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A place is usually serene if it is frequented by flocks of birds.
We were travelling on a boat in Lake Barrine, not too far from Cairns in Australia.
The sky was blue and the lake azul, as we moved along we found a flock of birds resting together.
We were careful not to disturb the serenity.
We found some ducks too in a lake not far from Cappodocia.
The water fowls were swimming happily together while the sun was setting.
Again another serene scene!
The sun was exerting its last rays of sunlight as our cruise of the Bosporus almost ended when approaching Istanbul.
Against the sky was the silhouette of Istanbul in all its beauty.
The spires of the mosques were the most noticeable features in the whole skyline.
The clouds in the sky ensured that the warmth of the day was still there to stay.
Yes, warmth was all around!
Look forward to revisit the exotic city of Istanbul!
While resting in the gardens of the palace at Istanbul, I captured this image.
The line of fence just converge.
On the other side of the fence is the Bosporus!
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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.