Archives for the day of: 22 January 2014

This week’s travel theme from Ailsa’s blog ‘Where’s my backpack?’ is Silver. I didn’t realise how tough this week’s travel theme would be. I take a lot of photos of gold stuff, and colourful stuff, but you never see a lot of silver stuff. What I really wanted to find in my photo travel archive was a gleaming P-51D Mustang fighter plane, but alas donuts. But I did find some so here goes. As usual the images in this post link to my larger photos on Flickr.

Starting in Australia first, I really like this photo that I was lucky enough to capture in Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. The beachside “boardwalk” has lots of cool street furniture and these oversize silver taps add to the aquatic theme of the beach. The couple were not inserted, and I think make the photo.

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Off to Japan, and  the Fuji TV building in Odaiba, Tokyo is one of the many iconic buildings design by the renowned Japanese architect Kenzō Tange. This photo really doesn’t do the building justice with its silver sphere on the top floor walkway.

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Further South in Kyoto, Japan, is a temple called Ginkaku-ji – also known as the Silver Pavilion. This building was supposed to be covered in silver likes its sister building the Golden Pavilion, but they ran out of money (back in the 15th century). So it is not the building which is the highlight so much as the perfectly manicured grounds.

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Across to Europe and in Paris, France we have La Géode at Cité des sciences technology museum. It is a spectacular silver sphere which doubles up as high technology digital cinema showing cool Imax sort of stuff. The thing is 12 stories high! You can see from the sky that it was a perfect day to spend in a museum.

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If you ever go up to Northern England and one of my favourite cities Leeds (and home to the mighty Leeds United) is one of the best military museums in the world – The Royal Armouries. There are so many pristine suits of medieval armour on display, you almost get lost in there. I love this display of a knight in his silvery armour with battle mace in hand ready to do damage. I would love to go back to visit when they put on the jousting display in full kit.

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Finally, in New York City, arguably the most beautiful skyscraper is the Chrysler Building. It’s art deco finish is soooo beautiful. I particularly like the gargoyles.

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I have to post one more photo, I wouldn’t say no to one of these that I got close to at the Paris Auto Mondiale (motor show) back in 2004. The perfect mix of McLaren and Benz.

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Our boy, AKA ‘The Pok’, has started to say some really funny things with the reasoning of a 3 year old behind his musings. Some of it is hilarious, or just bizarre.

Christmas brought with it far too many chocolates into our house, at least 2kg worth. Most of it was gifted to our 3 year old son, who now understands the concept of receiving gifts. Following four days straight of helping himself to a breakfast of chocolate, we had to put a stop to it. I put the remaining chocolates on the top shelf at the back of the fridge.

So it was to my surprise that when the two of us had a boys night without my wife watching Cars and Madagascar, my son was not begging to go raid the fridge. As we were lounging on the couch watching the second film, he bolted down the hallway for what I thought was a visit to the toilet. Less than a minute later I heard ‘beep, beep, beep’, the warning signal from our fridge that the door has been left open.

I got up from the couch to walk down the hallway when I saw the cause of the noise. There was ‘The Pok’ standing on a stool with one leg on tiptoes reaching as deep as he could for the chocolates with the fridge door open.

I asked him, “What are you doing in the fridge? Are you stealing chocolates again?”

He turned to me with a cross look on his face and replied “No Daddy, I am not! The fridge is broken and making a beeping noise, so I had to go and fix it. You go sit back down in the lounge room.”

No chocolates were harmed as a result of this fridge breakdown…

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