Beggars   Leave a comment

 

Though I usually help, I always feel guilty when I pass by those who beg to live. These four images, though of varied (and often opposing) political persuasions, point to the common theme of “the poor will always be with you.” And these images could be repeated in EVERY country.

The young girl, below, was playing VERY late at night to passersby in Istanbul.

The second photo is of a crippled beggar outside the Jaffa gate in Jerusalem– not far from the “Pool of Bethesda” (that has meaning for students of the Bible.)

The third image is a conservative Muslim woman begging at the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

The fourth picture is of an older Greek Orthodox woman in Mykonos (the island of tourists and “the rich and famous.”)

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Posted December 1, 2014 by macccman in Portraits

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Epidaurus   Leave a comment

 

 

Left vacant for hundreds of years, this is one of the most classic Greek theaters and is still in use as a concert arena today. It was built about 2500 years ago and seats 15,000 with near-perfect acoustics. It is located in the south part of the Peloponnese peninsula.Sphotog 2

Posted November 30, 2014 by macccman in Greece, Travel

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Little Venice   2 comments

 

 

This little stretch of the Aegean Greek coastline of the island of Mykonos is usually dubbed “Little Venice” because of its stores that sit at sea level, often with waves crashing into tourists. Each spring the residents whitewash all of the streets and buildings, then trimmed with bright blues and red accents.
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Posted November 29, 2014 by macccman in Greece

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Mykonos Dreamin’   Leave a comment

For most views at “Little Venice” — the bay at Mykonos — you don’t need words to describe the setting on the Aegean coast. I took this at a seaside restaurant in early October.
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Posted November 27, 2014 by macccman in Travel

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Healing Water?   2 comments

The Czech city of Karlovy Vary is a true resort spa town that is famous for the hot spring water with “curative” powers. There is a special cup from which you are supposed to drink the water daily. The temperature is about 72 degrees CENTIGRADE. Obviously, from the sediment in this bowl, the water contains many minerals, and it appears that sulphur may be in abundance!

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Posted November 25, 2014 by macccman in Travel

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Prague Doors   Leave a comment

I’m always enamored (almost entranced!) by the doors/detail that I see with visits everywhere. I thought these Prague examples are beautiful.Prague,Smr14b 81 Prague,Smr14b 366 Prague,Smr14b 368 Prague,Smr14b 381

Posted November 24, 2014 by macccman in Czech Republic, Doors and Detail

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Terezin — a “must” visit to a “never” site   2 comments

 

Terezin — located close to Prague — was a clearance camp for those destined to death at the hands of the Nazis of WW2. It serves as a bitter reminder of how cruel people can be to each other.Prague,Smr14b 158 Prague,Smr14b 228 Prague,Smr14b 283

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Posted October 27, 2014 by macccman in Travel

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