This week we are happy to have Viveka of My Guilty Pleasures as our guest host – and she has chosen Capital for us – to interpret our own special way. Maybe capital!
”Capital cities are a lot more than famous landmarks, squares, parks and monuments.” And indeed, they are. Being a former language teacher, when I travel, I always try to learn some useful phrases of that country’s language, and I enjoy very much the written language in countries that still treasure the art of calligraphy. These stones above, lie on the right side of the paved path up to the Pothala temple in Lhasa, Tibet.
I also treasure their open doors, and the friendly Tibetan people.
Peeping into the next gallery, I guess you know where I am – in Wellington, New Zealand.
With its fantastic nature, loving people and everyone being aware of how much we have to work to preserve our world and its biodiversity – NZ has its own special place in my heart. (Only Bhutan can compare. They are carbon neutral since long, even carbon negative.) The map…? Well, in Wellington and its vicinity, many scenes from the LOTR (Lord Of The Rings) were filmed – which also is a great plus in my book!
In Quito – the colourful capital of Equador, I lost myself in their Naïve art, which spoke to me as simple and frank as good children’s books do. Magical fantasy.
Edinburgh is a place to return to – great accent, festivals and all…but I met up with a dear blogging friend there – Seonaid of Breathofgreenair. I had some unforgettable days with her and her lovely family. Including her adorable dogs!
A capital I keep returning to again and again is Reykjavik, Iceland. I don’t know of any church in the world more impressive than Hallgrímskirkja. Especially when walking up to it on a snowy day like this – it’s towering like a giant spaceship.
In the end… I must agree with Viveka – Tbilisi, Georgia, stole my heart too – I believe many stolen hearts are resting there, beating there… warming Tbilisi’s friendly, hospitable people. Despite the chaos, the tearing down and building up – Tbilisi opens its warm heart to everyone, of every colour, of every culture, of every faith.
- Feb. 8 – Ann-Christine of Leya
- Feb. 15 – Amy of The World is A Book
- Feb. 22 – Tina of Travels and Trifles
- Feb. 29–Patti of P.A. Moed
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As always, we are all looking forward to seeing your creative responses to the challenge – and thank you for your support!
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what a beautiful foto
I missed this earlier in the week, Ann Christine. (another busy one 🙂 ) I didn’t know you taught languages, and I was interested that you mentioned Seonaid. Is she recovered yet? She had a magical presence here on WordPress but I know that tragedy befell. I would like her to know that we still think of her. And, oh- the places you’ve seen! 🙂 🙂
Hi Jo, I know she posted in the beginnng of January, but not more. She seems recovered. And magical she is.
Wonderful collection of Capitals! 🙂 That dog looks like he’s very contented! I’ve only seen Iceland as the plane was coming in/taking off and from the inside of the airport. That view on a snowy morning sure is quite spectacular.
It is. The whole country is spectacular.
I really enjoyed this post. The images of the capital cities and their people really catch my eye. So nicely framed. I like the simple captures of regular life that you showcase. The signs and the map. And the stone tablets too! I used to do calligraphy when I was in college – I don’t see it much anymore.
So happy you enjoyed the post! I used to do calligraphy as well – but nowadays i find it hard to write readable…computers have destroyed that skill. I love that my son is doing calligraphy though – both by hand and via a tablet to the computer. I will post on his art someday, I think.
I enjoyed it very much. Calligraphy via a tablet? I did not know that was possible. How wonderful your son is carrying on the calligraphy :). It is such a beautiful art form.
It is. And he is an aesthete.
I really like your response for this week, lovely photos.
Glad you liked them, Amy, thank you.
You’re so lucky to have visited Lhasa. Although I guess it’s not the fantasy Tibet we have in our minds but still. Quite a destination.
A childhood dream ever since I read about Shangri-La. I did not expect to find it of course…The beauty is there, and when you can talk to ”real” people it is wonderful. But the Chinese have taken over and the Tibetans are oppressed and silenced. I know Lhasa is completely changed since we visited, with high buildings and shopping centers. Far from Shangri-La.
Hi Anne-Christine February already but may you hsve an amazing year. Interesting and beautiful post. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, the capital of one of South Africa’s provinces.
Thank you, dear Abrie – wishing you the same! Yes, my favorite sprung from your homeland! And – did you see the cat in that header/opener? Perfect hiding!
No I didn’t had to go back and check. That is capital hiding
Haha, yes, capital hiding!
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Wow. Quite a variety! Interesting dog shot, mixed grays et al. Well done.
Thank you, John! Glad you liked the dogs too ♥
Wellington and Edinburgh— two of my favourite places. So many others I’d like to visit, but for the “tyranny of distance” we experience living in NZ.
Yes…you are far away, Su. Antipodes – the very thought made me get my first foreign pen-friend in your country. She once sent me a calendar with monthly pictures from NZ. What I saw became a constant dream of mine to realize…and I could hardly believe it when it came true. I still have that calendar somewhere…it is 50 years old and more. Life is strange, isn’t it.
It is often the small things that prove to be life-changing.
Absolutely wonderful post A-C. But how did I not know u were a language teacher as I was (for a very short time)?! Loved how you showed the personality of each place you’ve highlighted. I guess I need to add Tbilisi to my list of places to see!
Well, I didn’t know you were a language teacher! I thought you were into IT and technics? I worked for many years with the Royal Post and then the same amount of years as a high school teacher. Two very different jobs, but much to do with people and communication.
And thank you for the positive feedback!
Taught French for 1 year only, then moved into technology. Similar skill sets but much better for me😊
Great to hear from you, Dina! I just wanted another perspective on capital – not only the usual, beautiful, architectural ones.
Thank you for a lovely comment ♥ – and I understand about traveling. Somehow it has lost much of its charm with the transport pollution. We don’t travel that much anymore either. Train is OK. If I fly, I plant new trees through different organizations to ease my mind. Even if I have always planted trees – I try to plant more now.
What a wonderful, inspiring take on the challenge, Ann-Christine! Beautifully presented, awakening my desire for more travels although we have decided to avoid flights and boats for pleasure from now on.
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I love the way you look!
Great capital post!
Glad you like it, Ana! Difficult not do do it the usual way – with great buildings and such. Happy to give it a try.
Lovely A-C!! Tibet had to have been amazing. Love the puppies and Iceland in the winter. I may have to make a trip over there in winter – I would love to see the Norther lights. Have you been to the Lofoten Islands in Norway in the winter by chance?
Great Pam – just do! Hopefully you will see the Aurora, so many times we have been to Iceland and Norway and Lapland – and once to Greenland too. NO AURORA. I am sure I will never see it! Lofoten in summer, not in winter. Very spectacular indeed.
NO AURORA – dang – I think you are due! I hope your hubby had fun in Cambodia!
He just came back – and is horisontal right now. Hope it is not the corona virus.
Oh no, I hope not 🤞🤞🤞
Hi, A-C. You’ve taken me on a wonderful tour of places I’ve never been. I love it. You have gotten me very curious about Tbilisi. Now it’s on my ”to go” list. Thanks. Your shots are beautiful, as always. I love that church in Norway. Amazing.
Glad to have inspired you for Tbilisi – a very special place. In one single neighborhood they have several different churches and synagogues and a caravanseraj…they are masters of co-existence. I just loved their tolerance and simple views of what life is.
Glad you also love the grand cathedral in Reykjavik!
These make my heart happy, A-C. Beautiful. We hope to get to New Zealand one day.
My heart is happy by thinking of NZ! So glad if you go one day – I would love to go once more, but it is a very long journey from Sweden. They are our antipodes.
Thanks for a grand tour Ann-Christine 🙂 That church is wow
Brian – I love that church. That one and Sagrada Familia are the two most astonishing cathedrals ever built – according to me of course…
I would agree that’s for sure. The Notre-dame in Paris is quite nice too and there is Westminster Abbey….oh dear the list may be too long to pick one 🙂
beautiful photos, my dream one day is to visit Iceland
You will love it! Thank you for commenting.
Thank you, AC for such an enjoyable tours of capital around the world! Fantastic photos, as always. Precious stone with carved characters that you captured in Lhasa. The red door is my favorite! 🙂
Thank you so much, Amy, glad you enjoyed my thoughts of what these capitals mean to me. Also happy you liked the stone carvings in Tibetan language and the red door!
What can I say, A-C! You have blown the socks off me here *smile – we only have 2 in common here …. Tbilisi and Edinburgh, what a fantastic image of the dogs. Well done, Mrs Påhlson.
Well, Ms Gustavsson, the same to you! I loved your take on this topic, and also put myself the question: What was capital to me in those capitals? Not the great buildings and monuments (except for Hallgrimskirkja)…but, other things mostly. A fun challenge! Interesting to see all the posts coming and all the different thoughts.
A-C, you always deliver… where ever you go. Such a great author and photographer. The Iceland image is impressive. That must be the church my friend is talking about. By the way, there is no link between our posts. Have a great Sunday.
Oh – will mend! Have a nice day you too!
I didn’t realize you are a former language instructor. What language did you teach and in what countries?
Oh, I only taught in Sweden! My main subject is Swedish and literature, but I also taught English and some French. It feels good now to have dropped it, and I am not that grammar freak anymore….I can both read and write without pencil in hand, sometimes even without noticing the mistakes. In fact a real freedom to be retired!