Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow ( Alleys of Annecy )

I have uploaded some posts on Narrow Alleys; namely, of Dubrovnik, Split, Szentendre etc.

I found narrow alleys fascinating.DSCF1084

You never know what they lead to; you never know what is at the end of the alleys.

The alleys in Annecy are fascinating, to say the least.DSCF1086

The medieval buildings on either side of the alleys are usually pastel colour and nicely matched.

Walking along the alleys is like walking back in time.DSCF1085

You just go deeper and deeper in history.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow (Alleyways in Split)

I have posted on Split; a place which we almost missed out in our trip planning in Croatia.

We were undecided whether we w0uld stay a night in Split, but are happy that we did.DSCF0425

I like the palace and the old town, in particular,

Wandering down the narrow alleyways was really interesting.DSCF0428

You never know what you would come across, there were so many unexpected twists and turns.

Every discovery on the way was a joy.DSCF0433

It was an excellent location for photographers too.

Masonry walls and limestone pavements every where.DSCF0423

You find yourself link back romantically to the distant past.

A place that I recommend for those planning to travel in Croatia!


The Streets and Alleys of Baltic (1)

I will be doing a series on streets and alleys of the Baltic countries.

I have been to all the Baltic capitals which includes visiting of some of the UNESCO Heritage sites like

Vilinus, Riga, Tallin etc.

What I found most interesting are the alleys and the streets which all have their own characteristics.DSC_0154

I am not able to tell you exactly where those alleys and streets are; in my simple mind, they are my memorable parts of the Baltic.

I like the cobblestones, the quaint street, the colored walls on both sides of the alleys, the cafes along or encroached onto the roads, the crude masonry wall facing and last, but not the least, the friendly people.

They leave an undeletable part in my memory!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between (Houses)

I feel I should continue on with last week’s WPC of Between.

After my last two posts of Between (Columns) and Between (Walls), it is just natural that I should also post on Between (Houses).

On our trip to the Baltics, one of my favorite themes of photography was to photograph houses.

I like the colors of the houses and the quiet cobble stone alleys.DSC_0140

Here is my favorite picture taken in a quiet alley.

The picture will be a lot less interesting if not for presence of the cat on the street.

I have an almost exactly similar photo without a cat . I can appreciate what a difference a cat (for many, it is a beloved pet) makes to the picture!

So, this concludes my series.

A Word A Week Challenge: Bisect

This week the dictionary has fallen open at the word Bisect.

I frowned at seeing the word ‘bisect” as I may not have any pictures on it.

I am happy when I stumbled on this image which means “bisect” to me.

The image was taken in Annecy, France last year.DSCF1084

The picture is bisected into two halves. The pastel wall on the right, showing a bit of light and things inside a building.

The left hand side is further bisected into a grey wall and a narrow alley.

Hope by now you are not bored with the word bisect . . . . . . . . . . .  as the picture can also be perceived as being bisected by two circular curves which are the arches.

Annecy Medieval Town, France

After a refreshing walk by the Annecy lake, we strolled upstream along the banks of the waterway towards the medieval town.  There was a change of scene; the peaceful view of the lake gave way to that of a picturesque town. The multi-colored old buildings on both sides of the waterway captured our eyes.

On one side of the bank, there is a narrow walkway of about 15 ft wide with endless cafes, restaurants and bistros along it,  on the other side, the face of the buildings stood vertically on the edge of the water. This indeed  is one of the most beautiful small cities in France.

Annecy’s medieval town is  a joy to stroll through. The lovely old town with its endless flower-filled  balconies is the main sight.  While the buildings are of different colors,  shapes and heights, when put together they are like a delightful jig-jaw which is picturesque. The colors on the building walls are in harmony with each other and many buildings have  arcades that provide welcome shade on sunny days and shelter during rain or  snow. It was an interesting sight and we were enticed to walk further and further upstream.

Along the waterway were some swans. We were excited in seeing the swans as they are not common at all in our part of the world.

It was also interesting to watch people feeding the swans.

No visit to Annecy is complete without some shopping at the Sunday Market in Annecy’s vielle ville (old town). The Michelin Green Guide calls it the best market in France.

We have always liked visiting the markets on our tours. It gives us a chance of seeing how people live, what people eat and buy in the place. It also gives you a feeling that you are among the people which is completely different from the feeling that your are just passing by, gazing through the windows of a tour bus.

We were amazed to find even footbridge crossings were used as markets. The place was so full of people that very often we have to squeeze through.

It was a Sunday when we were there. While visiting the markets, we were excited by the colors of the market, the goods and vegetable they sold. We found the cheese we bought in the market very yummy and soft; something which we have never tasted before.

Much of the old town of Annecy has only very narrow streets and alleys that  are open to pedestrians only. It is a great town to explore on foot with many  interesting small shops selling all things imaginable.

We have been to many towns which are built by the river, but Annecy is one which is so unique and full of life and colors which we will remember for a long time to come. The town walk is certainly something not to be missed by  architects and artists.