This week, Alisa’s challenge on her blog Where’s My Backpack is Travel Theme: Walls
A wall is a vertical structure, usually solid, that defines and sometimes protects an area. Most commonly, a wall to a building protects its inhabitants from wind, snow, rain and even fire. Other walls, like the Great Wall of China, are a defense which keeps the enemies out and protects the people within the wall boundary.
When walls serve as a protection, their functions are fulfilled. Sometimes, walls like the Berlin walls, are not made for protection. They are seen as restraints to freedom.
We are fascinated by walls of different kinds and have taken photos of some of them in our travels. The collection of photos below, however, has not included building interior walls, curtain walls, boundary walls and retaining walls.
We were fortunate to have included Split, Croatia in our itinerary. While many houses have limestone walls with smooth surfaces, for a change, the wall of the house below is built of rugged stones jutting out.
The walk up on top of the Dubrovnik seawalls was just breathtaking. The photo below shows the zig-zag walls with a magnificent view of the sea and an island where Richard The Lion Heart have landed and resided.
While the above walls are all of early construction, the photo below shows a modern building in Estonia, the Baltic area which is cladded in metal which seem to have rusted. It appears that the rust on the wall surface protects the underlying layer from further rusting.
Near Cappadocia, Turkey we saw the wall below which forms part of the buildings which served as accommodation for the early traders and merchants. The design is quite different from the walls we saw in Europe.
Late last year, we walked the MiuTianYu section of the Great Wall, China and were awed by the beauty and the length of the wall. There is a Chinese saying that unless one has walked the Great Wall, one cannot claim to be strong.
I am glad that Alisa has raised this theme. Given the many photos that I want to include, my first reaction was to split them into two posts. On finish drafting this post, I think I have done the right thing to include all photos in one post as otherwise, it would be much less interesting.