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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #10: Fences

The theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Fences. There are fences near and far, close to home and around the globe. Some fences are made with rod iron, wood, stones, cement, plants, flowers, lava rocks or a combination of the above. The functions of the fences are to be for prohibition, protection, security, divider, or beauty. In this post, I have included some examples of the forms and functions of the fences.

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Cherry blossoms between the stone and wooden fences in Japan.

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Travel Highlight – London

My husband’s family lived in England before moving to Australia. After they moved to Australia, he was born and lived there until ten years old. His grandmother and some cousins still lived in London. Before migrating to the United States, his family went back to London and lived with his grandmother for two years.

As we continued our travel journey, we wanted to go to Europe with London being part of the itinerary. We bought the land tour package and purchased separate air tickets because we wanted a flexible flight schedule.

My childhood friend Shirley lives in London. We arrived five days before the travel tour. Shirley and her husband took us to the cities outside London. We went to Stonehenge, Longleat, and Bath.

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During my husband’s eleven and twelve-years-old in London, there was no fence around Stonehenge. He remembered going around and under the stones. Due to tourism and preservation of the historical site, there was a fence with signs prohibited tourists to get close to the stones.

Longleat is in Wiltshire, Somerset, 97 miles west of London. It is the first stately home open to the public. The Longleat estate includes the first safari park outside Africa.

Bath is famous for its Roman-built baths. While in Bath, we visited Jane Austen Centre. I am a Jane Austen fan, so the visit was a treat. Our visit was after the BBC Masterpiece Theatre broadcast the show Pride and Prejudice. The handsome actor’s portrait was on canvas painting, stationeries, CDs and other souvenir items.

My husband’s cousin picked up us from the hotel, took us to visit the house where his grandmother lived. We also visited the school he attended. There were two entrances to the school courtyard, with one marked Boys and the other one marked Girls. He bought some candy from his favorite store.

Another cousin lived by a river next to his backyard. He would take us on a boat, but there was a pouring rain. We had a barbeque and a good visit, catching up with the latest news.

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When the tour started, the coach took us to go around Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, and Westminster Abbey. Some members wished to visit these sites on their own, the coach took them back to the hotel. The others who paid additional for the excursions went with the guide for the guided tours. We were on the guided tours.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Longleat, England

The theme for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is: Field

We went to London during our trip to Europe. We arrived five days prior to the tour group. My childhood friend and her husband took us sightseeing. This stately home reminds me of Downton Abbey!

Longleat is an English stately home in Somerset, England. It is an early example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. The house is set in 1,000 acres of parkland with 4,000 acres of let farmland and 4,000 acres of woodland. It was the first stately home to open to the public, and the Longleat estate includes the first safari park outside Africa.

The lovely cottage caught my attention and I took several photos of it. The last photo shows the monkeys freely roam in the safari park and climb on the cars that drive through a small area of the park.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Longleat, England

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Bridge Connection

I came to Portland, Oregon as a student forty years ago. At that time, there were nine bridges in the Willamette Valley. I had to remember which bridge to take from Milwaukie to downtown Portland, or which bridge to take to get on Interstate 5 to go to Seattle, Washington. Forty years later, there is one new bridge that makes ten bridges in Portland, Oregon. In this post, I include one bridge from Portland. Other bridges are from our travel.

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The St. Johns Bridge is a steel suspension bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, USA. I took this photo from Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood.

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The Sydney Harbor Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbor, Australia. My husband and I joined a tour to climb to the top of the Bridge.

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London Bridge, London crosses over River Thames in central London. We only had photos taken by the bridge.

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This Bamboo Bridge is in Lan Tau Island, Hong Kong. It needed attention and concentration to walk across this bridge.

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This Suspension Bridge is in Shenzhen, China. My family and I only walked to the middle of the bridge to have photos taken.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bridge

Tuesday Travel Highlight – London

Visiting London was something I always wanted to do. My childhood friend lives in London. We arrived five days prior to the travel tour. My friend and her husband took us to cities outside of London. We went to Stonehenge, Longleat, and Bath. While in Bath, we visited Jane Austen Center. I am a Jane Austen fan, so the visit was a treat to me.

Stonehenge is all fenced in for preservation. We could only see them from a distance.

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Longleat is in Wiltshire, Somerset. It is the first stately home open to the public. The Longleat estate includes the first safari park outside Africa.

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Bath is a city in the county Somerset, 97 miles west of London. It is known for its Roman-built baths.

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My husband lived in London when he was eleven and twelve years old. We stopped by the house and took a picture of the house.

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The London we saw in photos, the tour took us to visit Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, and Westminster Abbey.