Back on the Road

This is an old photo to show you what I am up to now and to let you know I will be away between the 1st and the 11th October. Don’t be fooled by the folded map – It is Italy, not France that I am heading to this time. I just hope I’ll manage to pack smart this once.

All challenges and activities will be resumed on the 12th October when next Black & White Sunday is scheduled. Next Thursday Special is on the 16th October.

 Until then, godspeed to you all!




Thursday’s Special: Favourite

What follows is a memento from my favourite holiday on my favourite island, Corsica.

If you are not in a rush and have missed some previously posted photos from that trip, you can find them in the travel section on the menu bar (Corsica in the drop down menu).

This Thursday I am inviting you to share a photo of your favourite memento with me, or go theme-less as this non-challenge allows, and share whatever you find inspiring.

Thank you for making this Thursday special with your visits and contributions.



First time visitors may see more details on Thursday’s Special non-challenge in the original post.





Special contributors:  

  • First time participant, blogging at Chris Breebart Photography with B4 Retouch/Thursday Special: Father and Son
  • Cardinal Guzman at Art is horseshit is offering interesting monochrome landscape: Monochrome 1168 
  • Debbie at Travel with Intent is taking us to the Agatha Christy Festival with the most mysterious tower photo: Murder, Mystery and Beautiful Sunset
  • Generous and talented James Thompson is also the first time contributor to Thursday’s Special – please check out his post Across the Thames – you will be pleasantly surprised. 
  • Meg from Morsel and scraps 3 is sharing her creative Wednesday break in the woods with us – Writing at Middle Earth
  • Drake from Le Darke Noir is sharing a night shot of nicely lit Liverpool –Send me a sobrero while sending us his always clever thoughts on the theme. 

A Walk around Devin Castle

A 10 minute drive from Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, will take you to one of the best preserved castle ruins in the country. It is the famous Devin Castle or as Slovaks call it Hrad Devin (the word devin is derived from the Slavic word deva which means girl). Why the castle got this name I am not sure, but the most photographed tower within the castle complex is called the Maiden Tower and many legends are told about abducted virgins that killed themselves by jumping from the top of it.

The castle occupies an excellent position for defensive and lookout purposes, standing on a massive rock hill above the confluence of the Danube and Morava at a stone’s throw away from Austria.

History tells us that the area was inhabited as early as the 5th century B.C., 400 years before Celts came to the area. In the 8th century it was a wooden fortification, and a few centuries later it was replaced by a stone fortress. During the Middle Ages it served as a boundary fortress, military station and a trade centre. It changed owners and they changed its appearance according to their needs. In the 19th century the castle was heavily damaged by Napoleon’s army, and in the 20th it stood at the border between the Eastern Bloc and the West.

Today, visitors to the ruins have an opportunity to see a permanent exhibition on architectural development of the castle from the 11th to 19th century, but I had to skip it since I was in Bratislava just for a day. Nevertheless, I think it was sufficient time for me to “sample” what I liked about Slovakia’s capital and its surroundings.

The last photo in the gallery is showing Devin from a few kilometre distance, from the site that translates as Sandberg which I am planning to show in some of my future posts.



This is my contribution to Jo’s Monday walk. Pay her a visit and see where her tireless feet are taking you today.


First Impressions of London

On my first day in London the city did not show itself in the best light. Making my way through the crowds of tourists and locals rushing in all directions on wet streets here is what I captured.


This Monday Jo is taking us to Sheepwash and the Moors. Though I haven’t seen any sheep being washed, the walk is gorgeous and inviting. Why don’t you join her here.

Thursday’s Special: Stones


I am sure that most of you have recognised Stonehenge, the best known prehistoric monument in Europe.
I was there just 10 days ago, but it already seems ages ago. If you want to learn more about this fascinating and mysterious sight, there are some great documentaries on you tube. I would be happy to see your contributions to Thursday’s Special, so leave me the link in the comments section. Happy Thursday!




Here comes a list of other TS entries:


Beautiful Lake Hallstatt

This monday I would rather be on beautiful Lake Hallstatt in Austria….



Rome – Sequel II


Related articles:

Remembering Paris in Colour


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A Walk along the Adriatic Coast: Novi Vinodolski

On the North of Croatian Adriatic there lays a small picturesque town of New Vinodol (Novi Vinodolski) that played an important role in Croatian history. Having to resist the attacks of Turks from the East and those of Venice from the West, the town needed several fortifications. The bellow gallery showcases a photo of the town’s only entirely preserved fort from the 13th century, as well as photos of a 15th century church of Saint Philip and Jacob, a traditional fishing boat, and a statue honouring soldiers from WWII.

Stay tuned for another post from Croatian littoral soon …


Embracing Malta: Part II

From natural to man-made architecture, from Neolithic temples to Phoenician harbours, Norman fortifications and bastions defending Medieval towns to modern 21st ct architecture wherever I looked on this small, but  historically rich island I was smitten by beauty.


Related articles:

Thursday’s Special: Green & White against Blue

Perched high on a promontory overlooking the Corsican Gulf of Saint-Florent, the polychromatic church of San Michele is the finest representative of the Pisan-Romanesque style architecture on Corsica. Its green and white serpentine and limestone walls date back to the 12th century.

I captured this jewel glistening beautifully in the late summer sun amidst dramatic and seductive Corsican landscape.

To complete your experience please listen to a traditional Medieval polyphonic chant performed by Corsican group “A Filleta”



**About Thursday’s Special: It is a ‘non-challenge’ challenge that appeals to bloggers eager to wake up their creativity and show their own ideas and interpretation of the world. I invite everybody interested to join in. There are no themes, titles and techniques set for your expression, there are no limits and restrictions (no red tape whatsoever). The only thing required is to post a photo post on Thursdays entitled “Thursday’s Special: (your theme/title)” (as explained in my Thursday’s Special introductory post), to provide a link to my Thursday’s Special post, and to leave a link to your post in the comments section of my post. If you like Thursday’s Special widget, feel free to grab it and post it on your blog.


I am happy to link to other contributions to Thursday’s Special: