home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

“Commonly referred to as the “Greenwich Village of Geneva” I had to take a bus out to Carouge crossing over the river l’Arve to see this interesting suburb of Geneva for myself.  It really is a village, designed by Italian architects and modelled on Nice. I got off at the terminus and walked back along the main street absorbing the architecture, the secret courtyards, the shabby shutters, the mix of grocery shops with high price boutiques, workshops and restaurants. Markets and fountains. My most abiding memory is of fountains and flowers and shutters…”

Lingering Look at Architecture: Green

Dawn of “The Day After” runs a monthly architecture challenge as well as her windows. March is the month for Green.

Key West, Florida

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Hemingway’s House
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A ‘Green’ House
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Shutters Galore
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More Shutters
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Cool Verandah

The ‘classic’ Key West style of housing seems to be weather-board, shutters, balconies and fabulous wraparound verandahs open to the elements. There is a distinct tropical feel about them and I could picture myself sitting in one of those Adirondack chairs, sipping a mint julep or a margarita.

Anyone like to join me?

Black and White 5 Day Challenge: #2

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Shutters in Switzerland

I love photographing windows. I like architectural character, I love shutters especially those with peeling paint and I like reflections – here you can just about make out some ornate wrought-iron railings of the opposite balcony.

Pauline of Gypsy Life and Memories are made of this has invited me to join in with this challenge. If you don’t know Pauline (Pommepal) then you are missing a treat. Living in Australia Pauline is always on the move with her lovely Jack by her side.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

Today I would like to nominate Elizabeth Krall to join in. Of course this is only if you have the time and want to.

Elizabeth is an author, loves tall ship sailing, drinking cocktails, travel and is a great photographer. I think she’d be excellent with this challenge.

A Lingering Look at Windows

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from ‘The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story. Visit her blog to see more windows and/or to join in with the challenge.

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Boston Wharf: Colourful Shutters
Boston Wharf: Colourful Shutters

I have no idea whether or not this warehouse in the Boston Wharf Industrial Real Estate area has been converted to apartments or not, but from the opposite side of the Fort Point Channel and close to Boston South Railway Station, this building with its colourful shutters caught my photographer’s eye.