Foto Friday #80

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How did they do it? How did they build the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe without the help of modern-day tools and equipment? In Medieval times, it was a complex process involving an assembly line of common laborers, experienced builders and skilled craftsmen; materials such as stone, iron and wood; experimentation and innovation; and time! Lots and lots of time—in some cases, hundreds and hundreds of years!

The Cologne Cathedral in Germany is an impressive architectural masterpiece. As the third tallest church in the world, it is described by the UNESCO organization as an “exceptional work of human creative genius”.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Point Your Camera Upwards

Photo taken in Cologne, Germany

Foto Friday #60

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My husband and I recently returned from a road trip to visit family we don’t often see. It’s usually a quick trip there and back, but with no pressing demands on our time, we were in no hurry to get back home. We turned the trip into an opportunity to appreciate the simple beauty of rural America. This is one of my favorite photos from the many stops we made along the way. There is an abundance of textures here – perfect for Cee’s challenge this week.

For Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Textures

Foto Friday #57

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Situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce in Florence, Italy is the beautiful Franciscan church of Santa Croce. Construction of the church began in the late 14th century. The rectangles and squares of inlaid colored marble were added to the facade in the 1800’s. The open and spacious interior is home to exceptional frescoes and other artistic treasures, but it’s mostly famous for being the burial place of Michelangelo and Galileo.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rectangles and Squares