminal. Luckily we heard that there was a ‘free’ shuttle bus departing every 10 minutes to take passengers to Terminal 4.

I was not aware of what to expect, however I fully appreciated the beautiful architecture and it’s bright, cheerful and warm colours. The architect Richard Rogers was inspired by the silhouette of a bird in flight. You can see this reflected in the bamboo-clad ceiling waves of graceful curves and the heavy supporting columns take off in oblique directions, like tree trunks and branches rising to meet the forest canopy.

Be sure to take a quick tour to Barajas if you’re ever in Madrid, it’s well worth a visit!

Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain

image

Colourful Madrid Airport

image

Fascinating airport design

image

Airport ceilings

image

The airport itself is an architectural wonder

image

The place which takes you to another world

image

Modern cool structures

Reflection shot

Reflection shot

image

Undulating ceiling

Unbelievable ceiling and supports

Unbelievable ceiling and supports

Interplanet

If you enjoyed this post, consider recommending it through Twitter or Google+ or ‘liking’ it on Facebook. This will enable me to grow an audience and continue bringing content on a frequent basis.

Thanks for reading and for your support.

Have a great Grand National weekend!

Writing 101: Be Brief

I have decided on completing a previous task, briefly:

“Write about the three most important songs in your life.”

1. Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite “Mars”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Jmk5frp6-3Q

Why?
I organised concerts for my piano students on an annual basis and I felt Holst’s music set a riveting and exciting tone to the event as the audience was arriving…

2. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller / Billie Jean” Medley
https://m.soundcloud.com/alexcervera/michael-jackson-vs-richard-grey-billie-jeans-thriller-alexcerveras-medley-version-www-alexcervera-tk

Why?
I performed in a cover band called ‘Rio’ as a keyboard/electric violinist/backing vocalist and this was always the audience’s favourite…

3. The Charlie Daniel’s Band “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cDm_ZHyYTrg

Why?
As an electric violinist in various bands this was my party piece, my showstopper! The audience actually thought I was miming… But I’m not that good …(at miming)…haha

Writing101: A Room With A View

Córdoba was my sixth stop in Spain and I was determined to see the Mesquita once I read about the splendours of the building and how it had retained its former structure, a myriad of red and white arches only to be surrounded by an external wall and converted into a Cathedral.

My travels in Spain were instinctive. No plan, no itinerary, no map, ignorant of each city’s history, icons, festivals, idiosyncrasies…

What was I thinking?

It was serendipity that took me on a wanderlust of Spain, and Córdoba was no exception.

Waiting in the Patio de Los Naranjos – the courtyard of the orange trees, the huge wooden door to the entrance of the Mesquita opened and I entered with a crowd of tourists and locals alike.

The experience was surreal…my eyes deceived me, I was plummeted into sheer darkness! This can’t be!

I had attended an early morning viewing, free of charge I might add, from between 08:30hrs until 09:30hrs, however, at the time I was unaware that this would be cut short for a service to be performed that morning.

Hurry, hurry, take a shot, take a shot…oh no! The back of my camera’s LCD screen is devoid of an image…It’s just black!
Ok, calm down and change the settings…what the hell, people milling all over the place, where do I start first? I’m literally spinning like a top as I don’t know where to direct my attention…then I see another photographer…ok, ok, just watch him a while and see what he’s doing. I start to shadow him, and he’s oblivious, thankfully.

Nobody, but nobody mentions that when you enter this unique building with the most stunning and fascinating architecture there’s no lighting apart from a little sunlight streaming in from the windows creating interesting effects. I was totally disorientated.

A few more test shots and I start to find a setting that my camera likes, no flash allowed don’t forget. Phew! Nearly getting there…a shot here, a shot there,

I am in awe. Dumbstruck. The hall of arched pillars before me is becoming overwhelming. Get a low perspective, check for symmetry, get near the sunlight for some shadow play…I want it all and I want it now!

I’ll post a photo gallery of the beauty of the Mesquita Cathedral later but for now here’s an image on my instagram page.