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The challenger’s theme for this week is “Containers“.
On my recent trip to Japan, one of the destinations was to visit the Okayama Waterway.
By the side of the waterway, there are some shops.
I was particularly interested in window shopping at this pottery shop which contains all sorts of containers, from vases, bowls to kettles and plates etc. They are all nicely displayed.
The other two photos were taken in Turkey, a few years earlier.
This is a photo taken at Cappadocia, in front of an earthen ware shop.
They were all hand made and reflect the local skills and culture.
The last photo was taken in a restaurant in Turkey.
Mounted on the walls were some shelves which were full of glass containers.
Inside the containers were pickles and many types of preserved fruits and vegetables. This is the first time I have seen so many jars with colors!
The “Cotton Castles” at Pamukkale, Turkey is just an incredible sight.
Water flows through the terraces or travertine of white carbonate minerals.
A trip to Ephesus is a trip into the past with opportunity for viewing lots of monuments.
Our trip took us to the Library Celsus of Ephesus in Turkey.
The library is an ancient Roman building with two storeys. It was built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus and completed in 135 AD by Celsus’ son. In fact, Celsus used his own money for building this library outside Rome.
The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus
Also of interest is the Temple of Hadrian.
The name “Temple of Hadrian” is not really accurate: it is more a monument than a temple, and was dedicated not only to Hadrian but also Artemis and the people of Ephesus.
The beauty of the windows at the Blue Mosque, Istanbul in Turkey is beyond description.
I can’t refrain myself from further posting on this Challenge!
On a completely different scale, different culture and setting, I am also showing the view outside a Chinese window in West Lake.
Please enjoy :-)
Dark clouds have set in and the last rays of sunlight weakly penetrate the sky.
The busy Bosporus strait separating Europe and Asia is becoming quiet as daylight is coming to a close.
It foreshadows that day is turning into night . . . . . . and when morning comes again, it will be a new day.
The search for images of benches has led me back to the photos of Turkey, in particular, those taken in the quiet gardens of the Dolmabache Palace by the Bosphorus Strait of Istanbul.
While we enjoyed the view out to the sea when sitting on the seaside benches, we also enjoyed strolling around the peaceful garden which was reclaimed from the sea for the Sultan.
One of my favorite pictures is that of a sculpture of a male lion in the garden, with a tree, an ornamental fence and the sea as background.
Not far from the sculpture were the lioness and her two cubs. While the cubs looked playful, the mother looked on guard with undivided attention.
In front of the palace was the swan fountain, it looked well integrated with the flowers, the pond and the surrounding.
As no photos were allowed to be taken within the palace so once outside the palace building and out into the garden, we took whatever photos we found interesting including a gate to the palace garden.
The top part of the arch gate was highly ornamental, the details really got me interested.
The visit to the garden was just unforgettable!