Cee’s Black & White Challenge…. Geometric Shapes



The magnificent carved stone and plaster work in the Harem’s Quarter in the Palace of Alcazar, Seville, Spain.

My suggestion for this weeks B&W Challenge.

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5th January

(C) David Oakes 2019


Wordless Wednesday….A Favourite Place


Location:-   The Alhambra, Granada of the Moors, Andalusia, Spain

Looking back at all the great places we have visited this year the Palaces of Alhambra has to be top of the list.

26th December

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday…. So off to Church


At the Crossing of the Nave.

Just inside the doorway of Saint Marian Kirche (Saint Mary), in the Hanseatic City of Rostock, Germany, you are greeted by the juxta position of the 30 meter high window, slim and candle like, yet still unable to dwarf the Bell that was salvaged in WW11.  The bell itself stand about 5ft in height. Once high in the tower it no doubt called congregations to worship from across the city for many centuries.

The building dates back to the 13th century with additions at various stages across the years that followed. It was also nearly lost during air raids on Rostock when the City was all but destroyed. The story is that 3 incendiaries crashed through the roof and the fires were put out by a very vigilant Church Sexton, his daughter and a visiting Airman.

Even though the exterior is of brick, the construction is still intricate in design but perhaps the Glass window at some 30 meters high is the dominant feature.

It is that stroke of good fortune and quick thinking that helped protect an interior packed with Religious art and craft for us to enjoy on our visits

Of all those antiquities the Astronomical Clock  has to be the highlight.  Dating back to the 14th century it still accurately tells the time, date and seasons.


25th November

(C) David Oakes 2018