March 31, 2010

take me away (explored), originally uploaded by shyninglyt *(“,)*.

Does anyone know what these flowers are? They’re really cool-looking. And I love that purple colour.

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March 30, 2010

Abbaye-aux-Hommes, originally uploaded by Djof.

This is the Abbaye-aux-Hommes (Men’s Abbey) in Caen, France, built at the behest of William the Conqueror – the Pope decreed he should build a church to basically apologize for marrying Matilda of Flanders, a distant cousin. (Matilda also built a church – the Abbaye-aux-Dames or Ladies’ Abbey.)

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March 29, 2010

cliffside dogon village, originally uploaded by rajarajaraja.

An abandoned cliffside Dogon village. Wikipedia tells us that the Dogon are “an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, south of the Niger bend near the city of Bandiagara in the Mopti region” with a population between 400,000 to 800,000. The Dogon people are known for their mythology, their mask dances, wooden sculpture and their architecture.

Wikipedia also tells us that the Dogon practice both male and female genital cutting. (Wiki says that the Dogon view circumcision for both male and female as necessary for the individual to gain gender. Before circumcision they are seen as ‘neuter’.)

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March 28, 2010

Géode – Paris (France), originally uploaded by Meteorry.

This is “La Géode”, an Omnimax theatre in the Parc de la Villette in Paris.

According to Wikipedia, the sphere of La Géode has a diameter of 36 metres, consisting of 6433 steel triangles. It cost 130 million francs to build.

It reminds me of Chicago’s “Cloudgate” … also featured on this blog!

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March 27, 2010

The Alhambra at Granada, Spain – October 2007, originally uploaded by SaffyH.

A very nice shot of an archway at The Alhambra (which means “the red one”; apparently the complete name is “Qal’at al-Hambra”, which means “the red fortress”). This is a palace/fortress complex of the Moorish rulers of Granada in southern Spain.

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March 26, 2010

P090909PS-0026, originally uploaded by The White House.

Edits to an address to be given by President Barack Obama. As a former editor, this warms my heart!

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Happy Friday, everyone!

March 25, 2010

The best start under the sun., originally uploaded by Bald Monk.

Man, I could really go for some orange juice right now.

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