Istanbul Intricacy

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Intricate floral motifs in an Istanbul mosque


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Las Vegas From Above

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 79

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own images with an up or down perspective.


This week, come join me in Las Vegas, where you jut can’t beat getting up high and looking down.

The views are spectacular no matter the time of day.

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All of these views are from the Vdara Hotel.


The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 79 and a huge thank you to all who participated last week.  You spoiled me again this week with such a huge variety of subjects and perspectives. The post that really stands out in my mind was Pret-a-Vivre’s introduction to Delft, with views from every angle you can imagine.  I have never been but now I know I must correct that situation.

All are welcome to join this challenge; do please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and click above to enter your link and view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will normally be open for one week.

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Milanese Courtyard

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Piazzetta Giordano dell’Amore

It’s unlikely to happen in the current recession and atmosphere of bank-bashing, but this beautiful little square is named after an Italian banker, Giordano dell’Amore, 1902 – 1981.

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Ace Bar

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The rooftop bar at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, has become an instant success.  I’m glad I went up there the afternoon I arrived, as I arrived before the throngs and was able to have a relaxing drink and snack and take in the wonderful views.

I did try to visit a couple more times during my stay but I could barely get out of the lift, let alone get to the bar!  It was Valentines and Presidents Day weekend, so that may have partly explained the crush.

If you want to be one of the cool and trendy, this bar is a must.  If you just want a good drink with great views, this bar is a must – just visit before the evening crowds turn up.

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Linked to B&W Wednesday.
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The Heart of Jimmy C

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This face in a heart is typical of the work of James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, who has developed a unique style of aerosol painting.  He typically produces portraits and landscapes from blobs of spray paint, which has extended into “drip” and “scribble” paintings.

He originally worked and was educated in Australia and now lives in London, though his works appear on walls around the world.

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akajimmyc in Istanbu

Linked to ABC Wednesday and Alphabet Project.
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Not So Wordless Wednesday


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Linked to Wordless Wednesday and Signs.
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Chocolatey Reward

To be frank, being in Madrid for a few days with nothing to do but wander was reward enough for me.

But then a friend dragged me into a chocolateria.  I’m not (or maybe I should say I wasn’t) a great fan of Spanish hot chocolate – it is generally too thick and too sweet for me.  But…

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…as you can see, I guzzled half the cup before even thinking to snap a photo!  It was delicious, still a tad too sweet for me, but as a coating for crispy, succulent churros it couldn’t be faulted.

The culprit of my chocolatey downfall?

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Chocolatería San Ginés is a veritable institution, popular with all ages, at all times and with locals and tourists alike.  So whether you want a sweet breakfast, an afternoon break or a post-clubbing pick-me-up, get yourself along here, pay at the counter, get your ticket and collect your chocolate.  Be prepared to queue, with the satisfaction that your patience will be well and truly rewarded.

Chocolatería San Ginés, Pasadizo de San Gines 5 (close to San Ginés church). Open 24 hours.

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Linked to Our World Tuesday.
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