Ragtag Daily Prompt – Column

thanks to Bushboy for hosting RDP https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2022/07/28/ragtag-daily-prompt-thursday-column/

I had to go into the archives for these photos.

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Bologna, Italy
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Rome, Italy

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Rome, Italy
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Trafalgar Square, London, England
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Toronto Power Generating Station, Niagara Falls, ON
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High Park, Toronto
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Brock Monument, Niagara Falls,ON
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University of Guelph, ON
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Paris, France
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British Museum, London
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Door in Islington/Highbury, London

Castles in France – Part 3

….a visit to Blois to see Chateau Royal de Blois

The interesting part of this castle is that it has four wings from four different eras and in four different styles, arranged around the same courtyard.

From the Outside

On the right side is the original medieval château built by the Counts of Blois beginning in the 9th century

Inside the Courtyard

This is the Louis XII wing built the Flamboyant Gothic style between 1498 and 1508
The Francois 1 wing was built in 1515 to 1519 inspired by the Italian Renaissance
The Gaston of Orléans wing was constructed between 1635 and 1638. This wing was one of the first masterpieces of Classic French architecture

Inside the Château

Decorations over one of the two fireplaces in the King’s room
A throne with a fleur-de-lis canopy is where audiences were ranted by the king
The music room
The Queen’s Chamber dedicated to Queen Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II
The Oratory, a private space for prayer
The Estates General Room built in 1214 and used as a courtroom
One of many fireplaces found in almost every room
The vestibule of Gaston of Orléans giant construction project which was brought to a sudden stop

The wing remained an empty shell covered by an impressive oval dome…..the wing now houses temporary exhibition rooms

In the next post I will share the gardens and the views from the château.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Reflections

….thanks to Cee for hosting CFFC https://ceenphotography.com/2021/11/23/cffc-reflections-or-shadows/

With all the glass high rises in the city I knew that these photos with the reflective mirrors would come in handy.

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I’m a Fan of….#33….the ROM

….thanks to Jez for hosting Fan of Challenge

The ROM is the Royal Ontario Museum located in downtown Toronto. I’ve been a member for several years and whenever I’m in the area I like to drop in and see what’s new. Recently I went to to see the Treasures of a Desert Kingdom.

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Amassed over the course of nearly four centuries, these treasures reflect the history and artistic legacy of the Rathore dynasty, one of the longest continuous royal lineages in the world, that ruled this desert kingdom until India’s independence in 1947. (Copied from the ROM website)

Unfortunately the show ended September 2. I was hoping to return and spend more time in the gallery.

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Design

thanks to Snow from The Snow Melts Somewhere for hosting this week’s Friendly Friday

Design is everywhere. We often travel far and wide to capture beautiful design elements in architecture when there are wonderful design elements right under our noses here at home.

Design in London, England

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Here at home and in the neighbourhood
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Word of the Day Challenge – Patterns

….the word for Word of the Day Challenge is patterns

Patterns are everywhere. Some are man-made and others occur naturally in nature.

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion

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Totem Pole at the ROM
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Budda Head
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Grid platform on the climbers
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 Fireworks – Random Pattern
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Pattern in Nature
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Symmetrical Pattern
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Asymetrical Pattern
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Artistic Pattern by Kenojuak Ashevak
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Persian Rug
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Horizontal and Vertical Line Patterns
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Diagonal Patterns
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Brick Work
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