Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Analog Pictures - part 2

 

Update on covid-19: easing of lockdown restrictions starting with this week , encouraging news on vaccines. However, the overall atmosphere is one of great anxiety caused by reopening of schools, economic collapses, and the fact that though doctors know much more now about the virus, they're still in the dark about some main issues.

And now to the topic of this post.

I like to re-read my posts on favorite places I've been to in my younger days; it uplifts my mood.

During the current lockdown, though, my target was to try and improve/restore  pre-digital photos in my possession. Thanks to the right tip from Jeanie (the Marmelade Gypsy blog) on my first part , I've managed to do some of that.

*

To this day, one of my favorite places I've been to, is the Vesuvium volcano in Italy. What an excitement  to be on the edge of the crater of an active volcano! It could erupt any day. The smoke coming out of the crater is a fascinating sight! 

 

on the edge of the Vesuvio crater

Speaking of volcanoes, Edinburgh castle in Scotland was formed as a result of a volcano erupting several hundred million years previously. The castle (over 900 years old) had been both a royal residence and a military base.

 

                           At Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

*

Greece has many 'dramatic' places such as Delphi (town and archeological site - house of the famous Oracle), and the amphitheater at Epidaurus.

The theater at Epidaurus is still in use today


amphitheater at Epidaurus

  *

                                     Mt. Parnassus domineering the area of Delphi 

 *

Jerusalem is known for its two outstanding religious sites: The Wailing Wall and the Al Aqsa Mosque (with the golden dome).

In those days, I didn't have a prayer book with me, but I did place a  note  in the cracks of the wall.


                               At the Wailing Wall; left a note in  cracks of the wall

*

On the top of snowy Yungfrau mountain (Swiss Alps) which is considered the highest peak in Europe, one feels on the top of the entire world, not only the top of Europe.

on Yungfrau ('virgin' in german) viewing the snow


Well, that's it for now. Hoping there won't be a  third lockdown.

49 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your travel photos, great that you have been to so many places.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad you did, Christine. Well, Europe has it all. I've been to a relatively few places.

      Delete
  2. I love seeing these, Duta. (And thanks for the shout-out.) I'd love to sit in that theatre amphitheatre -- I remember studying those in college. You've been so many fascinating places. I can't imagine being in the Swiss Alps. I think it would be beautiful!

    We're ramped up on Covid cases here too and I'm not going out any more than I have to. Things are all crazy here. If everyone would just behave worldwide, we might be able to get this under better control.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm very, very thankful to you, Jeanie. These old pictures are dear to me, and you've showed me the way to improve/restore them.

      As for covid-19, they say most children are asymptomatic, but they spread the virus. If that's true, than it's terrible.

      Delete
  3. You really have visited some interesting spots around the world, Duta, and I am sure that reliving them through these posts brings back happy memories. I wonder when we will all be free to travel again? Nor for many months at least, I fear.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy memories indeed. I need them now to heal my soul and quiet my fears.

      Corona has put a mirror in front of us and there's much unrest here. I wish it was a matter of travel only.
      Things look bad on all fronts.

      Delete
  4. Your posts are always so interesting and I learn something new each time i visit. Lovely photos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your very kind words. It's a good feeling when someone says he/she finds your post interesting.

      Delete
  5. I enjoy seeing where you’ve been. Take care of yourself! I hope we’ll be able to travel again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad of that. Hope is what keeps us going. Hope and Faith.

      Delete
  6. Photography is a whole different process, isn't it?!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes. It's exciting to be able to improve quality of an old photo, turning a blurry one into a more clear one.

      Delete
  7. Praying always for Israel so hoping there won't be a third lockdown too! Glad to hear thinks are easing up a bit there. You have traveled to so many interesting places, places I'll never go, so thanks for sharing your pictures from the the past with us!

    betty

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Betty. You're more than welcome to pray for us, and enjoy the photos.
      As for traveling to places, never say never.

      Delete
  8. How lovely to see and read your post, nothing like looking back on the good times. Wonderful memories.
    Hopefully there won’t be a 3rd lockdown for you.
    Still no new cases here, been many days now. Our Tasmanian opens on the 26 October but only to a few Sates within Australia all being well on that day..Take care and be safe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Looking back, can sometimes be a good thing, especially now with the corona and its ravages.
      I'm glad about the 'no new cases" in your neck of the woods. May it continue to be so!

      Delete
  9. Hello! :)
    very interesting post. I read it with pleasure. you write very interestingly and your posts are very inspiring :) if you want, we can visit each other or observe our blogs :)
    Greetings from Poland!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ayuna,

      Thanks for coming by and leaving such a
      nice, kind comment. I'm an admirer of Poland and its people.

      Delete
  10. Great travel pictures and amazing how many places you have been to Duta!! And best of all that you are feeling uplifted by revisiting them. And giving us a chance to travel too thru them!! The picture of you at the Wailing Wall is my favorite. Glad to hear things are improving and more hopeful, we can be thankful for the amazing privilege of being alive and may we always give thanks. Blessings and Love, Shabbat Shalom!♡

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's not my only picture at the Wailing Wall, but it's probably my
      only non-digital picture, taken with a Kodak camera, I think.

      In those days, I entered the mosque too. Now visits and prayer to non-muslims inside the mosque is restricted, and even banned.

      Blessings and Shabbat Shalom to you!

      Delete
  11. Thanks for taking us back in time, and on your trips with you. So nice to be able to visit all of these beautiful and historic places. Your photos are lovely, and I'm sure they take you back to that place in time, when we didn't have the stresses of Covid. Stay well!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, these photos from the past take me away for a while from the gloomy present of covid. lockdowns, vaccines, politics, unrest.
      I like your profile picture with the hat,Bica.

      Delete
  12. Again you bring back memories to me, I have been in all these places except Jerusalem, I had a look on Israel when I was in Petra ! But it was not a nice view because there were so many warships !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The historical/religious places in Jerusalem, especially the Al-Aqsa mosque, are of an 'explosive' nature, so there's a lot of security there.
      Thus, access and visit are not so smooth and pleasant.

      Delete
  13. In here, we have a small lockdown again, it's getting worse and worse. Beautiful pictures, I would love to visit Jerusalem one day! Stay safe and healthy everyone ☺

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So I hear. Europe is turning all red. The theory that the virus might be a lab product, is again on.
      Stay well and safe!

      Delete
  14. I have so many volcano memories! My favorite is hiking to the lava flow in Hawaii. I hope you dig up more memories...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I can well imagine that. Volcanoes, lava,fertile soil -it all does something to us.
      Thank you, I will dig up some more memories,It's just that the photos are rather blurry and I have to do some work to improve them.

      Delete
  15. que bien y que bonitas fotos y recuerdos, me han gustado mucho verlas

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thank you for liking to see my photos and read about my memories.
    Have a wonderful new week!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thanks for sharing your great pictures.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad I could share them.
      I'm very much aware of the well-known saying: a picture is worth a thousand words.

      Delete
  18. Looking at your photos, I am jealous of you, I don't travel to so many places, and now Covid-19 forces me to stay in place.
    I enjoy your photos. Thank you so much for sharing these awesome memories.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well, that was in my younger days.
      You're right about covid-19; it has ruined people's travel plans.
      Anyway, thanks for enjoying my photos and memories that go with them.

      Delete
  19. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Now, when I look at them, I think so too.At that time,when they were taken, I wasn't pleased with how I looked in them, and with the overall quality of the photo.
      Thanks for your comment.

      Delete
  20. Ooh! I envy your experience in Delphi. I have always wanted to go there. Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Have you read my post on Delphi? If not, just type Delphi in the search box.
      Thanks for the comment.

      Delete
  21. How envious I am of your many travels! It's wonderful to see the photos. I would love someday to travel to Greece! As always I love looking at what you are wearing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Alicia,
      Greece and its islands are wonderful places! You should consider going there someday.
      As for my clothes, I used to be asked by strange women on the street where I bought them from. They were surprised to hear that in very modest little shops near my workplace, and even at the market.

      Delete
  22. You definitely have great memories, we like to look back on them too. Only volcano I've been close to is Diamond Head. I'

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Diamond Head is a famous volcano in Hawaii, but it is not an active one, it's extinct.And you've been close to it but not on the edge of the crater - so, it's a different kind of experience.

      Delete
  23. So many news stories and even other blogs have been focusing on the here and now, and what has and continues to be lost with the pandemic. That said, this post was uplifting to read about places you've seen and enjoyed. True, it may be a while before we see more of the world, but always nice to look back on where we have traveled, as you and other bloggers have done. Thanks for the travelogues, Duta.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, the past is uplifting as I'm not optimistic about the present and near future. Great mess caused by the pandemic.I don't think there will be money to even buy the vaccines. School reopening is a big problem, as children are seen as asymptomatic virus spreaders.

      Delete
  24. An interesting, enjoyable re-cap...re-visit, DUTA. I'm glad you did this! :)

    Keep taking good care :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Lee, for your kind words.
      I try to act according to the guidelines, but ultimately, we are in God's hands.

      Delete
  25. What a lovely selection of travel photographs here, thank you.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad you like them. I've used the lockdown to deal with the old photos, trying to improve them.
      Thanks for reading and for the comment.

      Delete