When I was thinking about a theme for today’s challenge my first idea was “iconic” (as in iconic view of a place), but then it occurred to me that it could be a bit too challenging, so finally I decided on “always there” as it can give everybody a chance to come up with a fitting photo.
Statue of Pablo Picasso by Ivan Sabolić
On the occasion of the centenary of the artist's birth (1982) a statue of Pablo Picasso was inaugurated in Osijek on the promenade along the river Drava.
With shock waves still reverberating around the world from Britain’s exit from the European Union, here’s a look at some rather less controversial exits from my travels
is a geothermal area at the foothill of volcanic mountain Namafjall
with boiling sulphurous mud springs
and steaming fumaroles
A fumarole is an opening in a planet's crust, often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulfide. The steam forms when super heated water vaporizes as its pressure drops when it emerges from the ground.
The other thing that strikes you is the lack of vegetation. However, if you give a thought to the high temperature range, it does not appear an impossibility altogether. The constant emission of the fumes has made the ground sterile and acidic, unfit to sustain any floras and faunas. You must bear in mind that the fumes can be harmful for humans as well.
Pole dance is a form of performing art, historically associated with strip clubs and night clubs, which combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical burlesque pole. This art form has recently gained popularity as a form of fitness and mainstream entertainment, practiced by many enthusiasts in gyms and in dedicated dance studios. A wide range of amateur and professional competitions are held in many countries around the world.
Since the mid 2000s, promoters of pole dance fitness competitions have been trying to change peoples’ perception of pole dance and to promote it as a non-sexual form of dance and acrobatics.
Pole dance requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. Pole dance proper involves athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body inversions using the limbs to grip. Upper body and core strength are required to attain proficiency, and rigorous training is necessary.
Pole dance is now regarded as a form of exercise which can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. Recognized schools and qualifications are now commonplace.
Formerly, Lederhosen (German for leather breeches) were worn for hard physical work; they were more durable than a fabric garment. Today, they are mostly worn as leisurewear. Today, Lederhosen and Dirndl attire is common at Oktoberfest events around the world.
Lederhosen were once widespread among men of the Alpine and surrounding regions, including Bavaria, Austria, the Allgäu, Switzerland, and the autonomous Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol
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... is home to a huge number of Japanese people and is often referred to as “Japan's capital on the Rhine”.
Due to Düsseldorf's central location within Europe and proximity to other areas in Europe, its location in the Ruhr industrial area, and the proximity to the seaport Duisburg, Japanese companies had a preference for Düsseldorf as they established European operations in the 1970s.
At the height of the Japanese economic bubble, more than 300 Japanese businesses were registered in Düsseldorf, attracting over 7,000 residents by 1992. A Buddhist temple, a culture house, a Japanese international school and kindergarten were errected to serve the community.
Stairs can be glorious and beautiful. Then there are stairs that are small and strictly a means of moving up and down. Did you know that generally stairs are usually considered indoors and steps are usually considered outdoors.
Found in the Andes mountains and adjacent Pacific coasts of western South America, the Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. It has a maximum wingspan of 3.3 m.
(Monument to the Discoveries) is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.
In addition to the main statue of Henry the Navigator, holding a model of a carrack, on either side of the ramps of the monument are a total of 33 figures from the history of the Discoveries.
I’m starting something new today. I’m giving you five unrelated words that are neither synonyms nor antonyms. Pick one and depict it in photo(s).
producing in large quantities or with great frequency; highly productive:
(a prolific writer).
In the close vicinity of Vrsar there is Dušan Džamonja’s Park of Sculptures. On the hills overlooking the sea, over more than 10 hectares of meadows, there are artist’s atelier, workshop and park of sculptures. In the 1960-ties, after the Venetian biennial, the Džamonja’s statues made of nails and chains attracted attention of world art critics because of their unusual structure, universal forms, oriental exoticism and above all because of the author´s originality. His works are exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the Tate Gallery in London, as well as in the museums of modern art in Paris, Sao Paolo, Antwerpen and other cities in the world and in Croatia.
Born in Strumica (Macedonia) in 1928. Graduated in 1951 on the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb at the class of prof. V. Radaus and enrolls in Master class of prof. F. Kršinić. 1953 starts to work in his own studio. 1970 begins construction of his house, studio and Sculpture Park in Vrsar. He lived and worked between Zagreb, Vrsar and Brussels.
With more than half of a century of work behind him, Džamonja is one of the most distinguished artists in Europe. A testimony to his contribution to art has been provided throughout his career by the many honors, prizes, and commissions that had come this way.